The Sabian Symbol for the Sun is Capricorn 24: A WOMAN ENTERING A CONVENT
This degree can have us wanting to take some time out – although it can also show the desire to get work done – but, mostly, it is a time for inner enrichment and growth – perhaps in order to assimilate all that has happened in the past in order to be fresh and rested to get going again. Although the woman in a convent can show issues to do with a lack of sexual intimacy, anyone who has seen Ken Russell’s movie The Devils will most likely be able to see that it’s not always about celibacy to be a nun (be a nun and get none ) – this can be a time to focus on tantric sex. However, for the vast majority of us, I reckon it’s a time for turning inward, a time of solitude, or, at least, a focus on the real ‘work’ that needs to be done. (The pic is a painting by my dear friend Gretel Pinninger (aka Madam Lash) of Mary Mackillop – Australia’s first saint. In this portrait there’s Mary Mackillop, a Catholic nun, and Gretel as The Immaculate Lash).
This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, for spending time in contemplation and dedication to one’s spiritual life or to a higher cause. At times, you will have to drop the demands of society and the lower, base nature, to concentrate on more spiritual, higher, or meaningful things in life. There may be a need to get away from the pressures of society and time contemplating your inner thoughts and values. This may be a lonely passage and you may be disenchanted with the pressures and ways of society. There needs to be times of inner work, just as for outer work. Dedicating oneself to the big picture can bring rewards, but hiding yourself away too much can lead to losses on many levels.
Spiritual retreat. Losing the libido. Renouncing things. Taking vows. Marriage with God. Longing for love of a higher kind. Sexual retreat. Sacrifice. Opting out. Maintaining faith.
The Caution: Self sacrifice to win sympathy. Complete neglect of self and hiding away. Crisis of faith. Feeling devoid of emotion. Lost and alone. Self denial. Loss of hope.