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It stands, as an astrological element, alone and in a position of supreme though little understood significance. The Degree is the most mysterious element in astrology, and indeed the key to all deeper astrological interpretation.
For in the Degree come to a point of synthesis the two motions of the Earth — and, symbolically, the two great principles of all life: In the Degree we witness the operation of the creative within an individual personality, or a particular situation.
Here "meaning" stands revealed — for whosoever knows how to read symbols. Ignoring for the time being the numerical discrepancy existing between the days and the Degrees, we see that the Degree is the space covered by the Earth in its orbital revolution while it effects a complete axial rotation.
The Degree is thus the projection in space of the time-unit, the day. In the Degree, time-value and space-value are integrated, and the two motions of the Earth are combined.
Every complete axial rotation distributes all over the Earth some phase of the Life-function related to the zodiacal sign or segment of the Earth-orbit in which this particular rotation occurs.
Because the Earth moves on its orbit while rotating around its axis, there can be only a limited number of axial rotations within the yearly revolution around the Sun. Each rotation generates thus, orbitally, a Degree. These Degrees are not mere subdivisions of the zodiac; for the fact of their existence is not dependent upon any intrinsic differentiation caused by the nature of the zodiac itself, or of the universal Life-force.
It is dependent solely on the axial rotation of the Earth. The Degree partakes thus of two natures. It is an orbital element conditioned by the axial rotation. It must stand therefore for that factor in life which "reconciles the opposites.
In the "day" we see operating successively all the phases of consciousness — from the waking state to the deepest sleep.
All the stages from clear consciousness to the deepest unconsciousness are theoretically present. But if a "day" is a basic cycle of being, there must be something which integrates all these stages, a function of relation between conscious and unconscious.
This function manifests in various ways; mainly, on one hand in dreams, on the other in creative phantasy. In the former, the unconscious predominates; in the latter, the conscious. But in both cases we find a linking or integrating process at work; and this process manifests through the projection of images, which are symbols.
Dreams, or the greatest inspirations of the genius, are alike the products of an integrating process linking conscious and unconscious. In a sense, they are more often conditioned as to form by the state of the conscious — as the Degree is conditioned by the axial rotation of the Earth — but the energy with which they are endowed comes from the unconscious — the Degree is a part of the zodiac.
It might be said that the planet Uranus and, in another way, also Jupiter symbolizes this activity of the unconscious in relation to the conscious; but what a planet represents is pure activity.
Whether the individual extracts out of the activity the "jewel of significance" or not, the planet of itself does not reveal; nor does it indicate the particular quality of the meaning that the individual at best could extract from the completion of this activity; that is, the nature of the "jewel of significance.
The zodiac, considered as a complete cyclic series of Degrees, becomes much more than a representation of collective energies. It becomes the universal womb of significances. It becomes Time in its highest sense: A cyclic series of creative moments which are "wombs of souls," each of which releases a "quality" that becomes the "monad" of every entity reaching independent existence within that moment.
Time, thus understood, is identical with the great Chinese concept of Tao.
They reveal the boundaries of the great creative "moments" for human beings on this Earth. That there are of such Degrees means that there are, from the planetary viewpoint, as many basic types or modalities of individual selfhood on Earth; as many "meanings" incarnate as "groups of human beings.
There is a different number for each planet, and it is determined archetypally rather than phenomenally, as we shall see by the relationship between the durations of the planet's revolution and of its axial rotation.
This relationship between the two durations is the mystical and creative meaning of Time, as we understand the term.As a direct consequence, the war over college admissions has become astonishingly fierce, with many middle- or upper-middle class families investing quantities of time and money that would have seemed unimaginable a generation or more ago, leading to an all-against-all arms race that immiserates the student and exhausts the parents.
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THE DEGREES OF THE ZODIAC AND THE SABIAN SYMBOLS. Dane Rudhyar. The Degree is not merely a subdivision of the zodiacal sign, or of the whole zodiac. by Deborah Lisansky Beck, MSW, LICSW The rewards of being a social worker are numerous, powerful, and life affirming. Whether we are helping individuals or promoting social change, our profession provides opportunities for intellectual stimulation, emotional gratification, and the development of competence.