Sabian Symbols: An industrial strike
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Gemini 8 (7° - 8°)
REVOLT AGAINST INJUSTICE
Whenever the powerful and rich take advantage
then rebelliousness is close at hand
"Assertive expression of self"
Tension arises between the haves and have-nots and is the primary cause of civil unrest. There is a warning here against allowing our material appetites to go too far and create the conditions for revolt. Typically anyone vaingloriously showing off their attainments, whether material, intellectual or whatever, will lose contact with gentle, modest people - and be diminished thereby and find themselves living their lives surrounded only by the ambitious and the envious.
AROUSED STRIKERS SURROUND A FACTORY
Aroused strikers surround a factory
A constant undeviating self-assertiveness is wholesome
It is not only the right – it is the duty – of self to assert itself and refuse to accept life circumstances that require us to squeeze into a lesser role than we feel is justified. We are obliged to protest against oppressors and demand what we deserve.
If the circumstances of life are inadequate to provide scope for our creative expression for the evolution of self, then we need to act in our own interests and change them. Our claim to this freedom is inherent, a birth right, and includes the opportunity to expand the reach of mind.
The constructive reorganisation of situations is essential to our being who we are. Why else would we have values, and sometimes therefore feelings of being undervalued, if we were not free to respond to them actively?
Nor should this be seen as abnormal behaviour. It is a requirement of accomplishment that we cope with change, and whether or not we are the protagonists, change will certainly occur. These changes are directed away from the unacceptable as much as they are towards desired outcomes.
We seek to create life situations wherein personal dignity is celebrated and never repressed by one over another. If dignity were to be denied it would degenerate into the distorted expression of pride, in the ego-centric sense. Nothing of real value comes from this. Therefore the expression of dignity is encouraged, since it leads towards nobility of attitude and visionary outcomes.
In dealing with the inevitable stresses and forces of life, a constant undeviating self-assertiveness is wholesome, and if this takes similar form to vigorous industrial action – then so be it; occasionally it must be so in order to oust oppressors and demand justice and freedom.
Giving way to that which is life-denying or unjust is an unwarranted and unworthy capitulation of the sacredness of self; this is desecration. But when we allow a depth of Spirit to enter our behaviours and decisions, then naturally and easily we disallow such improper self-surrender.