Category Archives: Aries

Aries 30 ~ “In this light now go forward.”


“In this light now go forward.”

The Span of Examination

Phase 30

Fire Element

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

Aries 30° A duck pond and its brood

This is a symbol of the eternal fitness of things, provided the individual take the fullest advantage of the cosmic ordering. Implicit in the symbolism is man’s ability to establish his world of experience according to his own needs, and to function effectively because he has the acumen to align himself with his own genius and to seek a personal satisfaction in a simple efficacy of being himself.

The keyword is RELIABILITY

When positive, the degree is an accustomed competency or ease in dealing with immediate circumstances, and when negative, a tendency toward provincialism or an acceptance of life with an altogether uncritical complacency.

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-spiritual-inspired.

There’s 2 O’s in Goose

Repeat after me, “Geese are our friends, geese are our friends…”

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

In other words, ducks and geese, my dears, we’re all in this together. How you treat your neighbor counts. Our limitations are this earth, physically, and illimitably, the cosmos. But what you get out there you have to bring down here and live it, ideally. That’s the flux between the previous degree—A celestial choir singing, Veneration, and today’s degree—A duck pond and its brood, Reliability. Be a cosmic citizen in a chaotic world. Be kind to your web-footed friends. Treat no one as an ugly duckling! On your honor, now proceed!

“In this light now go forward.” Saijin

Image: Duck, Duck, Goose


Aries 29 ~ “The better way is now seen.”


“The better way is now seen.”

The Span of Examination

Phase 29

Fire Element

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

Aries 29° A celestial choir singing

This is a symbol of man’s capacity to make himself an immortal instrument for the enduring visions and aspirations which have created and now hallow the world in which he lives. There are overtones here which transform every lesser aspect of experience, calling on the individual to give a spiritual dramatization to his daily living for himself and his fellows within every range of his powers and skills.

The keyword is VENERATION

When positive, the degree is a gift for the effective articulation or manifestation of those eternal realities through which all people find themselves at one, and when negative, self-deception and an acceptance of every fantasy which will flatter the ego.

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-spiritual-responsible.

Remind Me Who I Am ~ Jason Gray

When I lose my way,
And I forget my name
Remind me who I am

In the mirror all I see
Is who I don’t wanna be
Remind me who I am

In the loneliest places
When I can’t remember what grace is

“Oh that one would hear me!” cries Job, in the great poetic drama (chapter 31, verse 35), and there is an over-all intelligence which seems to do so. To the patriarch come answering words from a divine mind, out of the whirling storm which provides a very apt symbol of life.”

Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

“The meaning of these words of the Almighty is clear enough. There are elements of experience about which it is possible to do something, and also those about which nothing can be done. Did Job think he could bind up the elective or free side of existence? Could he put all reality under necessities which his own mind had conceived, and which he had conjured into being to justify his own unhappy pass? By the same token, did he believe he could loosen the determined or fixed elements of the universe, and so make everything as chaotic as his own inner turmoil? His sorry state was due, simply enough, to a complete and unnecessary incompatibility with the world in which he found himself. He had mobilized the whole complex of symbols making up his consciousness, not to the end of his own fulfillment and a happy participation in culminations on every hand, but rather for an abject contemplation if not actual enjoyment of his own misery. Job had become everyman, epitomized at the worst.” Marc Edmund Jones, Sabian Symbols in Astrology, pp. 26-27

“The better way is now seen.” Saijin

Image: Here’s Your Job Sign:

Aries 28 ~ “Decide how you’ll get through this.”

Gordian Knot

“Decide how you’ll get through this.”

The Span of Examination

Phase 28

Fire Element

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

Aries 28° A large disappointed audience

This is a symbol of the transiency of the rewards in a life taken too literally and narrowly in its more superficial terms. Implicit in the reversed symbolism is the disillusionment that comes when an individual learns that he cannot depend on the applause of his fellows, or make the momentary mood of the masses any proper guide for the values he should pursue. There is here the call to a selfhood which can rest secure in its own creative potentiality, catering to nothing exterior to itself.

The keyword is DISJUNCTION

When positive, the degree is complete spiritual independence, and when negative, a destructive assimilation of the self to every defeat or frustration of human kind.

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-spiritual-receptive.

R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly

No one had claimed the Gordian Knot was an “untie-able” problem. And no one, certainly, claimed that violence must be involved! It was just a trial, an obstacle—a challenge put forth. The proverbial knot’s story shows the easy way—just pull out your sword and make it all disappear. That’s not the point!

Be patient. Not everyone’s gonna like how you decide to handle it, but just remember, he who lives by the sword dies by the sword. There are those who will not tolerate your thoughtful, long-suffering approach to life’s problems. Spectators always seem to have the answers, as well as rotten tomatoes and cabbages to throw your way when they disagree with your way. Never mind them! They aren’t the ones on stage, you are! Do it your way, and do it right–that which you cannot not do or that only with which your conscience may be at peace! Do what you came here to do or “knot”….

“Decide how you’ll get through this.” Saijin

Image: The Gordian Knot

Aries 27 ~ “Remember ~ You’re not alone.”


“Remember ~ You’re not alone.”

The Span of Examination

Phase 27

Fire Element

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

Aries 27° Lost opportunity regained in the imagination

This is a symbol of the psychological maturity of man on the practical side of life, and of the all-important and creative fluidity of character which makes him an immortal being. Here is emphasis on experience as a means by which he may become the author of his own destiny rather than a pawn of purely superficial events, and on his capacity to re-establish himself in his own world by his own efforts whenever he desires a better foundation for whatever he may be set to accomplish.

The keyword is REFORMULATION

When positive, the degree is the self’s effective command of itself in any situation brought to immediate issue, and when negative, self-pity as a retreat from reality.

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-spiritual-sensitive.

Secrets ~ One Republic

When does a prologue of a book, which should end with an epilogue, end with another prologue instead? Grab a cup of coffee or a cup of tea, and follow me…

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

PROLOGUE, page 1

The alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought. Leafing through the pages, he found a story about Narcissus.

The alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, a youth who knelt daily beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty. He was so fascinated by himself that, one morning, he fell into the lake and drowned. At the spot where he fell, a flower was born, which was called the narcissus.

But this was not how the author of the book ended the story.
He said that when Narcissus died, the goddesses of the forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears.

“Why do you weep? The goddesses asked.

“I weep for Narcissus,” the lake replied
“Ah, it is no surprise that you weep for Narcissus,” they said, “for though we always pursued him in the forest, you alone could contemplate his beauty close at hand.”

“But…was Narcissus beautiful?” the lake asked.

“Who better than you to know that?” the goddesses said in wonder, “After all, it was by your banks that he knelt each day to contemplate himself!”

The lake was silent for some time. Finally, it said:
“I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.”

“What a lovely story,” the alchemist thought.

PROLOGUE, page 176

Warrior of the Light

“Just off the beach to the west of the village lies an island, and on it is a vast temple with many bells,” said the woman.
The boy noticed that she was dressed strangely and had a veil covering her head. He had never seen her before.
“Have you ever visited that temple?” she asked. “Go there and tell me what you think of it?”

Seduced by the woman’s beauty, the boy went to the place she had indicated. He sat down on the beach and stared out at the horizon, but he saw only what he always saw: blue sky and ocean.

Disappointed, he walked to a nearby fishing village and asked if anyone there knew about an island and a temple.

“Oh, that was many years ago, when my great-grandparents were alive,” said an old fisherman. “There was an earthquake, and the island was swallowed up by the sea. But although we can no longer see the island, we can still hear the temple bells when the ocean sets them swinging down below.”

The boy went back to the beach and tried to hear the bells. He spent the whole afternoon there, but all he heard was the noise of the waves and the cries of the seagulls.

When night fell, his parents came looking for him. The following morning, he went back to the beach; he could not believe that such a beautiful woman would have lied to him. If she ever returned, he could tell her that, although he had not seen the island, he had heard the temple bells set ringing by the motion of the waves.

Many months passed; the woman did not return and the boy forgot all about her; now he was convinced that he needed to discover the riches and treasures in the submerged temple. If he could hear the bells, he would be able to locate it and salvage the treasure hidden below.

He lost interest in school and even in his friends. He became the butt of all the other children’s jokes. They used to say: “He’s not like us. He prefers to sit looking at the sea because he’s afraid of being beaten in our games.”

And they all laughed to see the boy sitting on the shore.

Although he still could not hear the old temple bells ringing, the boy learned about other things. He began to realize that he had grown so used to the sound of the waves that he was no longer distracted by them. Soon after that, he became used to the cries of the seagulls, the buzzing of the bees and the wind blowing amongst the palm trees.

Six months after his first conversation with the woman, the boy could sit there oblivious to all other noises, but he still could not hear the bells from the drowned temple.

Fishermen came and talked to him, insisting that they had heard the bells.

But the boy never did.

Some time later, however, the fishermen changed their tune: “You spend far too much time thinking about the bells beneath the sea. Forget about them and go back to playing with your friends. Perhaps it’s only fishermen who can hear them.”

After almost a year, the boy thought: “Perhaps they’re right. I would do better to grow up and become a fisherman and come down to this beach every morning, because I’ve come to love it here.” And he thought too: “Perhaps it’s just another legend and the bells were all shattered during the earthquake and have never rung out since.”

That afternoon, he decided to go back home.

He walked down to the ocean to say goodbye. He looked once more at the natural world around him and because he was no longer concerned about the bells, he could again smile at the beauty of the seagulls’ cries, the roar of the sea, and the wind blowing in the palm trees. Far off, he heard the sound of his friends playing and he felt glad to think that he would soon resume his childhood games.

The boy was happy and—as only a child can—he felt grateful for being alive. He was sure that he had not wasted his time, for he had learned to contemplate Nature and to respect it.
Then, because he was listening to the sea, the seagulls, the wind in the palm trees, and the voices of his friends playing, he also heard the first bell.

And then another.

And another, until, to his great joy, all the bells in the drowned temple were ringing.

Years later, when he was a grown man, he returned to the village and to the beach of his childhood. He no longer dreamed of finding treasure at the bottom of the sea; perhaps that had all been a product of his imagination, and he had never really heard the submerged bells ring out on one lost childhood afternoon. Even so, he decided to walk for a while along the beach, to listen to the noise of the wind and to the cries of the seagulls.

Imagine his surprised when, there on the beach, he saw the woman who had first spoken to him about the island and its temple.

“What are you doing here?” he asked.

“I was waiting for you,” she replied.

He noticed that, despite the passing years, the woman looked exactly the same; the veil hiding her hair had not faded with time.

She handed him a blue notebook full of blank pages.

“Write: A Warrior of the Light values a child’s eyes because they are able to look at the world without bitterness. When he wants to find out if the person beside him is worthy of his trust, he tries to see him as a child would.”

“What is a Warrior of the Light?”

“You already know that,” she replied with a smile. “He is someone capable of understanding the miracle of life, of fighting to the last for something he believes in—and of hearing the bells that the waves set ringing on the seabed.”
He had never thought of himself as a Warrior of the Light. The woman seemed to read his thoughts. “Everyone is capable of these things. And, though no one thinks of himself as a Warrior of the Light, we all are.”

He looked at the blank pages in the notebook. The woman smiled again.

“Write about the Warrior,” she said.

“Remember ~ You’re not alone.” Saijin

Art: The Hourglass

Aries 26 ~ “When you get there cross the bridge.”

The Bridge of Light

“When you get there cross the bridge.”

The Span of Examination

Phase 26

Fire Element

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

Aries 26° A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold

This is a symbol of exceptional personal endowment on the side of social capacity and of an individual’s ever-potential value to his fellows, here marked by an abnormal spread of interest and a tendency to attempt all things. Implicit in the symbolism is the risk of frustration or even self-betrayal through an uncontrollable restlessness and exaggerated self-confidence, but there is also a prodigality of ambition and effort which can lead to a very genuine self-fulfillment.

The keyword is EQUIPMENT

When positive, the degree is an uncompromising independence and an inexhaustible drive toward self-discovery, and when negative, an obsession by ideas of no practical worth.

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-spiritual-experimental.

Northern Lights – ‘The Golden Compass’ Deleted Ending

A way will be provided.

“As a child, your daemon is able to take whatever form it wants to…” “Pan really is the mirror image of Lyra, only having a daemon is like — instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, it’s your heart walking side-by-side by you.”

“When you get there, cross the bridge.” Saijin

Image: The Golden Compass screen capture. “Defining Daemons”


Aries 25 ~ “How is that working for you?”

Double Rainbow

“How is that working for you?”

The Span of Examination

Phase 25

Fire Element

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

Aries 25° A double promise

This is a symbol of man’s stark resourcefulness on the side of everyday experience. For each potentiality that life may offer him there are alternatives of equal or supplementary value which he is able to recognize, and within himself there is always the symbolical as well as the literal pertinence of everything that comes to his attention. Here is unlimited capacity for seeing the world and self both inwardly and outwardly.

The keyword is SENSIBILITY

When positive, the degree is a facility of adjustment by which everything in a given situation may be brought into the fullest co-operation with everything else, and when negative, compromising insincerity and a lean to chicanery in all human relationships.

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-social-inspired.

Handel’s Messiah

A day of surprise and wonder? Many know that Handel’s Messiah, commonly known as the Hallelujah Chorus, was written for the Easter season, but some do not. Always familiar to the ear during Christmas time, perhaps the surprising dichotomy holds a deeper message for us—sort of like the double-promise of today’s degree and septenary.

There is another familiar melody where the essence of Hallelujah has become familiar to the ear–Leonard Cohen’s:

Two holy days, two beautiful songs… Make sure your double promises are both working together and not at odds. Be the double rainbow of promise, inwardly and outwardly, one in full cooperation with the other. That is today’s sensible thing to do. So here is the real question….

“How is that working for you?” Saijin

Image: Double Promise

25Double Rainbow

Aries 24 ~ “Here is a great mystery.”

La belle et la bete still 3

“Here is a great mystery.”

The Span of Examination

Phase 24

Fire Element

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

Aries 24° An open window and a net curtain blowing into a cornucopia

This is a symbol of the mutual prodigality of man and his world whenever he retains his uninhibited enthusiasm and so welcomes every varying and recurrent opportunity opening up before him. There are here the continued outer manifestations of what at times may seem to be an unmerited good fortune, but they merely show the human and cosmic facets of reality in a convenient and joyful realization of each other.

The keyword is MUNIFICENCE

When positive, the degree is an irrepressible genius for capturing the richer rewards of life and providing a wider distribution for the higher realities, and when negative, a smug and petty self-importance in dispensing favors to others.

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-social-responsible.

Bob Dylan ~ Blowin’ in the Wind

I AM TRUTH ~ “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If you were Mother Nature, and if you noticed that your children were not busy counting their blessings but instead were lamenting every predicament in their lives, that is, if they had forgotten their divine inheritance, what would you do?

Silly humans, using their inheritance to dig up bones, to cast rocks, to attack one another! What a mess! Ah, an open window! I shall seize the opportunity! Perchance that will get their attention and remind them who they really are!

What a treasure that is! To have the elements themselves bring us reminders on the wind—to help us to look beyond the surface of that which has stirred us up and to see the hidden blessings begging for identification, taking in the truths of the cosmos that come right at us on the currents of the wind…

“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness.” Psalms 30:11-12

Be still and know. Then, bow your head and give thanks. The mystery? That we forget we have the power to do this without encouragement. To know we have the power within to give thanks in all things.

“Here is a great mystery.” Saijin

Image: La Belle et la bête still

24La belle et la bete still 3

Aries 23 ~ “A white stone with a new name.”


“A white stone with a new name.”

The Span of Examination

Phase 23

Fire Element

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

Aries 23° A woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load
This is a symbol of the soul’s basic anchorage in the privacy of its own functioning, and of the centering of real personality in the elements of its own particular genius. Implicit in the symbolism is the ultimate unimportance of purely superficial distinctions among various individuals, and the enduring worth of any experience for which the self accepts a complete responsibility.

The keyword is RETICENCE

When positive, the degree is the unimpeachable integrity of the man whose fullness of life becomes a practical contribution to the circumstances in which he dwells, and when negative, a disinclination to participate at all fairly in everyday living.

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-social-receptive.

Joyful Noise “Man in the Mirror”

The Philosopher’s Stone, it’s what’s in the basket

Light is at once both obvious and mysterious. We are bathed in yellow warmth every day and stave off the darkness with incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. But what exactly is light? We catch glimpses of its nature when a sunbeam angles through a dust-filled room, when a rainbow appears after a storm or when a drinking straw in a glass of water looks disjointed. These glimpses, however, only lead to more questions. Does light travel as a wave, a ray or a stream of particles? Is it a single color or many colors mixed together? Does it have a frequency like sound? More:

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. Revelation 2:17

“A white stone with a new name.” Saijin

Image: Gift of Spring, Art for Art’s Sake


Aries 22 ~ “To hold the world in your palm.”


“To hold the world in your palm.”

The Span of Examination

Phase 22

Fire Element

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

Aries 22° The gate to the garden of desire

This is a symbol of man’s uncompromising faith in the fact of his being, and of his naïve optimism as life opens up one or another of its opportunities before him. Here is self-fulfillment in the realization that there are always unlimited days ahead and that immeasurable frontiers are yet to be crossed. Personality forever reassures itself by an enhancement of its dreams and a strengthening of its deeper expectations.

The keyword is PROSPECT

When positive, the degree is a high quickening to every possibility of individual discovery and experience, and when negative, a tendency to while away the years in contemplating the things which might be claimed for the self rather than making any real effort to gain them.

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-social-sensitive.

Walrus and the Carpenter

An excerpt from “The Walrus and The Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll, 1872)

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!”
“No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.

“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed–
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”
“But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
“After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!”
“The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
“Do you admire the view?

“It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf–
I’ve had to ask you twice!”

“It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread too thick!”

“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.

“To hold the world in your palm.” Saijin

Image: Pearls in Hand


Aries 21 ~ “Unto us is weakness giv’n.”


“Unto us is weakness giv’n.”

The Span of Examination

Phase 21

Fire Element

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

Aries 21° A pugilist entering the ring

This is a symbol of a complete lack of personal sensitiveness. There are here the raw elements of experience, primarily on the side of self-realization as man exhibits full confidence in his own powers and seeks the support of that audience the world will always provide for the spectacle when anyone is willing to risk his major fruits of achievement. Implicit in the symbolism is a need to be up and at the business of life.

The keyword is EXERTION

When positive, the degree is a mobilization of the self’s capacities in a concentrated attempt at self-establishment, and when negative, blind rebellion and a willingness to squander every resource on pseudo values.

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-social-experimental.

Gym Class Heroes: The Fighter ft. Ryan Tedder

Shall we rip them up and stomp on them?

Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest.

Vulnerability can be our greatest strength, but we have to be brave enough to be vulnerable.

“Unto us is weakness giv’n.” Saijin

Image: Rocky Steps