How to Determine Which Sabian Symbol to Use

Seven Methods:Degree and Minute PositionCalculator MethodPulling NumbersClock MethodDice MethodPlaying Cards MethodRandom Page Method

When you are using Sabian symbols, you will either need to decipher which symbol to use from the degree and minute position, or you will need to generate the numerical value or sign/degree directly. Read on to learn some techniques to do this.

Method 1
Degree and Minute Position

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    Determine the degree and sign you will be translating. (i.e. 26o Leo 05')
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    Determine if the degree is even. Read the symbol for that degree. (i.e. 26o Leo 00' = Leo 26)
    • If the degree is 0, and the minute is less than 1, round down to the 30 degree of the previous sign. (i.e. 00o Leo 00' 59 = Cancer 30)
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    Round the degree up if is at least one minute over. (i.e. 26o Leo 01' - Leo 27)

Method 2
Calculator Method

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    Enter a random 5 digit number into the calculator.
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    Divide by 360.
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    Round to the nearest whole number. Anything .5 or over rounds up to the next whole number. Anything under .5, just read the whole number shown.
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    Convert this number to a sign and degree using the following chart:
    • 1-30 Aries
    • 31-60 Taurus (i.e. 31 = Taurus 1)
    • 61-90 Gemini
    • 91-120 Cancer
    • 121-150 Leo (i.e. 130 = Leo 10)
    • 151-180 Virgo
    • 181-210 Libra
    • 211-240 Scorpio
    • 241-270 Sagittarius
    • 271-300 Capricorn
    • 301-330 Aquarius
    • 331-360 Pisces

Method 3
Pulling Numbers

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    Prepare slips of paper. There are a few options:
    • Number the pieces of paper 1-360.
    • Write the Sabian symbol sign and degree on each paper.
    • Create two piles, one number 1-12 for the sign, and the second numbered 1-30 for the degree.
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    Place your paper pieces in a container.
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    Pull a paper piece to obtain your symbol.

Method 4
Clock Method

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    Note the time you are asking the question.
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    Use the hour to represent the sign. It doesn't matter whether it is AM or PM.
    • 1 Aries
    • 2 Taurus
    • 3 Gemini
    • 4 Cancer
    • 5 Leo (i.e. 130 = Leo 10)
    • 6 Virgo
    • 7 Libra
    • 8 Scorpio
    • 9 Sagittarius
    • 10 Capricorn
    • 11 Aquarius
    • 12 Pisces
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    Use the minute to determine the degree. If the minute is 30-60, subtract 30 from the number. (i.e. 5:40 = Leo 10)

Method 5
Dice Method

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    Obtain a 12-sided die and a 30-sided die.
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    Roll the dice.
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    Derive the sign from the 12-sided die and the degree from the 30-sided die.

Method 6
Playing Cards Method

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    Separate the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) into one pile.
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    Create a pile consisting of the Ace-10 for the suits hearts, diamonds and clubs.
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    Draw one card from each pile.
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    Determine the sign from the face card pile:
    • K Clubs - Aries
    • Q Clubs - Taurus
    • J Clubs - Gemini
    • K Hearts - Cancer
    • Q Hearts - Leo
    • J Hearts - Virgo
    • K Spades - Libra
    • Q Spades - Scorpio
    • J Spades - Sagittarius
    • K Diamonds - Capricorn
    • Q Diamonds - Aquarius
    • J Diamonds - Pisces
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    Determine the degree from the numbered cards:
    • Clubs 1-10
    • Hearts 11-20
    • Diamonds 21-30

Method 7
Random Page Method

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    Obtain a book about the symbols which has a full listing with one symbol per page.
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    Randomly open the book to a page.
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    Use the symbol shown.

Tips

  • There is no 0 degree in Sabian symbols. Symbols are written for degrees 1-30 for each of the 12 astrological signs.

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