Virgo 23° “Handling in the nick of time.”

The Span of Experimentation

Phase 173

Earth Element – Mutable

The formula is: sustaining-practical-efficient-generalizing-social-receptive.

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

Virgo 23° An animal trainer

This is a symbol of the organic integrity of the world at large, evident here in man’s gift for using all its interweaving relationships to impose his ideas and desires on lesser forms of life. Implicit in the symbolism is the fact that an individual will be conditioned more and more hopelessly by his environment and experience if he fails to give continual attention to his own potentials and to the self-discipline he must have to develop them. He finds that he can do everything for which he is able to enlist the whole of himself.

The Keyword is RESOLUTENESS.

When positive, the degree is illimitable patience and adroitness in personal accomplishment, and when negative, futile show-off and idle boasting.

My Mother the Car

A “nick” refers to a notch or small cut, but did you know that nick is also synonymous with precision?

Nicks or notches were used on tally sticks to measure or keep score. So, when it comes to animal training and keeping score, it might be a matter of patience and precise timing—being able to read the animal’s tell-tale signs, knowing its “normal” behaviors, its unique personality traits. Even as it is when raising rambunctious children–as every mother well knows—the best results will require applying a flexible, spontaneous and well-timed mixture of responses. I guess it all depends on the circumstances. One response will never work in all situations. So, what’s the goal? What or who or why are you attempting to train? I do hope your resolve includes love–lots and lots of love!

Roger is my “joyful” son; he came into this world saying, “Wow! What’s next? Let’s do that! Come on, Mom! Let’s play!” One of my fondest memories of him was when he was about five years old. I came to his bedroom and found him hanging upside down by his knees from the top bunk bed railing donning his camouflage pants and bandana—play clothes that I’d sewn for him. He growled as he wielded his toy rubber-knife into the jungle of his bedroom. Another time, as a young football player, as we came upon the reassigned field location for his after-school scrimmage, and from the parking lot I asked him if we were at the right location. “Ro, those guys look awfully big!” He interrupted firmly, “Mom! The bigger they are the harder they fall, gotta go, see you later,” as he jumped from the van and sprinted onto the field.

Question: Who’s training who? Seriously, who’s training who?

When the tables are turned…

Here’s my “training” story of being joyfully rescued in my own “nick of time.” Roger reached out with some grrreeat news which had us talking on the phone. I mentioned I’d been having printer problems all day long. He offered to help me, knowing as he does that I know just enough about technology to be dangerous. Roger, however, is a techy, with a big heart! Long story short, he got the printer working again after a period of time spent patiently trouble-shooting over the phone, with step-by-step instructions for me to follow, which I did.

But, Roger was, is and ever will be Roger…. “Hey, Mom! Are you looking at me? You really should look at me!” I’d had the phone on a tripod facing the computer screen for him to see. I turned it around. Today’s image depicts what I saw. Enjoy our joyful-trouble-shooting session with an Animal-Trainer add-on. Free of charge–just lots and lots of love!

“Handling in the nick of time.” Namaste ~ Saijin

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