Sabian Symbols: A game of cricket
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Sagittarius 6 (5° - 6°)
There is much to learn about ourselves by finding how to
relate well to a group's shared goals and disciplines
Games are an important feature of society and have a major role to play in building group solidarity. Through the alignment with others in the context of a competitive atmosphere we learn a lot about how we can operate at the level of group consciousness. In particular we learn how well we take on board the concept that ‘playing by the rules’ is more mature than ‘winning at all costs’. “Cheating is just not cricket”, the British would say in a voice meant to underline the great worth of personal dignity.
A GAME OF CRICKET
A game of cricket
To live by putting principle above expediency is an extraordinary, admirable personal attainment
In any situation, we encounter unpredictable elements – we actually exist in a milieu of confusion – and seek to find a position of balance in order to bring a measure of stability to our circumstances.
Not only do we want to feel able to cope, we want more than that, we want to excel and gain success – and we need to be recognised for this success.
Some people are entirely willing to play by the rules, fully appreciating how fundamental they are in the creating of a stable society. In England the more aristocratic gentlemen would once disdain the beastly behaviour of a foreigner with the invective – ‘but it’s just not cricket!’ Good sportsmanship was clear evidence of a person’s attainment to the ranks of civilised behaviour.
Of course there is real challenge in sport – the closest, playful version of warfare – and it is known that this is required in order to bring out the best in a person. If we can still play in strict accordance with the rules when we are threatened with defeat – then we have learned how to put principle above expediency, which is a rare and honourable achievement.
A false pretence to excellence will not do; it is always exposed on the field.
The purpose in all this is self-refinement. We cannot evolve unless we find a way to raise our game, which will only ever occur by playing tougher opponents.
Taken outside the sportsman metaphor – we see how, if we are to become better persons, we must take on further challenges voluntarily, and shape ourselves to fit within a new world of further and challenging constraints.