A history of the Sabian Symbols

The Sabian Symbols were originally conceptualized in a partnership between astrologer Marc Edmund Jones and spiritual medium Elsie Wheeler in the early part of the 20th century, and published in a book by Jones called The Sabian Symbols in Astrology.  Channeled by Ms. Wheeler, there is one symbol for every degree of the zodiac, from the first degree of Aries to the 30th degree of Pisces. Jones was a Theosophist and therefore well acquainted with the concept of channeling Ascended Masters and the Babylonian Brotherhood.

According to, Marc Jones was also influenced by the symbolic astrological degrees of a Welsh seer named John Thomas (called Charubel) which were “obtained psychically for the basic purpose of helping him rectify the ascendents [sic] of horoscopes.”

, a noted modern expert on the Sabian Symbols, writes that the symbols were called “Sabian” because of the connection that Jones felt to the “ancient mind matrix ” of ancient Mesopotamia and that the Sabians were ancient alchemists. However, the website for the Sabian Assembly, the group started by Jones back in 1923, says:

The Sabian Assembly has been in continuous formal existence since October 17, 1923. Selection of the term, “Sabian,” formally adopted in January, 1928, proved fortuitous on a number of counts. “The students themselves picked the word Sabian, which was lucky because it afterward turned out that the Sabians were a Mohammedan group, and nobody knew just what they were. It is not a historically legitimate word for what we do, but it’s a good substitute, and it did represent people who were interested in what was then astrology. Later Jones would derive the word from the Hebrew phrase “Yahweh Sabaoth” or Lord of Hosts, referring to the Hosts as the […]

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By |2009-07-14T17:05:23-04:00July 14th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on A history of the Sabian Symbols

Is Chiron an asteroid? A comet? Or what?

Chiron the healer

Chiron was discovered in the late 1970s, and although many astrologers still seem not to include it in their practice, it has been an important part of my work for over 20 years.

Chiron is an important part of the planetary energy that is taking place right now since it is locked into the and the soon to be separating Jupiter.  You can read more about the astrological Chiron here.  Astrologers sometimes categorize Chiron with the other asteroids: Vesta, , Hygeia, Astraea, and thousands more but Chiron is technically not an asteroid.

Chiron’s astrological qualities include the alchemical transformation of matter into spirit in our own consciousness, and while its irregular orbit can take it anywhere between Jupiter and Neptune it is most commonly found between Saturn and Uranus, bridging the personal planets (through Saturn) and the transpersonal (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto).  The alchemical process that Chiron teaches reveals the inner wounds in the body, mind, spirit system and helps to facilitate healing.

Astronomers originally classified Chiron as an asteroid with a strange orbit.  But as they observed Chiron they discovered a comet-like tail, and it was reclassified as a comet.  Astrologer Zane Stein is widely respected as the astrology world’s expert on the discovery of Chiron.  He queried Dr. Marsden, director of the IAU Minor Planet Center on this subject and posts the response on:

Chiron, originally given the very temporary title “Slow-Moving Object Kowal”, was given the provisional minor planet designation 1977 UB. Later it was given the permanent minor planet number and name (2060) Chiron. All along, there were discussions it might be a comet, and definite cometary activity was noticed, at least some of the time, beginning around 1988. The […]

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By |2018-08-04T08:32:03-04:00July 8th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Is Chiron an asteroid? A comet? Or what?

Neptune’s Return

Neptune returns this year and next to its discovery degree: 25 degrees Aquarius.  Here is a a lovely video about the return of Neptune.  It’s about ten minutes long, but worth the time.

When new planets are discovered they seem to release a new wave of consciousness into the world.  When Uranus was discovered in 1781 there was a wave of rebellion and revolution that spread around the world.  When Pluto was discovered in 1930 the atomic bomb was detonated and psychological concepts became widely accepted.  Chiron’s discovery in 1977 was highlighted by the resurgence of holistic healing and homeopathic medicine, as well as the concept of metaphysical transformation.

Neptune is a mysterious enigma, drawing us ever deeper into the transcendence that takes us beyond the boundaries of ordinary reality.  At the moment Neptune and Chiron are of course traveling together, working together to deepen the experience of the soul.

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By |2009-07-02T06:38:52-04:00July 2nd, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Neptune’s Return

Astrology: the cosmic mirror of the astrologer’s soul

from one of my favorites, Liz Greene, whose work informed much of my own early work.  In it she quotes Alexander Ruperti, one of the earliest holistic astrologers:

”There is not one Astrology with a capital A. In each epoch, the astrology of the time was a reflection of the kind of order each culture saw in celestial motions, or the kind of relationship the culture formulated between heaven and earth.’

and goes on to say:

‘For every individual astrologer today, astrology is not only a reflection of the kind of order our culture sees in celestial motions, and the kind of relationship it formulates between heaven and earth. It is also a reflection of the inherent temperament of the individual – our hopes, aspirations, personal histories, conflicts, fears, talents, and beliefs, both conscious and unconscious – and a reflection of the attitudes and perceptions that each of us brings to the story of our individual lives.’

The question of whether astrology is a science or not is one that I prefer not to delve into.  In general, I am a person who believes what I see and not what I am told.  There are too many examples, which I gleefully catalog in this blog, of instances where conventional scientific wisdom is proven to be wrong, and hypotheses which were considered “far out” by scientists are demonstrated to be true.  There are many things in life that cannot be proven by the scientific method which requires rigorous testing and duplication of results.  Love is the classic example of this – we cannot prove that it exists.  Does that mean that it’s just a neurological response?

Dr. Greene includes Nick Campion’s survey results:

How Astrologers view Astrology

Nick Campion’s survey on how astrologers view astrology


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Traditional vs. “Modern” Astrology

astrologyThis article was originally posted in July of 2007.

Somewhere along the line astrologers split into two camps as some moved forward into humanistic or psychological astrology (leading into evolutionary and transformational astrology) and some moved backwards towards traditional or medieval astrology. Rob Hand was one of my favorite authors, and his book Planets in Transit is still one of the very best resources available on that subject. In 1992, just as Uranus and Neptune conjoined in Capricorn where the flood of new ideas (Uranus) confused and befuddled (Neptune) established conventions (Capricorn), Rob began a study and collection of ancient astrological texts called Project Hindsight. I’ll come back to Rob Hand in a moment.

Modern astrology has its roots in the work of Dane Rudhyar, who pioneered the concept of self-actualization through the astrological system in what he called “humanistic astrology” which was more psychological in nature than the predictive astrological system of the past that was more event-oriented than person-centered. Although Rudhyar had studied and written about astrology since the 1920s, it wasn’t until the Uranus/Pluto conjunction of the 1960s that he revolutionized the astrological world with his book The Astrology of Personality. Rudhyar had been influenced in the 1930s by the archetypal studies of Carl Jung and depth psychology, and he utilized these ideas in his revolutionary approach to the new astrology.

Chiron’s discovery in the late 1970s brought with it the ancient idea that the key to healing is found within the wound, accelerating the movement towards an astrological system that
provided healing of psychological wounds. The outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) became known as the “transpersonal” planets which accelerated that personal growth and healing from outside of the individual, and the inner planets were revealed as functions […]

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