Sabian Symbols: Woman fathers her own child
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Scorpio 17 (16° - 17°)
When we are self-empowered, there is no need to accept imposition of understandings or receive permission on how to behave
Whereas a smile is an outward gesture that engenders support, cooperation and social involvement, the alternative path for certain types is an inward path. To direct faith inwardly, in oneself, when taken to the fullest degree, becomes a path of total self-determination; then we can create for ourselves. We create our own sense of what God is, what is the meaning of life, and how to proceed upon our own authority unencumbered by the constraints imposed when personality is shaped by rewards and sanctions.
A WOMAN, FECUNDATED BY HER OWN SPIRIT, IS GREAT WITH CHILD
A woman, fecundated by her own spirit, is great with child
Anarchy is the enlightened behaviour of a self-realised being who needs no master
Nucleation is the process of forming a nucleus; it is the initial process in crystallisation. Virgin birth is quintessentially an image of creating our own lives out of our own visions – rather than reactions or responses to external input. It is a symbol of one needing no external authority or permission to realise their dreams – someone capable of self-referential decision-making, and of becoming the centre of their own circle of influence.
We have ideals, which are the sum total of our best dreams, and yet the journey from their conception through birth to full physical realisation is fraught. Our identity is shaped; are we sincere? Our visions are challenged; are they true? If we lead our circle with borrowed ideas, then the charismatic force is not optimised.
Yet, if truly authentic, we will grow in power and be seen as the pulse, a constant rhythm and a dynamic force of appropriate movement that inspires those who orbit around us, who are perhaps unconsciously looking for guidance. We can fulfil this role with integrity because we know how to develop charisma through being aware of the heart centre. We learn to trust that the heart knows the voice of the soul better than the mind, and see that we will only be at peace when we reconcile the centre of our chosen world with the centre of self. This centre is called the heart, and is the heart. When we find a place that continually, joyfully and deeply touches the heart, then we have located our world.
Consciousness evolves through the eternal conflict between principle and practice. The highest within us seeks far and wide to establish its place in the world. The quest takes us to many strange and wonderful locations, where we have to take on some of the thoughts and attitudes of strangers to discover whether it feels right to be part of their world. This journey of discovery is the external circumstances of our lives.
The responsibility for leading a group is not at all comfortable for the soul, whose essence is freedom and who rebels against any constriction. Hence we see the need for the group’s visionary heart to be in alignment with our soul’s, as a further expression of our own vision rather than a compromise. Then the soul can refine itself, and so evolve, through involvement in harmony with the group rather than at variance with it.
In fact any inclination that spirit may have towards escapism is evidence of a lack of responsibility. Escape into our true heart-centre is a spiritual liberation that needs no excuse, whereas escapism is impotent rebelliousness against the perception of a more powerful authority.
It is no easy task to gain freedom to be oneself; there are huge challenges that most people skirt or entirely run from. Yet the evolution of awareness – the development of knowledge through experience – requires such challenges. Ironically the more we develop freedom, the more we attract responsibility, because freedom is empowering, and power always goes hand in hand with responsibility. Yet power and freedom are strange bedfellows and, ultimately, mutually unsustainable. So a life is lived in pursuit of the challenges that facilitate growth, while constantly striving to avoid having our freedoms curtailed by the needs and expectations of others.