05 Apr 2019
EXAMPLE SABIAN ASTROLOGY READING
About twelve years ago I discovered Sabian Astrology through Lynda Hill. But its origins go back further in history. On some unrecorded date in 1925, the Sabian symbols were brought into manifestation in the span of a day in Balboa Park, San Diego, California through the combined efforts of Marc Edmund Jones and Elsie Wheeler. The amazing thing is that the 360 symbols were obtained during a few hours in the morning, and a few hours during the afternoon. I am not certain of the exact number of hours involved, but this would mean that on the average 45 symbols were visualized per hour, or one every minute and a half.
360 DEGREES & PHASES
The Sabian symbols do not deal exclusively with the degrees of the zodiac. They refer to the division of any cyclic life process into 360 phases, for this reason I have stressed the phase number of the symbol as much as the zodiacal degree to which it refers. The essential point to remember is that we are dealing with a life process; we might say a cosmic process, but in any case it is a gradual process of actualization of a set of new potentialities. It is a gradual process, i.e. it proceeds by “degrees.” But the progression is not to be considered unidirectional; it is rather multidirectional and in a sense multidimensional, as it involves the actualization of potentiality on at least three levels. We should not expect that the sequence of symbols will reveal a straight line of progress. There is progression, but only within a number of definite structural fields of activity.
First, it should be clear that any life cycle divides itself essentially into two hemicycles, just as the sol-lunar cycle is divided into waxing and waning halves. One may use different names to characterize these two halves. In the sol-lunar cycle — which deals not with the Moon itself but with the changing relationship of the Moon to the Sun, as this relationship is perceived by human observers on this Earth — one can speak of the hemicycle of “action” and of that of “consciousness.”* During the first period concrete forms of the energy released at New Moon are being progressively built (unless the entire cycle proves to be negative and the energy release ineffectual); during the second period the capacity for action tends to gradually wane while, on the other hand, energy is focused (after Full Moon) at the consciousness level and becomes productive of, or subservient to, mental forms (including ideological systems and sociocultural institutions).
Next in importance is the six-fold pattern of cyclic unfoldment, and indeed the numbers 6 and 60 have figured significantly in ancient astrology, particularly in Chaldea. The fact that one can inscribe six contiguous circles of the same size within a circumference, plus a seventh one at the center, has been given great prominence in geometrical symbolism. It can be considered at least one of the main reasons for the division of the circumference (and thus in astrology of the zodiac) into 360 degrees, i.e. 6 times 60, and for the numerological emphasis placed upon the number 7, the latter defining the fulfillment of a process, and thus the “seed” of it; that is, both a conclusion and the prenatal foundation of a new cycle.
By dividing the zodiacal belt — which is actually the orbit of the Earth — into six sections, we characterize six basic types or polarizations of the one central power of the Sun, source of all energies operating on the planets. Each polarization produces a male/female couple (or syzygy); and the zodiac is thus divided into alternatively “masculine” and “feminine” signs: Aries/Taurus, Gemini/Cancer, Leo/Virgo, etc. We shall see how these pairs can be correlated with the six great forces (or Shakti) of Hindu occult philosophy.
Number 5 occupies a highly significant place not only in symbolism, but in the structure of living organisms in contrast to that of nonliving material systems. In terms of the subdividing of cyclic processes one may use this number g in two ways: the whole process can be divided into five sections, each of 72 phases, thus inscribing a five-pointed star in the circle; or, even more significant in terms of the scheme of interpretation, by studying the successive sequences of five degrees it can be seen that such sequences all have a broadly similar structure. That is to say, each sequence (for instance Aries 1°, 2°, 3°,4°,5°) represents archetypically five steps, or five stages of development.
Moreover, these five stages can be seen to take place successively at the three basic levels of human activity and experience. These levels can be defined very broadly, yet characteristically, as the action, the cultural-emotional and the individual-mental levels. What we have is a kind of dialectical process, but one which does not operate as the ordinary sequence of thesis, antithesis and synthesis broadly used in Western philosophy since Hegel and Marx, but rather according to a five-fold rhythm. This five-beat dialectical sequence has been studied in some Oriental systems, particularly in Zen philosophy.
NEW MOON IN ARIES READING
The birthdate and time for this reading is June 12, 1982 at 07:12 am Los Angeles, CA MT. In astrology language, your Sun sign dictates your zodiac personality, while your Moon sign, the second most important influence in your horoscope chart after the Sun, represents your emotions, your inner mood. And the two together strongly influence your emotional mode of operation.
Your Sun sign is easy to determine, through your day and month of birth and this is your outward personality that the world sees and how you shine.
Sun is GEMINI 22 A young girl is sold to a sultan. Cutting deals. Shuffling the personal deck. Being willing to cut out this part and amplify that part of self as the occasion demands. Intensely pragmatic. Taking things as they are and adapting accordingly. Especially prone to neglecting, forsaking, denying for extended cycles huge chunks of yourself. Seeking the optimal combination to be able to do what you want to do and achieve the results you have in mind. Streamlining all self-presentation, even to yourself, to make it look good and easy and manageable. Caught in the ego-mind in a thousand distorted reflections, you are able to rationalize or justify even a total sell-out. But essentially smart, capable, and on top of things. Just intricately familiar with the ropes and rabidly convinced you must not be caught short or marginalized. And you can emphasize and insist upon whatever angle of selfhood will prove helpful and productive to the ego-mind in its multiple ongoing transactions.
Your Moon – controls your emotions and it is what powers your intentions and energy to all your interactions and projects.
Moon is AQUARIUS 27 A man laying stones for a path. If vision and practical skills are brought into a place beyond either one, new worlds can come into being. Tenacity is the key. You have to see the pattern, inscribe the pattern, and let it set collectively. For when you are out ahead of everybody else, you must master the craft of timing in this Earth. Everything is perfect in the right time and place and awful when out of sync. Contained within yourself is the blueprint for the future; you need to season and temper the extraordinary forefront awareness with life-experience, and discover the intricacies of the cultural landscape. A mission pursued, a task taken on with a vengeance. A destiny that stands out and speaks volumes.
Your Venus placement is how you love and express your love – this is what is in your heart. Since this is expressed as Earth and Venus it’s a down to earth style of love.
Venus is TAURUS 15 His best friend sings a song at his funeral. Love penetrates all barriers. It arises the greatest wherever it most profoundly needed. And it is perpetually astonishing in its fullness, its rich sustaining power. Love is also held in a grieving and a mourning for what was and is no longer and sometimes love becomes enrapt in a twilight mood, and can no longer see through the sentiments and the attachments to touch the limitless source of love–staying attuned to that place. Love can be a rocky ride. It pulls in great lessons. It feels too much. And love is wedded to death, which it sometimes wishes to divorce itself from. Love is a limitless doorway and discovers how to navigate all the realms it is called into fluently, willingly, and gladly, stripping away all the ideas about what it should look like and how everything needs to be to gratify and appease and make secure when love needs none of these things to endure.
Your Mercury placement indicates how you communicate, how you apply your actions and intentions, and how your thoughts manifest in the world around you.
Mercury is Gemini 7 A table comes to life and runs away. The inner story is fanciful, full spectrum open, unformed. Outward events do not match the inner story. A question arises where to put the emphasis–what do you believe? If the way things go outwardly is all, the spirit is crushed. If caprice and whimsy contain treasures, there is room here for hope and for permission to be. But you cannot depend upon caprice and whimsy. So the battle rages between doubt and conviction. Doubt knows that it never works out as you planned. Conviction answers that it is entirely up to you and you will get what you asked for. Who gives the permission slip?
Your Mars placement indicates your drive, ambition and will. This is how you resolve conflicts with others.
Those born with Mars in Libra in their natal chart are of course balanced and caring, however, there is an edge to their behavior, one that turns them into very ambitious characters when they really want something. These people are all about relationships they have developed in the past and tend to stick to people. Where many prefer to take action and after apologize, Mars Libras would never do anything without asking for permission. The Mars in Libra can be a paradox because the Libra wants nothing else but peace, while Mars is the planet or war. So, you might be inclined to think that Mars Libras are nothing else than peaceful warriors. It can be challenging for a person to handle these two opposing forces, especially since the Libra is positioned opposite from the Mars-ruled Aries on the zodiac wheel.
Mars is LIBRA 6 A baby with two sets of teeth. Two lives lived in one. The outer life and the inner life. Both approached oblivious to the other. The outer life of doing the right thing for others in extreme selflessness; the inner life rich with intricate and subtle realms to explore. No crossover. Two worlds held apart so that service can be pure and the inner search can be pursued from inward ways. Dreams, futures, subtle realms are always there. Yet the expression is simply whatever gives the most. And so the angels can weave beautifully through both sides and know them as one.
Your Jupiter is how you achieve wealth and power and what you do with it. If you believe in luck, fate or destiny – this planet controls all of that. It is also associated with higher learning and abstract thinking. Your Jupiter placement is usually considered your boon or gifts.
Jupiter is SCORPIO 1 A tunnel through a mountain. When darkness comes, you need more darkness if you’re ever going to find the light. As the struggle of Earth existence descends upon you, you must find a way to harness the power of that struggle to turn death into rebirth. But it is so pressurized and absolutely relentless a path to walk. Everything you meet reflects the same destiny-dilemma. For you are being pulled through the collective nightmare by an immense evolutionary force, and that means feeling everything, experiencing all of it, and letting everything go. Those pulled in to such a radical track develop core perseverance magnificently and learn to be light while superheavy, and to stay loose while bearing down in tight passages. Eventually, glorious things happen and you can emerge into a whole other reality, knowing how purposeful every step has been, that all of it was necessary and redemptively built a character strength of a mighty fiber, as you knew it would.
Your Saturn placement usually indicates your relationships with father figures or divine masculine, it is shows your discipline, how you deal with rules, regulation, and authority in general.
Saturn is LIBRA 16 A woman: The lower half of her body is a serpent. Magic working simultaneously from two divergent levels. The regular, human, everyday magic of holding yourself together as a complex and volatile mix by sheer intent. And the deeper magic of yielding into the undersoul, the passions, the desires, the impulses, and the skills of the subconscious levels. Primarily being absorbed in the deep forces of body and soul. But meanwhile bending over backwards to frame everything in normalcy. This combination is extremely difficult to maintain. It is fragile, delicate, and dangerous. You secretly exult in how impossible it really is and urge yourself onward to work this magic and wield it with the same kind of life-force that moves at the edge of an abyss and stays on that edge in a balancing act that may capsize at any moment. And it therefore is entered upon with a passion of the most dazzling cross between sheer foolishness and a wizard’s mastery.
Uranus is rules the unknown and surprises – the house of your inner weird, your personality that no one really sees.
Uranus is SAGITTARIUS 2 Many iris blooming in a wide variety of colors. A vast multiplicity of vantage points, ways of being, complete identities. Fabulously suggestible and impressionable. Fanning out in all directions, becoming one with everything. Desiring and needing to bring forth each self you have ever been, every fancy you are filled with, you are impetuous, outrageous, and irrepressible. Freedom at all costs. The moment prevails. Ferment and flux. A great difficulty in holding steady, perpetual adolescent rebellion, and the magnificent ability to become absolutely anything. Experience is all. Your deepest need is to embrace your astounding nature and let it be free, despite all signs to the contrary.
Neptune rules your dreams and visions and your psychic receptivity – your relationship with these areas and the supernatural.
Neptune is SAGITTARIUS 26 Climbing the steps of the pyramid of the sun. Classical Maya civilization reenacted in fresh forms. Always having the Greater Sun beating down, always aware of the vaster picture. You tap a sensibility that is profound and extraordinary, the greater Gods and the human scene juxtaposed mightily. In tune with progressive evolutionary currents, you work very hard to reinstate the sacred upon the next spiral. Tuned in to what is really happening here. An expanded space for dreaming, remembering, conceiving, visualizing, and creating. Absolutely knowing that the galactic forces are integral to every breath, and moving toward true galactic citizenship with a passion.
Pluto rules the underworld or our shadow aspects. It is our relationship with the creation/destruction of things that serve you. How you make things and how you let go of them when things have served purpose. It represents our attachment to life and death.
Pluto is LIBRA 25 In the midst of a forest, a great circular open area. In Celtic lands, steeped in a power beyond the world, there were openings always into other times and places, from within this time and place. Discovering once again these passages, and sending an expanded part of your self to explore and inhabit all of the times and places officially denied. And being therefore given to a harkening to the unknown, and to the sensibility of simultaneously feeling linked up with just about everybody everywhere in a mystical, magical realization that pulls you along and calls one to become free and true, you walk onward into the limitless ways as though you had never lost them and no time had elapsed between great inward breaths.
My friend who had the reading and I both agree that these descriptions were spot on and serve as a type of mantra for that aspect of the self. These are great for anyone who wants a personal, intimate look at their planets and if they are considering a relationship or business deal with another person they may want to consider a compatibility reading. This is also a good way to get in touch with your soul’s purpose, your mission and heart’s desire in alignment with the planets of your birth.
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