Sabian Symbols: Old fashioned woman and up-to-date girl
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Leo 6 (5° - 6°)
IMPERMANENCE OF VALUES
What is thought important, moral or even courteous changes very quickly from one generation to the next
"Being indifferent to fashions of morality and values"
The mirroring within society, of personal growth, is to be seen as changing social values. These changes are cyclical and evolutionary, or even revolutionary. They express as style, as belief and so on, and it is almost always youth that confronts the conservative, older social leaders demanding change. And change in the end always comes, since nothing is permanent - not even our sense of right and wrong.
A CONSERVATIVE, OLD-FASHIONED LADY IS CONFRONTED BY A "HIPPIE" GIRL
A conservative, old-fashioned lady is confronted by a "hippie" girl
Awareness and wisdom arise through differentiation
The dynamic of life is provided by the constructive tension between opposites as they interact with friction. The old woman and young girl are always in contrast to each other, and yet their very competition is somehow cooperative. Each is somewhat defined by the other.
Conventionality and initiative are a continual stimulus to each other, as we see all around us in every aspect of everyday life, and all the roles in our society. The old woman tends to overemphasise her individual traits; the younger has a degree of psychological reticence, under-statement of self. The one holds alive and protects contributions of the past, the other administers the promise of the future.
As we see, it is the actual contrast between two contrary forces that brings with it greater awareness, and the resultant perfecting of wisdom into our ordinary lives.
Personal achievement is optimised through a creative appreciation and adaptation of the values established previously by others. The young girl’s timid personality is made stronger by adapting to her current circumstances the understandings she inherits from the older woman. Each of us somehow has to accept the best of its wisdom even as we rebel against the status quo.
Projecting our own aspirations, we find ourselves simultaneously both emulating and rejecting our parents’ values.
At a higher level of symbolism, we see that the soul and the ego are themselves a pair of contrasting polarised forces. The soul’s eternal knowledge is both inspiring and threatening to the ego’s need – to accommodate its lust for immediacy and pleasure, while pursuing some deeper meaning within life’s mystery.
This is how we learn the dance of struggle and surrender – changing only what can be changed, and accepting all else.