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Solar Sabian Symbol: Sagittarius 4

A Little Child Learning To Walk With The Help Of His Parents; Resolution of Conflict

We cannot be taught to walk but if given the space and encouragement we will figure it out for ourselves. We cannot be taught how to move in faith, how to live our daily lives in full faith of our vision and what we know of God’s will. The spiritual path is a lifelong process of figuring it out. This “little child” represents the ego, learning to function in service to the ego rather than its own fears and disordered desire.

This symbol represents the work that only we can do. It is said that for every step we take towards God He takes a hundred towards us but we must take that first step to move Him. When we do we are resolving the conflict between comfort and growth.

source: An Astrological Mandela, Dane Rudhyar

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Solar Sabian Symbol: Sagittarius 3

Two Men Playing Chess; Interplay

In this symbol we see a ritualized conflict. A strategy is necessary. Both parties are openly striving to checkmate the other but in this game of skill there is no place for violence or brute force. There are rules and common practices and outside of experience or natural skill there is a level playing field. This battle of dark and light that has the capacity to be messy, raw and violent has been strictly contained and refined so that it may be played in near total silence at a small table.

There is a hint here regarding our relationship with the Divine and this process of applying our beliefs to the structures and Powers we interact with: a civilized outlet for conflict and its resolution is necessary to maintain order and goodwill. We would do well to view our problems as chess games and our enemies as opponents, without which there would be no game to play.

source: An Astrological Mandela, Dane Rudhyar

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Solar Sabian Symbol: Sagittarius 2

White-Capped Waves Display The Power Of The Wind Over Sea; Subtilization Through Rhythmic Intensity

Wind is a symbol of spiritual energy and Divine forces and the sea represents the emotional body. Spiritual forces and our own evolution fuel cyclical and rhythmic releases of emotional energy from the subconscious so that it can be refined. Each cycle leaves us with a more subtle form of these conflicts and cravings, more properly ordered for our calling and freed of ego conditioning. This is a necessary process of healing and integration.

It is interesting to note the reference to Christ from Matthew 8:27: The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!” . Sagittarius rules religion and tradition and the lower vibration of Sagittarius can get stuck in doctrine and dogma. This leads to false peace and eventually hypocrisy, whether we have the expectation that God will always calm the storm or we indulge in the temptation that spiritual bypassing offers us.

source: An Astrological Mandela, Dane Rudhyar

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Solar Sabian Symbol: Sagittarius 1

Retired Army Veterans Gather To Reawaken Old Memories; Perpetuation

The mantra of the Sagittarius archetype is “I seek” and this is the process of taking the beliefs formed on the personal and internal level and integrating them with systems and the Higher order. It is an external search for meaning and context, a reconciliation of the internal self with one’s tradition and societal position. It’s opposite sign, Gemini, is about operating within duality- the practical use of spiritual energy in daily life- and Sagittarius is about ideals.

In this symbol we see men who have fought under the banner of freedom and justice coming together to reminisce and socialize. Their gathering represents the perpetuation of the struggle for power, which is a basic human drive and occurs on every level. Scorpio was about facing the shadow and bringing order to the self and Sagittarius seeks to bring this order to his external environment.

source: An Astrological Mandela, Dane Rudhyar

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Solar Sabian Symbol: Scorpio 30

Children In Halloween Costumes Indulge In Various Pranks; Relief From Tension

In this final symbol of Scorpio season we receive some invaluable insight to the solution for undeveloped or devolved Scorpio energy: a safe and sanctified outlet for destructive energy and rebellious tendencies. Society must provide this for its members, families must provide this to the children, and the self must provide an outlet for the ego. Otherwise this energies will express itself through unconscious behavior or outright rebellion.

The Scorpio archetype has faced and ordered its shadow in order to create in union with God, not through repression or repudiation but social order and safe boundaries. These deeply personal experiences become our beliefs, which we can now work to apply externally through the Sagittarius archetype.

source: An Astrological Mandela, Dane Rudhyar

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Solar Sabian Symbol: Scorpio 29

An Native American Mother Pleading To The Chief For The Lives Of Her Children; Intercession

The first thing we need to understand about today’s symbol is its racism. It contains a slur against Native women and its premise is false: a chief wasn’t ever going to punish tribe children with death. The suggestion that this behavior is common or accepted in Native American culture is offensive.

Rudhyar draws the parallel to Mother Mary, who is a more accurate and appropriate symbol of intercession. The anaretic degree of Scorpio applies all its skills and lessons into a gift, a prayer on someone else’s behalf. Scorpio creates from desire and this can become a self-centered approach to life without the balance of service to others.

source: An Astrological Mandela, Dane Rudhyar

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Solar Sabian Symbol: Scorpio 28

The King Of Fairies Approaching His Domain; Inner Allegiance

In this symbol we see a recurring phase of development in the integrating ego: the seizing of spiritual agency. The man has become a king among the nature spirits and it is this kingdom he is loyal to, not his childhood conditioning or societal expectations. Kings symbolize a level of mastery and we pass through this phase of integration whenever we show more loyalty to an emerging aspect of self than those who might be threatened by it.

source: An Astrological Mandela, Dane Rudhyar

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Solar Sabian Symbol: Scorpio 27

A Military Band Marches Noisily Through The City Streets; Pomp

This is an aggressive display of cultural values. We have quickly progressed from efficient functioning to putting on a show to draw attention and encouragement from the collective. Here we see the trademark intensity of the Scorpio archetype: once he realizes what the right thing is and why it is the right thing he pursues it with aggression. Now his passion has a sanctified outlet and he can finally use it to gain power and support.

source: An Astrological Mandela, Dane Rudhyar

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Solar Sabian Symbol: Scorpio 26

Native Americans Making Camp After Moving In To New Territory; Efficient Functioning

Here we see the answer the the question posed in Scorpio 24. How do we live after receiving the Beatitudes? Now that we have a deeper understanding of the Creator’s values, and we have seen them clearly in Scorpio 25, we can function in relation to those values rather than our ego conditioning.

If the ego can choose now to serve according to the values of the Creator, and order his coarse desire so that it may be transformed by the rites and rituals of his spiritual tradition, he can function efficiently on a spiritual level. This transformation makes his territory brand new, because his perception of the landscape is different after a direct experience with the Divine perspective.

source: An Astrological Mandela, Dane Rudhyar

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Solar Sabian Symbol: Scorpio 25

An X-ray Photograph; Structural Knowledge

This is the capacity for occult knowledge within the Scorpio archetype. An x-ray allows us to see clearly what is hidden to regular vision and it gives us an understanding of the underlying mechanisms by which movement and form are created. It is this knowledge, used properly, that reveals what is unstable, superfluous, or dysfunctional about the status quo and how it might be transformed or eliminated.

source: An Astrological Mandela, Dane Rudhyar