Sabian Symbols: Performer of a mystery play
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aquarius 6 (5° - 6°)
OUR ROLES AS AGENCIES OF HIGHER FORCES
Not only do we live out our human lives in simple, workaday ways but we also serve the function of bringing higher mysteries to Earth
Today we still see acted out the old rituals that bind a group into awareness of ancient archetypes – from Mardi Gras to Easter parades, Father Christmas to Halloween pumpkin monsters. This is because they provide an essential method to raise individuals out of personality and into a collective group consciousness. It is how we learn to surrender self to transpersonal realities with the attendant remembering of the awareness of our larger responsibilities.
A MASKED FIGURE PERFORMS RITUALISTIC ACTS IN A MYSTERY PLAY
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A masked figure performs ritualistic acts in a mystery play
Awareness brings the subtlety that shows grace in being and relating
Shakespeare reminds us that ‘all the world’s a stage’, yet we are constantly challenged to remember our roles as performers – this requires a very sensitive intelligence, a noteworthy subtlety of being.
Reality, as conventionally perceived, is no less convenient than a mystery play as a means of self-realisation. In all of our day to day events, we need to act out our characters convincingly well.
A person’s particular characteristics are exalted in relationship, and there is no end to the variations of expression. In fact it is only through a variety of relationships that our full potentialities can be stimulated. So to play out in our various associations we become performers, with very different temperaments. The mind has a mediating function in these interactions; its purpose is to interpret the world to the individual and the individual to the world; it is hugely important. It simply is not enough to allow individuality to be influenced, and so cultivated, by reference to our feelings alone.
All experiences have significance. The value of any experience, when interpreted creatively, is heightened in personality on the one hand, and in life itself on the other. The trick is to find a point of creative balance where we can assimilate what happens within our many social relationships to bring better understandings and deeper connection. This process must involve both feelings and thought.
With such awareness we win the gift of enacting deeper, more meaningful opportunities within the realms of human potential. We start to understand the real and subtle motivations that drive us – why we do what we do, want what we want, and fear whatever we fear.
Such subtlety invariably bestows grace – we develop the knack of noticing the effect we have on others, and their conscious and unconscious responses to us.
There can be a tendency to lack practicality, and all too frequently to be teased by the seductive pull of self-mystification. This is to be minimised because too much self-analysis can surreptitiously lead us towards distress, and if we become lost in the fascination of self, we lose the power to act spontaneously with full commitment.
Performer of a mystery play
Commentary from James Burgess
That part of us that is its own self - what we call "I" - is not small enough to be squeezed into a little physical body. Its vastness reaches out into the other realms, interacting and integrating with other, great beings. Who we are is vast and unique.
When we perform with awareness, whether in a mystery play or in daily life, we tune in to an aspect of ourselves whose centre of awareness is higher than our normal state. We can see more, we know more. Then the lowly earth-bound physical ego is the proud agency by which that higher, wiser aspect of self comes through to operate within the Earth plane. With awareness we can bridge the realms and promote expanding consciousness in each world.
Commentary from Mandy McKinley
All the world’s a stage. Freedom to express. A foot in each world. Archetypes. Protection through the passage. The Great Mystery come to life. Mystery school teacher. Actively living a sacred life. The dance of life. To be “at one with the gods”. Channelling a deity. Active participation in evolutionary process.