Sabian Symbols: Two Chinese men talking Chinese
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Gemini 18 (17° - 18°)
SOLITUDE OF THE SPIRITUAL SEEKER
To the general population it seems as through the
seeker is very odd and speaks a strange language
"Enjoyment of solitude and the spiritual practice of self-reflection"
In order to find rapport with others we speak their language, in their manner, and thus unconsciously take on certain of their attitudes and opinions. This is not supportive of a mind that seeks exceptional clarity. Such a mind needs to isolate itself from the twin dangers, which are either the dissolving or the crystallisation of one's own stance - we conform or become staunch. There will always be found a few like-minded deeper individuals to talk to but not in the common herd.
TWO CHINESE MEN CONVERSE IN THEIR NATIVE TONGUE IN AN AMERICAN CITY
Two Chinese men converse in their native tongue in an American city
By mixing with our own kind, we focus our uniqueness, and so perfect our life potential
It is totally normal, and taken as fact, that people are different from other people. Difference is entirely commonplace – even to the point that there are Chinatowns in many large cities in many countries all around the world. Within one culture, another finds a small place to secure itself.
These differences tend to be perceived rather more as an intellectual idea – a prejudice – than a felt reality, yet they have profound implications.
We are drawn to collect together with others who share our perspectives and preferences and cooperate willingly with these enthusiasts, who share our special interests. This goes beyond nationality, to a more subtle degree of shared differences.
By this natural process, we are able further to specialise. This corrects any tendencies towards self-diffusion by getting us to focus on what makes us who we are and the aspects of uniqueness that sets us apart from others.
Through this we are able to become mobilised towards our special goals, and without this it is quite unlikely that we will do so as convincingly and effectively.
The track of our lives becomes particular – and we are obliged to adjust and readjust in a continual process of refinement along what may well be unusual lines. Ambiguities and imperfections are rubbed away by the friction of continual interactions with others along the way, others who are similar enough to understand exactly how best to help us refine our expression.
The core idea here includes that, if we want to evolve fully as an exemplar of our unique speciality, then we need to avoid excessive associations in unsuitable relationships. Only by mixing with like-minded others will we perfect our fullest life potential.