Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us. Thomas L. Holdcroft
He was always smoothing and polishing himself, and in the end he became blunt before he was sharp. G. C. Lichtenberg
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one. Chinese Proverb
The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw. Havelock Ellis
I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know. Joanna Field
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self. Benjamin Franklin
The new Moon on July 1st is a partial solar eclipse, observable only from parts of Antarctica. Although it is only a partial eclipse, it is still a powerful one as it is square Saturn and opposite Pluto, which gives it quite a bit of punch.
The Sabian Symbol is Cancer 10: A Large Diamond In The First Stages Of The Cutting Process. This degree shows enormous potential for perfection, talent, beauty and considerable wealth. The process of cutting, grinding and shaping a ‘Diamond’ takes skill, care and time. As one continues to polish and grind away, a more refined and beautiful object emerges. The facets of the gem become more and more beautiful as the “old bits of rock” are chipped off. However, care and accuracy are needed in order to shape and mold it, or all the work that’s been done could easily be spoilt.