Sabian Symbols: A woman suffragist haranguing
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Gemini 16 (15° - 16°)
A powerful mind can hold sway over others
and win them over to a new way of thinking
"Being open to persuasion"
It is not effective at all to present new ideas in a dry matter-of-fact tone. The first step must be to win the attention of the group by persuading people that we have something of interest to say. An intrusive manner of speech is almost inevitable, probably backed up by hyperbole, drama and startling claims. Strong feelings are almost de rigueur - and to be felt not just acted out.
A WOMAN ACTIVIST IN AN EMOTIONAL SPEECH DRAMATISING HER CAUSE
A woman activist in an emotional speech dramatising her cause
Mature adults assertively claim full involvement in shaping their affairs
Before the emancipation of women, it was accepted that certain categories of people were of lesser worth. These people – women – felt great indignation about this, and refused to continue to play along. They demanded full participation in life, as adults.
It is implicit that, for a community to operate effectively there must be mutuality in the exchange of opinions, so that each and every viewpoint is aired and heard.
In this way our life values are maintained both individually and as a community.
The responsibility, which goes along with this, is that we must desist from bias and bigotry and present our case in a reasonable and reasoned fashion.
This is how the worldwide reconstruction of situations unfolds without bloodshed. Diplomacy and democracy are attempts to resolve social stresses peacefully.
Unless all responsible members of a group have a franchise to exercise their perspectives and urges, then unreasoned conflict is inevitable, and the bloodletting begins. Opening up the power-sharing process eventually leads to benefits for all, in unimagined ways. All members of the community will enjoy an enlarged reach of privilege once false restrictions are lifted.
Yet, realistically, we have also to remember that those in position are always reluctant to diminish their influence. Power must be taken, it cannot ever be given, and righteous indignation is the first legitimate step towards justice – often followed by demands.