Sabian Symbols: Woman reading tea leaves
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Capricorn 29 (28° - 29°)
INTERPRETATION OF SPIRITUAL MESSAGES
We may see the signs and yet we need also to know what they mean
"Interpretation of subtle spiritual messages, facts and opinions"
As above so below, all is connected to, and mirrored by, all else. It becomes trite to the occultist as a concept but to the realised being it is their main purpose – to see beneath form, facts, feelings and fear. These are all aspects of the glamour that we falsely see as reality and which covers the truth beneath. And that truth is the pattern that interconnects everything everywhere and always. We find the term seeker needs to be updated to troubadour – “I have found”. We have learned how to see clearly.
A WOMAN READING TEA LEAVES
Woman reading tea leaves
To balance seen and unseen worlds, our inner feelings have to be tested in outer experience
Generally, the mind’s focus orients towards those things that are universal and eternal. Despite the scattered thoughts, habitual processes and fascination with trivia, eventually its curiosity points the attention towards the unseen worlds.
In their quest for access to the Eternal, some people are seduced by superstition, and are drawn into a distorted understanding of the reliability and importance of symbols and voices from beyond. They go to Madame Sybil’s seafront parlour for a bit of fun, and get caught up in the idea of a fated future.
We do accept that our naive insights can have real and unusual merit – and that our feelings are informative. Yet the values we adopt when we project our life-signature are not likely to be profound or even sustainable unless we balance intuition with analytical intelligence.
If we are to find a workable balance between the seen and unseen worlds, then our inner feelings have to be tested in the realm of outer experience. So it is certainly appropriate to consult another about other realities, but not to accept their words unconditionally. We must challenge all input to the extremely impressionable mind, otherwise we become as puppets, and find ourselves with neither power nor integrity. We lose dignity and influence if we do not confront what we cannot validate.
Our lives demonstrate the interaction between how we project our values and understandings, and how we respond inwardly to the echo we get from others receiving these projections from us.
We attempt to make the facts fit the expectation. This is normal, and even sometimes productive – and yet often our model of reality is simply wrong; it doesn’t fit the facts, and can be entirely unworkable.
To realise our fullest potential, our best strategy is to examine, with discriminating intelligence, the facts of the matter, and then allow our inner sense of self to influence our final understandings. Input from others is to be fully assimilated only to the extent that sits well with us. We need not entirely reject what is yet unproven – yet it is better to hold an unconfirmed idea in abeyance, pending further investigation, until it is validated. In the end, it is our interpretation of facts and feelings that is our true signature, by which we identify ourselves uniquely.
Woman reading tea leaves
Commentary from Richard Grey
N - form (the tea leaves) | the truth | troubadour | power | integrity
H - facts | the mind's focus | scattered thoughts | fascination with trivia | curiosity | attention superstition | distorted understanding | analytical & discriminating intelligence | outer experience
T - feelings | interconnection | values | intuition
G - reading tea leaves | interpretation (decision to and completion of) | habitual processes | challenge | confront to validate | examine | further investigation
P - we see what we want to see (and that isn't always enough) | fear | expectation
S - balancing seen and unseen worlds | inner response | inner sense of self | interpretation
Y - As above, so below | unseen worlds | the Eternal | acceptance of feelings being informative | our fullest potential
This is not about the woman. It's about a woman reading tea leaves, i.e. what she is doing, suggesting Goodbye - an action. However, whatever the woman thinks and says is open to interpretation; her own and that of the subject. Exactly how the subject interprets the reading is his/her responsibility - making this about Sorry.