The Scorpion in the tropical Zodiac
Sardonyx - Patience
In november, a good distance north of the equator, life is ebbing away, and coldness and a sometimes unbelievably thick blackness meet our senses, while there
are also the very last golden leaves and sometimes moments with a light so clear and beautiful that it almost seemes to come from the beyond. Then we have a tendency towards being tense, nervous, depressed, even desperate, and it is quite beneficial to give
ourselves patience - patience with ourselves, with our slow progress as individuals and as human kind. We can allow it to surround us, and dive into it like a sea dog dives into the sea. We can drink it like a magical potion and let it fill us with comfort
and relaxation. The more we practice it, the calmer and stronger we get.
Catherine of Siena, the great independent soul, tells us, that God loves us with eternal patience. That is comforting, but that is also the challenge: Our progress within the realm
of freedom he gives us, might seem desperately slow, or even spiraling downwards. We have to remind ourselves of the trust and respect directed towards the human soul that is the essence of his patience, and restrain ourselves from the temptation of forcing
the right ideas on others, which is growing so strong again in our days - hopefully as a reaction to the fact that all totalitarian believes, wether they are based on revelation, ideology or science have lost their right to exist in our heart of hearts.
Freedom, respect and patience belong together like the three aspects of this zodiac sign that wants to teach us the meaning of crises as part of a deeper progressive safety and peace: The scorpion, the eagle and the phoenix.
Live with these kinds
of thoughts and feelings and you open up to the gift of patience that lifts death and crises' into the principle of rebirth and creation of progress.
Inspired by: Geoffrey Hodson: Thus Have I heard" Ch.IV. http://hpb.narod.ru/Thus_Have_I_Heard.htm#CHAPTER
Rudolf Steiner: Virtues of the month
and by Friedrich Beneschs ideas about the twelv foundation stones of the new Jerusalem in "Apocalypse, the Transformation of Earth: An Esoteric Mineralogy". Picture from https://www.smarts4k.com/sardonyx-stone-jewelry