The European goldfinch (European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis) is a colorful songbird. It has a red face and a large black spot on the crown. A dark strip passes through its eyes, which conceals its gaze, makes its intent difficult to discern, and gives it the appearance of wearing dark glasses or heavy make-up. The song of the goldfinch is a nice string of silver warbles and twits with a triple chorus. That’s why some people keep the bird in captivity.
A yellow fan unfolds when the goldfinch spreads its wings, and disappears when it flexes them, which confuses persecutors and persecuted. Goldfinch’s head looks quite different from the different sides. This can confuse and entertain observers who can connect the bird with different colours and qualities.
The degree of the goldfinch gives artistry, theatricality, maquillage and beautiful appearance. This is the degree of the performances: the person in whose horoscope it is expressed will be forever in front of an audience. It incorporates creative talents, musicality, poeticism and romanticism, but also distrust, superstition, fatality and duality, as well as adventurism and a propensity to exaggerate the bad.
It is considered a good degree. It gives softness, great love, good family, many children and patrons. It is associated with entrepreneurship and success in the judiciary. The goldfinch-person is happy with life and skilfully organizes his endeavours. He’s being helped by secret forces and organizations. He may be involved in Freemasonry. Forced emigration endangers him.
The goldfinch-person is strong, receptive, impressive, agreeable, impulsive, impetuous and over-filled with love. He is entrepreneurial and effective. He is successful in law, art, especially in literature and in artistic creativity and crafts. Often he has a political career. He is perspicacious and devoted to the ideals. He actively performs every task assigned to him. He has a decisive character and the circumstances little influence him, affecting him mostly emotionally. The degree of the goldfinch is a symbol of Love. In the case of unfavourable factors in the horoscope or life it manifests itself as duality, adventure, irrational fears and aggression.
The goldfinch-people are bright, have a good figure and are beautiful enough. The looks of the goldfinch-women is somewhat challenging. Men are too kind and have a sweetish-sentimental duck-like appearance. These people may be very pretty and spruce, but their beauty does not mean much. Often behind it a complete emptiness lies. They tend to act inadvertently because of their talkativeness and their desire to make more promises than they can fulfil. Unfortunately, in many areas they are superficial. Often, they are prone to harmful habits. They are too suspicious and superstitious, which in itself attracts misery.
It is as if the life and thoughts of the goldfinch-person logically follow the path of his destiny and the direction of his personal salvation. His conscious mind has the capacity to enter the intuitive field of the soul. He may be devoted to seeking dedication. “Men travelling a narrow path seeking illumination” is the she Sabian symbol of the degree. Its keynote is the capacity inherent in every individual to seek at whatever cost entrance to a transcendent realm of reality. This refers to the ancient and eternal symbol of the “Path of Discipleship”. The greatness of man is that he can always be greater and the belief deeply rooted in men’s inner nature that if he fulfils the necessary conditions he can find the “Elder Brothers” who have already attained a higher level of consciousness and who will transfer their attainment and light to him. This path is always open to those who are pure in heart, mentally aware, conquerors of emotions and spiritually self-mobilized.1)Rudhyar
Man is always in making and remaking. It can always go further, reach beyond the limitations. But he has to take the first step. Someone can show him the way, but he alone can do the walking. Hence the Zen injunction: “Walk on”.
The degree inserts on in the path of discipleship. It is associated with awakening, with the pursuit of a new level of consciousness, the reconfiguration of the worldview, and the willingness to move forward at any cost. An excellent example for this is Gorbachev’s “perestroika”, which means “reconstruction”.
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