Sabian Symbols: Two awards for bravery in war
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Capricorn 23 (22° - 23°)
SOCIETY'S DUTY TOWARDS THE INDIVIDUAL
We may confidently expect that all we do in service towards the collective need will be appropriately rewarded in time
"Recognition of the heroic efforts of others on different paths"
Even though an evolved person has no attachment to rewards or fear of penalty, nonetheless it is normal to expect recognition and recompense when we put ourselves to inconvenience and risk in service of the greater good. This is fair, and underpins the principle of justice and right relationship between the community and the individual.
A SOLDIER RECEIVING TWO AWARDS FOR BRAVERY IN COMBAT
A soldier receiving two awards for bravery in combat
With leadership comes both high reward and onerous duties
Our potential for heroism exists inwardly in advance of its outer expression; it is sometimes felt as a need for us to be recognised for our capacity to show dedicated self-effacing service.
Even though heroic behaviour often stimulates society’s need to raise up an individual to the rank of leader, strutting and proclaiming this potential is inelegant and avoided by the wiser person.
Rising above the pack, we are exalted not by our self-proclaiming words and cocky attitude, but by our personal vision and character. Other concerns are subordinated, so that the compelling goal of living actually becomes nothing more than the advancement and presentation of our values, perhaps as teachings to guide others.
Personal growth is stimulated through the time and energy spent in the process of gaining broader experience. This has the effect of gradually widening our social relevance to whatever level equates to our highest spiritual station. Such experiences awaken our ability to dramatise life’s possibilities. This calls forth a cornucopia of fruits and riches, which point to the abundance that any can access by following the leader’s example of effective, creative, courageous, life management.
Practical social and political gains accumulate. However, we need to remember that an idealistic leader, who may well be completely integrated within normal humdrum society, will still always be measured and also challenged for position. It goes with the job, and helps to keep alive the very skills and wisdom that qualify the leader for the position.
Continual self-dedication is a life path that brings as its reward the burden of social stewardship. With it comes the opportunity to disclose a profound practical understanding of our fellows, their circumstances and challenges.
Recognition, which once was sought after by an immature youth yearning to find self-realisation, is now understood to be a sword that cuts with two edges, the one self-serving, the other social; one cuts away external dross, the other cuts inwardly. And whereas the first award gave intoxicating unlooked-for joy, the second suggests that a third is to be expected in due course. The burden to meet expectations becomes a dimension heavier, the path a degree more serious.
Two awards for bravery in war
Commentary by Mandy McKinley
Dual blessings for exceptional courage when facing life threatening or challenging opposition/adversity. Such an experience allows us awareness and confirmation of our own character and strength, plus an appreciation and recognition from society of our value to them. This is the 'Return" phase of the Hero's Journey.