Sabian Symbols: An animal trainer
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Virgo 23 (22° - 23°)
OVERCOMING PRIDEFUL SELF-LOVE
Patience and self-control are prerequisites for spiritual advancement
"Overcoming prideful self-love"
Taming the beast within us is a requirement if we are to maintain an aristocratic demeanour. The darker aspects of our nature, which are never to be denied or defeated, must be brought under the control of the will. This means we cannot ever relax our guard fully and will always be tested for tenacity and forbearance.
A LION TAMER DISPLAYS HIS SKILL AND CHARACTER
A lion tamer displays his skills and character
Great self-discipline, patience and skill are all required to tame the inner beast
The organic integrity of the world at large depends upon the certainty of the order of things. In this case, we are considering one incontrovertible rule – discipline controls passion. There is one way to tame the inner beast, only one. It requires carefully-managed personal accomplishments, with a patient resoluteness of being.
However, it is well worth the effort since, when we find the power to control our animal side, we can enlist the full package of natural resources allocated to us, which we will then find entirely adequate for us to fulfil all of our needs and desires.
Humanity has the gift of influence – we can impose our ideas upon lesser forms of life by interweaving our skills into another’s reality. It can be an animal, although it applies also in the form where the charismatic person holds sway over the dullard.
There is a warning in this: control is inevitable; we need to choose whether to impose or be imposed upon. Every individual is subject to controlling processes in their experience of life – and if we fail to give conscious attention to our potential to influence outcomes, then this probably leads towards a conditioned existence.
It is usually futile to show off or boast about our power and talents – this is often proof that we have indeed succumbed to the conditioning. Self-proclamation has its advantages at times, but certainly not as an attempt at avoidance of the processes of personal clearing.
Certain life imperatives rule us all; whether to be master or slave is usually a big one. We are required to dominate or be dominated, and for those of us who find this choice uncomfortable, we will probably end up reluctantly submissive or ineffectually rebellious.
There is but one exception to this general rule – where we have escaped conditioning finally, having completed a deep process of healing and introspection; this is followed by masterly self-control and the resultant passionate, focused, intentionality of being.