Sabian Symbols: A pageant
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Leo 15 (14° - 15°)
Certain aspects of our true, emotional nature can only be released and expressed in a collective, ritual setting
"Dramatization of collective spiritual values"
With mastery of careful planning that old age understands as expedient, and the spontaneity that youth knows to be joyful, a public demonstration of one's spiritual station can be shown. The soul and personality together in accord create the possibility of such power as can sway multitudes - especially when applied to the dramatisation of collective values.
A PAGEANT, WITH ITS SPECTACULAR FLOATS, MOVES ALONG A STREET CROWDED WITH CHEERING PEOPLE
A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people
Revelation is the creation of treasure
We take a pride in ourselves, and this very normal feeling is often satisfied by ordinary, everyday events. We tend to surrender to an irresistible urge to heighten the significance of self – across the whole face of human experience, even through public display.
We yearn to reveal what we are, because that – at least according to Sufis – is the essence-motivation for all existence. ‘I was a hidden treasure and yearned to be known’ – God’s first impulse that gave rise to Creation. To demonstrate our God-selves at a pageant raises this impulse to a high level.
There is magic in this. As each person individually shows who they are and what they can do, there develops the powerfully binding and creative force of fellowship – from which flows work for the common good.
Also, as we make ourselves known, we come to know ourselves. Revelation is in itself a creative and growthful occurrence.
Accomplishments that require collective effort enable everyone to participate in achievements well beyond their individual capacity, and each small contribution is valuable – and yearns to be recognized as such.
Some people lose poise however, and make unconvincing claims and embarrassing self-assertion. Generally, though, these are kept in check by group responses. Normally, it is a tricky business to know what to demonstrate and what to hide – because we don’t like to feel foolish and we don’t want to go unrecognised either. This is why pageants are so useful, because we have permission to show off a little, and relax our guarded self-denial.
All in all it is much healthier for a child to be encouraged to enjoy the delights of exhibition – and this carries forward into adulthood as the pride we feel when the fruits of our achievements are noticed. It sponsors excellence as well as the various supportive roles – through which everyone participates, even as spectators.