At 19° Leo, we find temporary freedom from strictly structure social behavior in the form of A Houseboat Party. In a twelve-fold sequence, this image is ruled by Libra, a sign of democracy, the Scales being the great leveler. And indeed, unlike the lawn party a week ago, a symbol of certain privilge afforded a ruling class, today we witness a more bohemian gathering, not on a fixed lawn but on a traveling landscape of a river, forward moving, connoting progress. Whereas the lawn party would have been assembled with an exclusive guest list, the houseboat party is likely open to whomever might hear of it. Still, we are floating on the surface and it is a party, where the emphasis is on upliftment, again a Libran experience, focus being on goodness and light.
The sign of Libra is concerned with surface experience, that of an ever elevating consciousness—the sign inspires enlightenment via conscious means of intellect and reason. The Age of Enlightenment itself, with its emphasis on reason, coincided with a neo-classical vision of the world, and the exploration of democratic principles first introduced in Athens, where Apollonian ideals reigned supreme. The Enlightenment was, largely, a democratic phenomenon which swept away the last vestiges of feudal society, power shifting from the few to the many, with the seat of power being in the individual mind. Likewise, this inclusive Houseboat Party sweeps away the rigidity of exculsive Lawn Party. We are making a break with, escaping from, the rigidities of social structure and routine activities of our workaday lives. We are happily amongst the hoi polloi, feeling the free-flowing energies underfoot, while keeping Libran balance, perhaps leaning here and there upon one another.
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