Sabian Symbols: Daughter of the American Revolution
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Cancer 30 (29° - 30°)
Conservative elements in society have the function of
holding on to what is excellent and special from the past
One of the polarities arising in our life of choices is whether to be more revolutionary or more conservative. The one leads to seek change, the other often tends to glorify the past. To be rebellious is more youthful, discontented and restless, and when this energy has been fully expressed the tendency with age is to choose to consolidate and maintain the status quo.
A DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
A daughter of the American Revolution
Good leaders gently guide their community through evolutionary steps of change
Individuality arises within a setting, and we easily see that we inherit much of who and what we are from parental and cultural sources. This fact is evidence of the essentially conservative nature of life; it is more evolutionary than revolutionary. The symbol here is not the Revolution itself, but the long term inherited results of it, which accrue in small steps from generation to generation.
What marks a family or community is its proven ethics, and the members’ adherence to them. Each of us is likely to be pleased with ourselves because of the differences that proclaim our uniqueness, and yet what comforts and motivates us on the primary level is the need to belong – for which we must substantively conform to inherited standards of behaviour and belief.
Our willingness to fit into a group, and its patterns of thought and activity, generates feelings of stability, dependability, warmth and trust – and most of us like them, and need them, enough to limit the degree of our absolute self-expression, so that our presence in the group is felt as empathic. This phenomenon of rapport allows for enduring relationships to occur in the formation of a heart-connected network.
Of course there is with this a real danger of stagnation and acceptance of the lowest common denominator, so we must not resist change. However conservative we may be, life is change and the absence of change is death. Peoples and people die off unless changes are embraced.
In order to act together as a unit, a group needs to be led – and thus we see that the act of unification necessarily throws up the need for leadership. The leader is better seen as a result of the group process rather than the cause. The purpose of the role is to infect the group with the inspiration to move collectively through the steps of change.
One who feels superior, whose agenda is more self-centred than it is in service to community needs, will be rejected sharply, as will any unsympathetic force or event that threatens to rupture the group’s integrity and sense of well-being.
The very survival of a group requires the consolidation of, and allegiance to, its traditions – and its current, temporary leader has neither permission nor power to go against that.