Playing with Sabian Symbols

The Sabian symbols were produced in 1925 by clairvoyant Elsie Wheeler, and they are the most popularly used set of degree symbols today. They are symbolic of the meaning of each degree of the zodiac.

  1.  Read the symbol for that degree. (i.e. 26o Leo 00' = Leo 26)
    • If the degree is 0, and the minute is less than 1, round down to the 30 degree of the previous sign. (i.e. 00o Leo 00' 59 = Cancer 30)
  2. 3
    Round the degree up if is at least one minute over. (i.e. 26o Leo 01' - Leo 27)

Using the Sabian Symbols in Chart Angle Delineation

The following article attemps to summerise Dane Rudhyar's delineation of the four angles as they are related to the Sabian Symbols. 
Ascendant: "WHAT is the essence-meaning or theme?"
Descendant: "WHERE will this theme lead to?"
Nadir: "HOW can one best act in order to succeed?"
Midheaven: "WHY this process?  What is the purpose of all this?
Specifically, for a Natal chart:
 Ascendant asks:  "Who am I?"
 Descendant asks: "Where am I going?"
 Nadir asks:      "How do I best get there?"
 Midheaven asks:  "Why am I living this lifetime?"

Ascendant asks:  "Who am I?" 17 Sag 16 min

  17-18 deg Sagittarius

Children Playing On The Beach, Their Heads Protected By Sunbonnets
The protective agency which safeguards- the free behavior of individuals. Vivifying contact with collective life-energies.

 Descendant asks: "Where am I going?" 17 Gem 16 min

  17-18 deg Gemini

Two Chinese Men Converse In Their Native Tongue In An American City
Alienness, but also independence from environment. Conscious self-sustainment in spite of all conditions. Individualization.

 Nadir asks:      "How do I best get there?" 5 Aries 41 min

  5-6 deg Aries
A Square, With One Of Its Sides Brightly Illumined
Primal effort toward individual selfhood. First and uncontrolled interest in any given thing. Great inner restlessness.

 Midheaven asks:  "Why am I living this lifetime?" 5 Lib 41 min

  5-6 deg Libra
A Man Watches His Ideals Taking A Concrete Form Before His Inner Vision
Inevitable confrontation with the concrete results of one's ideals. Lessons to be learned from it. Willingness of heart.

note: that one site rounds up
Composite relationship charts
Not surprisingly, the Sabian Symbols seem to work equally well for composite charts, revealing much about the interpersonal dynamics present in the relationship.  Composite charts are used to help a couple see what they are working on together and what the essence or purpose of their union is.  Further research definitely needs to be done here, so here are some suggested questions for the four angles when applied to a composite chart:
 Ascendant asks:  "Who are we together?"
 Descendant asks: "Where are we going?"
 Nadir asks:      "How do we best get there?"
 Midheaven asks:  "Why are we having this relationship?"

 Ascendant asks:  "Who are we together?" 8 Sag 34 min

  8-9 deg Sagittarius

A Mother Leads Her Small Child Step By Step Up A Steep Stairway
Conscious advance of selfhood from plane to plane. Real courage in all approach to life. Inner guidance in all growth.

 Descendant asks: "Where are we going?" 8 Gemini 34 min

  8-9 deg Gemini

A Quiver Filled With Arrows
Superiority and ease based upon training. Sure marksmanship. Certain self-direction. Preparedness. Invisible help in trouble.

 Nadir asks:      "How do we best get there?" 25 Pisces 31 min

  25-26 deg Pisces

Watching The Very Thin Moon Crescent Appearing At Sunset, Different People Realize That The Time Has Come To Go Ahead With Their Different Projects
Polyphony of values as man lives at various levels of consciousness. Inner call to realization. Transmutation of meaning.

 Midheaven asks:  "Why are we having this relationship?" 25 Virgo 31 min

  25-26 deg Virgo

A Boy With A Censer Serves The Priest Near The Altar
Ability to find inspiration in daily routine. Hope arising in the midst of all deadness of heart. Rejuvenation of spirit.

Suffice it to say, however, that using the Sabian Symbols may well prove to be a useful new tool in validating one or another method of computing composite chart angularity.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and now work at Western Psychological and Counseling Services in Gladstone and at Seth Lewelling Elementary.  I am a Transpersonal and CBT Therapist, and also a Certified Hypnotist and Certified Past Life Regression Facilitator. I am also an astrologer and Reiki Master.  I'm a graduate of Reed College (BA Psychology '87) and Portland State University (MSW '90), LCSW sine '97. I work with children, teens, adults, parents, groups.

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