Some decades ago, in an attempt to produce a series of symbols that would be relevant to contemporary students of astrology, Marc Edmund Jones and a clairvoyant friend formulated the so-called Sabian symbols. Dane Rudhyar took these symbols and reinterpreted them to emphasize their character as a cyclic and structured series which formalizes and reveals the archetypal meaning of 360 basic phases of human experience.
Rudhyar also demonstrates how the Sabian symbols can be used for divination. Like Tarot cards and the I Ching, they provide clues to the best way to face anxieties, or suggest what alternative courses of action might mean in one's life. In the form of pictures that are easily recognizable to people today, these symbols can be said to constitute a contemporary, American I Ching, a series of symbols that goes to the very root of planetary significance for our present era.
"Dane Rudhyar's Astrological Mandala is invaluable not only for the student of astrology but for every person seriously interested in symbols as a medium for achieving the kind of transformation necessary to bring about the 'new age.' That this book is primarily practical as well as informative only underlines the real significance of this most unusual gift from a man rare in any age."
- Jose A. Arguelles, Director, Shambhala-Tollan Foundation, and author of The Transformative Vision and Mandala.
"One of the most moving figures of the 20th century, not only in the field of astrology, but in the creative arts as well, is the venerable Dane Rudhyar, whose works on humanistic astrology are a must for all students of astrology."
- Sybil Leek