Essentially, the chart wheel that most of us work from in astrology contains 360 degrees (being that it is a circle, of course), and the Sabian Symbols describe each individual degree through the use of metaphor and archetypal imagery..
The Sabian Symbols themselves were developed between Elsie Wheeler, a medium who channeled the symbolism of each astrological degree, and Marc Edmund Jones, who transcribed her visions and later formed a kind of Victorian salon society around the work they created. Sometime in the mid 1920’s, they approached Dane Rudhyar with their work, and by 1930, Dane had been convinced of their merit and began to study the Sabian Symbols. Since Dane had taken to the work of Carl Jüng, he edited the meanings here and there to reflect what he was beginning to realize would be his life’s work:
‘It took the combination of Marc Jones’s approach and of Jung’s psychology, and of various personal changes and opportunities, to make me realize the possibility of using astrology as a practical application of a cosmic, holistic and cyclic philosophy of existence.’
By 1945, Dane Rudhyar was busily re-writing the Sabian Symbols – keeping the overall structure the same, but adapting some of the arcehtypal imagery as needed.
Today, the Sabian Symbols are still in wide use by astrologers all over the world.
HOW TO USE THE SABIAN SYMBOLS
Using Sabian Symbols couldn’t be easier: as each degree is designated with a specific meaning, all you need to know is the exact degree of each point you’d like to consider.
There are a couple rules you’ll need to know though, so please read here first. Click for more