Libra 10 - sabian astrology in 7 words

Published: 16th November 2011
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Canoe Approaches Safety through Dangerous Waters is the Sabian Symbol for the 10th degree of Libra. Here it is described using the 7 Words System - a way of understanding the complexity of human interactions that can be applied to all aspects of self-awareness and relationship, so that you quickly change your perspectives and get to a deep sense of what to do to improve things.


With your sun sign, have you ever thought that, whereas it may say quite a lot, does not in fact classify you very specifically? Definitely not with an exceptional sense so that all of life will seem almost poles apart from what it was before. Well, perhaps you may want to have a look at these Sabian Symbols – they might help you alter your ideas! The Sabian approach certainly is somewhat unique.

So what are these Sabian Symbols? The Sabian Symbols are images – one for each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac – that have been intuitively found by a woman, Elsie Wheeler, and clarified by a leading astrologer, Dr Marc Edmund Jones. Each of them gives a subtle hint about the core meaning of that degree, which can get to the bottom of some very useful and thought-provoking points of view that undoubtedly will get you thinking.

It works even if it’s not your particular degree – and yet a lot better if it is. It’s best to allow yourself time to do it slowly, like a meditation. Let each of the short paragraphs sink in slowly and try to feel what it means, as well as using the mind…or just sit with the images for a while and use your power of imagination to create some playful stories around it. (You will find your own Sabian Symbol by following the link below)

Having come to some new realizations about the essence of who you are, there is another stage you can adopt – to decide to be different. You can influence a lot more of your circumstances than you usually do when you engage fully with the deepest part of your unique identity, by taking on the qualities indicated by your Sabian symbol.

Also if you are clearer about who you are, then you become a lot more certain about what you want out of life. You can set your goals according to an overall vision of the bigger picture, and that itself leads to a much greater chance of success. It helps with focus so that you keep your attention fixed on the required outcome.

Reading your own Sabian Symbol is a bit like getting a brother or sister to speak honestly about you. They know you well, with all your dark bits and your light, and although they love you, they’ll tell you the hard truth! It can be difficult to hear, yet useful for those who are trying to become better people. It may be necessary to reread it a few times and think deeply about what is actually being said.

There is so much we could do with our lives! Opportunities are endless and very diverse, each day bringing little clues and teases to nudge us toward a little more unfolding of potential. Saying No to this and Yes to that surely requires us to trust our feelings and surrender to the inevitable – that, come what may, we all end up being who we are: nothing more, nothing less.

There is a dimensional difference, which indicates an accumulation of wisdom through experience, between trust that is well-founded and blind trust in ones sheer good luck. The love of risk and adventure can be nothing more than primitive stupidity.

Or it can be a very conscious self-challenge designed to train oneself in skills that are ever available as a resource on the road to success. We can ask ourselves whether such skills are apt and developing, or whether the love of risk comes out of some other, less wholesome, motivation.

Humanity’s genius is sometimes invested in nothing more telling than pleasure itself – for example for the feeling of self-love that comes out of overcoming danger by using ones personal skills. A whole new industry has arisen around this theme, which includes white water rafting, bungee jumping and sky diving.

Yet, however insignificant or indeed trivial it may seem, such a practice serves the race itself by creating fresh new challenges constantly. Like everything, the genius we have for coping with unexpected threats and finding ways to succeed also needs to be renewed, if entropy is to be avoided. Use it or lose it!

What once were survival skills, and perhaps nowadays are used only for leisure, serve the same function as ever – to develop powers through the commitment to achieve a goal. Without an external aim we tend to let our abilities and finer qualities atrophy, whereas a target will pull more out of us than we would otherwise be able to access alone.

The same theme is shown in normal day-to-day living, since there are constant demands that call upon us to come up with a useful response even when we have no previous history that teaches us what to do. We come to depend upon an inventive level of creative resourcefulness that we tend to take for granted, which is, in fact, quite remarkable.

All experience therefore receives its validation on some level, according to our ability and willingness to accept the associated risks. We recognise that life is, quite simply, a dangerous activity and, like it or not, we need to deal with that.

You get excellent free personality profiles and a free monthly newsletter at the 7 Words website (http://www.7words.co.uk), and more of the author's articles at http://www.jamesburgess.com/sabian-symbols.html

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