Planet — Mercury
Metal — Quicksilver
Colors — Orange and blue
Life Process — Growing
Counterlife Process — Premature rotting
The student’s potential is addressed. A steady increase in ability, skill and knowledge develops. This is achieved in reciprocal relationships, making positive contributions.
Maintaining moves into the sphere of growth, the student
becomes good at what he does; healthy, steady development takes place. He is given new tasks, new challenges, is on the way to becoming a master. This
steady growth in skill and maturity is dependant on a recognition of a person’s potential, that which has not yet developed but will eventually flower. A person engaged in whatever activity becomes better at it, wins recognition for himself, is promoted. True promotion is effected when the higher potential of the other is recognised. It depends on the power of interpersonal transformation. Our economic slump is a fine example of the counterlife force, a disintegration, premature ripening before maturity is achieved. Money takes on an independent, imaginary life which appears to grow indefinitely. Suddenly it turns out to be fool’s gold and the whole system come s crashing down. On a human level, a too rapid growth, meteoric rise to fame of the celebrity culture, often leads 20 to a fall, a plunge into ordinariness, dissatisfaction and despair. It is in relationship with others that our true worth is realized.
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