Taurus 16° “It is what I say it is.”


The Span of Enjoyment – The 2nd Hemisphere of Taurus

Phase 46

Earth Element – Fixed

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-physical-experimental.

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Taurus 16° An old man attempting vainly to reveal the Mysteries

This is a symbol of the need to share whatever may be the ultimate substance of selfhood, as here brought to a personal realization on the intellectual side. Implicit in the negative symbolism is an awakening to a transient inadequacy, and a stirring to the effort which of itself is a promise of fulfillment once the proper conditions have been established. There is revolt against an inertia which threatens the very core of selfhood.

The keyword is PERTINACITY.

When positive, the degree is the uncompromising integrity of higher vision and an unshakeable determination to dramatize it, and when negative, a failure in accomplishment through a loss of touch with everyday practicality.

If the effort is in vain, why bother? Well, if it’s what you came here to do, it doesn’t really matter if it is considered to be in vain or not. Who has determined that? Those without eyes to see and ears to hear? Are they the author of your purpose? No. A calling that comes from a higher sphere will never be allotted judgment by lower elements. It is what you say it is because you came here to declare it so. Then go on with your big ole self! What is it? I’m listening!

Bleeding Out – Imagine Dragons

Accidental Inkblots ~ A study in imagination and consciousness

Using interpretation of “ambiguous designs” to assess an individual’s personality is an idea that goes back to Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. Interpretation of inkblots was central to a game, Gobolinks, from the late 19th century. Rorschach’s, however, was the first systematic approach of this kind.


Now, some one has said, in a moment of spleen,
We cannot make pictures of what we’ve not seen;
But such an assertion deserves only scorn,
For the shape of the Gobolink never was born.
He comes like the marvelous mimes of our dreams,
When one has been supping on salads and creams,
And curious changes of vision take place—
The horse may appear with an elephant face—
The goat with a cane, and the goose with a hat—
Six legs on the dog, and two tails on the cat;
We never can tell, though we’re sorely perplexed,
What shape will be shown us, or what will come next;
And these are the things that our Gobolinks do—
Dear friends, and dear children, we give them to you.

“It is what I say it is.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Image and excerpt above: Free EBook of Gobolinks from The Project Gutenberg. Gobolinks written by Ruth McEnery Stuart and Albert Bigelow Paine

Welcome to the amazing Sabian symbols!

These personal reflections are but an example of one person’s journey of discovery with the Sabian Symbols. This blog series was written in 2014 and 2015, during the last two years of my mother’s life. She and I lived here together in my home, and at the end of each day I would sit and write my reflections on each symbol. At that time I had studied the Sabian symbols for seven years. However, these blogs aren’t interpretations, they are simply my reflections about the symbols. Yet, they hold a very sacred place in my heart and in my memories. I have edited them lightly over the following years, but always preserving the essential feelings and energies surrounding that first attempt at writing about them. When this series is done being edited, around Scorpio season, I will most likely go on and begin a new blog series. Much has changed over the past nearly nine years! I have many other things I’d like to share about the symbols. But, for now, this is the first cycle of reflections.

If you are interested in beginning your own adventure with the Sabian symbols, I encourage you to begin keeping a set of notes of your own thoughts. You might begin your quest with drawing a Sabian symbol from the Sabian Oracle. You can find it by clicking the link below. Enter the time of the draw for later reference.

Draw a Sabian symbol from the Sabian Oracle!

You can find more of my works on my website at SabianGeometry, on YouTube at Sabian Geometry or on  Facebook at Sabian Geometry with Saijin. If you are interested in studying the Sabian symbols in their models of the Cross (4-fold) and the Star (5-fold), I invite you to purchase my book: On the Shoulders of Giants: Advanced Techniques in Sabian Symbology. The Sabian Symbol Septenary (7-fold model) is available to read on WordPress or if you prefer to  listen, on Spotify.

*All of my works are based on Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, 1953 First Edition.

To learn more about The Sabian Assembly, the organization founded by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones on October 17, 1923, where seekers are bound by “searching for competent rather than easy answers to the problems of life”, please visit The Sabian Assembly.

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