Sabian Symbols: Two lovers strolling through a secluded walk
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
4th degree of Aries (3°- 4°)
POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE POLARITIES CREATING DYNAMISM
The unstable, energising polarisation
of feminine and masculine energies
Duality is central to all existence, so to resonate with this cosmic reality and realise the full potential of our nature, we must examine and embrace the inner polarities of who we are. This is achieved in the interplay within some special one-to-one relationship – which necessarily requires a degree of isolated togetherness.
TWO LOVERS STROLLING ON A SECLUDED WALK
Two lovers strolling on a secluded walk
Two lovers strolling through a secluded walk
Relaxed pursuit of selfish pleasure is an entirely valid path to joy
In all that we do and feel, we experience the uniqueness of the world that we alone inhabit. If the feelings are not in alignment with our sense of rightness, then it is because something is not right. This is probably because we have moved too far away from the childlike sense that joy is our birth-right. Wish-fulfilment is our optimum life-strategy; being utterly relaxed is to be true to oneself and in fact loving – since the necessary and sufficient condition for living in an atmosphere of love is actually to relax fully into the natural state of being.
The image of two lovers taking a stroll in a quiet, beautiful setting, speaks of an experience of happiness without the burden of accountability. The moment is itself enough to justify its value as a valid and important experience, when no extraneous forces are allowed to press upon us any unwelcome responsibility. We need not even respond to society’s requirements, knowing that such innocent joy is self-evidently good.
Such an act of faith is a guarantee that potentialities of character will blossom and thrive. It demonstrates the all-important self-confidence that brings a sparkle to material and spiritual realities. Confidence is powerful magic that generates further confidence and somehow leads to material success and spiritual freedom.
Enlightened Self Interest
Taking this idea to its exaltation, we see that what is often called selfishness is in fact the spiritually valid principle of enlightened self-interest. No true meaning can be derived from behaviour that does not serve oneself. Nor does power have any purpose except continuously and persistently to promote our own reality in which our own interests are well served.
All our resources therefore are to be focused with complete commitment to serve the high purpose of enjoyment. Joy is sublime, so true enjoyment is that which moves us towards sublime self-realisation. When the least opportunity presents itself, then we affirm joy and enjoyment as a path of awakened self-liberation.
Responsibility must be in service of ourselves, or it simply lacks authenticity and is almost certainly an arising of hidden fears or guilt. Of course we have a measure of sensitivity to the needs of others, and yet that consideration is an elegance that takes second place to the primary duty of continual self-disclosure.
This wisdom is considered too permissive to be acceptable to mainstream society, which marginalises those who are strong in their personal power and have no willingness to conform to the fear-based morality systems of the majority. Self-indulgence, a distortion of this principle which often triggers criticism, is only really a danger for those who practice this philosophy without a minimal degree of spiritual awareness or conscience.