Sabian Symbols: Indian chief demanding recognition
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Capricorn 1 (0° - 1°)
When the community security is threatened then those who can
will claim a position of authority and take command
A body must have a head; a group must have a leader. Various experiments are still in progress to examine how best to choose the person best suited to that role, how often the leader should be replaced, and the scope of authority granted. In some cases the dominant male makes his claim and decides on his own the extent of power and influence he chooses to command.
This usually seems inappropriate in times of peace yet becomes an absolute necessity when the group’s survival requires it. This is true on a ship at sea, it is true in wartime. Yet it is always a real question whether the risk of war throws up belligerent leaders or the leader’s belligerence is the very reason for the risk.
AN INDIAN CHIEF CLAIMS POWER FROM THE ASSEMBLED TRIBE
Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe
Authority requires and demands respect – most effectively through an uncompromising inner integrity
An Indian chief is a symbol of an ever-effective power of command. It is not a temporary position or subject to popularity and is associated with dignity, and perhaps an inflexibility of character. Sometimes very difficult decisions have to be made which have enormous, even life-threatening, ramifications, and these require a person whose vision follows from a single eye, is consistent and true. Few are able to do this, and such a person can, and does, demand recognition – so to perfect their authority.
This degree shows of an uncompromising inner integrity, and the ability for meeting the situation of the moment fearlessly with the expectation of gaining the high ground.
It requires extreme fidelity to accepted values, so that those who follow have no qualms about the chief serving the highest community purposes.
Anyone working with power and leadership must inevitably develop a steely determination to realize and maintain every advantage gained by birth or through experience. There is no intention here kindly to affirm equality among the general population – power-possessors hold power because they can, and because they decide to do so; what others think of this is secondary, of no great importance.
Every opportunity for self-expression is fully grasped, as a way further to strengthen the grip on the leadership.
However, this should not degenerate into officiousness, and the senseless raising of all minor issues, since this will be correctly interpreted as arrogant egotism and pretentious foolishness.
As a person, this type of leader is happy only when they feel secure in the place they made for themselves. This is because there will always be a challenge to power, and anyone claiming such high profile needs to guard themselves against action from any others who might also claim the position. Hence the need is felt to demand recognition – since this picks up any signs of a revolt that could dangerously undermine their position, and therefore their uncompromised ability to discharge their duty of service through command.