The Span of Retention – The 1st Hemisphere of Scorpio
Water Element – Fixed
The formula is: sustaining-ideal-universal-specializing-spiritual-experimental.
Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:
Scorpio 11° A drowning man rescued
This is a symbol of the soul’s personal immortality, and of its unabated eagerness in returning to the various phases of its experience again and again. There is here a consistent partnership between man and nature, so that the very accidents of circumstance can be counted on to serve him as long as he maintains his underlying enthusiasm of being. His consciousness has a continuity through his sense of responsibility for his own creative powers.
The Keyword is SAFETY.
When positive, the degree is the inherent courage which constitutes a protection from the vicissitudes of life, and when negative, a tendency to hysteria on the least occasion and a lean on transient excitement for all self-realization.
Bridge on the River Kwai https://youtu.be/83bmsluWHZc
Warning Signal Ahead!
“I’m only doing my job.” — These are possibly the most dangerous words that could be uttered; however, they can likewise be the most honorable and humble words that can be spoken. It all depends on whether they are being used as an excuse and self-justification for refusing to hear the voice of one’s own conscience or whether uttered by the one following the chosen path of one’s destiny–that unfathomably dangerous journey through life of one’s purpose in humility and in power.
“I’m only doing my job.”
Here’s to the Whistleblowers!
The piercing sound of the whistle shrills through the air. All eyes turn in its direction and see the whistleblower pointing to the distressed one. Others, you see, are closer, able more swiftly to respond. Those closest to the situation have been alerted! They race, they dive, they swim to get to the one at the heart of the emergency. They arrive just as quickly as possible, their adrenalin pumping through them like water through a fire hose. Stay out of their way—for Heaven’s sake!
A Second Chance
Today is dedicated to the whistle-blowers, the ones “dedicated to identifying and pointing out the distressed situation and person in need of relief” to render ultimate and immortal assistance to those who have gone too far, those who have jumped in over their heads or, in the words of Dane Rudhyar, “…the person who carelessly, perhaps, ventured too far beyond his depth and then was given a ‘second chance’ to live…”. The whistleblower is the one who “risks his life to save another. … Love based on a sense of responsibility—even that of a chance bystander.” He comes for safety’s sake.
Somebody’s got to do it. Have you been called? If so that makes you responsible. Sure, the choice is still yours, but whichever way you chose–to respond or to tuck tail and run–the consequences are likewise attached. What matters is WILL YOU ANSWER THE CALL? Remember, there are two ways to think about this, to answer the call with… or to bow out with…
“I’m only doing my job.” Namaste ~ Saijin
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