The image and the thought for the Sabian symbol for 15 degrees Capricorn is , “ In a hospital, the children’s ward is filled with toys.” The Sabian symbols are channeled communications given to Marc Jones which are interpretations for each degree of the zodiac. They were received in 1925 through the intermediary of Elsie Wheeler, a clairvoyant woman.
I find the Sabian symbols useful as a way of using Astrology for the purpose of deepening the metaphor and reflecting on the influences of the movement of the planets through the zodiac
Within the Sabian thought forms there are interesting insights to reflect on that offer insights towards some kind of intuitive awareness of healing and an integration towards self realization.
On January 5th, 2019, just yesterday at the time of this writing, we have passed through the powerful energy of this New Moon Eclipse. It is an occurrence that is when the Moon stands between the Earth and the Sun. The Moon is at its darkest moment now as it begins the transition from a waning cycle to a waxing cycle towards brightness and fullness.
The New Moon is a beginning time and so it is a useful time to reflect on what you want to create and affirm for your life. With the New Moon conjunct the Sun in Capricorn it is a good time to solidify your standing with others out in the World, be it your community your job, your Nation and if need be the whole World. Capricorn is the symbol of the Mountain Goat who seeks to climb to the top of the Mountain. Capricorn seeks height so as to be visible, to be seen as a fine upstanding person. Responsibility, commitment and integrity are the gems of wisdom along with good solid grounding with one’s self in relationship to reality. These are some of the gifts and blessings of this taskmaster of a sign Capricorn and its ruler Saturn.
A strongly placed Saturn, the planet that rules Capricorn, and/or should you have planets in Capricorn in your chart, they shall imbue you with boulders and challenges of varying degrees that serves to bind you towards your destiny. There is something sweet and wonderful taking place amidst the “pain in the butt” nonstop layers of tasks and commitments and never ending cycles of the need to show up for it all. Strength, grace and endurance which adds beautifully to self esteem via the commitment to taking responsibility for one’s self.
It is useful to refer to the Sabian symbol for 15 degrees Capricorn since the symbol’s keynote pertains to “the responsibility of society to ensure the welfare and health of a new generation.” This indicates to me that this New Moon in Capricorn conjunct the Sun 15 degrees is echoing the call to be mindful of policies and actions that are harmful to the folks that are coming of age now. Along with reflecting on the children cruelly and barbarically separated from their parents for whom out of desperation chose to come to this country seeking asylum from danger. The response from the U.S. reflects the enactment of claims to socio-Political power as suggested by the 15 degree Sabian symbol as interpreted by Dane Rudhyar. Here is where the tender care, wit and skills are needed to neutralize this most disturbing and dangerous situation. This New Moon Eclipse is setting the tone for this year to get those children and babies reunited with their families into a safe comfortable environment. That is what the Sabian Symbol said to me in the image of a children’s hospital ward filled with toys.
The symbol also speaks to two major existential issues we are needing to confront and deal with now and that is Global Warming and the Economy. The symbol as interpreted by Dane Rudhyar where he states, “the sociocultural process must look to the future as well as to the past. It has created conditions which may harm the children who will carry forward its work, and must try to repair these negative conditions through love as well as through physical care.” He goes on to say, “In personal life, the individual should take great care of his fresh intuitions and his dreams of future growth. They are often fragile developments which the pressures of everyday life can easily distort or destroy.”
Dane Rudhyar speaks of this symbol as “the last stage of Scene Nineteen, which began with a powerful claim for socio-Political power”. He goes on to say that, “the exercise of such a power can indeed produce social conditions which endanger the healthy and spiritual unfoldment of a community, and-especially its children”. He then goes on to recommend, ” There is therefore constant need for TENDER CARE as well as skill to neutralize the destructive tensions of social living.”
Skill to neutralize the vast imbalances and serious crazy we are living through now. There is such a need right now for good clever wit and solid embodied people with integrity. We must focus, guide and support bringing about the trend of tender care while being utterly aware of the realities created by careless minds who are lacking skills and care for humanity. I would like to add the crisis and fight for a vibrant free press. It is our responsibility to make it be so. Capricorn and Saturn playing out at its best.
This is what I believe is possible to find, using the understanding that might be gleaned from time tested empiric knowledge. The wisdom of intuitive impressions received from many years of working with the symbols of planets, signs, aspects, transits, etc. in astrology.
I, myself along with many others seek to sense and understand how to interpret and learn from these cycles in terms of their effects on our lives. How to work with those energies in order to make understanding, integration and healing the trend. We, collectively experience the effects of the eternal cycling of major outer & inner planetary transiting activity. The subtle and sometimes not so subtle wake up calls triggering the “self instructors sharp and tender love”, beckoning our awakening and awareness.
The need for TENDER CARE as well as skills on how to go about messaging into the collective a consciousness that serves to neutralize the destructive tensions of social living.
When Dane Rudhyar wrote the above reflecting on the meaning of the Sabian symbol for 15 degrees Capricorn it was 1944, thereabout. It was at the beginning of World War Two. Hitler was in power and creating hell on earth among other barbaric shortsighted situations occurring. Not far removed to what is going on at this present time in the 21st Century. He tells us that 15 degrees Capricorn is the last stage of Scene Nineteen which began with a powerful claim for socio-political power. When I think of the barbaric unnecessary humanitarian crisis in Yemen or the children here in the U.S. suffering torture as they are recklessly torn away from their parents and trusted caregivers, being kept like criminals in cages. And let us remember the existential crisis of global warming we are actually in the midst of now along with the huge financial bubble waiting to burst due to greed, lack of emotional and spiritual development and an antiquated financial system that must be transformed to a dignified integrity that supports All. This is Saturn and Pluto both in Capricorn calling all humanity to have courage and heart as the system in its fragility quite possibly might fall apart. Calling to be replaced with relevant structures of operation and currency that enables humanity in all variations of evolution, consciousness and political affiliation to evolve.
The folk rock singer Melanie sings about the Earth and it’s inhabitants that, “it’s too soon to die”. And with Jupiter moving through its home sign in Sagittarius among other lovely aspects there is hope. There is help. There is a strong need for tender care. With Neptune in Pisces, Chiron late Pisces along with Uranus the planet of change and innovation going direct, albeit 28 degrees Aries however shortly beginning its journey through Taurus, seeking peace, sensuality, stability and beauty. These current placements suggest to me the ability to create and set up a fertile ground for the creation of the needed skills to allow movement forward towards a new level of understanding enhanced by the Piscean and Neptunian need to dissolve boundaries allowing compassion, understanding, mercy and forgiveness to unfold. The necessary healing to create sustainable living unfolds.
In harmony, grace and strength let us continue moving forward in peace.