Capricorn 19° “Hiding something from ourselves?”

The Span of Dependence – The 2nd Hemisphere of Capricorn

Phase 289

Earth Element – Cardinal

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

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

Capricorn 19° A child of about five with a huge shopping bag

This is a symbol of the spiritual stewardship of man as expressed in his inherent sense of responsibility for the welfare of others, and in his desire to serve his community to the extreme of his particular range of skills. There is wonderful recompense for the individual willing to share the total of his potentialities, and to enjoy those of his fellows to the limit of his understanding. His quickening to every opportunity of common function becomes a special self-fulfillment.

The keyword is EXPECTATION.

When positive, the degree is an effective breadth of participation in everyday living, and when negative, indiscriminate conformity to every passing fad.

What’s in the bag?

“I’m more interested in the question of observation—maybe the question of identity—rather than to try to affirm or assert.” Evan Penny

Let’s unpack it. Ready?

Who, me?

Yes, you…. “With the self-portrait series, I delved much more deeply and much more personally into the ambiguity and the uncertainty of the image—the unreliability of the image—because, in both cases, I’m actually starting with what I look like now—not from what I used to look like. So, they’re both—the young and the old—are still a reflection in some way on how I look now. And I think, conceptually, for me, that’s to the point. No matter how we think we used to look, that information is not clear, it’s unreliable, and it’s all just a reflection on how we feel and imagine now.” Evan Penny and his hyper realistic sculptures and the relationship between image and modern technology, explained.

Once you’ve seen it you can’t unsee it.

There’s no turning back now… “‘No exit‘ is a 1944 existentialist French play written by Jean-Paul Sartre. The play is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. … Sartre’s ideas about ‘The Look’ and the perpetual ontological struggle of being caused to see oneself as an object in the world of another consciousness.”

The look

Here’s lookin’ at you, kid. “The mere possible presence of another person causes one to look at oneself as an object and see one’s world as it appears to the other. This is not done from a specific location outside oneself, but is non-positional. … This transformation is most clear when one sees a mannequin that one confuses for a real person for a moment.”

Left holding the bag

Me, always me…. “What’s at stake here is the loss of identity, and equally, the potential for identifying ‘identity’.”

The Empty Bag

All is on the table now, ready to be put away. We’ve come full circle. Time to relax, kick back and enjoy a unique guitar performance of  “No Exit” written about “No Exit”…for one and for all.

“Hiding something from ourselves?” Saijin

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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