Sabian Symbols: An ornamental handkerchief
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Virgo 15 (14° - 15°)
What we achieve is simply the latest feature of a very long line of effort and vision that aligns the eternal future with the past
A life is lived so very briefly and could accomplish little were it not part of a chain stretching back into the distant past and forward towards imagined realms of future possibility. Our past experiences and allegiances, in the sense of family ancestors or previous incarnation, contain the strands we weave to create a character that defines and expresses who we are now. The accomplished seeker has the demeanour of aristocracy because they have the awareness of this spiritual ancestry. In some tangible way this is certain to be recognised by the bestowal of some honour.
A FINE LACE HANDKERCHIEF, HEIRLOOM FROM VALOROUS ANCESTORS
A fine lace handkerchief, heirloom from valorous ancestors
Grace commands worldly sophistication and demonstrates our spiritual progression
Ornaments can be trifles of no consequence, used by the pretentious person to insinuate themselves into a better social class, believing, rather pompously, to be able to raise their status by adopting the trappings of position.
Yet these very items can be invested with extraordinary power, and true worth. Their value is in how they preserve meaning and so help to perfect action.
We think of a knight, who would carry his lady’s handkerchief as a talisman of the spirit. His sacred chivalry was invoked, and no doubt made him a better person and probably a more passionate warrior. The talisman was always soft, to appeal to his sense of beauty, and awaken his instinctual awareness of the feminine side that made his fierce actions graceful, and actually much more meaningful.
Gracefulness is an exceptional level of charm, which is a form of power and tends to support high achievement.
It speaks to a higher reality to which we aspire. Each of us yearns for something to which we append our highest sense of meaning, or sacredness, and the allegiance that we offer in service to this has the effect of reinvigorating our very effort.
Grace is both a tool of, and evidence of, our spiritual progress. It brings a refinement in our manner, our perceptions, our relationships and purposes – and refinement is evidence of greater perfection.
Without some sense of higher meaning, we become lost in life. We need to serve something higher – and that requires us generally to adopt the manners of that higher something.