Sabian Symbols: Indians rowing a canoe and dancing a war dance
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Capricorn 5 (4° - 5°)
When troubles come the need to act assertively becomes stronger than the desire to employ grace and kindness
"Using power to avoid catastrophe"
Insofar as calamity or war binds a group together, it is to be understood that this fact can be used by ruthless strategists as a tool by which to unite individuals into a much tighter expression of group consciousness. Machiavellian leaders have done so throughout history, and certainly in today’s world, in order to strengthen their grip on leadership and further their power of authority. We would be foolishly naïve to deny that this occurs, and it must be prevented if war is to end.
INDIANS ON THE WARPATH, WHILE SOME MEN ROW A WELL-FILLED CANOE, OTHERS IN IT PERFORM A WAR DANCE
Indians on the warpath, while some men row a well-filled canoe, others in it perform a war dance
On occasion, taking power is entirely valid
The image suggests that our powers of accomplishment can always be brought to a personal focus to bring about the necessary mobilisation of whatever resources are required to deal with the pressing matter at hand. This must include an effective ability to side-track minor issues for sake of major achievement. However visionary and spiritual we might feel to be, at the primary level of existence, we have to survive the demands of the physical world. There is an overriding need for practical considerations to prevail.
By grappling with hard reality, we come to learn of the underlying pattern of motives taking form within our particular world. After careful appraisal and contemplation, we receive a deep comprehension of what links causes to effects – and we gain advantage by this.
This only works when we have entirely minimised unnecessary moods and tantrums, and have become able to limit the confusing fog of emotionality to times when our survival does not depend upon clear thinking.
When inner ordering proves inadequate for the majority, and the general population is poorly equipped to resolve immediate threats, then taking power is entirely valid. This cannot be reconciled with popularity – and there is no requirement or even possibility to explain our actions. We take command because we can, and because we know we must, even if others are unable to see this.
Aggressive leadership is suggested in the image – the power to get things done. Even when there are plenty of good reasons not to, and perhaps plenty of people who go against us, nevertheless we ourselves can recognise a need to act as a thoroughly immutable necessity for the good of all.
With the power of leadership comes the responsibility for awareness – if we are not sure, then we cannot act, but if we are sure, then we cannot fail to act. This has to be implicit in the very fact of being conscious. We must do what must be done.
At root life is ever primitive, and we are always inclined to allow an irresistible impulse towards rash action that clouds our judgement. The one who does not succumb to such impulsiveness is more suited than others for the role as leader, and has the duty to accept the burdens that accompany the position.
Indians rowing a canoe and dancing a war dance
Commentary from Richard Grey
No - prevention | primary level of existence | survive the demands of the physical world | need for practical considerations to prevail | form
Hello - underlying patterns | deep comprehension | clear thinking
Thanks - calamity binds a group together | emotionality
Goodbye - accomplishment | taking power
Please - focus | mobilisation of resources | recognising the need to act
Sorry - prevention | careful appraisal and contemplation | leadership | responsibility for awareness | we must do what must be done
Yes - accepting the burdens of leadership
Goodbye - the Indians are in the process of taking control/command. They've completed Sorry beforehand and decided to take action.