Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Temple of the Great Stone Face



This drawing is inspired by the Sabian Symbol for "30 Pisces": "The Great Stone Face" in the Dr Marc Edmund Jones version of the Symbols, Sabian Symbols in Astrology.

There are, as you probably know, word pictures or Symbols for each of the 360 degrees of the circle or zodiac. "30 Pisces", the end of the circle or cycle, is just before 00Aries00, which is a World Point--the Aries Point. In the West, Spring begins when the Sun reaches the Aries Point--the Spring Equinox--the beginning of the Western zodiac.


"The Great Stone Face" = "Human responsibility as an immortality of the soul, and of a way of living which has become a continual manifestation of its ideal and so a constant dramatization of its self-discovery to others as an encouragement to them in their own alignment to eternal reality.


Each individual selects the image within himself to which he would shape himself outwardly, and this he comes to resemble as in Nathaniel Hawthorne's tale, The Great Stone Face. Destiny is character as it most persistently constitutes itself."
Keyword:DISCERNMENT -The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, MEJ.


The Dane Rudhyar version of the Sabian Symbols, An Astrological Mandala, gives the keyword for this degree as: "ARCHETYPALIZATION...the power of archetypes as factors conditioning life processes. Keynote: The power of clearly visualized ideals to mold the life of the visualizer."

Or, alternately, in fewer words, and with some kind of a Celtic accent: we're all the otters of our own fat.

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3 comments:

Neil D Paris said...

We move into this symbol in the next day or so as the Collective North Node (human destiny) moves from 0Aries to 30/29 Pisces.

Great picture.

Anonymous said...

I chanced upon this symbol (Pisces 30) browsing through the Sabian symbol meanings list - which had a longer description:

A majestic rock formation resembling a face is idealized by a boy who takes it as his ideal of greatness and as he grows up he begins to look like it.

I was struck by how well the description matched with Ramana Maharshi, greatest Advaita sage of last century. He heard the word Arunachala (name of a mountain) when he was a boy and immediately held it in high regard (as a place in heaven). When he came to know that it was a real place in the country, he moved when he was 16 to that place (leaving behind his family) and lived there until his passing away at the age of 70.

He sought and realized the divine presence in himself and taught lots of Indians and westerners and has become synonymous with the hill (Arunachala).

It was an uncanny match!

I browsed google for the symbol and found your site and your additions are on the mark too.

Ravi Annaswamy

jude cowell said...

Ravi, Thanks so much for your additional info. It is a very evocative Symbol and image (not my drawing, but the word image!)

I shall now be interested to know more of Ramana Maharsi and his teachings!

Thanks again, and wishing much peace to you and yours!
Jude