Sabian Symbols: Window shoppers
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
12th degree of Taurus (11°- 12°)
FRUITS OF DESIRE
The externalisation of the desire
principle expressed in tangible form
In contrast to the inwardness of self-nurture, we also find cause to see what can be found useful of society's fruits, and we look outwards and enjoy expressing ourselves by shopping around for things to give substance to our desire to be known. Such interactions are forces that impress upon us and shape the developing self.
A YOUNG COUPLE WINDOW-SHOPPING
A young couple window-shopping
Desire is an authentic feeling and must be allowed
It is all too easy to put ourselves down and simply dismiss desires as unrealisable. Yet desire is an authentic feeling and, on the path of happiness, must not be denied. It is certain of course that false desire often comes from ego, but normally we can intuitively distinguish the true word of the soul.
Rather than practising self-denial, spiritually it is more meaningful to realise and present new possibilities of personal potential. This is made known through the agency of reckless imagination; Cinderella represents the principle.
It is helpful to consult our emotions and check whether there is good alignment between desires and deeds. If these do not align then ambiguous messages are being sent out that will lead to delay or failure.
Having discovered, upon examination, that further potential is within reach, then action is called for. Some people dream and dally; others live with a constant, restless inner demand for movement towards greater success.
We expect to win cooperation
Aware of our personal magnetism, we expect to win cooperation. A clear and detailed outcome is visualised, and empowered by anticipation of fulfilment. In this way imagination is employed as a tool of magick. The words ‘magick’ and ‘imagination’ share a linguistic root, pointing to the power we have to influence future outcomes through the process of visualisation.
Also we need to use our imagination to adjust to feedback. The first image of what we desire was perhaps naive or poorly crafted, so versions must evolve in response to experience, a course correction as for a wayward vehicle.
Some people ‘see the glass half empty’, and go on to use their power of mind to create a future that enables them to validate their pessimism. Others seek to develop their creative capacity so that they can fully enjoy the fruits of their desire. It takes skill and the appropriate mental attitude – but then, what doesn’t? To such optimists, ‘failure’ is seen as no more threatening than apt and helpful feedback en route to victory. They have discovered that on-going realignment, in response to experience, is actually a true path of self-awareness. Paradoxically, and perhaps surprisingly, failure very often serves us to a greater degree than success.