“A man teaching the true inner knowledge” Libra 5
Sabian Sage © 2014 Blain Bovee boveeastrology.com
This symbol is illuminated at 12:26 AM EDT, September 27
It is intriguing. What, one might ask, is “the true inner knowledge”?
Today, many will journey through the felt sense of inner trust that aligns with acuity of mind. As the day unfolds, some will come to realize, in some regard, such as social or political conformity, that they have had enough.
So, for example, with regard to complying to the mind-numbed conditioning of so-called educational systems, one could say, “No thanks.”
In regard to media and the political soaps, one could turn off the news, realizing that to be decent, to respect others and to be kind, is a huge statement far surpassing political stripe.
One could stand away from the unconscious addiction of consumerism, perhaps realizing that few would know how to survive and care for loved ones if it all came crashing down.
Keep your kit small, packed with essentials, and be ready to travel light.
I frequently use the word ‘conviction’ intending a strong and positive sense of the word like something that grabs and holds you from within such as the true inner knowledge.
I was going to use the word ‘conviction’ as the keyword today, however the less than comforting related senses of ‘conviction’ just now seem to jump out in alarming ways. ‘To convict’ is to find guilty. A ‘conviction’ can be a determination of guilt. A ‘convict’ is one who lives branded as such, perhaps signified by a time in prison. Why, then, would the belief sense of conviction sound appealing or apt?
What do we mean when we use ‘conviction’ in a positive sense? It is a belief, a feeling, a sense of inner knowing often associated with a gut instinct or a heart feeling. Associative words and sense comes from ‘trust’, ‘feeling’, ‘faith’, ‘fidelity’. These words all carry the added sense of a harmony of inner feeling and outward expression in word or deed. Thus, to act out of inner trust is to express a harmony between the individual and the grander reach of others, the world, of life. To employ the word conviction, however, requires qualifying terms such a ‘feelings of deep inner conviction’, plus, there is no echo of harmony, accord, alignment suggested, but rather, one would be led to say, “He is guilty of holding a belief or opinion’.
Now, I can turn the word guilt in an appealing way by way of an existential analytic and root senses of guilt as owing such that the reader will find an uplifting positive sense in the employment of these words. However, guilt, owe, and want are all lack words. When used, they trigger subconscious patterns of lack, wanting, of being in debt or being in the wrong.
Alternatives? Faith, trust and confidence… “Let me confide with you my inner thoughts. The time presses for our faith to be shared, not that we speak as one, but that we go forward true to our own inner faith and trust, and thereby in trust with one another. “ … my Shakespearean attempt to express my meaning.
“Sirrah, I confide in you, for an inner faith shared in trust is the flower and force of confidence, whereas a secret held too long within the heart bears a weight of being convicted and therein held prisoner to self reproval and doubt. Thus imprisoned, suspicion ferments and intoxicates a man’s soul with distrust and thereby the fabric of community, by prick of this disquieting inner thorn, is torn.
Come, let us be freer with our feelings, for trust is a bird that knows the open sky intimately. A man at peace with his heart and his ways of being in this world, keeps a faith with others to likewise do, and therefore, in faith are men joined truly together as confidence doth prove. This is my confidence I confide to you. Keep the faith and to thine own self be true.”
I have a very dear friend who signs off “Keep the Faith”. I have always heard a question echoing in that signature. It implies a faith in something, therefore ‘what’? Now, I appreciate the beauty of that signature. What I used to think I conveyed through use of the word conviction, I now replace.
And so, dear readers, I bid you keep the faith,
Always watch for standards being raised or imposed. The typical experience is to run into people who judge or bully from positions of assumed moral superiority. here is the Sabian sage for the day:
“A large white cross upraised” Virgo 2
Sabian Sage © 2014 Blain Bovee boveeastrology.com
This symbol is illuminated 1:39 AM EDT August 24
Uplifting the quality of each moment of life is a personal affair for the most part.
That is,to say distinct from social, political and moral imposition… the super-ego standing guard outside the comedy shop… human character is tilled in a field without credential nor institutional sanction. The issue of existing is your own.
If the heavy heal of moral superiority should be felt, your mind may feel trapped, caged, imprisoned by … by… by… them! “Them?!?! Who are “They?” No one.
Listen folks. Civilization can not persist, grow, adapt, create, without you, every once in a while, dancing naked to rumble beats. Yes, you occasionally must let your wild mind loose. Say and think outrageous possibility. Rant and carry on like the drunken poets you are. Laugh and gesticulate, wave your hands like the subversive conductors of choral chaos.
I see your wild natures.
Worried about what the neighbours might think? Pull the friggin’ blinds.
While the Sun's entrance into Virgo usually has a distinctive feel to it, this year, 2014, a major transit puts a serious stamp on how most will experience it. See the Sabian Sage Daily for the sabian symbol post on this day.
Transiting Mars conjunct transiting Saturn: like ten thousand Queen Bees and only one or two workers
Actions run into rules and order. How will it manifest?
It is almost 6 AM. The kettle is on for coffee. The camp set up and arranged for morning activities. There is discussion about the coffee making process… as if we have not done this thousands of times before… when our host walks up to talk about the compost pile, its new 4 point organizational schematic and ‘tick-off’ sheet taped to the fridge so everyone knows where next to bury fresh additions to the compost. Once through the new system of composting, she says, “Good morning.”
There you have Mars conjunct Saturn… and I haven’t even had my morning coffee as yet!
Expect working to rule; actions organized; decisions regarding realities which must be faced and/or responsibilities and how they are to be handled. Cars may need some work. Traffic may be delayed out of necessity… road work or accident. Bolts and screws may need a tightening. Plans for next week and the coming season need to be worked on.
Monday’s New Moon will help release the flow again. Do not wait for Monday. There is much constructive work to be done. However, do be patient with the voices of others. It can seem like ten thousand Queen Bees and only one or two workers, so prolific are the administrative and managerial pronouncements possible this weekend.
Connected with this day, August 19, 2014, is the following...
Moon in Gemini; Mercury in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces: a very good day for communications to slip past the oft experienced limitations and frustrations of ordinary human interaction.
Be alert for the magic of connecting with others. You may not notice it until afterwards, however the coming together of minds, telepathically, deeply, intimately will be very common (if I may use that descriptive) today. It is as if the lead helmut that isolates and suppresses higher mind has been lifted.
August 3, 2014
Sabian Sage Newsletter
Please enjoy a short journey through the well-known nursery rhyme. It began with a reflection on Leo 11 “ Children on a swing in an oak huge tree” that brought up “Rock-a-bye Baby”, and you will notice it continue thematically over the next few days: Sabian symbols, Leo 11 - 15. My thanks for the encouragement from readers to follow through on the Rock-a-bye Baby theme.
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in the tree tops
When the wind blows
The cradle will rock
When the bough breaks
The cradle will fall
And down will come baby
cradle and all
The famous lullaby nursery rhyme Rock-a-bye Baby does have a hint of disturbing meaning. Like most, even at an early age, I often wondered at what was going on inside this lullaby.
What is this about? Why does it say the cradle will fall? Why does the idea of baby, cradle and all coming down qualify as suitable for a lullaby lyric?
The simplest and most obvious line of interpretation is that Rock-a-bye Baby is about falling asleep. Surprise! Alright, not so much a surprise.
However, perhaps of interest, and by way of unpacking some of the threads of sense within Rock-a-bye Baby, consider the following lines of thought.
Let us start with ‘sleep’… the very stuff of lullaby. Consider the word ‘fall’ as the fulcrum or pivot upon which the nursery rhyme turns. We say, ‘fall asleep’ and understand this quite well in our own experience. It remains one of the most profound questions of human experience, and perhaps the most ignored or least understood questions as well. Where do we go when we ‘fall’ asleep?
If the nursery rhyme is about falling asleep… and why would it not be?… then the tree is an expression of consciousness. The tree top is the waking state, where the baby begins. The bough represents a mid range state of consciousness, a bough being a limb by another name, and a limb being an in-between state as in the words liminal, limbic, subliminal, and limber, a fascinating extension of sense we relate to muscle tone and ease of motion such as bending, swaying without breaking. Trees with brittle branches break easily in a strong wind. Flexible trees, bamboo for example, bend and move with the wind. As expression of consciousness, both metaphoric directions work. The sturdy oak tree represents strength and majesty, wisdom and archaic connection. The bamboo tree represent the flexibility of consciousness, bending now into subliminal realms of slumber and swaying back into wakefulness.
The connection of sense between the words ‘bough’ and ‘limb’ appears to be restricted to the English language. Most derivations around the world connect ‘bough’ with ‘arm’ and ‘shoulder’. The stretch from arm to limb is not too far, however. Perhaps we could say, on the basis of long experience as parents rocking babies in our arms, that “when the bough breaks” is when the baby is set down to sleep in the cradle, and also, many a time there has been when parental arms ache from long nights of comforting an infant child. The arms and shoulders unlock… break their caring hold of the child… to lay the child down.
The connective action between the bough/limb and the tree top/waking state, is rocking. The active power that works to create the rocking motion is wind, or perhaps breath. Breath is rhythmic, especially when calm and relaxed and free from the hew and cry of a restive child. Rocking is closely associated with cradle through the sense of ‘wag’, to move back and forth, or side to side. Within the Sabian symbols, Leo-Aquarius 13-15 describes the birthing journey including several references to wag, wagging, rocking and swaying.
Wind is also spirit. As the spirit moves us, now we sleep, now we awaken. When spirit wind moves, a rocking motion brings about a shift in consciousness. There is a transition from one realm to another. It is ever to sleep we fall.
Notice it is not a matter of ‘if’ the bough breaks, it is ‘when the bough breaks’. When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall. This is an important use of language. If you were to employ post hypnotic suggestion while attempting to get your baby to sleep, you would say “when the bough breaks”, not “if” the bough breaks. This plants the suggestion that it will happen, sleep will come, denial and resistance are futile, now my sweet angel, go the &^$# to sleep!
‘Fall’: in most, if not all, ancient cosmologies, the cardinal direction North is associated with midnight, winter solstice, with falling into deep sleep and with connecting with ancestral wisdom of those who have gone before. From the Chinese classic of change, the I Ching, for example, North is depicted by a trigram K’an, meaning a dangerous waterfall… the plunging of water between two precipitous banks of earth. The psycho-dynamic extension of this is clearly when we plunge into sleep after a long day of waking activity. Imagine a beautiful flowing river… the stream of consciousness… coming to the edge of a precipice. Also consider the fascination with which we all take in watching a waterfall. We travel to Niagara, stand for hours gazing at the immense flow cascading below. While we are in Niagara, is it not worth mentioning the link here to falling in love, the weak kneed, bough breaking plunge from one realm of reality in another? The bride and groom looking to the illuminated wonder of the world breaking over the precipice while thinking silently to themselves about the change from single life, “It will never be the same again. There is no going back. What have I done?”
Cradle: perhaps one of the most suggestive words in human language, ‘cradle’ in almost every sense indicates a turning point. think of the cradle of civilization, think of the pelvic cradle from which we bend in a physiological sense, and move forward and upright in a psycho-spiritual sense. A cradle is a safe containment for the baby to rest. To cradle in one’s arms is in a sense to lock one’s arms such that the child is held safe. Most cradles are built to rock… the direct and obvious purpose being to aid in the process of falling asleep.
There is a theory that Rock-bye-baby originated in America where field workers would suspend their new born babes in cradles from the limbs of trees on the field’s edge. The wind, as a gentle breeze, would assist in this situation by rocking the cradle while Mother worked. This is all well and good, except when it comes to the bough breaking. It is hard to imagine the bough breaking so many times as to become ingrained deep into the psyche of millions upon millions of people. It is reasonable to have happened once or twice… that bough breaking… but enough to sear the image into the collective mind? I wonder.
“Down will come baby, cradle and all”: notice that it is “down will come”. This does not say “and crashes fatefully upon the hard ground”, it says, “down will come”. The question is, “to where?”
Trees have roots, which we do not see unless by violent force of unearthing. The unconscious is likened unto the roots of a great tree. it is the unknown, the unseen, that which lies in the chthonic maternal womb of the earth. “Down will come” expresses going deep into this vast and wondrous unknown… or perhaps forgotten… realm. Here we sleep, we dream, we travel many many worlds, we learn, are taught, healed, restored. Most of what happens during sleep is left forgotten there.
Is it not befitting to end the rhyme with “down will come baby, cradle and all”?
Yes, Rock-a-bye Baby is about falling to sleep; no, baby does not crash to its death upon the cruel and rocky ground. However, yes, the ego dies in sleep, falls apart, dissolves like powdered crystals in a turbulent stream. Sleep is a death of a sort, a rehearsal unwinding of a mortal coil. And yes mom and dad, rock and roll will change your children forever.
Rock = a motion that lies at the core of our embodied being in this world. ‘Rock’ is also physical reality or that from which we move while falling asleep. In this way, rocking as a motion, paradoxically keeps us grounded while moving consciousness beyond our physical reality.
Tree = tree of life; tree of consciousness
Tree top = waking state of consciousness, the part of the tree that receives the sun’s first light in morning.
Cradle = all that holds and nurtures us as humans in this world; Cradle is safety and a vehicle through which one rocks safely into different realms of consciousness.
Bough = limb or subliminal states where consciousness mingles with subconscious streams and contents.
Breaks = rapid change; release from one hold of safety into another; waterfall.
Down = far below surface consciousness; plunging deeper; physical reality left behind in safe keeping until you return. To go beneath the ground sounds very much like dying. If we consider falling asleep as rehearsal for that big sleep, then yes, down is death as dark is night, where dreamtime wanders until tops of trees receive first light.
So, Rock-a-bye Baby!
“Early morning dew” Leo 10
Sabian Sage © 2014 Blain Bovee boveeastrology.com
This symbol is illuminated 3:38 AM EDT August 1
Lightly upon the fields of grass and grain, the breath of heaven rests as dew.
While doves and a distant train, call a tune green dark forests knew.
If you are traveling across Canada, sing some Canadian Railroad Trilogy. If across America, “this land is made for you and me”. If traversing anywhere in the wondrous world , find a song that spirit speaks and songbird’s fly.
Early morning dew does not linger long. It glistens in the morning light, rolls on thoughts from a roaming night, sparkles in an eye’s delight, then ii’s gone.
Yes, you will feel the welling of a mission and sense of the challenges you will conquer all. Yet the mountains know, and waters river, we are but transient here, one and all.
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Taking the leap… that is what we are brought to on the edge of a precipice.
The question is, “What is it you are leaping into?”
Usually, these kind of life situations bring up much anxiety because ‘leaping’ is so very far from steady conventional steps along solid ground. The “leap’ takes one into the unknown without ground. Exciting, to be sure, and calling upon a deep sense of self in order to jump.
There may be a tendency to want everyone watch as you do a cannonball off the high diving board today. Also, overly emotional expressions of potential loss can colour your form.
It is a new Moon start for the new cycle. Taking a leap to begin will tend to work out well."
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Cancer 24, "A woman and two men on a sunlit piece of land facing south"
The Sabian symbols are like portals of magic and sense you always felt were there, but only ever occasionally stumbled through.
Cancer 24: Imagine gazing into a fire when a door opens and a woman and two men are standing there. One man is a poet by the look of him, the shining light of Venus washes his demeanour in song serene. The other is a warrior intent on love and the starry light of strategy follows his quest.
The woman loves both and as she looks upon her lovers under the full light of the summer Sun, she steps back, withdrawing rather than having to choose.
You must decide if she is wise.