Sabian Symbols: A large disappointed audience
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aries 28 (27°- 28°)
KEEPING OUR WORD
Great hopes and excited expectations cannot be sustained
We need to take other people into account when we make our claims and promises, so that we do not later disappoint. If we want to perfect both will and sensitivity then we need to everything we can to fulfil our promises – this strongly impacts upon what possibilities of development and achievement will unfold for us.
A LARGE AUDIENCE CONFRONTS THE PERFORMER WHO DISAPPOINTED ITS EXPECTATIONS
A large audience confronts the performer who disappointed its expectations
The hardest lesson we eventually have to learn is detachment
Self-identification rests not in shallow demonstrations of acceptance from others, but securely in our own sense of how we creatively deal with life’s challenges and opportunities. The superficial rewards that are offered in life are transient. Only that which is basic, stable and true will endure.
There is little value in pursuing popularity by triggering or responding to fleeting moods of the masses. The audience’s disappointment speaks of their own failed expectations and has little to do with the real worth of the celebrity they target. Yet it is also better to avoid unnecessary upset through disappointing others.
To be free of the seductive pull of popularity, we must separate, to create disjunction, from that which does not offer lasting value. It is meaningful for a child to copy parents, and for students to follow teachers, yet this process is introductory. The enlightened adult needs no parenting. Attempts, by priests, officials, family and friends, to influence the opinion and behaviour of a mature adult have to be carefully examined. As distinct individuals, we must become indifferent to persuasive rhetoric to remain free, authentic and spontaneous.
In Buddhism this concept is taught as the enlightened principle of detachment. Finding our true spiritual path, we learn to cater to nothing external except to demonstrate preferences. How people respond emotionally to us should not be the major factor when we choose what to do. There are more important criteria by which to live. This has to do with expressing our own take on life, and the deepest, soul-level motivations that we feel.
Others’ feelings can pull us into their world of resentment, prejudice, depression and untruth. This needs to be firmly refuted. We must set boundaries against their cynicism, and disregard how our controversial approach is received; then we are protecting ourselves from its demoralising influence.
We do need to be involved with others, since we learn from them and we have both a theatre stage for our self-proclamation and a source of grit to stimulate our growth. However, it is helpful to become self-reflective. Since we cannot depend upon applause, eventually our immature attention-needs would probably lead to disappointment and disillusionment because applause is by no means certain in life.
This reflection supports the development of our own unique set of values. Otherwise, unconsciously we will probably surrender our true self into the defeats and frustrations of others, and the risk is strong of becoming identified with failure and losing our sacred optimism. Then let those who witness our activities be the ones to be disappointed if they so choose; it is not for us to be too concerned with the emotional processes of others.
A large disappointed audience
Commentary from Mara
It is of utmost importance to keep one's promises and not promise something that cannot be kept, likewise it is essential to stay true to the self. Embark on the journey of life, detached from the expectations of others. If your actions leave another disappointed, even where you have not failed to fill a promise, take peace in the knowledge that disappointment was their choice and not your doing.