Taurus 16 - sabian astrology in 7 words

Published: 14th April 2011
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Old Man Vainly Attempting to Reveal Mysteries is the Sabian Symbol for the 16th degree of Taurus. 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.

Have you ever given thought that your sun sign, whereas it may say quite a lot, does not especially describe you very specifically? Certainly not with an exceptional sense that formulates the whole of life so that it must acquire a different meaning. You may enjoy to have a glimpse at these Sabian Symbols – they might help you alter your ideas! The Sabian slant is somewhat unique.

So what are these Sabian Symbols? The Sabian Symbols are 360 images – one for each degree of the zodiac – that were clairvoyantly revealed by a female mystic, Elsie Wheeler, and unravelled by an American astrologer, Dr Marc Edmund Jones. Each of them gives a subtle clue about the central sense of that degree, and that will probably unlock some very useful and thought-provoking points of view that you may find quite interesting.

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.

The mystery of life is not the same for everyone. Any attempt to impress ones perception upon another is vain. Such behavior rather shows of the teacher's need for attention, as an aspect of self-disclosure.

However, this impulse and its futility have a hidden importance: to stir up matters that would otherwise go unseen. To be known, knowledge must be experienced. Experience requires two sides – basically the presence and the absence of a quality or belief.

Which side of a duality is pertinent? The master reveals both aspects of his teaching by demonstrating pertinacity. Each student is given different material to work with, according to her degree and aptitude.

The essential self is always in danger due to inertia because ‘self’ is an energy configuration, therefore subject to entropy. Because it is kept awake when energized by conflict, the master chooses material of a provocative nature, in order to create a revolt in the student.
It takes this constant friction to maintain an uncompromising determination to fulfill ones potential. The highest vision is kept in view as a way to hold true to the integrity of the soul. This is done in order that determination becomes unshakable.

Otherwise, on the path of esoteric enquiry, one would be seduced by the magnetism of the mysteries and the challenge to expose them. There would be a real danger of losing touch with ordinary reality; impracticality and ineffectiveness would be the result.

As a life path, this degree offers constant proof that all is transient and nothing is what it seems. Ambition therefore is clearly foolish. Yet since all is folly, nothing is folly. Realizing this, one wins the freedom to be exactly what one is: nothing more, nothing less.

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