Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sabian Symbols and 333 Oracle

"333 Oracle" cannot be discussed without first mentioning Marc Edmund Jones' Sabian Symbols. The Sabian Symbols were created back in 1925 by psychic Elsie Wheeler, with Jones' encouragement. They were produced primarily as an astrological tool that correspond with the 360 degrees of the zodiac. Sabian Symbols can be utilized to further interpret every degree of each zodiacal sign above and beyond the standard astrological procedures.

I became quite familiar with Marc Edmund Jones' "Sabian Symbols," administering a Facebook page that daily posted (usually) one of the 360 symbols that are in that system. On this page, they are not presented in a numerical or sequential order but are chosen randomly/intuitively, by me. Having done this since 2012, it is fair to say that I became quite familiar with them. Some are amazingly powerful and poetic - others seem, by today's standards, quite dated and use terms or concepts that are of little relevance currently. Also, there is a subtle underlying Christian inference, as well as a little sexism and racism that was typical of that time.

At some point, having been so thoroughly imbued with the Sabians, I began to unconsciously generate my own set of symbols. I eventually began to commit them to pen and paper and compile them over a period of seven years, between 2009 and 2016. As a visual, performance and sound artist, I have always been attuned to symbols, so it was a natural process. I didn't go into a trance or become unconscious: the idea and the words would just come.

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