What’s Your Job on the Ship of Life?
One of the things that astrology teaches is that we need all kinds of different skills and qualities to keep the ship of life afloat. Society needs to work together to get things done. And quite often the person who is most annoying in one role – say, the gossip at the school gates – is highly efficient in another – say, as a city councillor. We need the busy bodies, the fighters, yes, even the bullies sometimes – as well as the singers, the lazybones and those of us who sit around talking about the stars.
You wouldn’t want your excellent baker to be your surgeon, or your policeman to be your nurse, would you? We all have something to contribute and we all have a niche to fill.
Imagine we were on a ship sometime in the 18th century.
The signs I have assigned are just suggestions. But on our ship we might need:
a captain – Leo or Capricorn
a navigator – Capricorn or Aquarius
a surgeon – Virgo or Scorpio
a fiddler – Gemini
a singer – Pisces
a cook – Cancer
a bosun – Sagittarius
a sailmaker – Scorpio
a carpenter – Taurus
a ship’s boy – ?
some soldiers – Aries or Scorpio
a lookout – Aries
an old hand – ?
a first mate – Libra
You see where I’m going with this… maybe you have some ideas of your own?
Because we might encounter
pirates – Pluto
electrical storms or mutiny – Uranus
a great whale – Neptune
Each of us has to play our part in the drama.
Sometimes, of course, the tricky thing is to figure out which role is yours – especially if you’re really pretty good at three or four. The thing to remember is that our roles are not necessarily static – and nor do we have just one. For example our captain may well also be our navigator. Our cook may also be our bottle-washer.
Which do you think you are? And how does that work with your chart?