An image on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai caught my attention. Chevrefeuille has offered it as a haiku prompt for his theme for September “Imagination Without Limits”. I have posted the haiku I wrote in response below the image.
finding a path
on into the unknown
– leap of faith
To explain what I mean by this haiku I have to refer to an obscure branch of astrology. In the 1930s a clairvoyant ascribed an image to every degree of the zodiac. These images are now known as the Sabian Symbols. Dane Rudhyar, the “father” of modern astrology has interpreted the images and provided a commentary in his book, An Astrological Mandala. http://www.mindfire.ca/An%20Astrological%20Mandala/An%20Astrological%20Mandala%20-%20Contents.htm
The degree of my Pisces sun is 11 degrees. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is ‘Men Traveling A Narrow Path, Seeking Illumination.’ Dane Rudhyar interprets this image as –
“The capacity inherent in every individual to seek at whatever cost entrance to a transcendent realm of reality.
This refers to the ancient and eternal symbol of the Path of Discipleship. The greatness of man is that he can always be greater; and the belief—-deeply rooted in men’s inner nature—that if he fulfills the necessary conditions he can find ‘Elder Brothers’ who have already attained a higher level of consciousness and will transfer their attainment and light to him. The Path is always open to the pure in heart, the mentally aware, the conqueror of emotions and the spiritually self-mobilized … Someone can show him the Path, but he alone can do the walking. Thus the Zen injunction: WALK ON.”
In these times of tremendous upheaval as we move into the Age of Aquarius I find myself using the words “Walk On” as a mantra.