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360 Degrees of Wisdom: Charting Your Destiny with the Sabian Oracle with Cards [Paperback]

Lynda Hill
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  • Paperback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books (30 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452285410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452285415
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 17 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,005,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I was really looking forward to this book and I wasn't disappointed. Lynda has obviously worked very hard to illuminate our understanding of how the meanings of the Sabian Symbols can be applied to any branch of astrology, and her comments on each degree-symbol are well thought-out, comprehensive and very informative.
The cards themselves are easily detachable at the back of the book and make a great conversation-opener when placed strategically on the coffee-table!
The book opens with a brief history of the Sabian Symbols; how they were brought forward into the world via the clairvoyance of Elsie Wheeler and the astrological foresight of Marc Edmund Jones. It continues with advice on how to use the symbols in a birthchart, and this advice is straightforward and easy to follow.
The bulk of the book is devoted to a comprehensive interpretation of each degree symbol using the format "Commentary", "Oracle", "Keywords" and "Caution", and what I particularly appreciate is the way Lynda says at the bottom of each page "What does this symbol say to you?". This leaves room for your own mind to work on the symbolism, so you're not left feeling as though you are being brainwashed with someone else's ideas.
Finally, Lynda includes on each page a selection of quotations - some profound, some wise, some downright hilarious - that illustrate the core-meanings of each symbol and help you to "get" the heart of the message.
Not only is this an excellent book, and one I would recommend to any serious student of astrology, but the oracle cards really do work, sometimes in a very literal fashion! I have used them several times and they have always amazed me...
Well done, Lynda Hill! This is obviously a labour of love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Wonderful Book! 23 May 2011
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I really really love this oracle, the answers coming from it are so precise and direct and touch my core. Lynda has put a perfect explanation with each degree of the symbols- it's just such a joy to use. The book is also full of quotes that are often deep and sometimes hilarious. Looking up the astrological degrees has been amazing too, so to the point. I am taking it everywhere and I have used it with many of my friends. Praise to the author, this book is a treasure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and insightful 1 Jan 2014
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Amazing to view the degrees with my natal chart, then see the progress made with the progressional chart, this will be a constant companion. Jacqueline....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Chillingly Accurate Oracle 9 Feb 2005
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
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"Based on the Sabian Symbols, first created in 1925 and consisting of 360 answers, the Sabian Oracle can be used to guide us through questions about our day-to-day lives... Using the Sabian Oracle will help you discover what's going on and why, leading to deeper self-awareness. You are able to make more informed choices and greatly enhance your life." Lynda Hill, author of 360 Degrees of Wisdom - Charting Your Destiny With The Sabian Oracle

In 1925, an extraordinary thing happened: two people--a clairvoyant medium and an astrologer--received messages from the spirit world for every degree of the Zodiac. Within each of the 12 constellations of the Zodiac, also known as Sun Signs, are 30 degrees--for a total of 360 degrees.

Astrologer Marc Edmund Jones wanted to participate in an experiment with his spiritualist-medium friend Elsie Wheeler. A gifted clairvoyant, Miss Wheeler was afflicted with severe arthritis and confined to a wheelchair, making movement difficult and painful. Nevertheless, she agreed to participate in this experiment with Jones in a public park; he wanted to be surrounded by the vibrations of modern American life, but not be disturbed by passers-by. Thus, Balboa Park in San Diego was the birthplace of the Sabian Symbols.

Jones made up a set of 360 index cards that were blank, save for a small notation of the Sign and degree number on one side (e.g. Aries 1, Scorpio 20--all the way up to Pisces 30). Jones shuffled the cards and placed the blank side up before Miss Wheeler. Neither of them knew the Sign or number on the card. Miss Wheeler would then report what she saw in her mind's eye...hurriedly noting the information on the card.

Amazingly, Elsie's psychic visions formulated the entire Sabian Symbols at random--completing all 360 Symbols in one day! On average, Miss Wheeler would have had to visualize a Symbol every minute and half. Jones believed that Miss Wheeler was given information by an "unseen agency": a "Brother" from the Sabian Brotherhood who were an ancient Middle Eastern race of alchemists. The Sabian Symbols are a set of 360 phrases consisting of as little as two words (Virgo 2: "A Harem") to as many as 21 words (Taurus 5: "A Youthful Widow, Fresh and Soul-Cleansed from Grief, Kneels at an Open Grave to Receive the Secret of Eternal Life").

Author Lynda Hill has a crafted an amazing book and oracle based on the Sabian Symbols: 360 Degrees of Wisdom - Charting Your Destiny With The Sabian Oracle. This book includes 42 cards to perform a reading: 12 red cards for the Signs, and 30 blue cards for each degree. Ask a question, pick a blue and red card, and then let the Symbols guide you to an answer. An entire page is dedicated to each Symbol, and features a commentary, oracle message, keywords, and a caution. In the page margins, Ms. Hill has included 5-9 quotations that reflect the message of each Symbol. At 363 pages, 360 Degrees of Wisdom also features Birthday Tables, which shows you the 3 degrees relevant to your birth date. She profiles several celebrities--such as Deepak Chopra, Michael Jackson, and Princess Diana--to demonstrate how the Sabian Symbols mirror the circumstances of your life.

In addition to using the cards provided with the book, Ms. Hill also shows you how to use 2 decks of regular playing cards (one red, one blue) in case you lose the cards that came with the book. She also shows you how to open the book at random to receive your special message.

I used the Sabian Oracle last night for insight into a back ailment that I've been dealing with. I picked a blue card and red card at random to get Scorpio: 20. Chillingly accurate, Scorpio: 20 A Woman Drawing Aside Two Dark Curtains That Closed The Entrance To A Sacred Pathway is not only the exact degree of Mercury in my natal chart (and one degree away from my Venus placement), but also this Sabian Symbol echoed the message I received from another oracle consulted a few days prior.

More accessible than the Tarot and easier to use than the I Ching, 360 Degrees of Wisdom - Charting Your Destiny With The Sabian Oracle will help you discover a modern and fascinating branch of mysticism and symbolic readings. I highly recommend this insightful and comprehensive book!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sabian Symbols Masterpiece 11 Mar 2005
By Meli - Published on Amazon.com
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I own a variety of the Sabian Symbols books by various authors, which are all insightful. However, Lynda's book is brilliant and by far the best I've had the pleasure to read to date. I give it a solid ten for skill, precision and prompting the reader to perceive their own messages. Lynda is also very available to her public and has a website, where you can use her free Sabian Oracle, talk to others in a web forum and even email her if personally if you feel the desire to do so. Check it out. [...]
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabian Symbols / 360 Degrees of Wisdom 2 Mar 2006
By chickenlil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book - I have been using the online

version of the Oracle for the past year and finally decided

I wanted to have the book. I am very happy with the depth

of each symbol, and the images are interesting and beautiful

to imagine - My only complaint is, I thought the Sabian symbols

would be illustrated in the book, but they are not. I will have

to keep looking for the visual component of the system, but after

years with other divination-type cards - animals, angels,

runes, tarot etc - this is different

and refreshingly appropriate for me at this time.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ground-breaking new work on the Sabian Symbols 29 Jan 2005
By P. Dawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was really looking forward to this book and I wasn't disappointed. Lynda has obviously worked very hard to illuminate our understanding of how the meanings of the Sabian Symbols can be applied to any branch of astrology, and her comments on each degree-symbol are well thought-out, comprehensive and very informative.

The cards themselves are easily detachable at the back of the book and make a great conversation-opener when placed strategically on the coffee-table!

The book opens with a brief history of the Sabian Symbols; how they were brought forward into the world via the clairvoyance of Elsie Wheeler and the astrological foresight of Marc Edmund Jones. It continues with advice on how to use the symbols in a birthchart, and this advice is straightforward and easy to follow.

The bulk of the book is devoted to a comprehensive interpretation of each degree symbol using the format "Commentary", "Oracle", "Keywords" and "Caution", and what I particularly appreciate is the way Lynda says at the bottom of each page "What does this symbol say to you?". This leaves room for your own mind to work on the symbolism, so you're not left feeling as though you are being brainwashed with someone else's ideas.

Finally, Lynda includes on each page a selection of quotations - some profound, some wise, some downright hilarious - that illustrate the core-meanings of each symbol and help you to "get" the heart of the message.

Not only is this an excellent book, and one I would recommend to any serious student of astrology, but the oracle cards really do work, sometimes in a very literal fashion! I have used them several times and they have always amazed me...

Well done, Lynda Hill! This is obviously a labour of love.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next level of the Zodiac 18 Jan 2009
By Gary Caton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a professional astrologer and use this reference constantly. Lynda has taken the Sabian Symbols and made them extremely accessible. A full page for each degree with quotes and commentary to illuminate a functional interpretation of the symbol. These symbols undeniably add another dimension to an astrological analysis and are often the most accessible element of a reading for clients who are not well versed in astrological language. This is a must have for the practicing professional and a great tool for the student to add depth to their interpretive skill.
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