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Virgo 10° “Forced identity crisis.”

Virgo 10

“Forced identity crisis.”

The Span of Idealization

Phase 160

Earth Element

The formula is: sustaining-practical-efficient-specializing-social-inspired.

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

Virgo 10° Two heads looking out and beyond the shadows

This is a symbol of man’s transcendental powers of comprehension, emphasized here in his ability to reduce all knowledge to exact and efficient formulas. His stereoscopic reason gives him an intellectual genius on the one hand and endows him with an exceptional mechanical sense in everyday or practical realms on the other. The inner and outer facets of reality are merged in the effectiveness of his judgment.

The Keyword is INTELLIGENCE.

When positive, the degree is a superb capacity for seeing both sides in every given issue and so bringing all the various phases of human enterprise to some unity of common purpose, and when negative, hopeless fragmentation of self within itself.

Sarah dissolves the labyrinth

“Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the goblin city. My will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom as great. You have no power over me.”

Between a rock and a hard place!

From ancient Greek mythology, in Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus must pass between Charybdis, a treacherous whirlpool, and Scylla, a horrid man-eating, cliff-dwelling monster. Ever since, saying one is stuck between a rock (the cliff) and a hard place (the whirlpool) has been a way to succinctly describe being in a dilemma.

When push comes to shove!

When a situation which has deteriorated and become desperate, and drastic measures are needed.

When an unstoppable force meets and immovable object, watch out!

Han Feizi, a philosophical book from the 3rd century BC, a merchant of spears and shields tries his best to sell his wares. On being asked about his spear, he gives a handy reply that it could pierce any shield, but of his shield, he explained, it could defend any form of spear it encountered.

Read between the lines! Think it through! Something’s got to give!

Now that your transcendental powers of comprehension have taken hold and merged into stereoscopic effectiveness of judgment, are you ready for Sarah’s two-door puzzle? Right this way!

Now, walk through the threshold to higher understanding, if you dare! The Dweller on the Threshold awaits you!

“Forced identity crisis.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Image: by Artist, Biljana Vujicic explains, “My artwork is a lament for a lost identity. I face my new identity as a stranger; and while new to me, this identity defines centuries of previous generations. Torn between the two, I recreate nostalgic moments of the old .. while at the same time I create visual codes for the new identity.

Virgo 9° “Watch where you’re pointing that light.”

Virgo 9

“Watch where you’re pointing that light!”

The Span of Idealization

Phase 159

Earth Element

The formula is: sustaining-practical-efficient-specializing-social-responsible.

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

Virgo 9° A man making a futurist drawing

This is a symbol of the originality an individual must show in any true assertion of himself, and of the importance of the aesthetic or more spiritual areas of his experience. It is only through an identifiable and personal uniqueness that man is able to establish himself among his fellows, and the risk he takes is that if this becomes too extreme it may repel rather than attract. Implicit in the symbolism is a challenge to a distinctiveness which will release the creative capacities of others as well as self.

The Keyword is EXPERIMENT.

When positive, the degree is a gift for the illimitable expansion of the human mind and a consequent extension of its powers, and when negative, complete and continuous confusion of ideas.

Venus – Frankie Avalon

One Way or Another

What future are you planning? What will you do or not do, more importantly, to make it so? The sun is now in the degree of a man making a futurist drawing. Plan according to your greatest vision of your grandest self….

O Shining One ~ Morning Star and Evening Star

The planet Venus symbolizes both the lower and higher manifestations of love– the instinctual and the divine manifestations. Of course, Venus is not a star at all, but a planet, yet because her orbit is closer to the Sun than ours, she shines brightly for us, making her a subject of high symbolic interest as she moves from one side of the sun to the other, leading or following. Her lesson of life mastery is that it is not a matter of destroying the dark or the light, but to be in harmony with oneself, and to continue shining one’s light, come heaven or hell.

“Watch where you’re pointing that light!” Namaste ~ Saijin

Virgo 8° “The secret ingredient.”

Virgo 8° ~ First dancing instruction ~ Keyword: ASSISTANCE

“When positive, the degree is achievement through a personal competence and a high gift for co-operation, and when negative, cheerful acceptance of ineptitude.” Dr. Marc Edmund Jones

“The secret ingredient.”

I Hope You Dance

Discovering a hidden you

First we learn the basics of how to enlist and practice those things which are fundamental for the development of the greater potential. Then, once we’ve learned enough—not perfect by any means—but “enough”—then we go out and begin sharing, demonstrating.

Our passions, whatever they might be, will be successfully integrated into our adult lives—becoming instructors or perhaps even becoming professionals ourselves.

We keep these passions alive in the community through teaching or participating. The point is that to potentialize and then actualize, to magnify our passions, we first must identify inclinations, discover our raw talent and our promising affinities. Then it is that we will find assistance. When the student is ready, the master appears.

After traveling the path of developing competency, achieved through a spirit of cooperation with those who can properly instruct us, then we are ready for real performance.

What was a passion now becomes a duty—an obligation—to share that which we’ve become with the world, for the benefit of the world.

The secret ingredient is to cooperate by accepting assistance. Only after mastering what is—under proper authority and guidance—only then can one individualize and interpret at a more highly-evolved, specialized level.

Remember! When you’ve found your joy, take the next step, find your assistance. To be a master, one must first serve at the apprenticeship level.

I hope you dance!

“The secret ingredient.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Image: Classical bell tutus in The Dance Class by Degas, 1874

Virgo 7° “Master ship, star, sky, then sea.”

Virgo 7° ~ A harem ~ Keyword: RESTRAINT⁣

“When positive, the degree is a courageous and complete disregard of limitation by the rejection of its terms at any cost, and when negative, self-betrayal for momentary ease.” Dr. Marc Edmund Jones⁣

“Master ship, star, sky, then sea.”⁣

Episode of Love – One Night with the King – Esther

Truths that are hard to handle?

When the student is ready the master appears.

Handle it! What is “it”? That which you have control over—YOURSELF!

And remember to never interfere with an enemy who is in the process of destroying itself.

Appear weak when you are strong and strong when you are weak.

“Do not confuse the raft with the destination,” Buddha warned.

Judge not lest ye be judged. Wisdom cometh from the heart. God knows the heart!

Every truth shall be revealed.

O ye of little faith!

“We acknowledge that to receive we only have to ask, And that to have the entire celestial realm of perfect consummation opened unto us we only have to knock, and we affirm that through our invisible fellowship we approach the door of the silence that awaits our touch and admits us on the manifestation of our faith and appreciation.” Sabian Healing Ritual, Prefatory Acknowledgement

The journey is not over. There is still work to be done. Be swift about what you are called to do!

Go now! Be about the Lord’s work!

“Master ship, star, sky, then sea.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Image: Esther

Virgo 6° “Dynamic intensity.”

“Dynamic intensity.”

The Span of Idealization

Phase 156

Earth Element

The formula is:  sustaining-practical-efficient-specializing-social-experimental.

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

Virgo 6° A merry-go-round

This is a symbol of a cyclic and necessary intensification of any personal being, as emphasized on the side of normal or everyday experience. Pleasure is the simplest possible form of creative exchange, and it always encourages and refines the individual’s range of potentiality. Here is a receptiveness to every turn of opportunity to be found in the immediate situation, and a willingness to attempt its demonstration.

The Keyword is DIVERSION.

When positive, the degree is endless and happy resourcefulness in a constant reorientation of self to meet varying exigencies of life, and when negative, a continuous and senseless ricochet from one to another meaningless phase of self-expression.

Ride a Painted Pony

Now You See Me

“…[As] an opportunity for ordering affairs there is here a golden one that points to a believing in the presence of hidden resources in the depths of self.” Marc Edmund Jones

Have you seen the movie Now You See Me? It is the mind of a genius police detective, son of a master of illusion, at work—in dynamic intensity–to reveal the culprit of a crime committed years ago—the death of his own father–by utilizing a group of ingenious and diverse magicians.

I had a friend, a member of Mensa, the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world, who flouted his membership (self-magnanimity?) that placed distance between. Perhaps it was a self-protective device (to avoid intimacy?). Who knows! Regardless, his intelligence was to be admired. Rumor had it he was a softy in person, but at a distance, via email, his condescending nature frequently came through. Remember Virgo 4—Intimacy—the four ways of being? Unintelligent and unkind. Unintelligent and kind. Intelligent and unkind. Intelligent and kind. To some he revealed both sides–sometimes encouragement and discussion, other times condescension and derision—a personality like unto the police detective in Now You See Me! But alas, at the end of the movie he revealed his true self. And, he did so, at the carousel!

Make way! Let me through! The Mensa within is about to reveal himself!

Flying Beauties

Remember the scramble to get to your favorite horse on the carousel? It doesn’t take much to hear the music playing either. This was the attraction that beyond all others simply had to be taken for a ride or the whole occasion would not feel complete. It opened the imagination the most, an immediate wormhole into a world of magic and fantasy.

That’s where we are today, if you pause long enough to remember, to recall, to run to your horse. It is a day of diversion that delights the child in us where we are carefree once more. Come one, come all! Come to the carnival! Ride a painted pony let the spinning wheel spin!

“Dynamic intensity.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Virgo 5° “Imagination persists.”

“Imagination persists.”

The Span of Idealization

Phase 153

Earth Element

The formula is: sustaining-practical-efficient-specializing-physical-inspired.

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

Virgo 5° A man dreaming of fairies

This is a symbol of the imaginative resources of life as manifest in the folklore of the race, and of man’s ability to use the coin of his inner and eternal experience with a practical wisdom and insight. Here is his effective communion with the personified powers of the everyday world, as this instruments his efforts whenever he moves toward his goal and reorders his perspective whenever he gives voice to his vision. The dreams of man are always the foretaste of human achievement.

The Keyword is OUTLOOK.

When positive, the degree is subtle persuasiveness by which real support is gained for any given end, and when negative, lack of all appreciation for enduring realities.

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

That’s what your imaginal discs are for! Listen & Learn!📝 👀 🦋

When a caterpillar becomes a pupa, it releases enzymes that DISSOLVE almost all of its tissues.

Only the IMAGINAL DISCS, plus certain muscles and portions of the nervous system survive.

Where are you in the process of your own metamorphosis?

Are you dissolving?

Are you imagining?

Are you flexing your muscles?

Are you engaging your nervous system?

How are you using what you have now to become that grander version of yourself?

And, please, don’t think someone’s going to step in and save you! This is what you came here to do! To BECOME! So get busy, the future has need of you! Be up and about your metamorphosis!

The Jack of ♦️Pride: A Butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.

From “Sabian Symbols in Card Reading” by Delle Fowler:

“Fragile and struggling, the butterfly hangs almost free from its confinement in the chrysalis. The boy reaches to help and the old man stops his hand. “No,” he says firmly. “Mind your own business. If you help now the butterfly will always be damaged. It must make the struggle successfully on its own.

“Moments pass, and then in one last huge effort the butterfly emerges free and hanging, wings downward. Gradually, the wings flatten and expand, the legs and other body parts harden, and then in that long awaited moment the glorious colors flash and it soars round the boy’s head and then, dancing in the air, moves away.”

“Imagination persists.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Virgo 4° “Good to know you have a friend.”

“Good to know you have a friend.”

The Span of Idealization

Phase 154

Earth Element

The formula is: sustaining-practical-efficient-specializing-physical-responsible.

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

Virgo 4° A colored child playing with white children

This is a symbol of the actual illimitability of human relationships, dramatized here in the more personal and wholly specialized environment of everyday affairs. There are no facets of man’s character that cannot be built into the fabric of both a whole self and an integrated group, but each one of them must always have its own unconditioned manifestation. These are differences which as embraced in mutual appreciation become the basis of all conscious being or individual satisfaction.

The Keyword is INTIMACY.

When positive, the degree is successful participation in every possible variety of experience, and when negative, lack of capacity for psychological adjustment.

Where the Wild Things Are

The Bull:  When you go home, will you say good things about us?

Max:  Yeah, I will.

The Bull:  Thanks, Max.

Judith:  You’re the first king we haven’t eaten.

Alexander:  Yeah, that’s true. Bye, Max.

Max:  Bye.

KW:  Don’t go. I’ll eat you up; I love you so.

All howl

The way I see it, there are four kinds of people, a mixture of levels of intelligence and kindness. If we just looked at the extremes, we would have:





If you are number 1, may you be blessed to find a way to understand that really, we all need to be non-judgmental, and, meanwhile, to be kind in spite of our biases and prejudices.

If you are number 2, thank you—thank you for showing us that loving-kindness is not dependent on “smarts” but “hearts”…

If you are number 3, God help you! Seriously. This is the I-see-dumb-people type, the know it all who looks down his or her nose at anyone they think to be less intelligent than themselves. All I know is, we are damned lucky that the heavenly beings aren’t doing that to us!

And if you are number 4, God bless you. Please keep shining your light among us. Do not give up hope in us. You are so wise, knowing as you do, that we each must start where we are, in each moment, and catch ourselves when we stumble, and find a way back into the light. Thank you for being our friend. Thank you for being divinely intelligent.

“Good to know you have a friend.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Virgo 3° “Love exists before the birth.”

“Love exists before the birth.”

The Span of Idealization

Phase 153

Earth Element

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

Virgo 3° Two angels bring protection

This is a symbol of the absolute certainty which any individual may develop in the terms of his conscious faith, and of the power in human character which becomes the hallmark of his spiritual orientation. There are the traditional legions of heavenly forces which ever move to sustain the soul in its outreaching to eternal values, facilitating the simple and consistent convergence of all good things toward their own kind. High-mindedness here pays very pleasant dividends.

The Keyword is SECURITY.

When positive, the degree is a sure conviction which enables man to proceed to an effective fulfillment of his dreams, and when negative, vain pretense and self-importance.

The formula is: sustaining-practical-efficient-specializing-physical-receptive.

Eurythmics ~ Miracle of Love

Love Child of Two Angels

We cannot be born without parentage–cosmic, as well as mortal. And whether or not we can appreciate the human ones, know that they are indeed angels though you may not yet have the capacity to understand or appreciate it. So, if that proves difficult, then begin at the outermost realm, the cosmic, immortal realm—where Yin and Yang set existence into motion–the light from within the void. An act of passion of universal proportions!

Now bring it to a point of understanding, a point of conception and inception. That would be you. That would be me. That would be each and every one of us who has ever lived, is now living, or is yet to come to this planet to live.

You can’t remove this stardust from you; your fire burns within. You are the Miracle of Love. The love that existed before birth…

The Archetypal Angels ~ Rudolph Valentine and Natasha, his leading lady

“It is in Rudolph’s blood to wear black velvet pantaloons and stamp his black patent leather boots and click castanets. His manner was quite Argentine; his hair quite brilliantine.

“Natasha Rambova was also clad in black velvet, offset with a red Carmen-like shawl. She was very brave to put on a ten-dollar pair of black silk stockings so close to her partner’s three-inch silver spurs,” Times reporter Dora Dean

Are you brave? In cosmic proportions? Are you being the miracle of love that you came here to be? Think about these things. You are protected…

Psalms 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

“Love exists before the birth.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Virgo 2° “Time to take your power back.”

“Time to take your power back.”⁣

The Span of Idealization

Phase 152

Earth Element

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

Virgo 2° A large white cross upraised

This is a symbol of the conscious stewardship through which man sustains his more enduring values, here emphasized by an uncompromising testimony to his deeper allegiances. His moral courage is a dynamic for all transcendental achievement, and his psychological fearlessness is a corrective for the maladjustments of both individual and society. A sense of spiritual belonging is exalted as the greatest of human satisfactions.


When positive, the degree is an utterly selfless enlistment in some dramatic service for the ultimate welfare of humankind, and when negative, witless dogmatism and misdirected efforts for causes of great pretension but little real worth.

The formula is: sustaining-practical-efficient-specializing-physical-sensitive.

Fight Song ~ Rachel Platten

Now, get up off your knees and march onward. Deal with what’s right in front of you! You’re just gonna have to learn how to trust in you again. Have some faith! It’s time for you to take control of your life. Take your power back. ⁣

This is about your happiness!⁣

Pick up your cross. What cross? That one—the big white one right there in front of your eyes. No, not that one! That one’s mine. Yes, the other one. That one’s yours. Has it a name? It has. What is it? I don’t know. It’s your cross. You name it. I’ve got my own to carry. ⁣

Seriously, you still don’t get it? Come on then, have a sit. Think about it. What is it you want? What makes you happy? Where is your power? Think, man, think! Think, woman, think!⁣

Today may you rise up and reach the synthesis of who you are within, working with self not against self! It’s the only way. It’s what your journey is all about. ⁣

Now take back your power! Stand up straight, shoulders back, chin up! Now march! Carry on! Carry on! Carry on!⁣

Uma Thurman, Jump: Jameson First Shot 2014

“Time to take your power back.” Namaste ~ Saijin ⁣

Image credit: World’s Top 19 Largest Crosses – Reach for the sky! Mount Davidson Cross, photo by Daniel Ramirez

Virgo 1° “Extraordinary means!”

“Extraordinary means!”⁣

The Span of Idealization

Phase 151

Earth Element

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

Virgo 1° ~ A man’s head

This is a symbol of full maturity in human estate, with an emphasis on the personal integrity which represents in general what all men are asked to be in particular. The ideals of an inner life are given their outer manifestation through some self-accepted responsibility on which others can count. Ambition has its high dignity here in the distinction with which it endows those who remain most faithful to its exactions and thereupon become most conscious of its rewards.

The Keyword is CHARACTER.

When positive, the degree is an effective self-assurance and an ever-clear vision of each emerging opportunity in life, and when negative, inordinate vanity and a consistent overestimation of individual capacities.⁣

The formula is: sustaining-practical-efficient-specializing-physical-experimental.

Of ogres and ogresses… Shrek the Third

Double Entendre ~ a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué.⁣

Character, that quality of self in which it is far better to have one than to be one… But, (and what comes after ‘but’ is always the most important part!) if you are truly a class-act, you can have one and be one, too!⁣

Let’s be characters with character! Do try to see what’s missing and bring that to light from within! You’ll be doing yourself, and the world at large, an invaluable service.⁣

The Seven Cardinal Virtues⁣

All virtues have as their final scope to dispose man to acts conducive to his true happiness. ⁣

The happiness, however, of which man is capable is twofold, namely, natural, which is attainable by man’s natural powers, and supernatural, which exceeds the capacity of unaided human nature. ⁣

Since, therefore, merely natural principles of human action are inadequate to a supernatural end, it is necessary that man be endowed with supernatural powers to enable him to attain his final destiny. ⁣

Now these supernatural principles are nothing else than the theological virtues.” James Stalker⁣

Find your character, find your happiness!⁣

“Extraordinary means!” Namaste ~ Saijin ⁣

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