Taurus 17 - sabian astrology in 7 words

Published: 21st April 2011
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Battle of Swords and Torches is the Sabian Symbol for the 17th 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 wondered why your zodiac sign, no matter what it may or may not say concerning you and your personality, won’t be totally specific about every aspect of your personality, will it? At least not in an extraordinarily memorable way that makes all of your life seem very changed from then on. Anyway, perhaps you may want to have a look at these Sabian Symbols – they might help you alter your ideas! The Sabian slant is somewhat unique.

So you may want to find out what are these symbols? Sabian Symbols are rather strange images – one for each degree – that have been intuitively found by an exceptional person, Elsie Wheeler, and illuminated by a foremost astrologer, Dr Marc Edmund Jones. Each of them gives a subtle hint about the central sense of that degree, which usually can reveal 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.

What we want and what we need are not always the same. In fact the compelling force of necessity is rarely kind enough to indulge our pleasures much. The mind’s sharpness cuts through to the nub of any matter and gives clear instructions that should guide us to the right path, yet there is often a contrary compulsion within us to go against what may be the best strategy and to follow what we hold a torch for.

Distracted by things of secondary importance, we can lose self-competence. Yet distraction itself is a requirement if we are to learn how better to concentrate our attention on appropriate matters. Indeed we have to learn discernment to know the difference between what is and what is not appropriate. The primary concern surely must always be to demonstrate and develop competence at being ourselves at the most profound level we can reach.

With care, we can learn how to look beneath the surface of the things that come and go, to find a centre deep and true. In every event or thing, however transient it may be, there is a central cause that speaks eloquently to us of its essence-nature. Whether we give our full enlightened attention to the essence of a matter or an object has great consequence, because attention illuminates our path to the future, and shapes our very being.

Life is a glorious struggle – a constant full-on battle between what we must do to survive and the purposes we pursue in order to give our life a meaning beyond survival and comfort. On this battlefield we are raised or we fall. Nobility of spirit is the reward for victory, a true reward that can be enjoyed to the end of our days on Earth – and beyond.

A more immediate and tangible benefit, as we extend our ability to distinguish the important aspects in a situation, is a growing mastery in organisational skills. Understanding how things work and how to make things work, is nothing short of magick. And what skill is of greater value to a magician than his ability to discern the key to a matter – and to know how and when to turn it?

However – a note of caution: our own personal power may well be comforting and impressive, especially when it is not rivalled. Yet it is neither omnipotent nor everlasting. So we learn, whether by example or bitter experience, that the wise respect the power of all others. Even those who seem meek may occasionally have their moments!

True personal power is as much expressed in our ability to accept and adapt to the inevitable as it is to change the unacceptable. The wisdom of a situation comes from finding the resolution of which of these two courses to pursue. We have to put aside distractions then, and organise our thoughts clearly, being aware that the powerful demands of relatively trivial pleasures can so easily pull us off track.

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://jamesburgess.com/sabian-astrology.html

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