Sabian Symbols: A popularity that proves ephemeral
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aquarius 10 (9° - 10°)
REMAINING HUMBLE DURING MOMENTS OF POPULARITY
Our ideals are projected onto celebrities; but underneath the glamour the person is only yet another imperfect person
As we engage with archetypes and tune in to their power and wisdom we have also to find the ability to forget ourselves as people and surrender our egotism into the higher consciousness. We are not archetypes and not able to withstand the projections upon ourselves of an ideal, which is necessarily beyond human attainment. We are people and we need to be in touch with our vulnerabilities and faults. It is important occasionally to look again at what we have become and who we really are.
A MAN WHO HAD FOR A TIME BECOME THE EMBODIMENT OF A POPULAR IDEAL IS MADE TO REALISE THAT AS A PERSON HE IS NOT THIS IDEAL
Man who had become the embodiment of a popular ideal is made to realise that he is not this ideal
Both applause and censure are temporary; soul qualities are enduring
This is all about the approval, or approbation, that is offered by society, and our need for caution in accepting it. Popularity inevitably proves ephemeral – someone else will be flavour-of-the-month very soon and we could be left high and dry.
Any continued sustainment of our own stability of being should be looked for in the more enduring aspects of reality – things hard-won and worthwhile, and things that define us and speak of our soul qualities.
We must learn to accept applause as encouragement for our own self-strengthening – but only in the moment, rather than as something to hoard and recall nostalgically.
Life always offers us a gift for bringing our issues to a dramatic consummation at a time of crisis, and the eternal challenge is to remain true to ourselves, whether or not this wins social approval.
What is worthy of recognition is a courageous self-confidence and an unflagging faith – which often comes to an individual at the point of climax in their experience of challenge.
The swing of the pendulum between endorsement and repudiation is certain. It is better not to care either way – both applause and censure are distractions we can do without.
Also, although opportunism is often appropriate, like everything it can be taken to extremes and lose merit. We should be wary not to indulge overmuch, and count upon our popularity and good fortune, lest the pendulum sways against us a little too soon and we fall from grace before we achieve the result we want.
A popularity that proves ephemeral
Commentary from Richard Grey
N - embodiment | vulnerabilities and faults | who we really are | sustainment of our own stability of being | things that define us | self-strengthening | remain true to ourselves | courageous self-confidence
H - celebrity | flavour-of-the-month
T - approval offered by society | worthwhile | encouragement | gift | worthy of recognition
G - what we have become | things hard-won | crisis | courageous self-confidence | experience of challenge
P - projections | opportunism
S - censure | repudiation
Y - ideal | surrender egotism | higher consciousness | applause | soul qualities
This is a warning to detach from the approval or otherwise of others' opinions - to be careful. So for me it's about Sorry. Taking responsibility for who and what we are, irrespective of what others think.