“Pelicans changing their habitat” Sagittarius 19
Sabian Sage © 2016 Blain Bovee boveeastrology.com
This Sabian symbol is illuminated at 10:34 AM EST December 9
Habit and Novelty
‘Habitat’ refers to an area where plants and animals naturally live. One would say, for example, “it is the nature of pelicans to live near the sea”. In this sense, one feels comfortable about most senses of habitation… to live, dwell, occupy. The word derives from Latin, habere, to hold, and while it tends to bring up connotations of shelter, safety, warmth and coziness, it also suggests that habitation, in the broadest sense, inevitably leads to habit… a kind of covering or hold that has you.
In metaphysical terms, habit (in both senses as a repeated activity and how one clothes oneself or dresses one’s worldview), seems naturally at odds with novelty. Think about it. Government and social agencies are, by definition, oriented to make everyone the same… to condition, control and contain within cultural mores and prevailing cultural complexes. Novelty… the very stuff of creativity… is barely tolerated, condoned, nor often encouraged. In social affairs, the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) principle seems to prevail. Hence if pelicans, refugees, nomads, and dare we say, sovereign creative individuals, move into a community, they are very likely to encounter an unwelcome reception.
It is important to realize that we are, as individuals, vehicles of novelty, that novelty infuses sense into day-to-day habitual affairs, injects inspiration and awakening into our lives. This does not mean that we must strip naked and go roaming the wide world over singing gypsy tunes… although, for some, including myself, there is significant appeal in doing just that… maybe not the naked part.
It means that through awareness and care, we attend to all affairs such that there is ever room for novelty. It means we see the holes in even our own stories. It means that we, with the power of intention and broad-minded common sense, invite novelty into our lives in all its forms, that we treat novelty as medicine, as healing wisdom, that we see the holes in the stultifying conditions and gripping machinations that hold our spirits down.
If you are going to dwell on something, or in something, make it novelty.