Sabian Symbols: Woman awaiting a sailboat
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Cancer 22 (21° - 22°)
Our dreams may come true and yet they may not;
we have to find a way to come to terms with that
Whereas ambition is typically shown as being pushing and rather masculine, another way to draw events and relationships to us is through the more feminine attitude of hopeful expectation. The tendency of this approach is to focus more on qualities - love, harmony, beauty perhaps - than scenarios and measurement. It is a more soulful, dreamlike vision that is imagined and attracted.
A YOUNG WOMAN AWAITING A SAILBOAT
A young woman awaiting a sailboat
Silence brings deeper perspectives
When we know how to access the power of the human soul, we gain immeasurably in all realms. This facility so often shows itself as equanimity, a creative poise that engenders a wider, deeper perspective on life that settles easily on those who have learned the mysteries of silence.
It is through quieting the mind that we come to notice the little things that bring us to a full appraisal of what is now occurring. It is one of humanity’s true gifts – the ability to sustain profound interest in the immediate moment.
The drift of circumstances offers ever-changing versions of reality, each moment having its own potentialities of meaning. It is the quiet mind that grasps the significance of the moment and thus formulates an impression of the underlying pattern that gives rise to seemingly chance events. This is Yin power and is developed through the art and practice of creative expectancy. By meditation, we train ourselves to see more clearly what is occurring, and this gives insight about the underlying flow – from past, through now, to future. We see how an idea is born, has hopes and moves to fulfil itself.
Thus we see and understand that the ideas themselves have a life, a life expectancy, and an expectancy of parenthood. From one idea, others are born, which in turn initiates more and more creative expressions of life’s unending potentiality. In each moment, with poise, we can get a sense of where this reproductive process might lead. Optimistically, we look to the future, as if looking out to sea, wondering when our ship will come in. If we have perfected the high spiritual skill of detached, expectant enthusiasm, then probably we will see many ships from exotic shores, all homeward bound.
This is the most satisfying way to understand the movement in our lives. We come to comprehend that it is not the pyramiding of facts upon one another that gives meaning to our involvements; it is the consummation of ideas. The quiet mind is the sponsor of beautiful ideas, which yearn for completion in the realm of real life.
Perhaps we can make the association – that the ability to gaze deeply into the present awakens our sensitivity to the future’s echo in today’s events. This grants access to as-yet-undisclosed certainties and possibilities.
There is an implicit warning here – that the opposite is true. Without spiritual poise, we can become unrealistically casual and easily waste the moment, remaining in facile dependence upon nothing but the whims and fancies of happenchance.