Sabian Symbols: A relay race
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Capricorn 21 (20° - 21°)
COOPERATION WITHIN A GROUP
An aspect of who we are can only be experienced in a group - whose purposes and ways are always somewhat different from our own
An important aspect of social interaction is found when groups compete. At some schools there is a House System – made clear in the Harry Potter films – where children can learn to identify the two principles - of cooperation and competition.
A relay race is a metaphor for the passing of responsibility from one generation to another. We each have our time on Earth and, for a while, we struggle to do our best to take what we can from the past and then present a richer, improved version to the future.
A RELAY RACE
A relay race
Each of us takes responsibility for our own self-mastery
The values taken on by any group are those that facilitate the increase of individual resourcefulness as well as social benefit. What matters to the team members is what makes a person fit to participate in the relay race and do well. This usually has more to do with whether we attend training sessions than whether we attend church or mosque, or vote red or blue.
It is of general benefit that each of us takes responsibility for our own self-mastery. Therefore a person’s importance to the community is enhanced by the confidence we feel that, through being part of the team, our own self-preservation is secured. Our feelings of security sponsor our willingness to serve group efforts.
It must be taken as a given that each of us wants to grow – in skills and talents – and that our interactions are angled towards that end.
The urgency of a race points to the intensity of focus that occasionally occurs in every life. At such times we need to pull everything together so that all the components of a situation are held into a functioning wholeness. When push comes to shove, petty differences and envy between people must be put aside so that everyone does their very best to support the demands of the moment.
By such cooperation, a group’s best opportunities are brought to culmination. The harvest is brought in, the floods are kept at bay and the village hall is successfully raised.
By such collective enterprises, the individual is also raised up. Social skills are refined no less than practical talents.
Those who selfishly avoid the communal activity one day will find themselves poorly equipped to adequately resource their own needs. The lesson is clear: all for one and one for all.