In writing a couple of weeks back about spring cleaning–the invaluable review of our inner assignments–I mentioned the usefulness of using Sabian Symbols to do that work. What I did NOT do was explain what Sabian Symbols actually are, and how they came to be.
Sabian Symbols are a collection of 360 images, one for each degree of the Zodiac circle. They were channelled by Elsie Wheeler, a gifted Californian medium, at the request of the visionary astrologer Marc Edmund Jones. On some unnamed day in 1925, Mr. Jones bundled Ms. Wheeler and her wheelchair—she was badly crippled by rheumatoid arthritis–into his Model A Ford and whisked her off to Balboa Park. Over a 3-day period, he showed her blank flash-cards and she described the images that came to her. Marc Edmund Jones then wrote a book—The Sabian Symbols in Astrology—creating an invaluable tool for modern astrologers.
Jones’s colleague, Dane Rudhyar, expanded the scope of the Sabian Symbols with Jungian interpretations in An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases. This is the earliest–and to my mind, the best–of the many subsequent books built on Jones and Wheeler’s research.
Fast-forward to now: why use them? Because they work. Take any astrological chart and analyze it using Sabian Symbols, and you will have a complex and accurate understanding of that chart—the thrust of its pitfalls and potentials.
And when it’s your own? Knowledge is power, my friends!