Sabian Symbols: Rocks and things forming therein
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Sagittarius 8 (7° - 8°)
We change, sometimes slowly and sometimes
dramatically and thoroughly at the root
"Learning how to awaken hidden energies"
Sufis have long taught that the path to tread to optimise growth is a path of paradox. Two seemingly irreconcilable factors oppose each other and the resultant tension feels like a crucifixion. For example, the attempt to fulfil the promise of romantic love and simultaneously be a responsible member of a group can easily create paradox wherein two undeniable forces clash – either family approval or career prospects or friendship circle are threatened or compromised.
The resolution is found at a higher level of awareness and the deepening of one’s level of inner authenticity, which together create a shift in one’s level of consciousness and maturity. It’s hard to be aware of this at the time; however, retrospectively, it becomes clear that inner transformational shifts were occurring as a direct result of maintaining the paradoxical commitment to both sides.
WITHIN THE DEPTHS OF THE EARTH NEW ELEMENTS ARE BEING FORMED
Within the depths of the earth new elements are being formed
Dreams are the seeds of tomorrow’s uncreated potential that spring from the depths of the past
Persistent inner confusion is undeniable evidence of a basic misunderstanding about the nature of reality. Rocks seem lifeless and eternally enduring; yet this interpretation is insufficiently profound because they do support life, and eventually do change their form.
It’s the same with actual life situations, they may not seem even slightly pliable, yet when we look deeper we can find the potential for change locked within, and discover any number of hidden opportunities.
It is always possible to take control of your own experience of the aspects of life that are meaningful to you, since that which is forming is yet unformed, and will yield to passionate persuasion.
What has been and now is, is the foundation of what will be, just as solid rock gives rise to dynamic life forms. Though our present circumstances may be slow and seem fixed into patterns, nonetheless they hold the seeds of tomorrow’s uncreated potential.
So, by accepting our solid roots and learning to make the best of that which is now available, our dreams of a better future will grow out of the depth of the past.
The mystery revealed is that of composition. The refining of self is a constant rediscovery as the many components of reality are pulled into another and yet another shape and attitude, according to changing personal preferences and the creative intelligence of the composer.
In learning the hard lesson of how to find life within that which seems dead, what unfolds is an exceptional ability to mould and remould each of the many and various elements of life, such that the seemingly fixed course of events are shaped and made more pliable, so to fit the dictates of our needs and desires.
Rocks and things forming therein
Commentary from Emmy Owens
In truth, there is no black or white, single-definition or nature of anything or any situation. Everything is comprised of differing forces, sometimes paradoxical. Changes are constant but sometimes appear to be occurring not at all, and other times appear cataclysmic. The key, to not experiencing this Sabian degree as a volcanic or earth-quaking abruptness, is to recognize the layers, complexities, and seemingly paradoxical elements within ourselves, and to find a way to peacefully accept that nothing can be reduced to a single, uncomplicated, flat energy.