“When push comes to shove, digest.”
The Span of Ingenuousness
Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:
Cancer 23° Meeting of a literary society
This is a symbol of man’s resourcefulness in developing new areas of experience on the imaginative side, and of his genius for widening his interests and stimulating everybody to broader ideals and more rewarding goals in everyday living. The continual re-examination of a general intellectual and aesthetic inheritance becomes a heightening of personal identity, and the individual achieves a very genuine estimation of his fellows.
The keyword is CRITICISM
When positive, the degree is accomplishment through an exacting appreciation of common effort and a rigorous revelation of private acts and attitudes, and when negative, a substitution of idle discussion for actual participation in reality.
The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-generalizing-social-receptive.
God speaks to Moses from the Burning Bush https://youtu.be/LZpYMr-Ed0Q
The Element and the Essence of Fire
By all means, bring it to the meeting, just be sure how you use it! Fire, the element, can burn to ashes; Fire, the essence, can inspire and lift up… Tricky stuff, fire…. Think of it this way:
To consume by destructive or constructive means. To digest the inspiration and essence for upliftment or to spew forth the flames to burn to ashes? Therein lies the choice.
A meeting is a gathering or assembly for a common purpose. Yet, the keyword is criticism. Criticism, like fire, can be either constructive or destructive. Before attending the meeting, we might want to consider the potential outcome of both types…
Consume: To destroy or expend by use; use up. To eat or drink up; devour. To destroy, as by decomposition or burning: Fire consumed the forest. To spend (money, time, etc.) wastefully. To absorb; engross: consumed with curiosity. To undergo destruction; waste away. To use or use up consumer goods.
Digest: To convert (food) in the alimentary canal into absorbable form for assimilation into the system. To obtain information, ideas, or principles from; assimilate mentally. To arrange methodically in the mind; think over: to digest a plan. To bear with patience; endure. To arrange in convenient or methodical order; reduce to a system; classify. To condense, abridge, or summarize.
A Sacred Meeting
“And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.” Exodus 3:2 KJV
Here’s another example , this time of a meeting didn’t go so well….
The Library of Alexandria Burns: The Library of Alexandria was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. Famous for having been burned, thus resulting in the loss of many scrolls and books, it has become a symbol of “knowledge and culture destroyed.” Although there is a tradition of the burning of the Library at Alexandria, the library may have suffered several fires or acts of destruction, of varying degrees, over many years. Different cultures may have blamed each other throughout history, or distanced their ancestors from responsibility, and therefore leaving conflicting and inconclusive fragments from ancient sources on the exact details of the destruction. Experts differ on when books in the actual library were destroyed. Manuscripts were probably burned in stages over eight centuries. Wikipedia
So, if you are called to a meeting, please make sure you inspire and lift up. Otherwise, if you get hot-tempered, hot-headed, ready to set a match to the place, please, bite your tongue, zip your lip, excuse yourself until you can regain composure. You aren’t a child. Besides, adults don’t let children play with matches. If this advice for good manners at meetings isn’t followed, the Universe will conspired to make you eat your words—like a flame—at the right time in the future. Justice must be fulfilled.
“When push comes to shove, digest.” Saijin
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