Sabian Symbols: An evening lawn party
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Leo 12 (11° - 12°)
DEVELOPING SOCIAL SKILLS
Shallow social courtesies become necessary when
we attend community-centred events
Immersion in society can easily rob the soul of its innocence, which is replaced with the sophistication of adult personality as people attempt to survive and prosper within the superficial world of half-truths and guarded reputations.
AN EVENING PARTY OF ADULTS ON A LAWN ILLUMINED BY FANCY LANTERNS
An evening party of adults on a lawn illumined by fancy lanterns
Our companionship contributes to the community that supports us
The individual is always in relationship with the community and each requires the other in order even to exist. A part of each of us is nothing more than another replication of a well-established configuration of biological and psychological variations on a theme, aspects of the community that hosts us. However, another part, called the personality, is distinct and unique.
As children we have little awareness of personality – this has to be developed by wide interaction. The basics of our uniqueness are discovered in the superficial everyday contact we have within the daily round, and also at special occasions like parties, where companionship is celebrated.
With such companionship we are witnessed, and recognised for our worthwhile contribution – by which we become involved and enhance our individuality through the experiences this offers.
Our experiences and achievements are valid attempts to develop a deeper insight and expression of the uniqueness of personality, yet unless our achievements are recognised as useful, then they are meaningless in any objective sense.
Genuine social maturity is measured by our ability and effective capacity to join in. We need to align our own sense of things with others’ and, whilst fulfilling our own personal agenda, also to cooperate in the building of a shared future.
The alternative is to show a lack of appreciation for life’s reality, and to live in a rather narcissistic personal world that is little more than self-obsessed fantasy. A part of who we are is, in fact, a collective reality, and failure to identify, acknowledge and participate in this will inevitably reduce our potential.
This wisdom is not by any means meant to constrain the expression of personality – whose scope is indeed limitless – however, there must be context for there to be form, and there must be form for there to be reality.