Mercury On Leo 11: Protection And Play
The Sabian Symbol for Mercury is Leo 11: CHILDREN ON A SWING IN THE SAFETY OF A HUGE OAK TREE
Are you feeling safe? Is there a safe place to be that you can just be yourself, play and hang out with friends? Are there children in danger? Are there enough ‘safety nets’ around to keep people feeling safe, secure and protected?
‘Children on a Swing in the Safety of a Huge Oak Tree’ brings to mind images of ‘Children’ playing, having fun together and being protected by the big branches of the ‘Huge Oak Tree’. ‘Oak Trees’ infer enormous strength. The ‘Oak’s’ strength, the hardness and durability of the timber, and their long life give the Oak a special significance. In England, the Oak has been referred to as the “Monarch of the Forest”. Cowthorpe Oak in Yorkshire can hold 70 people in its hollow. It is said to be over 1,600 years old. The Ellerslie Oak, near Paisley, is reported to have sheltered Sir William Wallace and 300 of his men. Honour Oak, Whitchurch, Tavistock was the place where money was left in exchange for food during the cholera epidemic of 1832.
This Symbol shows the need, or the desire, to be protected, to have a safe, fun place to be and live where life is carefree and to be enjoyed. It is easier to relax into carefree, child-like play when your protection, safety and security are ensured. You may feel like some relief from responsibility, or you may provide this umbrella of protection for others. There is a need to be able to relax and to play, safe in the knowledge that everything will remain secure. It is good to keep in touch with the innocence and openness of youthful attitudes. Oak trees infer enormous inner strength, dependability and protection from the harsh realities of life.
Creativity in safe surroundings. Social security and other governmental protection (or the lack of them). Being able to stay in one place. Taking time off. Child protection.
The Caution: Expecting others to take responsibility while one just plays. Feeling disadvantaged. Lack of protection. No place to feel safe. Not wanting to grow up.