Aries 2019 Edition
Aries ~ The Aspirant! The Pioneer! Aries is the first mansion of the zodiac. Here is the experience of aspiration and the capture of our hearts from the beginning of our pilgrimage. Aries’ gift is that of beginning, without which we would remain forever in an endless state of entropy. "Dare to be wise," said Horace, "Begin!"
Sun Sign ~ Aries
Let us greet Spring Equinox with the raw, cardinal, fire-power of Aries!
Aries’ Keyword ~ Pioneering
Aries’ Mode of Action ~ Aspiring
Aries’ Self-Idealization ~ Hope
Aries’ Plane of Selfhood
“Aries seen as a plane of selfhood is therefore the power of sublimation, or lifting self to what it has not been before, through a participation in “other self”. Here and here only is the real free will of self, or that part of being related to volition; a point that is the justification of the manifest universe with all its upset, injustice and the like…” Theosophical Astrology XIII, Marc Edmund Jones
Aries’ Emotional Power
“Aries seen in its emotional power, its dynamic expression upon the level of consciousness it rules, is man’s capacity of forever rising from “trial and error” experience up to closer and closer manifestation of his ideals…” Theosophical Astrology XIII, Marc Edmund Jones
Saijin's Zodiacal Calendar© ~ Aries 2019
Degree and Keyword ~ Based on sunrise (central time zone). Join Sabian Geometry on Instagram for Saijin’s Reflections on the degrees of Taurus
Date and Weekday ~ Assisting as the bridge between the conventional calendar and the zodiac.
Planetary Ruler ~ The traditional seven Chaldean planets.
Masters of Wisdom ~ Geometric forms representing the Seven Masters of Wisdom.
Lunation Phases ~ The lunar phases occurring during the sign of Taurus (central time zone).
Special Days/Degrees ~ Days of Exaltation, Dates of Planetary discovery, Notable Astrological Dates.
Q: Why the 5x6 grid?
A: As we all know, there are thirty degrees to each sign of the zodiac. This evenly-assigned number of degrees opens the door to our construction of a self-contained and cohesive diagram of each sign or the 5 x 6 grid used in Saijin’s Zodiacal Calendar. Each sign’s calendar will present in the exact same patterning, providing us with an opportunity to live more harmoniously with the heavenly cycles, rather than the man-made calendar of months, some having 30 days, some 31 and one having 28—except when it has 29…
You see, man’s calendars have changed time and time again throughout history, and our current calendar is but the latest rendition of those attempts to “get it right”; whereas, the heavens, have flowed forward through time effortlessly. Perhaps then, we can begin to avail ourselves of this heavenly ordering with this 5 x 6 pattern. Let’s catch some of the harmonious, flowing energy! Print and place Saijin’s Zodiacal Calendar somewhere handy and challenge yourself to bridge over and transition. You’ll be glad you did!
Q: What is contained in Saijin’s Zodiacal Calendar?
A: I’m glad you asked! Follow along and we will cover each part of the calendar’s information so that it may become a powerful tool for you to utilize as you continue your journey!
The Sabian Symbols ~ Aries
What are the Sabian symbols?
Astrological Degree Symbolism. The Sabian symbols are but the most well-known set of Astrological Degree Symbolism. In fact, did you know that they are preceded by more than a dozen other historic attempts to determine special and unique meanings for each of the 360 degrees? The Sabian symbols were originated by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones in collaboration with Ms. Elsie Wheeler on a spring day in 1925 at San Diego’s Balboa Park. You can read more about that amazing event here: http://sabian.org/sabian_symbols.php
The Sabian symbols open up a realm of understanding and insight for astrologers and non-astrologers alike. Elsie Wheeler reported what she saw in short phrases to Dr. Jones as he supplied her with the blank cards, on the bottom of which he had written the sign and degree, shuffling the cards intermittently. These would later be sorted and arranged in their zodiacal patterning. The word symbols portray descriptive, concise scenes, allowing our individual intuition to awaken and expand our consciousness. This inherent mystique of each individual degree of the zodiac is, therefore, left to the imagination and understanding of the beholder. There are no official works of art--no physical pictures--associated with the Sabian symbols, and this is by design. Too suggestive an approach, they must remain in word form so that all may draw the scenes upon their own individual consciousness. To do otherwise is to limit their intuitive capacity. The interpretations of the degrees are cabalistic and intended to further awaken this individualistic insight and capability to its deepening layers of understanding.
A brief introduction to the three interpretations shared in the newsletter
The first interpretation is the official interpretation as found in Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones (1953 first edition-1972 fourth edition).
The second interpretation is from Dane Rudhyar, well-known astrologer, who asked Marc for permission to do a work on the Sabian symbols and to whom Marc gave permission. Dane’s interpretations are here provided from his 1973 publication, An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases.
Finally, from the classic work by Diana E. Roche, The Sabian Symbols ~ A Screen of Prophecy (1998), a selection of interpretations will be excerpted, one per sign, to introduce you to this amazing work of a forty-five year member of the Sabian Assembly who knew and studied with Marc Edmund Jones. Diana spent four years going through Marc’s interpretations of the degrees and has delivered an inspired and glorious work for us to treasure and enjoy. (These twelve excerpts are for research and educational purposes only.)
On a personal note, I am also a member of The Sabian Assembly, and have had the pleasure of meeting Diana—just a little more than a year before her passing in 2018. At that time she shared with me many of her experiences with Dr. Jones as they discussed the Sabian symbols and the day they were channeled for us. I feel very blessed that at the summer conference of 2017, when we met, she was able to be present at my presentation of the Inner Structure of Symbolical Astrology, which she also covers in her book. My own book, On the Shoulders of Giants: Advanced Techniques in Sabian Symbology, is a study of all 360 symbols in their fourfold and fivefold models.
Now, let’s get back to a focus on Aries!
The First Degree ~ Aries
Saijin’s reflection on Aries 1° REALIZATION
“Where’re you go, there you are.”
Truth Be Told, Thoughts Become Things. You are always home.
"The way in which one gains whole wholeness is, first of all, to entertain the following radical concept: There is nothing that is intrinsically true about me that is wrong. Secondly, therefore, why am I having problems? And what you look for are the ways in which your inclinations are being used improperly. Now, very interesting word 'proper'—most people think it means 'correct.' It doesn’t. The Latin root of 'proper' and 'appropriate' means 'one’s own.' So, when you use something improperly, you’re using it a way that is not suitable for who you are." Robert Hand, Turning of the Wheel radio broadcast 5.16.14 with Chris Flisher or
“Where’re you go, there you are.” Namaste, Saijin
Image by Saijin, Time to Rise Up! Aries 1
Aries 1° Sabian Symbol ~
A woman rises out of water,
a seal rises and embraces her
A photograph of the original Sabian symbol card for Aries 1, written by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, as Elsie Wheeler reported on her visions that spring day of 1925 in San Diego's Balboa Park. For more information on The Sabian Assembly or to read a selection of works by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones on-line, please visit http://sabian.org/index.php and http://sabianpublishingsociety.org/.
Three Interpretations for the First Degree
Aries 1° A woman rises out of water, a seal rises and embraces her. This is a symbol of completely unconditioned potentiality, as this may be grasped on the practical side of life. Here are elements of soul emerging from primordial nonexistence, and of an essentially feminine receptivity calling up a more masculine or personal and self-seeking initiative. There is an implicit emphasis on the mutual interdependence of the emotional and purposeful aspects of self. The keyword is REALIZATION. When positive, the degree is an illimitability of experience of which anyone can take advantage under any or all circumstances, and when negative, a failure to find a place in life because the self cannot separate itself from its own private obsessions.
Marc Edmund Jones, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, (First Edition 1953)
Aries 1° A woman just risen from the sea. A seal is embracing her.
Keynote: Emergence of new forms and of the potentiality of consciousness.
This is the first of the 360 phases of a universal and multi-level cyclic process which aims at the actualization of a particular set of potentialities. These potentialities, in the Sabian symbols, refer to the development of man's individualized consciousness--the consciousness of being an individual person with a place and function (a "destiny") in the planetary organism of Earth, and in a particular type of human society and culture.
To be individually conscious means to emerge out of the sea of generic and collective consciousness--which to the emerged mind appears to be unconsciousness. Such an emergence is the primary event. It is the result of some basic action: a leaving behind, an emerging from a womb or matrix, here symbolized by the sea.
Such an action is not to be considered a powerful, positive statement of individual being. In the beginning is the Act; but it is often an imperceptible, insecure act. The small tender gem out of the seed doesn’t not loudly proclaim its existence. It has to pierce through the crust of the soil still covered with the remains of the past. It is all potentiality and a minimum of actual presence.
In the symbol, therefore, the emergent entity is a Woman, symbolically speaking, a form of existence still close to the unconscious depths of generic biological nature, filled with the desire to be rather than self-assertion. The woman is seen embraced by a seal because the seal is a mammal which once had experienced a biological, evolutionary but relatively unconscious emergence, yet which retraced its steps and "returned to the womb" of the sea. The seal, therefore, represents a regressive step. It embraces the Woman who has emerged, because every emergent process at first is susceptible to failure. This process is indeed surrounded by the memory, the ghosts of past failures during previous cycles. The impulse upward is help back by regressive fear or insecurity; the issue of the conflict depends on the relative strength of the future-ward and the past-ward forces.
The possibility of success and that of failure is implied throughout the entire process of actualization. Every release of potentiality contains this two-fold possibility. It inevitably opens up two paths: one leads to "perfection" in consciousness, the other to "disintegration"--the return to the undifferentiated state (the state of humus, manure, cosmic dust--i.e. to the symbolic "great Waters of space," to chaos).
This symbol characterizes the first of five stages which are repeated at three levels. This stage represents the initial statement, or theme, of the five-fold series which refers to the first level: IMPULSE TO BE.
Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases (1973)
Aries 1 A woman rises out of water, a seal rises and embraces her. KEYWORD: Realization
THEME: The Way to Begin is to Begin. This symbol speaks to birth, emergence and taking the first, faltering and naïve steps on any journey. It also speaks to the stirring from within that signals the realization of potential and the possibilities of growth. The image, a woman rises out of water, a seal rises and embraces her, depicts the feminine, emotional and receptive or passive side of man embraced by the masculine, purposeful and initiating or active side of himself. This image also symbolizes the human spirit embraced by desire. The emphasis here is on the achievement of self-integration or that mystical union of all the elements of self. On a practical level, this image represents the first dedgree of the zodiac and thus spring, the beginning of a new cycle and freedom of choice. It also marks the starting point of the journey of self-discovery. Positive: At its highest, this symbol represents independence, initiative and openness to new experience. Negative: Willfulness or lack of discrimination.
TODAY: The accent is on change and new beginnings. You may be feeling bored, restless or lonely, or that something is missing in your life. Adventure beckons like the sweet scent of lilacs on a gentle spring wind. The novel and different have a special allure.
Opportunity: Your greatest advantage lies in being sensitive to what it is that you really need. Take a broader look at the options available to you, window shop and pay close attention to timing.
Risk: Guard against rashness and hasty decisions or making irrevocable commitments. Avoid jumping from the frying pan into the fire or being headstrong and stubborn in relationships with others.
STEPPING STONES: Birth, new beginnings, growth, self-integration, new cycles of experience, freedom of choice, receptivity.
Diana E. Roche, The Sabian Symbols: A Screen of Prophecy (1998). Diana has preserved photographs of the original Sabian symbol cards upon which Marc Edmund Jones, wrote as Elsie Wheeler, reported on her visions that spring day of 1925 in San Diego's Balboa Park. The card for Aries 1 is at the top of this page.
The Lunations ~ Aries
What are the Lunations and how do I apply them?
This is one of my most passionate areas of work! I thoroughly enjoy following along with the soli-lunar cycles, which from new moon to new moon is called a “lunation”.
“The soli-lunar cycle extending from New Moon to New Moon is, in my opinion, just as important in practical astrology as the cycle of the solar year...” said Dane Rudhyar.
On the calendar, you will find information for each of the lunation phases occurring during Aries. The phases will be indicated by the following two-letter abbreviations: NM, CM, 1Q, GM, FM, DM, 3Q, BM. Short descriptions are provided below to acquaint you with the meaning of each phase.
Most importantly, the Sabian symbol degree for the phase will be included! Each phase lasts between three - four days, and it along with its Sabian symbol can be used as helpmeets to reflect on your current and on-going life experiences. Each lunation is a gift empowering us to move forward on our own journeys from seed to harvest. It is a wonderful way to become organically tuned to the cosmic/biological energies!
Note: The Brown lunation number system has been adopted to track the lunations numerically. In Aries, we are still in the illumination phase of Full Moon of Lunation 1190. Our next New Moon falls on Friday, April 5th at Aries 16 Invigoration! Be ready! The brownies will be dancing in the sunset! Watch especially for these New Moons and their Full Moons, if you are a beginner, adding in the other phases as you feel comfortable in doing so.
The Eight Lunation Phases and their meanings:
NM ~ New Moon: The vibration (or “tone”) of the new solar impulse stirs the inner, subjective life and spreads outward.
CM ~ Crescent Moon: There is a struggle of wills, as the new impulse faces the resistance-inertia of crystallized forms, memories, etc. One notes a search for “new land”, virgin fields of experience.
1Q ~ First Quarter Moon: This is a period of crisis in action, repudiation of the past, building of new structures. There is a forceful, organizing approach to reality. Decision. Overcoming difficulties or sense of defeat.
GM ~ Gibbous Moon: A critical, self-improving, evaluating approach to reality is noted. Devotion or clarification of individual goals takes place.
FM ~ Full Moon: Objective, conscious approach to life and reality. The original impulse (“tone”) has become a “relatively) clear concept or “image”. A new kind of power develops; it is mental-social, rather than biological-instinctual. Negatively, it denotes separation from what has been built during the waxing period.
DM ~ Disseminating Moon: A demonstration of the concept or “vision” gained; dissemination of ideas. One feels increased awareness of participation in society or reaching beyond reality. Ideological struggle and perhaps fanaticism results.
3Q ~ Third Quarter Moon: There is a pinnacle moment in consciousness. Social decisions are made. Revolution or reform results, catabolic activity is noted. Building of strong, tight groups dedicated to ushering in the new cycle yet to come is undertaken. Negatively, dictatorial attitude and ruthlessness come to the fore.
BM ~ Balsamic Moon: One notes a reaping of harvest and sowing of seed. Personal sacrifice and attitude of service to institutions and groups are keys. We see petition to the spirit, prophetic attitude. It is a linking of the past to the future—or total disintegration.
The Decans ~ Aries
What are the decans and how do I use them?
The Decans are a division of Solar time—the thirty degrees of each sign in three groupings of ten—or 36 decans in total. They bring forward, from ancient times, an historic thread of esotericism and astrology. They first emerged in ancient Egypt then flowed into and through the Hermetic culture. Rather than being related to earthly events, they were used to tap into the cosmic forces at play—the “as-above-so-below” principle. As such, each decan is also associated with a planetary overseer and a tarot card.
The Decans of Aries: Decan I ~ The Axe; Decan II ~ The Crown; Decan III ~ The Burning Rose. These three tell the story of Aries in three-part harmony--more specifically, the beginning, middle and end of the Aries’ story. Here is a short synopsis of the three decans of Aries.
Aries Decan I ~ The Axe: “Victory in War”
Ruler ~ Mars
Tarot ~ 2 of Wands
Here is the tool of severing, of bravely asserting our individuality in order that we may build a distinct and unique life. Power, but also accountability for wielding it.
Aries Decan II ~ The Crown: “Of Virtues and Vice”
Ruler ~ Sun
Tarot ~ 3 of Wands
The mixture and measure of one’s character is here emphasized, and in it royal figures abound. Profound truths and deep sovereignty is being dramatized in these ten degrees, establishing one’s personal reality.
Aries Decan III ~ The Burning Rose: “By Any Other Name”
Ruler ~ Venus
Tarot ~ 4 of Wands
Here lies the power to motivate, to bond, to bring unity through the heat of setting fire to the hearts of many. The artist! The dancer! The performer! To take an audience from one reality into another—one of one’s choosing. Peak performances of bonding together take place in these degrees. Hearts, once cold, become warmed by the last part of Aries’ story.
Recommended reading and source: Austin Coppock, The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans (2014)
The Seven Masters of Wisdom ~ Aries
What are the geometric shapes in Saijin’s Zodiacal Calendar©?
These geometric shapes are icons representing the Seven Masters of Wisdom.
Hermes Trismegistus (Thrice Hermes or Thoth), author of The Emerald Tablet, in Volume 3, teaches us of the Seven Masters of Wisdom.
“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.”
Each of these Masters has tremendous insights of wisdom to share with us. They will reveal their wisdom ever more clearly as we combine them with other sacred sets of seven: the days of the week, the chakras, the colors of the rainbow, etc. In the calendar I have assigned each its own geometric shape, as follows:
Trigon – Sunday – Ruler, the Sun – The First Master of Wisdom is Three:
“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.” (May be used in conjunction with the Root Chakra.)
Tetragon - Monday – Ruler, the Moon – The Second Master of Wisdom is Four:
“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.” (May be used in conjunction with the Sacral Chakra.)
Pentagon – Tuesday – Ruler, Mars – The Third Master of Wisdom is Five:
“FIVE is the mater, the Lord of all magic – Key to The Word that resounds among men.” (May be used in conjunction with the Solar Plexus Chakra.)
Hexagon – Wednesday – Ruler, Mercury – The Fourth Master of Wisdom is Six:
“SIX is the Lord of Light, the hidden pathway, path of the souls of the children of men.” (May be used in conjunction with the Heart Chakra.)
Heptagon – Thursday – Ruler, Jupiter – The Fifth Master of Wisdom is Seven:
“SEVEN is he who is Lord of the vastness, master of Space and the key of the Times.” (May be used in conjunction with the Throat Chakra.)
Octagon – Friday – Ruler, Venus – The Sixth Master of Wisdom is Eight:
”EIGHT is he who orders the progress; weighs and balances the journey of men.” (May be used in conjunction with the Third Eye Chakra.)
Enneagon – Saturday – Ruler, Saturn – The Seventh Master of Wisdom is Nine:
“NINE is the father, vast he of countenance, forming and changing from out of the formless.” (May be used in conjunction with the Crown Chakra.)
Image: 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.
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