4. WHAT’S IN YOUR SYMBOL
Animal symbols like spirit guides held clans together, made
dreams important, pointed out attributes and qualities we need.
People symbols promote brotherliness, a beautiful virgin as
famous to the eye as a flower, a
bearded old man as a body of revered knowledge, our ages and wisdom, unique points of view, all
found in the night sky as constellations and the unending source
of stories, heroes and audacious deeds. Are you a ram or a
bull? Brotherly Gemini, a horse whisperer AND a boxer?
Lionhearted? Virginal and untouched by the common destinies of
the pedestrian? Balancing act, charmed, I’m sure. Secretive
scorpion, what’s in your crevasse? Goat snail thingy, from
ancient Sumer, shellacking the crops? Ole man winter, his
gathering of friends, what use to be the realm of astrologer Urania. Finally fish, two rescuers of Venus and Cupid, what
sorrows lie with the fish moving upward and down? Here is
astrological symbolism, but it's not JUST a symbol:
ARIES: Self, your mannerisms, style, disposition, temperament,
outward behavior, likes and dislikes, the way you present
yourself, physical head and facial features. Self-interest, what
you want most in life, especially at this moment in time. Me
first, action, fiery enthusiasm. Inspiration toward immediate
goals, entrepreneurial activity, start-up savvy, go-getter-zeal.
TAURUS: Money and Possessions. What you own in life and will
acquire, income, financial prospects. Things you physically take
with you through life. How you feel about money and possessions,
surroundings, objects you like. Earning power, ability to handle
money. Activities and projects that may be a source of income.
Security measures, value judgments, values. Both security and
GEMINI: Communication. Immediate environment, self-expression,
family ties, and day to day travel. The way you think, speak and
write. Logic, memory, and manual skill. Early education, ability
to study and learn. Relationship with brothers, sisters, aunts,
uncles, cousins and neighbors. Speedy vehicles, fast travel.
Spin control, lying, theft. Conversation and response.
Effectiveness of (creative) expression to communicate, to reach
out, succeed by influence.
CANCER: Home, early and latter parts of life, home Life, past,
present, and future. Childhood home and relationship with
Father. Whatever you internalized from your extended family.
Current domestic affairs. Real estate holdings and ownership of
land. The closing years of your life, the kind of security you
seek for old age. What you keep secluded from the world. At home
in both a physical and emotional sense (i.e. at home on a
computer, on a jet, at the helm of a boat).
LEO: Creativity and Sex, your heart. Everything you do for
pleasure and creative expression. Your sexual nature. Children
and the joy you receive from them. Entertainment and holidays,
amusements and the arts. Love affairs. New ventures in life.
Speculation and gambles, games of chance. Artistic talents as
well as your ability to enjoy yourself in life. Childhood, pets
and playmates. Things to which you instinctively give affection.
VIRGO: Service and Health. Service to others, your need to help
others and to be useful. Relationship with co-workers,
subordinates, and employers. Opportunities in public service,
selfless cooperation. Attention to detail, nitpicking. Office
life. State of health. Illness brought on by worry or emotional
upsets. Robust or delicate condition. Diseases you may be
subject to. Hard-wired anal retentiveness over concerns with
minutiae, procedure and correctitude.
and marriage. Husband or wife, the mate you choose in life. Kind
of marriage you will have, and whether you divorce or remarry.
Partnerships in business, legal affairs, and politics. Legal
unions or contracts. Question or disputes. Ability to work with
others. Hostilities in business or profession. Ability to blend
your personality with others, shared goals. Melting pot,
diversity of races, religions, the disabled, gay. Technological
understanding, ability, and access.
SCORPIO: House of Death, Regeneration and Legacies. One of the
three mystical houses most difficult to understand. Sometimes
called the House of spiritual transformation. Life forces that
surround sex, birth, death, and the afterlife. Legacies and what
you inherit from the dead- materially and spiritually. Money
that belongs to your partner. Taxes and debt. Conditions
surrounding your death. Surgery and recovery. Psychic powers,
aptitude for occult studies.
SAGITTARIUS: Mental Exploration and Long Distance Travel. Study,
travel, and mental pursuits. Higher mind and purpose. Higher
education, philosophy and the study in depth of profound
subjects. Long journeys of mind and body. Actual travel to
foreign lands and business interests in other countries. Meeting
of foreigners who expand your way of thinking. Study of
languages. Public expression of ideas. Publishing and literary
effort. Success in foreign countries.
CAPRICORN: Career and Public Standing. Matters outside the home
- profession, community status, and reputation. Ambition,
aspiration and attainment. Esteem in which you are held by
others. Image, as shown in the power, position, and honors that
you achieve. Outward expression of your talents. The way you
accept responsibility. Position derived through your own
efforts. Material success in life. Appearances, look of success.
AQUARIUS: Friends, Hopes and Wishes. Long-term dreams, goals and
intellectual pleasures. Groups, organizations that have to do
with work, profession or family. Clubs, societies, or political
associations to which you belong. Friends, acquaintances who
further your interests and objectives. Ability to enjoy other
people. Harmonious working together of all people, new world
orders. Expressing individual personality. Idealism and vision.
PISCES: Secrets, Sorrows and Self-Undoing. Most mystical of all,
end of the circle. Not necessarily negative or gloomy.
Limitations placed on your life. Disappointments, accidents,
trouble and self-defeat. Unseen forces, secret enemies.
Escapism. Asylums, hospitals, and prisons. Karma, Spiritual
debt. Rewards and punishments for deeds one commits in the
world. Psychic powers. Rescue and salvation of humanity. Ability to
discover the meaning of life.
I show you this collection as a beginning, a symbolism 101. It
is a good place to start because it is a system of symbols which
has been around as long as imagination. In the past,
astrological symbols had as much impact on society as Toyota,
Coka-Cola, Goodyear, All-State and the Bank of America today.
Modern literature does not explain symbolism, but rather
illustrates it without letting on how it works. A visual mind
may be more perceptive than a literal one because of the
picturing of what ever schemata is showing forth. To say that us
moderns are not moved by symbol is to ignore everything that
makes us human.
Symbols may have less impact on your life than finding a
partner, succeeding in business, building wealth, bearing
children, supporting families, and finding your way in the world,
but as guide posts to the possibilities, resources and solutions
to life's riddles, they are indispensible. How people
solved problems in the past is also important to know - history
has its own symbols and clues to getting along.
As for the healers of this life – there was a time
when doctors were required to know all these aspects. Like
collections of ideas, the starry constellations were called
houses. As above so… say ah. There could be a pesky planet
bothering you more than the vapors and the humors can account
HOUSES OF HEALTH