Marta Kristen as the Mermaid in "Beach Blanket Bingo."

Marta Kristen as the Mermaid in “Beach Blanket Bingo.”

A Mermaid Emerges From The Ocean Waves Ready For Rebirth In Human Form is the Sabian Symbol for Leo 29°. It symbolizes feeling and intuition rising from the realm of the unconscious bent on taking form (as life) in creative hought or art. I like to think of this image as the Muse taking form via human creativity. When we embark on creative venture, we hope for the elation and elusive emergence of said Muse. We hope it won’t fade back into the ocean of collective unconscious from which it poked it’s gorgeous head—we aim for its passionate realization, with a blend of angst and exhilaration.

Scholar on the Sabian Symbols, Dane Rudhyar says that this picture “suggests that the fire of desire for concrete and steady forms burns at the root of all techniques of self-expression.” I find this a fitting turn of phrae in light of Leo’s rule over this oracle, in a twelve-fold sequence, as Leo is the fixed-fire sign, governed by the Sun, both sign and planet connoting a creative center of the human heart(h) and core of the solar system. The a-musing mermaid is the living archetype reaching toward consciousness through us, as creators, or, rather, co-creators with god, the sphere of our existence ruled by Leo’s astrological fifth house. Rudhyar likens this to “cosmic Love [that] seeks tangible manifestation through hman lovers.” The main feature of any mermaid legend is that she seeks to become human through her love for a mortal.


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