Sabian Symbols: Two rabbits dressed in clothes and on parade
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Cancer 8 (7° - 8°)
MODELLING OURSELVES ON A GUIDE
By copying a master's attitudes, beliefs, gestures and words we gain mastery ourselves
"Finding a guide"
A time-honoured process for us to learn and develop is to imitate an established master of a craft in as much detail as possible. This method requires no wisdom or philosophy, we simply copy exactly all the physical processes of the craft and allow our own understandings to emerge as the skills take hold.
A GROUP OF RABBITS DRESSED IN HUMAN CLOTHES WALK AS IF ON PARADE
A group of rabbits dressed in human clothes walk as if on parade
The real is established as it is dramatised
The suggestion some might take here, in this image, is that rabbits have misappropriated better clothes than they are worth, that they are showing off to gain some little glory, and add a touch of glamour to their dull lives.
And yet the vestments of higher implication are always available for lower life to wear experimentally. A cat may look at a king, and even dress like one.
The values and expressions to which we aspire speak of an inner sense of unrealised self, which needs to be awakened first by recognition. By dressing up we ‘imagine up’.
In fact we can even question the worth of any event that does not stimulate us to reach upwards beyond our current situation to higher ideals. How else could life work? Reality itself is only ever established by forging things out of thoughts – so why ever would we not choose to bring our thoughts to the level of ideal? The real is established as it is dramatised, typically from idealisation to realisation.
It is therefore wisdom itself to project the highest ideals that we can imagine for our lives onto the situations we encounter, and make it known that we are doing so with unlimited assurance.
Of course we have to be careful that we are not ingenuously substituting affirmation for accomplishment. The upward reach of consciousness towards spirit is the glory of our species, yet to manifest heaven on earth we need to work for it too. Affirmation without appropriation is usually insufficient.
An important, if subtle, part of who we really are always lays dormant, waiting for us to grasp the form of it in the outer world of circumstances. This is appropriation – we must claim what is ours in order to make it ours – sometimes before anyone knows, and often by surprise. We can only do so when we trust our feelings of being worthy of our ideals.