Sabian Symbols: Three old masters hanging in an art gallery
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Libra 9 (8° - 9°)
CHAIN OF TRANSMISSION
Higher knowledge is passed from one teacher to the next throughout history, keeping alive an unbroken, evolving tradition
The spiritual path is well trod and our journey to realisation is not more than our own take on a very definite formula. This formula is as old as time and its mysteries are passed down the ages by masters. The essential secret is hidden within the number 3 and, through meditation, observation and participation, we can discover that secret. This gives us the possibility - and duty - to re-seed what was seeded before, so to take on an aspect of the role of creator.
THREE "OLD MASTERS" HANGING ON THE WALL OF A SPECIAL ROOM IN AN ART GALLERY
Three "old masters" hanging on the wall of a special room in an art gallery
Art teaches and expresses finesse; old art preserves and glorifies it
Paintings often gain in value as the years roll by, simply because they are aspects of our heritage, rather than because they become intrinsically more beautiful. Heritage has tremendous value – it provides the foundation for each aspect of individual lives.
The past and present are in partnership. It is inconceivable ever to separate them, and we will always interpret the present – our very lives – in contrast to, and yet in terms of, what gave birth to it.
Hence what we currently desire must in some way emerge from the source material of what has been, and is the fundament of what will become. If we establish an accord with this source material – for example by appreciating old masters – then we build our future on proven values.
For example, we can radically and permanently change the feeling-quality of our lives, by being together with people in order to appreciate whatever it is we find of real value. This action not only bonds us to our values, it can even mystically rewrite the past the better to support our future aims.
Self-expression, as one of its characteristic qualities, has the ability to draw others into alignment with our desire, so to strengthen the power of our visionary projection, by adding the force of group intention to our own single-pointed will.
We need to moderate our acknowledgement of past glories however. To get lost in idle worship of traditions is to forego current opportunities, and to render ourselves of lesser consequence than the ones who – apart from their reputation – are dead.
To be fully in accord is to demonstrate how well we can embrace, within our own personal experience, that which has universal worth within collective reality. Any object, like an artwork, that can still command attention centuries after its creation, is addressing a higher order level of life experience. It is more subtle and so takes finesse to be in accord with it – hence the need for art and the culture of beauty.
Three old masters hanging in an art gallery
Commentary from Guin
I see "The Three Grand Masters" of The Royal Art (alchemy). These three grand masters are Hiram, Solomon, and Hiram of Tyre. Or, respectively, Mercury, Sulphur, and Salt. Or Stellar Fire, Solar Fire, and Lunar Fire. Sphere, Pyramid, and Cube. This degree appears to be associated with alchemy. Paired with its opposite sign, Aries 9 A Crystal Gazer, it refers to the alchemy of Seeing into other dimensions.
In its quintile group of 5, Libra 9 connects with Sagittarius 21, A Child and A Dog With Borrowed Eyeglasses. This suggests to me the alchemy of Seeing through a different lens, especially through the lens of innocence as well as that of the animal nature. An alchemical exchange of perspective comes from looking through other eyes and allowing others to see through ours.