Sabian Symbols: A family tree
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Virgo 14 (13° - 14)
The ambitious focus more on branches than roots, yet true spiritual success answers a deep need for continuance
"Understanding how ancestral qualities have left their mark"
There is great responsibility attached to the power of faith and charisma; it is inevitable that one with these abilities will be influential and guide those without them into the seeding of what is to come. Leaders need to be faithful to the collective needs of those they lead with whom on some level they share common roots - which roots are the very authority for leadership and the source of their strength.
AN ARISTOCRATIC FAMILY TREE
An aristocratic family tree
Tradition needs to be accepted and cherished if we are fully to grasp our birth right
Our link with the tradition of our ancestors, described within the family tree, is subtle and profound, and its depth and power is only awakened into full realisation by one with sufficient gentility. It needs to be cultivated, and expressed through the quality of sophistication, which is articulated through good manners and a fine bearing.
As life unfolds, many contrary viewpoints pull us in different directions. Also, there are many relationships pushing us into circles of engagement, so many that we can very easily become confused, swayed and torn. Then it can be difficult to remember who we are and what we stand for.
Yet by keeping faith with our ancestors’ ideals, we inherit a possibility of distinction and the unique promise of what we can potentially become. We are connected into an empowering field of progression, but only to the extent that we are willing to continue to live out the ideals that promote this.
Each of us has a complex relationship with mother, father and other ancestors – and assuredly we reject a lot of their behaviours and values as outdated, inappropriate, or even repellent. Yet there are certain innate qualities and copied skills that often define us, and these are the treasures that comprise our true inheritance.
So it is not the false sense of heritage to which we align – not the empty, externalized agitation of fame and fortune. We follow a well-trod path of soul-qualities that have been honed and passed down through generations for us to embrace and further develop. We are challenged and encouraged to make these gifts fully integrated and truly our own.
We need not even study or copy the form of this endowment because in some mystical way the wisdom of our ancestors flows in our blood and can be accessed as an inner experience through their spiritual presence.
How else could humanity evolve? It is not only the ‘sins of the fathers’ that get passed down; it is also their abilities and knowledge, mothers' too. This is the dynamic of life as one generation leads to the next without beginning or end, each respecting what went before as source material for what comes later.
A family tree
Commentary from Richard Grey
N - roots | our birth right | who we are and what we stand for | distinction | define | source material
H - contrary viewpoints | confusion
T - (tradition) cherished | relationships | the treasures (we inherit) | gifts
G - full realisation | cultivated | potential | the extent that we are willing
P - deep need for continuance | the power of faith
S - great responsibility | gentility
Y - true spiritual success | (tradition - and roots) accepted | subtle and profound | willingness | embracing soul-qualities | spiritual presence