Sabian Symbols and Stories


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The 51st five pointed star is comprised of the following symbols

Taurus21A finger pointing in an open book
Sagittarius27A sculptor
Leo3A woman having her hair bobbed
Pisces9A jockey
Libra15Circular paths

National Velvet--both the 1944 Technicolor American Sports film and the 1935 novel of the same name--draws inspiration from this group of five, especially the last three.

Here's the Wikipedia plot synopsis:

Velvet Brown, a twelve-year-old horse-crazy girl, lives with her family in Sewels, a small village in Sussex, England. After winning a spirited gelding in a raffle, she dreams of training him for the Grand National steeplechase. Penniless young drifter Mi Taylor, who discovered Mrs. Brown's name and address among his late father's effects, arrives at the Brown farm. Hoping to profit from the association, Mi accepts an invitation to dinner and a night's lodging at the Browns' home. Mrs Brown is unwilling to allow Mi to trade on his father's good name and remains vague about their connection. Nevertheless, she convinces her husband to hire Mi as a store helper, over his better judgment. It is eventually revealed that Mi's career as a steeplechase jockey ended in a collision which resulted in another jockey's death. The accident left Mi fearing riding and hating horses.

Velvet calls her horse "The Pie" because his previous owner called the troublesome gelding a pirate. Seeing Pie's natural talent, Velvet pleads with Mi to train him for the Grand National. Mi believes it a fool's errand, not because the horse lacks the ability, but because they are unable to finance the effort. He makes his case to Mrs. Brown, but she consents to Velvet's desire to train the horse. To cover the entrance fee and other costs, Mrs. Brown gives Velvet the prize money she won for swimming across the English Channel. Velvet and Mi train Pie and enter him into the race.

Mi and Velvet travel to the Grand National. Mi hires a professional jockey, but the night before the race, Velvet senses he lacks faith in the Pie and will lose. Velvet dismisses the jockey, leaving them without a rider. That night, Mi overcomes his fear of riding and intends to race Pie himself only to discovers Velvet wearing the jockey silks and intending to ride. Knowing the dangers, Mi attempts to dissuade Velvet, who is determined to ride. As the race unfolds, Velvet and Pie clear all hurdles and win the race. Elated but exhausted, Velvet falls off her mount just after the finish. However, Velvet and Pie are disqualified for violating the rule requiring the winning jockey not to dismount before reaching the enclosure.

When it is discovered that the jockey is a girl, Velvet becomes a media sensation and receives lucrative offers to travel to Hollywood and be filmed with Pie. To her father's disappointment, Velvet tearfully declines all offers, claiming that Pie would not understand the intense scrutiny. Velvet says that she raced Pie at the Grand National because he deserved a chance for greatness. Velvet chooses a normal life for herself and her horse.


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The 56th five pointed star is comprised of these five symbols:

Taurus26A Spaniard serenading his senorita
Capricorn2Three stained-glass windows, one damaged by bombardment
Leo8A Bolshevik propagandist
Pisces14A lady in fox fur
Libra20A Jewish rabbi

The 2006 fantasy horror film Pan's Labyrinth is based on this star. Note, the Spanish title is El laberinto del fauno which literally translates as the The Labyrinth of the Faun. The Faun referred to here is the "half-human and half-goat mythological creature appearing in Greek and Roman mythology." In Greek mythology and religion, Pan "is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, rustic music and impromptus, and companion of the nymphs."

According to Wikipedia,

The story takes place in Spain during the summer of 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War, during the early Francoist period. The narrative intertwines this real world with a mythical world centered on an overgrown, abandoned labyrinth and a mysterious faun creature, with whom the main character, Ofelia, interacts. Ofelia's stepfather, the Falangist Captain Vidal, hunts the Spanish Maquis who fight against the Francoist regime in the region, while Ofelia's pregnant mother Carmen grows increasingly ill. Ofelia meets several strange and magical creatures who become central to her story, leading her through the trials of the old labyrinth garden.


The Falangist Captain Vidal--the wicked step-father of the protagonist, Opheila--is the "Spaniard" mentioned in the first symbol (Taurus 26).
The Spanish Maquis are the Bolsheviks.
Carmen, the mother of Ophelia is the "lady in fox fur."
The Faun is the religious/spiritual guide represented by the fifth symbol (Libra 20, A Jewish Rabbi).
The Spanish Civil War is the backdrop or setting of the story and it represents the damaged stained glass windows of the second symbol.


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The 53rd five-pointed star is comprised of these five symbols:

Pisces11Men seeking illumination
Libra17A retired sea captain
Taurus23A jewelry shop
Sagittarius29A fat boy mowing the lawn
Leo5Rock formations at the edge of a precipice

Perhaps not surprisingly, films within the mountaineering genre draw inspiration from this star. Two that come immediately to mind are the 1975 action thriller, The Eiger Sanction (based on a 1972 novel of the same name) and 1997 autobiographical war drama Seven Years in Tibet (based on a 1952 memoir of the same name).

The Eiger Sanction (novel):

The story is about a classical art professor and collector who doubles as a professional assassin, and who is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an American agent.

Dr. Jonathan Hemlock is an art professor and mountaineer. He is also a collector of paintings, most of them obtained from the black market. To finance his collection, Hemlock, who served in the Counter Intelligence Corps during the Korean War, works as a so-called "counter-assassin" for a secret US government agency, the CII.

In order to acquire a Pissarro, Hemlock agrees to carry out a couple of "sanctions" (contract assassinations targeted specifically against killers of American agents). The first one is easily dealt with in Montreal. For the second, he will need to join a group of climbers who are about to attempt the north face of the Eiger, a particularly difficult challenge that Hemlock has tried before and failed. Hemlock goes back into training and eventually climbs the mountain with the team that he believes includes his would-be victim — whose identity he will have to deduce on the mountain itself. Poor climbing conditions disrupt the climb and lead Hemlock to the discovery that his target is someone other than he had expected.

Seven Years in Tibet

In the film, Harrer (Pitt) and fellow-Austrian Peter Aufschnaiter (Thewlis) are mountaineering in 1930s British India. When World War II begins in 1939, their German citizenship results in their imprisonment in a prisoner-of-war camp in Dehradun in the Himalayas. In 1944, Harrer and Aufschnaiter escape the prison and cross the border into Tibet, traversing the treacherous high plateau. There, after initially being ordered to return to India, they are welcomed at the holy city of Lhasa and become absorbed into an unfamiliar way of life. Harrer is introduced to the 14th Dalai Lama, who is still a boy, and becomes one of his tutors. During their time together, Heinrich becomes a close friend to the young spiritual leader. Harrer and Aufschnaiter stay in the country until the Battle of Chamdo in 1950.

Note: the 14th Dalia Lama, the man known the world over as simply "The Dalai Lama" was born on 6 July 1935. His natal Saturn is found at 10 Pisces 03, the Sabian Symbol for which is Pisces 11 (Men seeking illumination).


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The 55th five-pointed star is comprised of these symbols;

Capricorn1An Indian chief demanding recognition
Leo7The constellations in the sky
Pisces13A sword in a museum
Libra19A gang of robbers in hiding
Taurus25A large well-kept public park

Many robbery movies fall into this category including the original Ocean's 11 movie from 1960, the 2001 re-make, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the Great Train Robbery (film) and the events of the actual Great Train Robberies of 1855 and 1963.


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The 71st five-pointed star is comprised of these symbols

Gemini11A new path of realism in experience
Capricorn17A girl surreptitiously bathing in the nude
Leo23A bareback rider
Pisces29A prism
Scorpio5A massive, rocky shore

Drawing inspiration from this star is The Electric Horseman, the 1979 American western comedy-drama starring Robert Redford. From Wikipedia:

The film is about a former rodeo champion who is hired by a cereal company to become its spokesperson and then runs away on a $12 million electric-lit horse and costume he is given to promote it in Las Vegas after he finds that the horse has been abused.

Norman "Sonny" Steele is a former championship rodeo rider who has sold out to a business conglomerate and is now reduced to making public appearances to sell a brand of breakfast cereal. Prior to making a Las Vegas promotional appearance to ride the $12 million champion thoroughbred race horse who responds to the name of Rising Star, Sonny discovers to his horror that the horse has been drugged and is injured.

Identifying with the plight of the horse and disillusioned with the present state of his life, Sonny decides to abscond with Rising Star and travel cross-country in order to release him in a remote canyon where herds of wild horses roam. Hallie Martin, a television reporter eager to be the first to break the Rising Star story, locates Sonny and follows him on his unusual quest through the countryside. While en route, the unlikely pair have a romance as they avoid the pursuing authorities.



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The 68th five-pointed star consists of the following these symbols:

Pisces26A new moon that divides its influences
Scorpio2A broken bottle and spilled perfume
Gemini8An industrial strike
Capricorn14An ancient bas-relief carved in granite
Leo20The Zuni sun worshippers

As with many other stars discussed in this thread, an entire genre of films and stories draws inspiration from these five. In this case it's the sub-genre of science-fi disaster films where the Earth is threatened by a meteor or asteroid strike. Films in this genre include, but are not limited to,

Deep Impact (1998), Greenland (2020), Asteroid vs. Earth (2014), Meteor (1979), Without Warning (1994), Armageddon (1998), Post Impact (2004), Don't Look Up (2021), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012), The Day the Sky Exploded (1958),



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The 72nd and final of the five-pointed stars is comprised of these symbols:

Scorpio6A gold rush
Gemini12A Topsy saucily asserting herself
Capricorn18The Union Jack
Leo24An untidy, unkempt man
Pisces30The Great Stone Face

The 5th symbol in this groups (Pisces 30) and the last of the set of 360, refers to a 19th century short-story by Nathaniel Hawthorne entitled "The Great Stone Face."

Hawthorne sets the scene in a rural valley located in an unnamed U.S. state that resembles New Hampshire. A rock formation in a nearby notch is imagined, by many locals and visitors, to resemble the shape and features of a human face:

The local folklore of the valley includes a prophecy, alleged to descend from the Native Americans, that at some future date a native son would be born within sight of the notch whose features would resemble the Great Stone Face; and when this face was seen, those who would see him would recognize that he was "the greatest and noblest personage of his time." This prophecy inspires an innocent youngster of the valley, Ernest, who feels within himself the quest to help uncover this hero.

Interestingly, the second symbol (Gemini 12) in this set of five refers to a character, Topsy, in a very famous American novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.



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The 52nd five pointed star consists of the following five symbols:

Libra16A boat landing washed away
Taurus22White dove over troubled waters
Sagittarius28An old bridge over a beautiful stream
Leo4A man formally dressed and a deer with its horns folded
Pisces10An aviator in the clouds

Among the many stories drawing inspiration from this set is The Bridge on the River Kwai, a 1957 epic war film directed by David Lean and based on the 1952 novel of the same name.

Plot Synopsis:

In early 1943, a contingent of British prisoners of war, led by Colonel Nicholson, arrive at a Japanese prison camp in Thailand. US Navy Commander Shears tells of the horrific conditions. Nicholson forbids any escape attempts because they were ordered by headquarters to surrender, and escapes could be seen as defiance of orders. Also, the dense surrounding jungle renders escape virtually impossible.

Colonel Saito, the camp commandant, informs the new prisoners they will all work, even officers, on the construction of a railway bridge over the River Kwai that will connect Bangkok and Rangoon. Nicholson objects, informing Saito the Geneva Convention exempts officers from manual labour. After the enlisted men are marched to the bridge site, Saito threatens to have the officers shot, until Major Clipton, the British medical officer, warns Saito there are too many witnesses for him to get away with murder. Saito leaves the officers standing all day in the intense heat. That evening, the officers are placed in a punishment hut, while Nicholson is beaten and locked in an iron box.
Work on the bridge proceeds badly, due to both the faulty Japanese engineering plans and the prisoners' slow pace and deliberate sabotage. Saito is expected to commit ritual suicide if he fails to meet the rapidly approaching deadline. Desperate, he uses the anniversary of Japan's 1905 victory in the Russo-Japanese War as an excuse to save face; he announces a general amnesty, releasing Nicholson and his officers and exempting them from manual labour. Nicholson is shocked by the poor job being done by his men and orders the building of a proper bridge, intending it to stand as a tribute to the British Army's ingenuity for centuries to come. Clipton objects, believing this to be collaboration with the enemy. Nicholson's obsession with the bridge eventually drives him to allow his officers to volunteer to engage in manual labor.



Most remarkably, three of five symbols contain words related to "water."


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The 60th five-pointed star is comprised of the degree in two Cardinal signs (Capricorn and Libra), two Fixed signs (Taurus and Leo), one Mutable sign (Pisces). As for elements, There are two Earth (Taurus and Capricorn), one Fire (Leo), one Water (Pisces), and one Air (Libra) sign. The degrees are all even numbers and multiples of 6 i.e. 6, 12, 18, 24 and 30.

Capricorn6A dark archway and ten logs at the bottom
Leo12An evening lawn party
Pisces18A gigantic tent
Libra24A third wing on the left side of a butterfly
Taurus30A peacock parading on an ancient lawn

The ideas of greenery, land and vegetation factor prominently in three symbols. Specifically we have a "lawn" (Leo 12 and Taurus 30) and logs which are by-products of trees. Two other symbols mention fauna or animal life i.e. a butterfly (Libra 24) and a peacock (Taurus 30). One other refers to the out-of-doors (Pisces 18).

A tent is "a movable, lightweight shelter which uses fabric to protect people from wind, rain and from the cold." Its primary uses are used "as shelter during camping, hiking, and other outdoor recreational activities. Large tents are also used to provide temporary shelter for events such as outdoor weddings or circuses. Tents are also used to provide temporary sleeping quarters for military personnel or homeless, or for people who have been displaced by a disaster (such as refugees)."

A film that nicely embodies these symbols is the 1989 sports fantasy drama "Field of Dreams" which was based on W.P. Kinsella's 1982 novel "Shoeless Joe."

The film stars Kevin Costner as a farmer who builds a baseball field in his cornfield that attracts the ghosts of baseball legends, including Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) and the Chicago Black Sox.

Shoeless Joe Jackson "was an American outfielder who played Major League Baseball (MLB) in the early 1900s." He is... "often remembered for his association with the Black Sox Scandal, in which members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox participated in a conspiracy to fix the World Series. As a result, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned Jackson from baseball after the 1920 season. During the World Series in question, Jackson had led both teams in several statistical categories and set a World Series record with 12 base hits. Jackson's role in the scandal, his banishment from the game, and his exclusion from the Baseball Hall of Fame have been fiercely debated." In the end, Jackson and 7 others received lifetime bans from professional baseball. The Black Sox Scandal is the "dark archway" of Capricorn 6. By extension the "ten logs" would imply baseball bats.

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Ray Kinsella lives with his wife, Annie, and daughter, Karin, on their corn farm in Dyersville, Iowa. Troubled by his broken relationship with his late father, John, a devoted baseball fan, Ray fears growing old without achieving anything.

While walking through his cornfield one evening, he hears a voice whispering, "If you build it, he will come." He sees a vision of a baseball diamond in the cornfield and "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (who in real-life died in 1951) standing in the middle. Believing in him, Annie lets him plow under part of their corn crop to build a baseball field, at risk of financial hardship.

As Ray builds the field, he tells Karin about the 1919 Black Sox Scandal. Several months pass, and just as Ray is beginning to doubt himself, Shoeless Joe reappears, asking if others can play, and returns with the seven other Black Sox players. Annie's brother, Mark, can't see the players. He warns the couple they are going bankrupt and offers to buy their land. The voice, meanwhile, urges Ray to "ease his pain."



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The 67th five-pointed star is comprised of the five symbols listed below.

Crosses: Two on the Fixed (Leo and Scorpio), two on the Mutable (Gemini and Pisces) and one on the Cardinal (Capricorn).
Elements: Two Water (Scorpio and Pisces), and one each of Earth (Capricorn), Air (Gemini), and Fire (Leo).
Numbers: All five are odd, the middle three being prime (7, 13 and 19) and the last being the square of five (25).

Scorpio1A sight-seeing bus
Gemini7An old-fashioned well
Capricorn13A fire worshipper
Leo19A house-boat party
Pisces25The purging of the priesthood

The Pope's Exorcist, a 2023 supernatural horror film is based upon new fewer than three of these symbols. The film is based on the 1990 book An Exorcist Tells His Story and the 1992 book An Exorcist: More Stories by Father Gabriele Amorth.

Plot Synposis

In 1987, Father Amorth, the Pope's personal exorcist, an earthy, scooter-riding, humorous, practical man, visits an Italian village where a man is seemingly possessed by a demon. With the local priest, Amorth enters the room where the man is tied up. While exorcising him, using a Saint Benedict Medal sacramental, Amorth drives the demon into a pig, which is then killed with a shotgun.

This incident gets Amorth in trouble with a Church tribunal, since he acted without permission from superiors. One tribunal member is a friendly African bishop, Lumumba, but another is a vicious American cardinal, Sullivan, skeptical of demonic possession. Amorth replies that evil does exist, and that he did not perform a true exorcism, but rather, some psychological theater to help the mentally-disturbed man. Disgusted, Amorth walks out of the tribunal.

The Pope assigns him to visit a possessed boy named Henry in Spain. Henry, his mother Julia, and his rebellious teenage sister Amy had traveled from America to take possession of a mysterious old Spanish abbey which was Henry's father's sole bequest to his family after he died in a car accident in which Henry was also present. The traumatized Henry has not spoken since the accident. Workmen, who were restoring the abbey so the family could sell it, leave after a sinister fire. Henry starts behaving bizarrely; serum chemistry panels and MRI show nothing abnormal.

Henry, diabolically possessed, requests a priest; the local Father Tomas Esquibel arrives, but Henry obscenely derides him. Amorth arrives and enlists Esquibel as assistant, though Esquibel is untrained as an exorcist. Esquibel says he has heard of Amorth but not read Amorth's books; Amorth says, "They're good books." Amorth advocates the importance of prayer, though Esquibel makes mistakes as an assistant exorcist, including strangling Henry when Henry antagonizes him, mocking him for his sins.

The duo attempt to exorcise Henry, without success, as he utters blasphemous phrases during the rite. Henry's demon even possesses Amy at times. Amorth finds Julia has not been a religious believer since childhood, but he convinces her to pray after she reveals she believed her guardian angel helped her in childhood.

In Rome, the Pope becomes ill while reading documents about the Spanish case, and is hospitalized. Amorth finds a well on the abbey grounds going down to a complex sealed off by the Church as demonically dangerous. He learns that a founder of the Spanish Inquisition, an exorcist, was possessed, which let him infiltrate the Church and do many evils. Amorth also finds the Church covered this up, and eventually discovers the name of Henry's demon, Asmodeus, which will assist the exorcism.

Amorth and Esquibel participate in the sacrament of Confession and Absolution, mutually confessing, and absolving each other of, their sins: that after Amorth, an Italian partisan, survived World War II and vowed to serve God in gratitude, a mentally-ill woman asked for Amorth's help, and died by suicide when he did not help her due to pride; and Esquibel fornicated with a young woman he did not later marry. The two ready themselves; Amorth instructs Esquibel to wear a Miraculous Medal necklace. During the exorcism, they have horrible visions of the women whom they failed. The exorcism succeeds only when Amorth offers himself to be possessed, which chimes with Asmodeus's previously stating that he wants to destroy Amorth.

Amorth tries to hang himself, but the demon doesn't allow it, preferring that Amorth infiltrate and destroy the Church. However, Esquibel helps Amorth drive away the demon, and demonic appearances resembling the two women who troubled the men. The Pope recovers, as does Henry.

The triumphant duo visit Rome, and find Sullivan has taken leave in Guam, being replaced by Lumumba. Amorth and Esquibel are admitted to a special Church archive; Lumumba tells them they will be visiting hundreds of other evil sites, with the help of a map Amorth discovered at the abbey, to combat the Devil; Amorth jokes that he and Esquibel are going to Hell. Finally, words on the screen narrate details about Amorth's career, including his writing many books, and that "the books are good", followed by a photo of the real Amorth.


Clearly the to protagonist, Father Amorth, embodies Pisces 25 (A purging of the priesthood). As a verb, the word purge means to clear of something unclean or unwanted, to remove or eliminate (unwanted physical matter), or to rid a person or thing of something unwanted.

The fire worshipper (Capricorn 13) is seen in the possessing evil spirits and the Devil himself and the hell-fire that is his domain.

The old fashioned well is that one described about, a gateway or portal to hell which at times spews fire and other times dark, foul water.



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The 63rd five-pointed star consists of these five symbols:

Pisces21A little white lamb, a child, and a Chinese servant
Libra27An airplane hovering overhead
Gemini3The garden of the Tuileries
Capricorn9An angel carrying a harp
Leo15A pageant

While the numbers of the symbols are odd, they are all multiples of three and thus not prime.
The over-represented element is AIR (Libra and Gemini) while Earth (Capricorn), Water (Pisces) and Fire (Leo) each appear once.
The under-represented cross is Fixed (Leo) while Mutable (Gemini, Pisces) and Cardinal (Libra, Capricorn) appear twice.

Several books and at least one movie have been made about the heroic exploits of the Lafayette Escadrille and the Layfayette Flying Corps. The former refers to

...the French Air Force unit escadrille N 124 during the First World War (1914–1918). This escadrille of the Aéronautique Militaire was composed largely of American volunteer pilots flying fighters. It was named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolutionary War. In September 1917, the escadrille was transferred to the US Army under the designation 103rd Aero Squadron.

The latter refers to the name "given to the American volunteer pilots who flew in the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) during World War I. It includes the pilots who flew with the bona fide Lafayette Escadrille squadron."

The estimations of number of pilots range from 180 to over 300. The generally accepted number of pilots who successfully completed French flight training is 209. Of these, 180 served in combat.

More than 50 Flying Corps personnel (including members of the Lafayette Escadrille) initially served in the Ambulance Corps of the American Field Service. AFS Surgeon-General Col. Edmund L. Gros, M.D. is credited with initiating the corps.

One movie made about them is Fly Boys, a 2006 war drama. Several non-fiction books have been written about them including "First to Fly: The Story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the American Heroes Who Flew For France in World War I"

In First to Fly, lauded historian Charles Bracelen Flood tells the story of the men who were at the forefront of that revolution: the daredevil Americans of the Lafayette Escadrille, who flew in French planes, wore French uniforms, and showed the world an American brand of heroism before the United States entered the Great War.

As citizens of a neutral nation from 1914 to early 1917, Americans were prohibited from serving in a foreign army, but many brave young souls soon made their way into European battle zones: as ambulance drivers, nurses, and more dangerously, as soldiers in the French Foreign Legion. It was partly from the ranks of the latter group, and with the sponsorship of an expat American surgeon and a Vanderbilt, that the Lafayette Escadrille was formed in 1916 as the first and only all-American squadron in the French Air Service. Flying rudimentary planes, against one-in-three odds of being killed, these fearless young men gathered reconnaissance and shot down enemy aircraft, participated in the Battle of Verdun and faced off with the Red Baron, dueling across the war-torn skies like modern knights on horseback.

Drawing on rarely seen primary sources, Flood chronicles the startling success of that intrepid band, and gives a compelling look at the rise of aviation and a new era of warfare.



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The 59th five-pointed star consists of the following symbols:

Leo11Children on a swing in a huge oak tree
Pisces17An Easter promenade
Taurus29Two cobblers working at a table
Capricorn5Indians rowing a canoe and dancing a war dance

Numbers: all five are odd and all five are prime numbers
Elements: Earth (Taurus, Capricorn) is over-represented while the other three elements each appear once.
Crosses: The Mutable cross is under-represented (Pisces 17) while the Fixed and Cardinal crosses each appear twice.

A film that captures draws inspiration from this Rapa-Nui, a 1994 American historical action-adventure film based on Rapanui legends of Easter Island, Chile, in particular the race for the sooty tern's egg in the Birdman Cult. Here's the plot synopsis from Wikipedia:

There are two classes of people: Long Ears and Short Ears. Long Ears, marked by large wooden plugs in their earlobes and a certain tattoo, are the ruling class. The working-class Short Ears have no ear plugs and a different tattoo. Young men from each Long Ear tribe compete in the annual Birdman Competition. The winner's tribe gets to rule the island for a year.

Ariki-mau (Eru Potaka-Dewes) has been the Birdman (Island King) for 20 years. He has a conviction that one day the gods will arrive in a great white canoe and take him to heaven. Tupa (George Henare), his advisor tells him to build more and bigger moai statues to curry favor with the gods and encourage them to come sooner. Ariki-mau petulantly rejects the latest statue—which stands over 20 feet (6.1 m) tall—as too small. The Short Ear workers are forced to build an even bigger statue in an impossibly short amount of time. The king's advisor ruthlessly enforces the rules and status quo by publicly killing a Short Ear fisherman who had accidentally caught a taboo fish.

Long Ear Noro (Jason Scott Lee) and Ramana (Sandrine Holt), a Short Ear, are both rejects in their tribes—her father was banished for building an unlucky canoe. Noro's father stole a canoe and sailed away, and is accused of abandoning the tribe. They have a secret relationship and have fallen in love.

Ariki-mau tells Noro that he has to compete in the Birdman Competition so Ariki-mau can continue to rule the island. Noro asks if he can marry Ramana if he wins the Birdman Competition. The king reluctantly agrees. The king's advisor claims that Ramana's skin is too dark and that she should be purified by spending the time from now until the Birdman Competition (six months) in the "Virgin’s Cave". He checks her virginity and snidely remarks to Noro, who is watching Ramana being lowered to the cave, that she isn't right for the Virgin's Cave and that it will be their secret. Ramana takes one last look at the sunset and goes into the cave.

Noro approaches Ramana's banished father, a canoe maker, and asks him to help him train for the Birdman competition. He initially refuses, because it is Noro's fault that his daughter is confined to a cave, but later relents and trains Noro. While training Noro he explains that he and Noro's father were great friends once and that he gave the canoe to Noro's father. He further explains that Noro's father sailed away after discovering a piece of a shipwrecked Spanish galleon, thus breaking the long-held belief that Rapa Nui is the only land left with people on the Earth.

Meanwhile, the Short Ears are beginning to starve because the king insists on them working on the new statue instead of growing food but continues taking the full quota of their remaining food for the Long Ears. The resources of the island are being rapidly used up and depleted (with the last remaining tree being cut down), due to the extensive moai construction and overpopulation. Noro is the only person worried about the resource depletion, but his concerns are dismissed by the increasingly senile Ariki-mau.

Noro sneaks some food to his Short Ear friend Make (Esai Morales) and shares his plans to marry Ramana. Make reacts badly and Noro realizes that Make loves her, too. Make declares that they are no longer friends and runs off. Separately, Noro and Make visit Ramana at her cave, bringing her food and talking to her through the barrier at the mouth of the cave. They both declare their love to her. She always responds, but she sounds despondent.

After a supply shortage results in the death of one of the Short Ears (Heki, the former master carver), they demand half of the wood, food and other materials and that they be allowed to compete in the Birdman Competition. The King's advisor initially refuses and orders their death. However, the King gives in to their demands after realizing that if the Short Ears die no one will build the moai. The King, however, only allows them to compete after the moai has been completed. He makes the condition that if the Short Ear competitor loses he will be sacrificed. Despite these conditions Make accepts the position of the Birdman Competitor on the condition he be allowed to marry Ramana if he wins. The King agrees and Make spends all his time working and training, leaving no time for sleep or other recreational activities. Meanwhile, work on the great moai has become so important that the Short Ears sacrifice their food to complete it.

Finally it is the Birdman Competition. Nine competitors must swim to a close by islet surrounded by pounding surf, climb the cliffs to get an egg from the nest of a sooty tern and bring it back. The first to return wins for his tribe. Noro barely wins and Ariki-mau gets to be the island's ruler for another year.

Ramana is brought from the cave, pale from her long underground stay and obviously pregnant. Before anything is decided about the fate of Ramana or Make, an iceberg is spotted off the coast. Ariki-mau believes that the iceberg is the great white canoe sent to take him to the gods and goes out to it with some of his followers. After the iceberg has carried Ariki-mau away, the advisor attempts to seize control of the island, but Make kills him and the Short Ears stage a rebellion, slaughtering and even eating the remains of the Long Ears. Noro alone survives, as Make allows him to live, and Noro, Ramana and their baby escape the island in a canoe Ramana's father built.

A post-credits scene states that archaeological evidence proves that Pitcairn Island was settled some 1,500 miles (2,400 km) away, providing hope that Noro, Ramana and their daughter made it to a new land.


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Ok ladies and gentlemen, I started this thread nearly 10 years ago. In that time, I've provided at least one example of a story that draws inspiration from each of the 72 five-pointed stars among the 360 Sabian Symbols. For those of who provided feedback on earlier posts, you have my heartfelt appreciation. 🙏 Now work on the still-untitled book can begin!
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Amazingly the movie entitled "Stillwater" starring Matt Damon is based on the 61st five pointed star:

Gemini1A glass-bottomed boat in still water
Capricorn7A veiled prophet of power
Leo13An old sea captain rocking
Pisces19A master instructing his pupil
Libra25Information in the symbol of an autumn leaf


Also, a Apple TV animated series named "Stillwater" draws heavily on the fifth symbol of this star. Just watch the trailer on IMDb and see where the "Autumn leaf" shows up and what is being said at that time.


A third instance of "Stillwater" is this mystery thriller from 2018: "A weekend camping trip among six old friends in Northern Minnesota's "Boundary Waters" turns tragic after one dies under mysterious circumstances, triggering further turmoil as they attempt to unmask the killer within their own group. This Stillwater draws much inspiration from the 2nd symbol (CP7: A veiled prophet of power) and the 5th symbol (LI25: Information in the symbol of an autumn leaf).