Originally Posted by princess valhalla
Thank you sdh3! The visual interpretations were very useful to me since I have always been more of a visual learner. Some of the symbolism seems to slip right through my hand like sand but I get the gist of it. First thought: Man, the pope is scary looking, reminds me of darth vader! lol
All in all I think sabian symbols are very beautiful and poetic. It gives me much food for thought.
Sarah, I'm glad you found those helpful. As for the image of the Pope (Sagittarius 30), I guess I could have found a more photogenic image ;-) But on a more serious note, your comment about the poetic nature of the symbols in general is very apt. Here's why I say that.
One of the things that I've attempted to do is understand the Sabians from a linguistic perspective with a particular emphasis on their word histories or etymologies. While the histories are not quite "poetic" they do speak to my intuition in a way that the images do for others. And every once in a while something really interesting jumps out at me. Your symbols and subsequent comments are a really good example. Here's what I mean.
From the information you provided, the Sabian Symbol corresponding to the position of your natal Sun is Sagittarius 30, The Pope. The word "pope" descends from the Indo-European (IE) root papa-
which is “a child’s word for ‘father’, a linguistic near-universal found in many languages.” Another word descending from that root is the word papa which as we know means "father." The word father descends from the IE root peter- which means "father" as do the words padre, patriarch, paternal, patriot, and interestingly "goombah" which means "a companion or associate, especially an older friend who acts as a patron, protector, or adviser."
Taken together it's clear that this symbol is emphasizing "father-figures."
Now what's really interesting in your case is that you have the Sun here and as we all know, the Sun in a natal chart represents all manner of authority figures, heroes, rulers, older people, gurus, etc. To me, that means that this "father-figure" theme is doubly emphasized in your case. That you mentioned this symbol specifically is, I think, an added confirmation of its importance in your case.
I hope this helps somewhat. And again, thanks for your willingness to share this information with us.