Sabian Symbols: Military band on the march
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Scorpio 27 (26° - 27°)
Periodic celebration of the nation's power and substance further binds its citizens into the benefits of a social compact
It may be unseemly to demonstrate achievement, and it appears to glorify aggression when this is done with a military aspect, yet the proclamation of ‘capacity for violence’ actually diminishes the use of it. Sabre-rattling is the human equivalent of an animal bearing its teeth, a behaviour whose purpose is to deter an enemy and limit the risk of attack.
A MILITARY BAND MARCHES NOISILY ON THROUGH THE CITY STREETS
A military band marches noisily on through the city streets
It is poor life management to defer to social pressure to be commonplace
The military band is proclaiming its strength, and its determination to carry through a clear intention bravely and against whatever opposition it encounters. Equally, it is entirely appropriate for us to proclaim, and establish something that will endure, constantly and courageously affirming our own personal sense of reality, and having that reality be significant enough that we are willing to fight for it.
At all costs, we must avoid crystallising trivialities as the permanent circumstances of our lives. Human spirit rejects drabness entirely; anything that lacks interest lacks worth.
Rest and relaxation serve us for a while so that we can recover and recharge our batteries. Yet there is always a danger of foolish self-exploitation when we crave comfort and security more than challenge.
We need to check that the temporary compromises that we made have not sapped our strength of will. It takes resolution and audacity to break away from the comfort zone; in some ways it’s like going to war. Anything of real worth requires that we mobilise ourselves into intense effort.
When we press towards worthy goals, then we always evolve. Parts of us are stimulated into expression, which would otherwise remain hidden, undiscovered and unknown. We grow – and it feels exciting.
Small matter that the blare of our self-affirmation causes others to flinch. Let them understand that such behaviour is best seen as our rejection of lesser experiences; we are not satisfied with the ordinary, and claim a larger slice of life. We are so much more than we ever knew, and so much bigger than others usually want us to be.
What previously seemed an impossible dream is drawn into the realms of reality – it becomes hope, and then expectation. Through this process, inspiration flows through us into life, transforming everything we touch. All life has a sharpened sense of vitality and potentiality.