The majority of the authors prefer visionary and spiritual descriptions leaving space for further interpretation and the so-called "free will." The Sabian symbols are a good example and the most popular ones.
The problem with images and symbols is that, while they can be stunningly accurate at times, they can be so vague and unreal that even with a whole lot of phantasy, you can't match them to the event. A little stretch will not hurt, but sometimes you need more than some imagination and a joint to "get the picture."
Astrology is not about guessing...
In our opinion, the most valuable degree meanings are the ones you can quite confidently use to accurately predict future events (not past events!).
If you can't use the the degree meanings to accurately predict future events, you can't use them to delineate past events too because you are interpreting and projecting.
Comparing different methods, we can say from our own experience that the Sabian symbols are not the most accurate ones to predict future events.
If you take the symbolic and philosophical meanings to try to predict future events, you will find no consistency in the accuracy of the predictions. The predictions most often remain superficial und you have no idea what exactly the event will be like.
While most astrologers use these symbols and images and keep using them, we forget about them.
Instead, we use descriptions that were derived by empirical research and experience done by some brilliant authors and astrologers.
However, not all the 360 degrees of the zodiac are covered and researched indepth in the same way (seemingly, some degrees are more significant and dominant than others).
Unfortunately too, a lot of these degree meanings are not translated into English... One of the astrologers, Michael Roscher, who has done extensive empirical research into the meaning of degrees and degree areas died untimely at the age of 45 so that we'll have to stick with the unfinished results of his research.
We too research the degree areas and specifically the love degrees or degrees taht are of importance to the love life.
It is found and observed that some degree areas or degrees are more favorable for your love life. While some people thought the degree areas are under the influence of certain "lucky" Fixed Stars, this is not yet confirmed by further research.
You're lucky if at the moment of your birth, one or more of these love degrees is occupied by a personal point or planet.
Every planet or point (Ascendant, MC,...) can be on any degree, but when talking about your love life, we will only refer to Venus or Jupiter on some specific degrees that we call love degrees.
Because the outer planets (beyond Saturn) stay quite a long time on a single degree, they have no particular meaning for your personal life (except when taking the rulerships into account but for the sake of simplicity we will not go into that for now). The outer planets almost always bring collective issues into your life.
Why only talking about Venus and Jupiter?
Venus is the planet of relationships and love in a general way. This planet is often called "Fortuna Minor". When delineating one's love life, this planet is one of the first to consider.
Jupiter, when not afflicted, brings luck and happiness and is often referred to as "Fortuna Major". When posited on a love degree, chances are your love life will blossom. Jupiter here reinforces the positive meaning of the love degree.
Jupiter often brings money too and tends to bring money through (the) relationships when posited on a love degree.
Also notice that the below mentioned degrees bring happiness in your love life - on condition that NO other divorce related degrees are activated AND the planet on the love degree is not afflicted! Afflictions occur when Saturn squares the planet for example.
Indeed, it happens all too often that Venus is posited on a certain love degree and the Moon (for example) is on a degree of divorce and separation. Well now, in this case you will have to first take a look at the midpoint analysis to know what is going on and to find out what prevails.
Honestly, it's quite rare to find the love degrees activated without the intervention of some other (turbulent) degree(s). On planet earth, love is seldom a smooth ride!
Now to the Love Degrees:
* Venus or Jupiter at 12° Aries, Cancer or Libra
* Jupiter at 13° Aries, Cancer or Libra
* Venus or Jupiter between 29° Cancer - 1° Leo (and not afflicted)
* Jupiter between 29° Libra and 1° Scorpio
* Venus or the Moon at 3° Taurus or Leo
* Jupiter at 15° Taurus or Scorpio
* Venus or the Moon at 26° Taurus or Leo
* Venus between 29° Scorpio - 1° Sagittarius
* Jupiter at 16° Sagittarius or Pisces
* Jupiter or Venus at 18° Sagittarius or Pisces
Don't panic if you don't find any of the listed degrees occupied by the according planets in your natal chart. This does not mean you will not have a happy love life! The above mentioned degrees are only one single piece of a giant puzzle.
Also, when you have specific midpoints in your chart that point to a happy marriage or love life, these midpoints must be considered too. The most exact midpoints (with an orb of 0°00') always overpower other configurations in your chart.