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The Sabian Symbols and Astrological Analysis: The Original Symbols Fully Revealed
The Sabian Symbols and Astrological Analysis: The Original Symbols Fully Revealed
by Blain Bovee
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Pleasure, 7 Jan. 2005
Occasionally even the most avid reader comes across a book which exceeds his or her most demanding expectations - and transcends even its own vision. Such a book is 'more than the sum of its parts' - and this is unquestionably one of them.
Behind the rather prosaic title, signaling as it does a down-to-earth text-book approach to the subject under discussion (which, on one level, it is), there lies an approach to the Sabian Symbols which is almost poetical in its all-encompassing sensibility. As you read each suggestive path towards an interpretation of successive pairs of symbols (there are 180 in all - bringing to life the 360 degrees of the Zodiac), the mind almost effortlessly sets off on tangents of its own, prompted by the inter-play of Words and Ideas which form often complex but also informative and entertaining 'Pictures' on each page. Think of each Pairing as a Short Story - or as Notes for something much more expansive which you, the Readers, are being encouraged to create. In effect each one of you ends up being the central character in his or her own imaginative Universe - prompted in that direction by Blain Bovee's own universal imagination.
It goes without saying, I think, that this Book is an essential read (and read and read again) for anyone who claims to take Astrology seriously. It deserves a much wider readership - anyone in fact, however skeptical they may be of Astrology as a subject for serious consideration, who is open to the almost infinite possibilities of the Imagination in any of its incarnations. James Joyce, for one (he was interested in Astrology, and even more concerned with expanding Imagination) would certainly have approved.

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