Taurus 22° White dove over troubled waters ~ GUIDANCE

“Conquer self with inward aim.”

Let us proceed to a study of this day’s septenary or 7-fold geometric model of the Sabian symbols, which constitutes a mandala of 360 astrological degrees as developed by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones in collaboration with and channeled by Elsie May Wheeler in the spring of 1925.* Additionally, by utilizing the ancient esoteric writing, The Emerald Tablet, Tablet III by Thoth, we adopt a ready and constant framework for our deeper reflections. The chakra system is also made available for the additional insights it may provide; the geometric designs provided are based on the work of Frank Chester and may be used to cut out and assemble a Chestahedron for meditation.

THE EMERALD TABLET ~ Source: Alchemy and Mysticism from The Hermetic Museum Author: Heinrich Khunrath Work: Amhitheatrum sapientae aeternae Date: 1606. This work is over 400 years old, in the public domain.

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.

Before the Lords of hidden Amenti learned I the wisdom I give unto men. Masters are they of the great Secret Wisdom, brought from the future of infinity’s end. Seven are they, the Lords of Amenti, overlords they of the Children of Morning, Suns of the Cycles, Masters of Wisdom. Formed are not they as the children of men? Three, Four, Five and Six, Seven, Eight, Nine are the titles of the Masters of men.

Far from the future, formless yet forming, came they as teachers for the children of men. Live they forever, yet not of the living, bound not to life and yet free from death. Rule they forever with infinite wisdom, bound yet not bound to the dark Halls of Death. Life they have in them, yet life that is not life, free from all are the Lords of the ALL.

Forth from them came forth the Logos, instruments they of the power o’er all. Vast is their countenance, yet hidden in smallness, formed by a forming, known yet unknown.

THREE holds the key of all hidden magic, creator he of the halls of the Dead; sending forth power, shrouding with darkness, binding the souls of the children of men; sending the darkness, binding the soul force; director of negative to the children of men.

The Root Chakra awakening:  “Conquer self with inward aim.”

Taurus 22° White dove over troubled waters

This is a symbol of the clear direction or absolute orientation which comes to man from birth as a consequence of his indwelling spirit or divine heritage, whether or not there is any conscious co-operation with it on his part. Here willy-nilly is freedom of understanding, and the strength which the possession of a real mission or a genuine reason for being will give to any individual. There is also a wholly practical protection, to the precise extent it is accepted.

The keyword is GUIDANCE.

When positive, the degree is a skillful reconciliation of difficulties in the light of over-all potentials, and when negative, an ineffectiveness of mind through habitual woolgathering.

FOUR is he who looses the power. Lord, he, of Life to the children of men. Light is his body, flame is his countenance; freer of souls to the children of men.

Cn 13

The Sacral Chakra awakening:  “Let’s just get past this, shall we?”

Cancer 13° One hand slightly flexed with a very prominent thumb

This is a symbol of that belief in his inherent supremacy over all other orders of nature by which man is characterized most fundamentally, dramatized by his quite normal confidence in his ability to deal with every eventuality of day-by-day activity and relationship. Any individual must rule his environment or surrender his own potentialities forever. Here is practicality brought to the point of ruthlessness.

The keyword is DETERMINATION.

When positive, the degree is exceptional steadiness and a high sense of self-responsibility in every issue of the moment, and when negative, unnecessary aggressiveness and a self-defeating shortsightedness.

FIVE is the master, the Lord of all magic – Key to The Word that resounds among men.

Vi 5

The Solar Plexus Chakra awakening: “Imagination persists.”

Virgo 5° A man dreaming of fairies

This is a symbol of the imaginative resources of life as manifest in the folklore of the race, and of man’s ability to use the coin of his inner and eternal experience with a practical wisdom and insight. Here is his effective communion with the personified powers of the everyday world, as this instruments his efforts whenever he moves toward his goal and reorders his perspective whenever he gives voice to his vision. The dreams of man are always the foretaste of human achievement.

The keyword is OUTLOOK.

When positive, the degree is subtle persuasiveness by which real support is gained for any given end, and when negative, lack of all appreciation for enduring realities.

SIX is the Lord of Light, the hidden pathway, path of the souls of the children of men.

Li 26

The Heart Chakra awakening:  “So very human at heart.”

Libra 26° An eagle and a large white dove turning one into the other

This is a symbol of exceptional personal endowment on the side of an individual capacity to meet each particular situation, here revealed in a creative or purposive approach to all aspects of human experience. Implicit in the symbolism is the self’s responsibility for the general state of affairs in each immediate reality, and also the risk of very real frustration whenever the face of events cannot be shaped along more idealized lines. Man is the master of his fate to the extent his action is in his own true interest.

The keyword is ADEPTNESS.

When positive, the degree is unusually effective self-discipline, and when negative, unhappy vacillation between ultimate ideals and momentary desires.

SEVEN is he who is Lord of the vastness, master of Space and the key of the Times.

Sg 17

The Throat Chakra awakening:  “Testify to your wonders.”

Sagittarius 17° An Easter sunrise service

This is a symbol of man’s achievement on the level of spiritual or eternal fellowship with others, here emphasized objectively by the enduring values he is able to dramatize for himself in everyday religious terms. The lives of all are seen in their common contribution to the total worth of a human estate, rather than as set off against each other in a senseless struggle for ephemeral rewards. Implicit in the symbolism is individual fulfillment through the quickening of humanity as a whole.

The keyword is REBIRTH.

When positive, the degree is an unusual realization of immortal resources and an ability to employ them wisely, and when negative, overconcern with superficial form and ceremony.

EIGHT is he who orders the progress; weighs and balances the journey of men. 

Aq 9

The Third Eye Chakra awakening:  “Loyalty leads me upward.”

Aquarius 9° A flag turned into an eagle

This is a symbol of man’s inexhaustibly fertile imagination or genius for significant self-representation, and of his capacity for rising to every situation in the terms of its most rewarding potentials. Here is his contribution of enduring purpose to all things by his vision of their worth, and his determination to make this evident through every ramification of his own personal living. The loyalties of human beings are the foundation of any possible society, and any individual prospers as he springs to action in their defense.

The keyword is DRAMATIZATION.

When positive, the degree is accomplishment through utter self-dedication, and when negative, vindictive pride.

NINE is the father, vast he of countenance, forming and changing from out of the formless. 

Pi 30

The Crown Chakra awakening:  “Love, life–it will get messy.”

Pisces 30° The Great Stone Face

This is a symbol of human responsibility as an immortality of the soul, and of a way of living which has become a continual manifestation of its ideal and so a constant dramatization of its self-discovery to others as an encouragement to them in their own alignment to eternal reality. Each individual selects the image within himself to which he would shape himself outwardly, and this he comes to resemble as in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tale. Destiny is character as it most persistently constitutes itself.

The keyword is DISCERNMENT.

When positive, the degree is self-integrity in its irresistible impact on the course of events, and when negative, wholly inarticulate and ineffectual self-realization.

Meditate on the symbols I give thee. Keys are they, though hidden from men.

Reach ever upward, O Soul of the morning. Turn thy thoughts upward to Light and to Life. Find in the keys of the numbers I bring thee, light on the pathway from life unto life.

Seek thee with wisdom. Turn thy thoughts inward. Close not thy mind to the flower of Light.

Place in thine body a thought-formed picture. Think of the numbers that lead thee to Life.

Clear is the pathway to he who has wisdom. Open the door to the Kingdom of Light.

Pour forth thy flame as a Sun of the morning. Shut out the darkness and live in the day.

Take thee, O man! As part of thy being, the Seven who are but are not as they seem. Opened, O man! Have I my wisdom. Follow the path in the way I have led.

Masters of Wisdom, SUN of the MORNING LIGHT and LIFE to the children of men. 

“Conquer self with inward aim.”

Thank you for visiting the Sabian Symbols Septenary.

The featured artistic renderings of the symbols are provided by Ruby Fumizki.

The tagline phrases and 7 gem images of the Chestahedron are by Saijin.


The interpretations are the official ones provided by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, from his book, Sabian Symbols in Astrology, the 1953 First Edition, published by The Sabian Publishing Society, New York; printed in the United States of America by the Roberts Studio Press, Arden, Delaware.

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 at sabian.org.

To learn more about the Sabian Symbols

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If you are interested in studying the Sabian symbols in their models of the Cross (4-fold, structural) and the Star (5-fold, creative), she invites you to purchase her book:

On the Shoulders of Giants: Advanced Techniques in Sabian Symbology


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