Sabian Symbols: Peacock parading on an ancient lawn
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Taurus 30 (29°- 30°)
Our personal displays of excellence
bears testimony to all that went before us
Individuality seeks both maturity of understanding and full substantiation of worth - wisdom and wealth. Gifts inherited and improved upon are shown to be in part the flowering of cultural aspirations and its pride and joy.
PEACOCK PARADING ON THE TERRACE OF AN OLD CASTLE
Peacock parading on the terrace of an old castle
Peacock parading on an ancient lawn
Seek answers from within, if necessary against popular opinion
The ancient lawn in the image symbolises racial heritage and history; the peacock’s display is contextualised by this background. From this, we remember that we can only illustrate our special qualities in contrast to the status quo. Our defiant strutting actually dignifies what went before – by selecting specific old ways and wisdoms as chosen markers against which to push.
It is helpful to externalise the doubts and deficiencies in our self-understanding. We must make choices about exactly what to parade in public, and this tells us a lot about what we aspire to be. We get information from this, which helps us to refine our general approach to life. We learn to see criticism as clues, through which to find balance between what we want of society, and what society wants of us.
Consciously or not, we are ever struggling to develop our own, highly personalised, set of inner values.
We do this by examining our aspirations against eternal values, partly discovered by those who went before us, and encapsulated as laws and morals. Others have struggled to find their truth before us; we walk a well-trod path.
Too much self-contemplation can be as damaging as too little, and eventually can become unrewarding. However, it is highly beneficial occasionally to turn within, and bring the mind to a state of repose. This allows us to validate our world-view on the level of meditative thought, and feeling.
The striving for outer ornament is a tool by which we emulate those whom we admire. We can raise ourselves momentarily to a higher station by the ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ principle, which is very useful because it stimulates both the desire for, and the knowledge of, our idealised potential.
By remaining aloof, we diminish the influence of others’ opinions and atmospheres, and this underlines our willingness to seek answers from within.
Sadly, despite our deepest yearnings, we will never be completely understood. Our values will never be totally aligned with another, and eventually we are left alone to uncover the deepest aspects.