Sabian Symbols: Wind, clouds and haste
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Taurus 20 (19°- 20°)
Energies and beings from other realms expressing
themselves through our willing participation
"Willing participation with unseen spiritual forces"
Each step we take towards soul-realisation is met and matched by the soul, therefore is blessed and supported by unseen forces - which can be called angels or explained as the operation of the super-conscious aspect of self. Their signature often appears to us, and always in a disguised and metaphorical form, especially following a significant breakthrough. From this we can gain clues to what might be our best course of direction for the next step of our long journey.
WISPS OF WING-LIKE CLOUDS STREAMING ACROSS THE SKY
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Wisps of wing-like clouds streaming across the sky
Wind, clouds and haste
The ego’s exaltation lies in the depth of its stability during changes
Transiency – symbolized by racing clouds across the sky – stimulates a renewal of vitality. Each momentary scene of our lives is a picture of how various forces have found dynamic equilibrium to express one particular fleeting truth of existence; each new scenario is another examination to see if we can handle it elegantly.
That which distinguishes us and our way of doing things from others is called ego, which means ‘I am’. It gives shape to a unique set of attitudes, beliefs, habits and perceptions that spin the divine message into its own pattern of expression, and of course our interactions in the world subjects each of us to the spin of others. We would become dizzily disoriented if the ego had less aplomb; it actually needs to feel a little self-important to do its job, which is to bring the necessary stability to cope with life’s changes.
Constancy of change creates the illusion of superficiality; it often seems that not much in life has meaning or even consequence. This view is a reflection of the instability of an underdeveloped ego. By investing more of ourselves, more passionately, in the details of what’s happening, here and now, during ordinary, conventional and mundane events, the ego can develop its necessary strength to measure up to life on our own terms.
What ripens within a mature individual is masterly efficiency to bring some control and stability even to non-ordinary events unfolding during the transitional stages of evolutionary, or possibly revolutionary, crises.
Having mastered two important control issues – what to influence and how to exert that influence – we are likelier to feel confident enough to begin to relax and trust more in the flow of things. Then the possibility arises to demonstrate a spiritual lightness of being by a rising above the lower self. This hints at our exalted station, speaks of the soul’s essential freedom, and is akin to the cheering effect of sunlight.
Spirit is, by nature, free. It does not enjoy such constraints as must be endured to inhabit this world of clay. Therefore each of us has somehow to come to terms with the need to find balance between two awesome forces – spiritual liberation and worldly involvement. Too much in one direction and we would float on the surface of life and experience superficiality; in the other direction, seeking too much external stability, we would find the result to be stagnation of spirit.
There is a test of relevance. So much of what seems superficial and trivial is indeed truly trivial and should be ignored if we are to avoid wastage of our own precious life force through careless diffusion. What is and what is not perceived as trivial remains at the discretion of the individual.