Capricorn 16° “Give it everything you’ve got.”

The Span of Dependence – The 2nd Hemisphere of Capricorn

Phase 286

Earth Element – Cardinal

The formula is: sustaining-critical-efficient-generalizing-physical-experimental.

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Capricorn 16° Boys and girls in gymnasium suits

This is a symbol of practical experience as at root a matter of developing self-competency, and of life as a never-ending adjustment of ideals and motives to the everyday potentials of human society. The individual is called on to co-operate in a continual estimation and re-estimation of his powers and capacities by his fellows, and to bring an aliveness of interest to everything in which he would participate. A disciplined self-responsibility is demanded for a common achievement.

The keyword is ANIMATION.

When positive, the degree is an effective appreciation of joint action and a high skill in supervising group effort, and when negative, self-betrayal through unimaginative conventionality.

The Cave – Mumford and Sons

You Go First

Anyone here have fond memories of gym class? How about the showers afterwards? Anyone? Anyone? I’m thinking not so much…  But that’s because, for me, those memories stir up emotions. That’s today’s keyword, by the way: ANIMATION. To stir things up. So, if the shoe fits…. Here is the primal stirring from within. We become animated and excited. Buttons, deep down inside, can be pushed. Our muscles are about to be put to the test.

Irony in the Gym

The word itself, “Gymnasium” is Latin; from Greek gymnasion, being derived from Greek gymnos, meaning “naked”! But here they are—girls and boys suited up! What lurks beneath the surface is the idea of peer pressure, competition, ostracism, and god-forbid, ridicule and bullying. Unfortunately, humanity has retained this drawing out and public display of that which lies beneath our insecurities and our fears of inadequacy. Let’s dive deeper, though…

History in the raw

The Greeks: In Hellenistic times, Greek-speaking Jews would sometimes take part in athletic exercises. They were then exposed to ridicule because they were circumcised — a national and religious custom which was unknown in the Greek tradition. In fact the Greek athletes, even though naked, seem to have made a point of avoiding exposure of their glans, for example by infibulation, tying a bit of string (kynodesme) around their foreskin. In Roman-occupied Jerusalem, Jews using the gymnasium would wear prosthetic foreskins made from sheep gut in order to avoid ridicule for being circumcised. (Think about things still stuffed into pants or bras–see what I mean?!)

The Romans: …To appear nude in public was considered disgusting except in appropriate places and context: the public baths (originally open to both sexes) and even public latrines were as popular meeting places for all as the forum. (Maybe hum a little tune: Here we go again…)

Growing Insecurities

Born into varying degrees of dysfunction imposed upon us by familial and socio-cultural values—the hype of the media—the unspoken class system by how much dear old dad and mom earn and whether or not we’re wearing last year’s fashions, and just how we measure up compared to those who have preceded us in the stages of puberty—the almighty initiation into adulthood–we all go through the resultant insecurities when we are thrown into public places where the physical being meets with competition and judgment.

Collective Karmic Confrontation

You may well feel that this is all about you—that you are the only one suffering. Not so! Today is about us—all of us! Don’t be blinded! Look around you! Count the suffering ones! Can’t see them? Remove your self-consciousness and insecurities for just a minute! Lose the personal perspective. Do you see her–really see her? She’s almost ready to cry! See him–really see him? His stooped shoulders, his downward gaze betray his self-loathing! Does this surprise you? Seriously, does it? It shouldn’t. We are not the only ones? We all have known such feelings. And here we all are, bumping into one another, causing on-going pain and suffering. Why? Because we failed to look to our own self-love, self-honor, self-respect and self-appreciation first. We cannot give love and appreciation away until we possess it first ourselves.

Team Spirit Shout Out

Now, do you also remember the one in gym class who supported you, who chose you to be on their team, who always had a word of encouragement even in the worst of times—when you fell during a race, dropped a baton, slipped from the balance beam, missed the shot, struck out? Eyes on that leader! Now be one!

Stand up!

Stand out!

We need you. We need you desperately. You have come to serve the collective.

Are you ready?

Time to get animated!

“Give it everything you’ve got.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Image capture:  Workout for Kids 

Welcome to more of the amazing and wondrous Sabian symbols!

To learn more about The Sabian Assembly, the organization founded by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones on October 17, 1923, where seekers are bound by “searching for competent rather than easy answers to the problems of life”, please visit The Sabian Assembly.

I invite you to visit me on my website at SabianGeometry, on YouTube at Sabian Geometry or on  Facebook at Sabian Geometry with Saijin. The Sabian Symbol Septenary (7-fold model) is available read on WordPress at or listen on Spotify.

If you are interested in studying the Sabian symbols in their models of the Cross (4-fold, structural/masculine) and the Star (5-fold, creative/feminine), I invite you to purchase my book: On the Shoulders of Giants: Advanced Techniques in Sabian Symbology

*All of my works are based on Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, 1953 First Edition, The Sabian Publishing Society, New York; printed in the United States of America by the Roberts Studio Press, Arden, Delaware.

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