Mars On The Carrying The Heavy Load Degree: Taurus 13
Mars is on Taurus 13: A PORTER CARRYING A MOUNTAIN OF HEAVY BAGGAGE – this is my longer interpretation, taken from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom.
Commentary: A ‘Porter’, otherwise known as a baggage handler or bellboy, has a lot of work to do. He is performing a service for others and here he is seen having ‘a Mountain of Heavy Baggage’ to move or ‘Carry’. He needs to remain cheerful and not reveal how much this ‘Mountainous’ load is weighing him down; otherwise he may not get the approval of those he is ‘Carrying’ the load for. There would be no thanks and no “tips” if he were to complain, groan or grumble. ‘Porters’ do a lot of hard work but don’t often get much appreciation or attention. They are expected to just get on with the job, sometimes they become almost invisible. This Symbol can also be an expression of class-consciousness.
Oracle: There may be a load or a heavy burden to bear. It may be your own burdens or could indeed be other people’s. Be careful that you are not doing too much for others as you may be carrying their burdens for them. You could end up just helping people to hang on to their extra ‘Baggage’ through your desire to help out, be useful and share the load. This can be a problem, weighing them down when you are not available, and of course it can also weigh you down emotionally, as well as physically. It may be that others are expecting you to shoulder their responsibilities. Having so much to ‘Carry’ can lead to bad posture, bad backs or a distorted infrastructure. Are you going from one burdening experience to another? For some people, to have the service of a ‘Porter’ can be a pleasant and well-earned respite from their daily struggles. For others, there can be the expectation that someone else will always shoulder the load. That may be okay in a hotel or a train station, but how appropriate is it in everyday life? Don’t let yourself be used to carry other people’s “stuff”.
Keywords: Self-reliance. Owning other people’s ‘garbage’. Shouldering baggage or weight. Being weighed-down. Feeling responsible for everything. Bad backs and posture. Carrying others. Counseling people, taking on their emotions. Bad backs, shoulders, knees, etc. Strain and wear. Bearing the family guilt. Luggage. Trolleys. Looking for tips.
The Caution: Being busy with other peoples’ problems. Unable to work for your own benefit. Carrying other peoples’ responsibilities. Being indispensable until the energy is all worn out. Not knowing when to say “no” to other’s demands. The burden of debts. Being useful but unimportant.