Sabian Symbols: A flag turned into an eagle
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aquarius 9 (8° - 9°)
TAKING STEPS TO REALISE THE DREAM
It is not enough to have a dream, we must also
take action to make it come true
It is not enough to envision the future, even with clear intention; we must act. We must take affirmative action and, as Gandhi says, ‘become the change we want to see in the world’. Doing is required, thinking is not sufficient. In this way we come to change who we are at a fundamental level, without which nothing significant will ever change externally.
A FLAG IS SEEN TURNING INTO AN EAGLE
A flag is seen turning into an eagle
Loyalty to a shared ideal makes collective power evident
There is a clue in this image that makes us contemplate humanity's inexhaustibly fertile imagination and its part to play in our accomplishments. It is not only through utter self-dedication that we prosper – we always need to imagine the fruits of our efforts first and foremost. The flag comes first, the eagle follows.
A flag, perhaps here one that shows an eagle, is meant to be representative of certain qualities – perhaps aspired towards by a state – and this properly engenders the all-important pride of nationalism, which brings together a large group of disparate interests to form a stronger unit against perceived dangers and towards social improvement.
By contrast, the bird itself is not a picture that simply dramatises that positive quality; it is a violent hunter, a cruel animal, which may well remind us of the human potential for vindictiveness and abuse of power over others. However noble it is as an animal, it lacks humanity, and so is deficient in the more compassionate aspects of life, which are the foundation-stones of any possible nation we may want to be part of.
Therefore the determination to make this eagle-power evident through our own way of living will need to be balanced against the softer loyalties implicit in being human.
Like any animal, we have a capacity for significant self-representation, and therefore the power to rise to every situation, and get from it its most rewarding self-serving potentials.
Yet, we also want to make a contribution of enduring worth, and find a purposeful way to bring a vision of a better life to bear upon our own social situations, as a service to those who align with the values which our flag represents.
As individuals, we prosper as we spring to action in defence of our loyalties, through serving our larger community – and eventually we may all expect to find ourselves in service to an ideal rather than the dictates of expediency.
A flag turned into an eagle
Commentary from Richard Grey
N - allegiance | identity | nationalism | eagle-power | self-representation | self-serving
H - thinking is not sufficient | fertile imagination
T - loyalty to a shared ideal | compassion | balance | contribution of enduring worth | align
G - taking steps (completion) to realise the dream | it is not enough to have a dream (flag); we must also take action to make it come true | we must act | 'become the change (the eagle) we want to see in the world' | doing is required | change who we are at a fundamental level | accomplishments
P - an eagle that soars | envisioning the future | with clear intention | imagine ... first | potential | vision of a better life
S - in service to
Y - an ideal
This is all about Goodbye. Turning dreams (visions) into reality.