Sabian Symbols: The field of Ardath in bloom
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aquarius 30 (29° - 30°)
VISION OF THE UNIVERSE AS A POINT OF RADIANT LIGHT
Seers and others can observe reality quite differently; it is seen as a phenomenon of light without individualised form
Sufis teach of Unity and Diversity. The One manifests as the many, and the many collectively conjoin to form the One. This relationship is mirrored whenever any group with spiritual awareness finds itself able to function as a unified entity. For example in a sacred dance circle, each dancer individually adds a unique input to the whole and has their own personal experience, yet to an observer the circle is a unit that radiates light as a whole. When the circle is comprised of initiates, for example in a Sufi sema, the power of light is extraordinary as each is aware of the whole and their own individual part simultaneously; both aspects of reality – the wave and the particle – are grasped into consciousness.
DEEPLY ROOTED IN THE PAST OF A VERY ANCIENT CULTURE, A SPIRITUAL BROTHERHOOD IN WHICH MANY INDIVIDUAL MINDS ARE MERGED INTO THE GLOWING LIGHT OF A UNANIMOUS CONSCIOUSNESS IS REVEALED TO ONE WHO HAS EMERGED SUCCESSFULLY FROM HIS METAMORPHOSIS
Old spiritual brotherhood of light beings is revealed to one who has emerged from metamorphosis
Everyone may count on the inherent friendliness of the universe
The Field of Ardath is a mystical meadow of ancient Babylon; in its great beauty and peacefulness it stands as an ageless and special repudiation to modern life. Certain qualities make up the continuity of what life really is – these are unchangeable throughout eternity, and celebrated as the highest aspirations we have.
There is a transcendent integrity within Nature itself, unrivalled and almost universally acknowledged, which reminds us of a way of being that is free of distortion, and inherently beautiful. And, although we so easily forget, we have that within ourselves too.
This impeccable natural grace not only inspires us to seek out a spiritual meaning to life, it also suggests that everyone may count on the inherent friendliness of the universe. Despite appearances, and somewhat counter-intuitively, the world actually is a safe place to be for those who expect to be treated kindly.
One who accepts this gift from Nature somehow in turn feels that they should live so that any reliance placed upon them is both possible and inviting. It is an aspect of our expectation of a friendly universe that we actively want to help others – because we enjoy doing so.
In consequence, our destiny is inclined towards endowing us with the fruits of our good rather than bad works. It could be seen as a reward – but usually it is felt as simple, yet predictable, good fortune.
This is the image of self-illumination through exceptional service to others, and implies the continuity that certainly exists between Nature and humanity. Though robust and very demanding, Nature is essentially kind – and so are we.
Ultimately, the individual must rely on the world in which he finds himself. This reliance is experienced as the normal, predictable, and fair response we get from life. It centres on taking thoughtful responsibility for our actions – in clear distinction from the simpleton’s fairy-story fantasy lifestyle, which involves depending upon others to feed and clothe them.