Sabian Symbols: A flag bearer
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Sagittarius 26 (25° - 26°)
SELF-SURRENDER TO THE CAUSE
For the few, it is possible to devote oneself so completely to an ideal that one is willing to put aside selfish concerns totally
"Losing ourselves within the ideal"
When a group forms, and as its members become increasingly identified as its members, what occurs is the development of group consciousness. This process includes the definition of the scope of that group and also its essence – the core principle that defines its substance and its goals. These are the essential aspects of the meaning of the group and are epitomised by its name and banner. The flag is the essence-symbol of the group and the person who is awarded and accepts the role as flag bearer takes on both the responsibility of rallying the members, and the consequent risk of being a vulnerable target. In such a position in life it is safer to be humble.
A FLAG BEARER IN A BATTLE
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A flag bearer in battle
Whenever they resound with the imperatives of history, collective ideals trump personal needs
In battle, the flag bearer carries no gun and is very vulnerable. Yet it is a high honour and requires a deep sense of nobility to raise up the standard that holds aloft the value-essence of those who are loyal to the flag.
This is no empty gesture to win false credit – when properly done, all available resources are pulled together and applied effectively towards a common purpose that expands experience to a new dimension. Even though the carrier of the flag has no personal authority, they wield the highest level of influence in times of crisis.
Nobility commands. This is the quality that commandeers resources so that the impossible may be achieved, typically in times of emergency or when great deeds are enacted. In their loyalty, soldiers are very likely to rally to the flag.
At such times, things of enduring significance have to be managed – historical imperatives are at play. Even on a less belligerent level, there is almost always something we have to encounter in our lives that put us in a position of group vulnerability – a natural disaster for example. Then we need to rally, and it is not at all uncommon for a vulnerable person to be the centre of our rallying, (consider Greta Thunberg).
Our personal ideals take on a transcendent dimension only to the extent that they resonate with the collective vision that unfolds as the march of history. We will only be able to call together those whose vision of the situation at hand aligns with ours.
At such times our personal agendas are made subservient in service to the greater good. Common ideals trump personal visions. It is interesting to note that when our time comes, much of what we have experienced in our lives so far takes on a new and deeper context. It can be as though we have been in training our whole lives for this event without ever knowing.
This is the image of a level of service so high that it awakens the spiritual dimension in our lives, as we put aside lesser considerations to apply ourselves in a self-sacrificing way to support the great cause of the moment.