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The Sabian Astrology Books of Marc Edmund Jones

Marc Edmund Jones (1888 - 1980) was described by a fan as a great nuts & bolts astrologer. He had a varied life: High school dropout (eventually earning his Ph.D. in New York), early screen writer (in New York, before there was a Hollywood), a Presbyterian clergyman, astrologer (of course), occult book editor for David McKay's book company in Boston, author, lecturer, teacher, philosopher, etc. With psychic Elsie Wheeler, he invented the Sabian Symbols in Balboa Park in San Diego (then a small beach town) in 1925. As an outgrowth of his religious, philosophical & astrological studies, he founded the Sabian Assembly, which many of his astrological admirers are only dimly aware of. Continued below

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Symbolism in horoscope analysis:
1. The power of symbolism
2. The basis of astrology
3. The world & its opportunities
4. The divisions of the zodiac
5. Planets & character traits
6. Motives & their measure
7. History & its meanings
8. Day-by-day guidance
9. Horary astrology
10. Rectification by symbols

The Sabian Symbols:
11. The Sabian Symbols: The symbols, Aries to Virgo & Libra to Pisces
12. The clairvoyant factor

The example horoscopes:
13. The example horoscopes
14. How to make a horoscope: The astrological essentials

Index to the Sabian Symbols
Index to keywords
General index


First published in 1953, this classic book is a ground-breaking commentary on each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac: The symbolic picture, psychological significance, key-word abbreviations, positive/negative influences and relationships between symbols. Also included are detailed explanations of the origin of the symbols & their use in natal, horary, mundane and rectified charts. Illustrated with over 1000 horoscopes of famous people. An essential book for every student of astrology.

Aurora Press, 437 pages.

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1. The origin & history of the Sabian Symbols:
The early influence of Charubel
The Mesopotamian connection
The plan
The event
Early work on the Sabian Symbols
The Sabian Symbols in Astrology

2. Methods & Techniques:
Determining which degree to use
Transiting planets
Chart angles
New & full moons
The Sabian Symbol at sunrise
The Sabian Symbol at moonrise
Chart rectification
Horary charts
The astrological formula: Polarity, Quadrature, Triplicity, First & second halves of signs, Five degree units of each half sign
The hidden genius of the formula: Fivefold dimension of self-expression
Divinatory Techniques: Framing the question, Calculator method, Mental focus, Drawing slips, Using a clock, Using dice, Using playing cards, Journals & scrapbooks, Using your imagination

3. The Sabian Symbols in practical & everyday use:
Literal interpretation
Astrological charts

4. Negative or reversed symbols

5. The Sabian Symbols: Aries to Pisces

Chapter notes
Index to Sabian Symbols
Index to keywords
General index


A new look at the Sabians, by a retired administator of Jones's Sabian Assembly. Illustrated with Marc Edmund Jones's original hand-written Sabian notes, from that long ago day in 1925 in San Diego. This is the most comprehensive book on the Sabian Symbols to date. Includes: In depth, user-friendly text, daily guide for each symbol, reproductions of original index cards of Dr. Jones, thousands of additional keywords, new divinitory methods & techniques, helpful themewords & phrases, indexes for images, keywords & themes. The clearest exposition, the easiest of the three books to use.

Trafford Publishing, 430 paper.

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1. What is horary astrology?
2. Significant sensitiveness
3. Charting the pertinent moment

The foundation of horary art:
4. Putting experience in place
5. The planets
6. Locating the question

The method of horary interpretation:
8. The Yes-and-No technique
9. Testing the grain of a chart
10. The time measure
11. Planetary dynamics
12. The judgement chart

The ramifications of horary art:
13. The use of natal methods
14. Multiple questions
15. Parallels of declination
16. Inaugural horoscopes
17. Special fields of judgement
18. The method of birth planets

Primer of symbolism
Index to main text


Marc Edmund's work in horary predates the current English revival of the 1980's & is an alternative view to present ideas. A complete text in 460 pages that begins with this excerpt from Ecclesiastes: There is a time to keep & a time to throw away, which reminds us that not all horary charts can be read.

464 Aurora Press, 464 pages.

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ASTROLOGY, HOW & WHY IT WORKS - Marc Edmund Jones, $16.95


Horizons: Introducing the houses:
1. The magic of hemispheres
2. Rhythm & reality
3. The art of portmanteau analysis
4. Chaos & order in partnership
5. The skein of convenience

Characteristics: Introducing the signs:
6. The magic of human nature
7. Perspective & reality
8. The divinity of difference
9. Twelve tribes of individuality
10. The portmanteau symbols

Potentialities: Introducing the planets:
11. The magic of patterns
12. Self-assertion & reality
13. Patterns of simple expediency
14. The mastery of circumstances
15. The refinement of character

How to cast a horoscope
How to read a horoscope
The astrological literature

From the back cover:

Originally published in 1945, this easy to understand guide provides an in-depth investigation of astrological symbolism. It demystifies astrological prediction, and relates theoretical understanding to the experience and practical concerns of the reader. At each stage of the book, Dr. Jones anticipates and answers the reader's questions, so that the explanation of the houses, signs & planets of the horoscope becomes a guide that even a simple beginner can understand & apply. Every element of the horoscope is illustrated in terms of everyday living, and each technical detail is lucidly explained.

Aurora Press, 437 pages.

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OCCULT PHILOSOPHY: An introduction, the major concepts, and a glossary - Marc Edmund Jones, $34.50
Contents: Foreword

An Introduction to Occult Philosophy:
1. The meaning of philosophy
2. The historical roots of occultism
3. The four profane mysteries
4. The seven basic truths.

The Major Concepts of Occult Philosophy:
5. Individual perspective in time
6. Individual perspective in space
7. Existence identified in pattern
8. Existence identified in consciousness
9. Experience identified in being
10. Experience identified in self
11. Social perspective in integration
12. Social perspective in manifestation.

A glossary of occult philosophy

From the back of the book:

Here is a clear & lucid exposition of the Profane Mysteries, the Lesser or Lunar Mysteries, and the Greater or Solar Mysteries. These are presented in terms of (1) the popular ideas in occultism, such as the Solar Myth, belief that Anglo-Americans are the ten lost tribes of Israel, and the theory that the Shakespearian plays were written by Francis Bacon, (2) the established doctrines of an age-old esotericism concerning such matters as transmutation or the elixir of life, the adepts or Masters of Wisdom with miraculous powers, and man's destiny as charted through karma & reincarnation, and (3) the organization of all existence and experience on a Pythagorean basis of number, a Plotonic structure of operational concepts, and an Aristotelian organization through functional or pragmatic logic.

The history of occult origins & development is given in considerable detail, together with a thorough account of the various schools of thought & points of view. Bibliographical references are unusually full, and the glossary provides a complete orientation in both Western & Eastern terminology.

Trafford/Trefoil Publications, 436 pages.

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In Marc Edmund we see the result of a number of different influences. Astrologically, he is heir to Alan Leo's great simplification of the subject which enabled him - and a number of others - to deny a direct cause and effect relationship between astral bodies (planets, signs, etc.) & human beings. This spared us the "fatalistic" aspects of astrology. In stripping out the details of the subject, his philosophical orientation opened the door to the abstract psychological interpretations we have today. In comparing his writing with that of his friend, Dane Rudhyar, Marc Edmund's has few of the Theosophical fingerprints present in the Dane's work. Note that Project Hindsight is a reaction against the results of Leo's astrological simplification of a century ago, and, hence, against the kind of astrology which Marc Edmund represents. What Robert Hand & Project Hindsight are promoting, folks, is fatalism all over again.

Philosophically, Marc Edmund is a Presbyterian minister. Since we are trying to make some fine distinctions on this website, we will briefly sketch the difference between the Presbyterians and the Roman Catholics they split from. The Church is based on the ritual ceremony of the Mass, which, according to some may be the external representation of a white magic ceremony of unknown power. The post-Reformation churches are based on Biblical study and little else. Consequently, Catholics think of Christianity in terms of ceremony, while Presbyterians - for example - think of their Christian faith in terms of beliefs, or analysis based on acceptance of some external authority (eg, the Bible). We are not the first to point out the similarities between post-Reformation ministers and college professors, or even political ideologues. The habit all three have of dressing in suits & ties simply reinforces our point.

Marc Edmund's philosophically based Christian religious beliefs form the basis of the Sabian Assembly, not in terms of what the Sabians believe, nor what they do, but in the belief that groping towards ideals represents religion rather than philosophy - a common post-Reformation mistake, by the way, which classical Greek philosophers would never make. Astrologically, Marc Edmund expresses this most clearly in his book, Horary Astrology. Every other horary book (see Lilly's classic work) is a long list of what amounts to magical formulas. As a minister lacking a magical religious foundation, Marc Edmund's horary book is a list of philosophical traits. Were it otherwise, his horary book would contradict his religious beliefs. Nor was this by accident. There are very few books on horary, even today. Marc Edmund had to learn traditional horary (such as from Simmonite's book, which we can get) so he could recast it in his own terms. Marc Edmund's original horary book was published in 1942 with a revised & expanded edition in 1971. Immediately thereafter Derek Appleby started the horary revival in London, not with Marc Edmund's new book, but with a battered old copy of Lilly's Christian Astrology of 1659. How this conflict between old and new will end, how it may be blended if not resolved, remains to be seen.

The Sabian Assembly has its own website, dedicated to Marc Edmund & his work. Go & check it out.

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