The Circular Temple
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This book was written over a period of many years. It consists of 1,440 pictorial symbols which I, John Sandbach, channeled. The symbols are expressed in words rather than visual pictures, and divided into 4 groups, each one containing 360 symbols.
In all 4 groups each of the 360 symbols corresponds to one of the 360 degrees of the zodiac. Therefore each degree of the zodiac corresponds to four different symbols, one from each group. These four different groups are known as the Omega Symbols, the Pleiadian Symbols, the Chandra Symbols, and the Azoth Symbols.
The book has three main purposes: (1) it can be used by astrologers to interpret charts, by looking up the specific degree of each planet in a chart. (2) It can be used by anyone as an oracle, by asking a question and then randomly drawing one of the degrees of the zodiac to answer the question. (3) The degrees can be read in order or at random as meditations on spiritual principles and the interplay of subtle energies.
“The Circular Temple” has been called a modern “I Ching.” For those of you unfamiliar with this work, the “I Ching” is an ancient Chinese book consisting of 64 pictorial symbols known as “hexagrams” which the Chinese consulted by randomly picking one to answer a specific question.
You may also think of “The Circular Temple” as a kind of tarot deck, for it is meant to be used for the same purpose as the tarot is used – the answering of questions. The difference is that whereas the Tarot contains 78 cards, you may think of “The Circular Temple” as containing 360 different cards.
The Chinese had several methods of consulting their oracle, that is, of selecting one of the 64 “hexagrams” of the “I Ching.” One method was through engaging in a ritual of tossing coins in a particular pattern to see if they came up as “heads” or “tails.” This pattern was then used to select the “hexagram.”