01 A woman rises out of water, a seal rises and embraces her  

 01 A glass bottomed boat in still water

 01 A case of apoplexy

 01 A butterfly made perfect by a dart through it

 01 A Grand Army of the Republic camp fire 

 01 An old adobe mission

 02 A comedian entertaining a group.

 02 Santa Claus filling stockings furtively  

 02 An epidemic of mumps.

 02 The light of the sixth race transmuted to the seventh. 

 02 The ocean covered with whitecaps.

 02 An unexpected thunderstorm. 

 03 The cameo profile of a man in the outline of his country  

 03 The garden of the Tuileries (Paris)

 03 A woman having her hair bobbed

 03 The dawn of a new day, everything changed

 03 Two men playing chess

 03 A deserter from the navy

 04 Two lovers strolling through a secluded walk  

 04 Holly and mistletoe

 04 A man formally dressed and a deer with its horns folded  

 04 A group around a campfire

 04 A little child learning to walk

 04 A Hindu healer

 05 A triangle with wings

 05  A radical magazine

 05 Rock formations at the edge of a precipice  

 05 A man teaching the true inner knowledge

 05 An old owl up in a tree

 05 A council of ancestors

 06 A square brightly lighted on one side

 06 Drilling for oil

 06 An old-fashioned woman and a flapper

 06 The ideals of a man abundantly crystallized  

 06 A game of cricket

 06 A performer of a mystery play

 07 A man successfully expressing himself in two realms at once  

 07 An old-fashioned well

 07 The constellations in the sky

 07 A woman feeding chickens and protecting them from the hawks

 07 Cupid knocking at the door

 07 A child born of an eggshell

 08 A large hat with streamers flying, facing east  

 08 An industrial strike

 08 A Bolshevik propagandist

 08 A blazing fireplace in a deserted home

 08 Rocks and things forming there in

 08 Beautifully gowned wax figures

 09 A crystal gazer.

 09 A quiver filled with arrows. 

 09 Glass blowers.  

 09 Three old masters hanging in an art gallery.   

 09 A mother with her children on stairs. 

 09 A flag turned into an eagle. 

 10 A man teaching new forms for old symbols

 10 An aeroplane falling

 10 Early morning dew

 10 A canoe approaching safely through dangerous waters  

 10 A golden-haired goddess of opportunity

 10 A popularity that proves ephemeral

 11 The president of the country

 11 A new path of realism in experience

 11 Children on a swing in a huge oak tree

 11 A professor peering over his glasses  

 11 The lamp of physical enlightenment at the left temple  

 11 Man tête-à-tête with his inspiration

 12 A flock of wild geese

 12 A Topsy saucily asserting herself

 12 An evening lawn party

 12 Miners emerging from a mine

 12 A flag that turns into an eagle that crows  

 12 People on stairs, graduated upwards

 13 An unsuccessful bomb explosion

 13 A great musician at his piano

 13 An old sea captain rocking

 13 Children blowing soap bubbles

 13 A widow's past brought to light  

 13 A barometer

 14 A serpent circling near a man and a woman

 14 A conversation by telepathy

 14 The human soul awaiting opportunity for expression  

 14 A noon siesta

 14 The Pyramids and the Sphinx

 14 A train entering a tunnel

 15 An Indian weaving a blanket

 15 Two Dutch children talking

 15 A pageant

 15 Circular paths

 15 The ground hog looking for its shadow  

 15 Two lovebirds sitting on a fence

 16 Brownies dancing in the setting sun

 16 A woman suffragist orating

 16 Sunshine just after a storm

 16 A boat-landing washed away

 16 Seagulls watching a ship

 16 A big-business man at his desk  

 17 Two prim spinsters

 17 The head of health dissolved into the head of mentality  

 17 A nonvested church choir

 17 A retired sea captain

 17 An Easter service (early A.M.)

 17 A watchdog standing guard

 18 An empty hammock.

 18 Two Chinese men talking Chinese.   

 18 A teacher of chemistry.

 18 Two men placed under arrest.

 18 Tiny children in sunbonnets.

 18 A man unmasked.

 19 The magic carpet

 19 A large archaic volume

 19 A houseboat party

 19 A gang of robbers in hiding

 19 Pelicans moving their habitat  

 19 A forest fire quenched

 20 A young girl feeding birds in winter.   

 20 A cafeteria 

 20 The Zuni sun worshipers. 

 20 A Jewish rabbi.

 20 Men cutting through ice. 

 20 A big white dove, a message bearer. 

 21 A pugilist entering the ring

 21 A labor demonstration

 21 Chickens intoxicated

 21 A crowd upon the beach

 21 A child and a dog with borrowed eyeglasses

 21 A woman disappointed and disillusioned  

 22 The gate to the garden of desire

 22 A barn dance

 22 A carrier pigeon

 22 A child giving birds a drink at a fountain  

 22 A Chinese laundry

 22 A rug placed on a floor for children to play

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

 23 Three fledglings in a nest high in a tree

 23 A bareback rider

 23 Chanticleer

 23 Immigrants entering

 23 A big bear sitting down and waving all its paws

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

 24 Children skating on ice

 24 An untidy unkempt man

 24 A third wing on the left side of a butterfly

 24 A bluebird standing at the door of the house

 24 A man turning his back on his passions and teaching from his experience

 25 A double promise

 25 A man trimming palms

 25 A camel crossing the desert

 25 Information in the symbol of an autumn leaf

 25 A chubby boy on a hobbyhorse

 25 A butterfly with the right wing more perfectly formed  

 26 A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold

 26 Winter frost in the woods

 26 A rainbow

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

 26 A flag bearer

 26 A hydrometer

 27 Lost opportunity regained in the imagination  

 27 A gypsy coming out of the forest

 27 Daybreak

 27 An aeroplane hovering overhead

 27 A sculptor

 27 An ancient pottery bowl, filled with violets

 28 A large disappointed audience

 28 A man declared bankrupt

 28 Many little birds on a limb of a large tree

 28 A man in the midst of brightening influences  

 28 An old bridge over a beautiful stream

 28 A tree felled and sawed

 29 A celestial choir singing

 29 The first mockingbird in spring

 29 A mermaid

 29 Humanity seeking to bridge the span of knowledge  

 29 A fat boy mowing the lawn

 29 Butterfly emerging from chrysalis

 30 A duck pond and its brood

 30 Bathing beauties

 30 An unsealed letter

 30 Three mounds of knowledge on a philosopher's head

 30 The Pope

 30 The field of Ardath in bloom







01 A clear mountain stream

 01 A furled and an unfurled flag displayed from a vessel  

 01 A man’s head

 01 A sightseeing bus

 01 An Indian chief demanding recognition

 01 A public market

 02 An electrical storm

 02 A man suspended over a vast level place

 02 A large white cross upraised

 02 A broken bottle and spilled perfume

 02 Three stained-glass windows, one damaged by bombardment  

 02 A squirrel hiding from hunters

 03 Steps up to a lawn blooming with clover

 03 A man all bundled up in fur leading a shaggy deer

 03 Two angels bringing protection

 03 A house-raising

 03 The human soul receptive to growth and understanding  

 03 A petrified forest

 04 The rainbow’s pot of gold

 04 A cat arguing with a mouse

 04 A chocolate child playing with white children  

 04 A youth holding a lighted candle

 04 A party entering a large canoe

 04 Heavy traffic on a narrow isthmus

 05 A widow at an open grave

 05 An automobile wrecked by a train

 05 A man dreaming of fairies

 05 A massive rocky shore

 05 Indians rowing a canoe and dancing a war dance  

 05 A church bazaar

 06 A bridge being built across a gorge

 06 Game birds feathering their nests

 06 A merry-go-round

 06 A gold rush

 06 A dark archway and two (ten?) logs at the bottom  

 06 Officers on dress parade

 07 A woman of Samaria

 07 Two fairies on a moonlit night  

 07 A harem

 07 Deep-sea divers

 07 A veiled prophet of power

 07 A large cross lying on rocks

 08 A sleigh without snow

 08 Rabbits dressed in clothes and on parade  

 08 First dancing instruction

 08 The moon shining across a lake

 08 Birds in the house singing happily

 08 A girl blowing a bugle

 09 A Christmas tree decorated

 09 A tiny nude miss reaching in the water for a fish  

 09 A man making a futurist drawing

 09 Dental work

 09 An angel carrying a harp

 09 A jockey

 10 A red cross nurse

 10 A large diamond not completely carved

 10 Two heads looking out and beyond the shadows  

 10 A fellowship supper

 10 An albatross feeding from the hand

 10 An aviator in the clouds

 11 A woman sprinkling flowers

 11 A clown making grimaces

 11 A boy molded in his mother’s aspiration for him  

 11 A drowning man rescued

 11 A large group of pheasants

 11 Men seeking illumination

 12 Window-shoppers

 12 A Chinese woman nursing a baby with a message  

 12 A bride with her veil snatched away

 12 An embassy ball

 12 A student of nature lecturing

 12 An examination of initiates

 13 A man handling baggage

 13 One hand slightly flexed with a very prominent thumb  

 13 A strong hand supplanting political hysteria

 13 An inventor experimenting

 13 A fire worshiper

 13 A sword in a museum

 14 Shellfish groping and children playing

 14 A very old man facing a vast dark space to the northeast  

 14 A family tree

 14 Telephone linemen at work

 14 An ancient bas-relief carved in granite

 14 A lady in fox fur

 15 A man muffled up with a rakish silk hat.

 15 A group of people who have overeaten and enjoyed it.   

 15 An ornamental handkerchief. 

 15 Children playing around five mound of sand.

 15 Many toys in the children's ward of a hospital.

 15 An officer preparing to drill his men.

 16 An old man attempting vainly to reveal the mysteries

 16 A man before a square with a manuscript scroll before him  

 16 An orangutan

 16 A girl's face breaking into a smile

 16 boys and girls in gym suits

 16 The flow of inspiration

 17 A battle between the swords and the torches.

 17 The germ grows into knowledge and life. 

 17 A volcano in eruption.  

 17 A woman the father of her own child.

 17 A girl surreptitiously bathing in the nude.

 17 An Easter promenade.

 18 A woman holding a bag out of a window  

 18 A hen scratching for her chicks

 18 A Ouija board

 18 A woods rich in autumn coloring

 18 The Union Jack

 18 A gigantic tent

 19 A newly formed continent (tangible)

 19 A priest performing a marriage ceremony

 19 A swimming race

 19 A parrot listening and then talking

 19 A child of about five with a huge shopping bag  

 19 A master instructing his pupil

 20 Wind clouds and haste

 20 Gondoliers in a serenade

 20 An automobile caravan

 20 A woman drawing two dark curtains aside  

 20 A hidden choir singing

 20 A table set for an evening meal

 21 A finger pointing in an open book.

 21 A primadonna singing

 21 A girl's basketball team.

 21 A soldier derelict in duty.

 21 A relay race.

 21 A little white lamb, a child and a Chinese servant.  

 22 White dove over troubled waters

 22 A woman awaiting a sailboat

 22 A royal coat of arms

 22 Hunters starting out for ducks

 22 A general accepting defeat gracefully  

 22 A man bringing down the new law from Sinai

 23 A jewelry shop

 23 Meeting of a literary society

 23 An animal trainer

 23 A bunny metamorphoses into a fairy  

 23 Two awards for bravery in war

 23 Spiritist phenomena

 24 A mounted Indian with scalp locks

 24 A woman and two men on a bit of sunlit land facing south  

 24 Mary and her white lamb

 24 Crowds coming down the mountain to listen to one man

 24 A woman entering a convent

 24 An inhabited island

 25 A large well-kept public park

 25 A dark shadow or mantle thrown suddenly over the right shoulder  

 25 A flag at half-mast

 25 An X-ray

 25 An oriental-rug dealer

 25 The purging of the priesthood

 26 A Spaniard serenading his senorita

 26 Contentment and happiness in luxury, people reading on Davenports  

 26 A boy with a censer

 26 Indians making camp

 26 A water sprite

 26 A new moon that divides its influences

 27 A squaw selling beads

 27 A storm in a canyon

 27 Grande dames at tea

 27 A military band on the march

 27 A mountain pilgrimage  

 27 A harvest moon

 28 A woman pursued by mature romance

 28 A modern Pocahontas

 28 A baldheaded man

 28 The king of the fairies approaching his domain  

 28 A large aviary

 28 A fertile garden under the full moon

 29 Two cobblers working at a table

 29 A muse weighing twins

 29 A man gaining secret knowledge from a paper he is reading

 29 An Indian squaw pleading to the chief for the lives of her children  

 29 A woman reading tea leaves

 29 A prism

 30 A peacock parading on an ancient lawn

 30 A Daughter of the American Revolution

 30 A false call unheard in attention to immediate service

 30 The Halloween jester

 30 A secret business conference

 30 The great stone face




















In 'The Sabian Symbols in Astrology' Marc Edmund Jones gives comment on every change he made in the handwritten text on the cards (p.136). He had written the words of Elsie Wheeler down very quickly, so here and there they were hard to read. And he made some changes, but small ones. I am very grateful he gives such a detailed account of every change. I have changed everything back, because I think one cannot change anything in a symbol. Sometimes errors also have a meaning, and a way of saying something can give another color, even if it is not correct English. I even made airplane to aeroplane again, which is not important, but after all in 1925 it was written that way.  

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inor matters of punctuation and some corrections in spelling need no comment. Abbreviations have been spelled out, as in the case of gymnasium for gym and auto-mobile for auto. Airplane is used for aeroplane (Gemini10, Libra 27). In a few cases the pencil is impossible to decipher with certainty, so that Capricorn 6 could be two instead of ten logs. Gem was read for germ (Cancer 17) and parts for paths (Libra 15) in preparing the 1931 interpretations. A serpent is coiling, not circling (Aries 14). Side comments have been ignored. Thus the Tuileries card had Paris on the margin (Gemini 3). Taurus 19 was marked tangible, and this idea has been incorporated in the description. In Sagittarius 17 the word sunrise is inserted, since a notation that it was early a.m. had been jotted down at the edge. In Cancer 10 the diamond is said to be not quite cut instead of not quite carved, as was written on the card. In Leo 6 the word flapper is re-placed with the phrase up-to-date girl, and in Gemini 16 the suffragist is said to be haranguing rather than orating, as the pencil notes have it. Chocolate is changed to colored in Virgo 4. There is a great mystery, which may be part of what occultists know as the necessary twist in any series of relations of spiritual import, since the cards for Libra 18 and 19 were first in reverse of their present order, and then the descriptions were scratched and repenciled as they are found in all the various versions of the Sabian degrees, and as indeed they seem correctly placed. There is neither record nor recollection of what happened in this connection, whether originally in San Diego’s Balboa Park or when the first typescripts were made (in 1925, by Elsie Wheeler and written down by Marc Edmund Jones).