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hazlit, the idea of using playing cards also shows up in Dane Rudhyar's book An Astrological Mandala The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolic Phases if you happen to run across it on a shelf while you're waiting.

The first deck is made up of Court Cards for the 12 signs. Assignments K/Q/J are based on the Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable qualities of the signs. There are many variations in suit-to-sign based on the Element.
fire- Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
earth- Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
air- Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
water- Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

The second deck uses the pips Ace through 10 from 3 suits (one of the black suits is left out) to make the 30 degrees. Assignments are based on which Season you attribute to the 4 suits and applied to the 3 Decans: 1-10 (spring), 11-20 (summer), 21-30 (fall; waning strength as it prepares to change, so it gets the black suit)

I use all 3 of these books when I look up a Sabian Symbol:
*Lynda Hill ~ 360 degrees of Wisdom
*Dane Rudhyar ~ An Astrological Mandala
*Marina Costelloe ~ The Complete Guide to Crystal Astrology

ETA: You have discovered the Sabian Symbols forum listed under Oracle Study Groups, correct?
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