Category Archives: Aries

Aries 30° “In this light now go forward.”

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The Span of Examination – The 2nd Hemisphere of Aries

Phase 30

Fire Element – Cardinal

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-spiritual-inspired.

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

Aries 30° A duck pond and its brood

This is a symbol of the eternal fitness of things, provided the individual take the fullest advantage of the cosmic ordering. Implicit in the symbolism is man’s ability to establish his world of experience according to his own needs, and to function effectively because he has the acumen to align himself with his own genius and to seek a personal satisfaction in a simple efficacy of being himself.

The keyword is RELIABILITY.

When positive, the degree is an accustomed competency or ease in dealing with immediate circumstances, and when negative, a tendency toward provincialism or an acceptance of life with an altogether uncritical complacency.

There’s 2 O’s in Goose

Repeat after me, “Geese are our friends, geese are our friends…”

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

In other words, we are all equal and in this together. How you treat your neighbor counts. Our limitations may be this earth, physically–but illimitably, the cosmos. What you perceive out there will be brought down here to be lived with, and hopefully, by the time you are done wading through it, you will be doing so ideally. Here is the fluxing between the previous degree of a celestial choir singing–all from the higher realm. But today’s degree, a duck pond and its brood, gives us the up-close and personal view. In other words, are you clamoring about those silly geese or are you humming the tune to “Be kind to your web-footed friends”? So here we are learning how to be cosmic citizens in a chaotic world. Above all, we are being taught to treat no one as an ugly duckling! All are God’s creatures!

Now, on your honor, proceed to waddle forth, and then take the big plunge! Get a new perspective—a cosmic one—then as water off a duck’s back, you will become that one on whom others can depend.

“In this light now go forward.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Image: Duck, Duck, Goose 

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.

Aries 29° “The better way is now seen.”

Aries 29

The Span of Examination – The 2nd Hemisphere of Aries

Phase 29

Fire Element – Cardinal

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-spiritual-responsible.

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

Aries 29° A celestial choir singing

This is a symbol of man’s capacity to make himself an immortal instrument for the enduring visions and aspirations which have created and now hallow the world in which he lives. There are overtones here which transform every lesser aspect of experience, calling on the individual to give a spiritual dramatization to his daily living for himself and his fellows within every range of his powers and skills.

The keyword is VENERATION.

When positive, the degree is a gift for the effective articulation or manifestation of those eternal realities through which all people find themselves at one, and when negative, self-deception and an acceptance of every fantasy which will flatter the ego.

Remind Me Who I Am

When I lose my way,
And I forget my name
Remind me who I am

In the mirror all I see
Is who I don’t wanna be
Remind me who I am

In the loneliest places
When I can’t remember what grace is

Let us listen to Marc Edmund Jones, as he speaks to us from Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Oh that one would hear me! cries Job, in the great poetic drama (chapter 31, verse 35), and there is an over-all intelligence which seems to do so. To the patriarch come answering words from a divine mind, out of the whirling storm which provides a very apt symbol of life.

Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

The meaning of these words of the Almighty is clear enough. There are elements of experience about which it is possible to do something, and also those about which nothing can be done. Did Job think he could bind up the elective or free side of existence? Could he put all reality under necessities which his own mind had conceived, and which he had conjured into being to justify his own unhappy pass? By the same token, did he believe he could loosen the determined or fixed elements of the universe, and so make everything as chaotic as his own inner turmoil? His sorry state was due, simply enough, to a complete and unnecessary incompatibility with the world in which he found himself. He had mobilized the whole complex of symbols making up his consciousness, not to the end of his own fulfillment and a happy participation in culminations on every hand, but rather for an abject contemplation if not actual enjoyment of his own misery. Job had become everyman, epitomized at the worst. (pages 26 and 27)

“The better way is now seen.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Image: What does your sign say?

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.

Aries 28° “Is it your problem or theirs?”

Gordian Knot

I Believe I Can Fly 

No one had claimed the Gordian Knot was an “untie-able” problem. And no one, certainly, claimed that violence was the only solution. It was more a trial of obedience. Would the rules be followed or would there be civil unrest? The proverbial knot’s story shows the easy way—just pull out your sword and make it all disappear. But, was that the correct response? In every case? Where was diplomacy in all of this? What of protests? Petitions? Was there to be no questioning? ….just get to the point and cut it out already? Hmmmm….

How to deal with what’s in front of you. Always the case, is it not?

A great revealer of conditionings, our responses are.

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Starts with an I and ends with a Y…

Let’s face the facts. No matter how you are conditioned to respond, no matter how hard you work to up your game and change to an improved way of responding, not everyone’s gonna like how you handle things.  Do not expect the world’s applause. There will always be those who are disrespectful and unappreciative of your thoughtful, long-sufferings towards improvement.

The world is full of armchair critics who think that they have all the answers. Here come the rotten tomatoes and cabbages! Never mind them. You do you. Do life your way. Do that which you came here to do… or “knot”.

You just have to figure out…

“Is it your problem or theirs?” Namaste ~ Saijin

Image: The Gordian Knot 

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.

Aries 27° “All the time and chance needed.”

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The Span of Examination – The 2nd Hemisphere of Aries

Phase 27

Fire Element – Cardinal

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-spiritual-sensitive.

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

Aries 27° Lost opportunity regained in the imagination

This is a symbol of the psychological maturity of man on the practical side of life, and of the all-important and creative fluidity of character which makes him an immortal being. Here is emphasis on experience as a means by which he may become the author of his own destiny rather than a pawn of purely superficial events, and on his capacity to re-establish himself in his own world by his own efforts whenever he desires a better foundation for whatever he may be set to accomplish.

The keyword is REFORMULATION.

When positive, the degree is the self’s effective command of itself in any situation brought to immediate issue, and when negative, self-pity as a retreat from reality.

Secrets ~ One Republic

When does a book which begins with a prologue, end with another prologue instead of an epilogue? Grab a cup of coffee or a cup of tea and follow me. Let’s take a look inside of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho…

The first prologue is about Narcissus. I will leave it here in full. It is short and a good reminder of the myth’s message, with a twist…

PROLOGUE, page 1

The alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought. Leafing through the pages, he found a story about Narcissus. The alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, a youth who knelt daily beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty. He was so fascinated by himself that, one morning, he fell into the lake and drowned. At the spot where he fell, a flower was born, which was called the narcissus.

But this was not how the author of the book ended the story. He said that when Narcissus died, the goddesses of the forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears.

“Why do you weep? The goddesses asked.

“I weep for Narcissus,” the lake replied.

“Ah, it is no surprise that you weep for Narcissus,” they said, “for though we always pursued him in the forest, you alone could contemplate his beauty close at hand.”

“But…was Narcissus beautiful?” the lake asked.

“Who better than you to know that?” the goddesses said in wonder, “After all, it was by your banks that he knelt each day to contemplate himself!”

The lake was silent for some time. Finally, it said: “I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.”

“What a lovely story,” the alchemist thought.

Ok! The alchemist has considered it a lovely story. Let’s jump to the end, page 176, where we will find, not an epilogue, but another prologue instead! A veiled woman gives the alchemist a challenge, he goes on his quest and many years later, she returns…

PROLOGUE, page 176

Warrior of the Light

“Just off the beach to the west of the village lies an island, and on it is a vast temple with many bells,” said the woman. The boy noticed that she was dressed strangely and had a veil covering her head. He had never seen her before. “Have you ever visited that temple?” she asked. “Go there and tell me what you think of it?”

{many years pass}…

Imagine his surprised when, there on the beach, he saw the woman who had first spoken to him about the island and its temple. “What are you doing here?” he asked.

“I was waiting for you,” she replied. He noticed that, despite the passing years, the woman looked exactly the same; the veil hiding her hair had not faded with time. She handed him a blue notebook full of blank pages.

“Write: A Warrior of the Light values a child’s eyes because they are able to look at the world without bitterness. When he wants to find out if the person beside him is worthy of his trust, he tries to see him as a child would.”

“What is a Warrior of the Light?”

“You already know that,” she replied with a smile. “He is someone capable of understanding the miracle of life, of fighting to the last for something he believes in—and of hearing the bells that the waves set ringing on the seabed.”

He had never thought of himself as a Warrior of the Light. The woman seemed to read his thoughts. “Everyone is capable of these things. And, though no one thinks of himself as a Warrior of the Light, we all are.”

He looked at the blank pages in the notebook. The woman smiled again.

“Write about the Warrior,” she said.

Ok! So there we have it. Two prologues–one at the beginning and one at the end. Refresher from the Prologue (1) “I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.” Prologue (2) an admonition to write about the warrior of light. So, was it an editorial mistake to not refer to page 176 as the epilogue? If so, if that is your conclusion, then perhaps it can be easily dismissed. Or do you think it was intentional? If intentional is your conclusion, then for what purpose? And, how do the two relate–the beginning and the end-that-is-but-another-beginning? To find that answer, you will need to read between the covers of the book itself. But, I chose this example because of what Dr. Jones said of this degree of Aries 27 REFORMULATION: “..Here is emphasis on experience as a means by which he may become the author of his own destiny (Alchemist) rather than a pawn of purely superficial events (Narcissus), and on his capacity to re-establish himself in his own world by his own efforts whenever he desires a better foundation for whatever he may be set to accomplish (Warrior of Light).” Additionally, there is a Sabian tarot card that may lend insight to the two beginnings without end. 7 of Hearts: REAWAKENING “An hourglass inverted.”

The wizard slowly lifted the hourglass and examined it. The green marble base at each end pleased him as did the symmetry of the fine glass globes held to the bases with bright brass rods. “Yes,” he thought, “this is truly a fine symbol of time.” He turned the glass over and placed it on the ancient wood surface. “The sands are just starting to run” he thought. There is all the time and chance that’s needed!  Sabian Symbols in Card Reading by Delle Fowler

“All the time and chance needed.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Art: The Hourglass 

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.

Aries 26° “Such as I have, give I thee.”

Aries 26

The Span of Examination – The 2nd Hemisphere of Aries

Phase 26

Fire Element – Cardinal

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-spiritual-experimental.

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

Aries 26° A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold

This is a symbol of exceptional personal endowment on the side of social capacity and of an individual’s ever-potential value to his fellows, here marked by an abnormal spread of interest and a tendency to attempt all things. Implicit in the symbolism is the risk of frustration or even self-betrayal through an uncontrollable restlessness and exaggerated self-confidence, but there is also a prodigality of ambition and effort which can lead to a very genuine self-fulfillment.

The keyword is EQUIPMENT.

When positive, the degree is an uncompromising independence and an inexhaustible drive toward self-discovery, and when negative, an obsession by ideas of no practical worth.

His Hands by Kenneth Cope

You may have wondered if I am a member of any church. I am not. I used to be. Also, the Sabian Assembly is not a church, by the way, in case you were wondering. But I have a story to tell of an Easter Sunday when I was asked to speak for the women’s meeting. It was back in the day before home computers or cell phones or google or any other such modern convenience. I had an idea to put together a slide show to accompany the song above. I made arrangements for childcare so that I could go and gather the photos I wanted from the church library. These I would need to photograph and then later organize for the presentation. As I said, this was many years ago. For those who don’t remember, there was a time when you had to take your roll of photos to the store for developing. For a higher price, you could get same-day service. That was what I needed because, you see it was Saturday, and my talk was in the morning.

The photos didn’t come out. Not one of them. I sat in the parking lot and cried. Now what? What am I to do now, Lord?

Begin with the present moment and work from there.

The present moment was very, very dark. I was devastated. I felt abandoned, deserted, hopeless…

The next morning when the floor was mine to speak, I stood and looked at the many women facing me. I began.

“Dear Sisters, I had a beautiful presentation planned for you this morning. It did not work out as I had hoped. Before these grand plans of mine–to have a slide show timed to this most lovely piece of music–was the seed of an idea, a lofty one, I admit… That we truly might feel the spirit of the risen Lord here in our midst this Holy Easter morning. I have failed and I am sorry.”

You could have heard a pin drop. They all felt badly for me. It was what it was. There was no way to pretend that my hours and hours of labor had failed miserably.

Then…

Then one woman stood, silently came forward. She didn’t say a word. She looked at me and then at the room full of women. Then, she began singing. She sang the entire song–acapella. I cannot do more to describe it. You will have to imagine what those minutes were like. There were no pictures, just one woman’s voice proclaiming the risen lord and his work among men in our behalf.

I had already taken a seat. All of us were silently crying as she sang and as His spirit testified to us of our being in a most sacred place—a place void of time or space—in a state of Parousia. No words were said when she took her seat. The leadership called for a closing prayer. We all left and I’ve never forgotten the miracle that God holds all power—even to bring life after death.

“Such as I have, give I thee.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Image: Jesus High Priest

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.

Aries 25° “Win-win for the best outcome.”

Blazing Trails of Light

The Span of Examination – The 2nd Hemisphere of Aries

Phase 25

Fire Element – Cardinal

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-social-inspired.

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

Aries 25° A double promise

This is a symbol of man’s stark resourcefulness on the side of everyday experience. For each potentiality that life may offer him there are alternatives of equal or supplementary value which he is able to recognize, and within himself there is always the symbolical as well as the literal pertinence of everything that comes to his attention. Here is unlimited capacity for seeing the world and self both inwardly and outwardly.

The keyword is SENSIBILITY.

When positive, the degree is a facility of adjustment by which everything in a given situation may be brought into the fullest co-operation with everything else, and when negative, compromising insincerity and a lean to chicanery in all human relationships.

A double-down day filled with wonder and surprise.

Handel’s Messiah

Did you know that Handel’s Messiah, commonly known as the Hallelujah Chorus, was written for the Easter season? Performed frequently during the Christmas season, this may be news to some. “In Christian theology, the Messiah is the saviour of humankind. .. Handel’s Messiah has been described by the early-music scholar Richard Luckett as “a commentary on [Jesus Christ’s] Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension”, beginning with God’s promises as spoken by the prophets and ending with Christ’s glorification in heaven.”

Blazing trails of light – Out of the darkness, I Am

There is another Hallelujah, written and performed by Leonard Cohen. It speaks more of man’s plight when not in such celestial realms–when there seems to be a struggle of faith: “But you don’t really care for music, do you?”

Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

This second song–also a promise!–speaks of the middle day, Black Saturday, coming after the crucifixion on Good Friday and before the resurrection at Easter Sunrise. Here in the Paschal Triduum is the day of mourning. Christ’s body lay in the tomb, but unbeknownst to his followers, his spirit was journeying through Hades, so that He might blaze a trail of light for each who should ever venture there, to find way of escape. A place of darkness, devastation, desertion–this place, too, had to be overcome and so a way was prepared….

In Mathematics game theory, there is the zero-sum game, in which you win and I lose, and the non-zero-sum game, in which it is possible for both of us to win. A Non-Zero-Sum Game is a situation where one’s win does not necessarily mean another’s loss, and one’s loss does not necessarily mean that the other party wins.

It’s how the Universe designed eternal life: Always doubling-down no matter the odds.

“Win-win for the best outcome.” Saijin

Image: Light Dispersion

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.

Aries 23° “A white stone with a new name.”

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The Span of Examination – The 2nd Hemisphere of Aries

Phase 23

Fire Element – Cardinal

The formula is:  manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-social-receptive.

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

Aries 23° A woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load

This is a symbol of the soul’s basic anchorage in the privacy of its own functioning, and of the centering of real personality in the elements of its own particular genius. Implicit in the symbolism is the ultimate unimportance of purely superficial distinctions among various individuals, and the enduring worth of any experience for which the self accepts a complete responsibility.

The keyword is RETICENCE.

When positive, the degree is the unimpeachable integrity of the man whose fullness of life becomes a practical contribution to the circumstances in which he dwells, and when negative, a disinclination to participate at all fairly in everyday living.

Joyful Noise

The Philosopher’s Stone, could it be what’s in the basket?

Light is at once both obvious and mysterious. We are bathed in yellow warmth every day and stave off the darkness with incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. But what exactly is light? We catch glimpses of its nature when a sunbeam angles through a dust-filled room, when a rainbow appears after a storm or when a drinking straw in a glass of water looks disjointed. These glimpses, however, only lead to more questions. Does light travel as a wave, a ray or a stream of particles? Is it a single color or many colors mixed together? Does it have a frequency like sound?

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. Revelation 2:17

We each have a name, given us by our parents at birth. A name we shall be known by during our earthly incarnation and sojourn. But a name precedes that name–one given to us before we came. On it is our cosmic name. It is the philosopher’s stone we came here to etch upon the sands of time. It is hidden, like the manna, and no one, save you will know it when it comes forward into your conscious awareness.

Man is a star bound to a body, until in the end, he is freed through his strife. Only by struggle and toiling thine utmost shall the star within thee bloom out in new life. Wisdom cometh to all her children even as they cometh unto wisdom. All through the ages, the light has been hidden. Awake, O man, and be wise.”

“A white stone with a new name.” Saijin

Image credit: Gift of Spring

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.

Aries 24 ~ “Here is a great mystery.”

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“Here is a great mystery.”

The Span of Examination

Phase 24

Fire Element

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

Aries 24° An open window and a net curtain blowing into a cornucopia

This is a symbol of the mutual prodigality of man and his world whenever he retains his uninhibited enthusiasm and so welcomes every varying and recurrent opportunity opening up before him. There are here the continued outer manifestations of what at times may seem to be an unmerited good fortune, but they merely show the human and cosmic facets of reality in a convenient and joyful realization of each other.

The keyword is MUNIFICENCE

When positive, the degree is an irrepressible genius for capturing the richer rewards of life and providing a wider distribution for the higher realities, and when negative, a smug and petty self-importance in dispensing favors to others.

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-social-responsible.

Bob Dylan ~ Blowin’ in the Wind https://youtu.be/G58XWF6B3AA?list=PLg3frvbLPk9xsdH8yM844gs-n-pHVOQrz

I AM TRUTH ~ “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If you were Mother Nature, and if you noticed that your children were not busy counting their blessings but instead were lamenting every predicament in their lives, that is, if they had forgotten their divine inheritance, what would you do?

Silly humans, using their inheritance to dig up bones, to cast rocks, to attack one another! What a mess! Ah, an open window! I shall seize the opportunity! Perchance that will get their attention and remind them who they really are!

What a treasure that is! To have the elements themselves bring us reminders on the wind—to help us to look beyond the surface of that which has stirred us up and to see the hidden blessings begging for identification, taking in the truths of the cosmos that come right at us on the currents of the wind…

“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness.” Psalms 30:11-12

Be still and know. Then, bow your head and give thanks. The mystery? That we forget we have the power to do this without encouragement. To know we have the power within to give thanks in all things.

“Here is a great mystery.” Saijin http://wp.me/pvy3W-HY

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Aries 22° “To hold the world in your palm.”

pearls-in-hand

The Span of Examination – The 2nd Hemisphere of Aries

Phase 22

Fire Element – Cardinal

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-social-sensitive.

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

Aries 22° The gate to the garden of desire

This is a symbol of man’s uncompromising faith in the fact of his being, and of his naïve optimism as life opens up one or another of its opportunities before him. Here is self-fulfillment in the realization that there are always unlimited days ahead and that immeasurable frontiers are yet to be crossed. Personality forever reassures itself by an enhancement of its dreams and a strengthening of its deeper expectations.

The keyword is PROSPECT.

When positive, the degree is a high quickening to every possibility of individual discovery and experience, and when negative, a tendency to while away the years in contemplating the things which might be claimed for the self rather than making any real effort to gain them.

Walrus and the Carpenter

“The sand that stirs the walrus is the symbol for the unused but worked on material of life. In the crocodile tears of the walrus is seen life’s compulsion since man has to express himself even if he feels called on to shed the polite tear as an alibi. The student must learn to USE A BRUSH and to paint everything in life with colors of self.” Dr. Marc Edmund Jones

Each year around this degree I do a deep esoteric dive into this poem. Just amazing. Have you ever considered what this symbolism might mean? It’s a valuable exercise indeed. On Sabian.org you can enjoy studies in all of the chapters of Alice–Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Dr. Jones also provides a study guide to each and every chapter. . Here is the study guide for Through the Looking Glass, Chapter XVI, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and a portion of “The Walrus and The Carpenter” (Lewis Carroll, 1872).

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!”
“No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.

“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed–
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”
“But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
“After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!”
“The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
“Do you admire the view?

“It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf–
I’ve had to ask you twice!”

“It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread too thick!”

“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.

“To hold the world in your palm.” Namaste ~ Saijin

Image: Pearls in Hand

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.

Aries 21° “Unto us is weakness giv’n.”

Pugilist

The Span of Examination – The 2nd Hemisphere of Aries

Phase 21

Fire Element – Cardinal

The formula is: manipulating-critical-original-generalizing-social-experimental.

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

Aries 21° A pugilist entering the ring

This is a symbol of a complete lack of personal sensitiveness. There are here the raw elements of experience, primarily on the side of self-realization as man exhibits full confidence in his own powers and seeks the support of that audience the world will always provide for the spectacle when anyone is willing to risk his major fruits of achievement. Implicit in the symbolism is a need to be up and at the business of life.

The keyword is EXERTION.

When positive, the degree is a mobilization of the self’s capacities in a concentrated attempt at self-establishment, and when negative, blind rebellion and a willingness to squander every resource on pseudo values.

Moses makes the Brass Serpent, Joshua doubts….

“It is an act of faith, not reason,” Moses told Joshua.

None of us can know all that is going on in the world around us. Here we are within days of Good Friday. A story of good vs. evil that all the world knows, whether believer or non-believer. In tribute to this story, I present the story of Moses lifting a snake upon a pole, that all who would look and believe might be healed. It is the least I can do. Look and live!

And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a standard: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he seeth it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and set it upon the standard: and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked unto the serpent of brass, he lived.—Numbers 21:8-9.

A Pressing Danger.

Death from the bite of a Serpent—“The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died” (Numbers 21:6).

Perishing in Sin—“might not perish” (John 3:15 A.V.; “should not perish,” Numbers 3:16).

A Way of Escape.

A Brazen Serpent lifted up on a pole—“Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a standard” (Numbers 21:8).

A Sin-bearer lifted up on the Cross—“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up” (John 3:14).

How to use the Way of Escape.

Looking to the Serpent—“If a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked unto the serpent of brass, he lived” (Numbers 21:9).

Believing in the Sin-bearer—“that whosoever believeth in him,” R.V. “that whosoever believeth may in him have eternal life” (John 3:15).

The Good Effect.

Life—“When he looked unto the serpent of brass, he lived” (Numbers 21:9).

Eternal Life—“that whosoever believeth may in him have eternal life” (John 3:15).

“Unto us is weakness giv’n.” ~ Namaste ~ Saijin

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.