What are Sabian Symbols?
Anyone who has had an astrology reading with me knows I work with Sabian Symbols to interpret charts of individuals.
“The Sabian Symbols are a set of 360 phrases of words that correspond with each of the 360 degrees of the wheel of the zodiac, from Aries 1 to Pisces 30.”
I like to explain it this way: these symbols are attempts at putting words to what is beyond words. The symbols evoke a quality & connect that quality to a context we can intellectually understand. They then ask us to contemplate & interpret the symbol in a non-intellectual, non-literal way. We are taking a quality that is unnamable, naming it & then forgetting the words in order to sense beyond them. This can make for a very unusual conversation.
For example, today MERCURY is at 18*Aquarius & the symbol is “A man unmasked.” The function of MERCURY includes communication, memory, thinking & learning. For now, while we are naming the quality of the symbol, we have permission to think about it literally in order to get closer to the quality. You could take some time now to think of some words or images that emerge when you hear the symbol for 18*Aquarius. Now, if I tell you this degree is currently active in your natal chart, you may have a whole new set of more subjective, perhaps not so literal thoughts or images coming to mind. Finally, when I inform you of which house (circumstance) this degree resides & furthermore, which planet (function) occupies this degree in the chart, you can then appreciate the personal connection & specific recognition that exists within you, beyond what can be put into words.
If this description of symbol works makes you curious or excited, please let me know. I would love to hear from you. There are 359 additional symbols. I would love to find others who feel drawn to explore them. Please get in touch to share your thoughts & questions.
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