In. spite of the divisions inscribed in the circle, this representation tends to make the boundaries of the Mansions coincide with those of the Solar Signs, which can only be explained by alteration of the traditional data. This distortion existed in every country. In China, for example, an ancient commentator of Ch'u-Li uses, in each Celestial Palace (these will be explained later) the First, Third, and Fifth siu as the beginning of the Zodiacal Signs, so that every third Sign contains three siu instead of two.
(This plate is taken from Enel\s l'Essai d'Astrologie Kahbalistique)
Al Sa'ad Al Dhabid, the Fortunate Assassin, among the Arabs. This Mansion is considered one of personal power, which seems to be confirmed by the charts of Hitler, J. Goebbels and many others. Ac cording to the Arabs, this manazil exerts an unfavorable influence on marriage and on loans of money, but permits a man with the Moon here to escape frequently the consequences of his actions.
Under the name of Hsu, Emptiness, this Mansion expresses creative power, a strong will and a sense of justice, in the Middle Empire. It allows advancement in life through the native's own efforts, but ex poses him to wounds in wars or riots, and threatens loss of a position attained with difficulty.
Incidentally in remote Chinese antiquity, siu XXI and XXII were considered the favorable time for the beginning of marriage; accord ing to Schlegel, this explains why even today Chinese peasants marry only in winter (when the Sun is in that part of the heavens).
I cannot give the Hindu attributions for this Mansion which is called Abhijit in India, because between the sixth and eleventh century, the Hindus substituted a series of twenty seven nakshatras for the traditional twenty-eight, while still retaining the latter, Abel Rey^1, believes that the distortions of the Lunar Zodiac made by the Hindus are the crudest of all, and in spite of all my efforts I was not able to obtain the complete Hindu list with the significations for this Mansion.
Among the Hebrews, it is Thiah, the End of Alt Things, an unfavorable Mansion for speculation and trade or for female relations: little luck with women in the family and often the premature death of the mother or the wife.
MANSION XXIII, from 12° 51' 27" to 25° 42' 52" Capricorn. -In Picatrix, it has the name of Caaldebolach, Caaldebolab or Caal-debda. He recommends it for making pentacles intended to heal ill nesses or bind friendship, and for charms to break up love relationships.
Agrippa states that it causes divorce,—which can easily be verified by statistics.
The Arabs who call this Mansion Al Sad AI Bula, the Fortunate Aviator, say that it exerts a favorable influence for doctors, soldiers, and politicians, but has an unfavorable effect on everything concerning marriage, children, and contracts. Consequently, no contracts should be signed and no engagements begun when the Moon is in this manazil.
The Chinese call this siu Wei, the Precipice, and attribute to it an influence in accordance with the symbolism: it is an indication of at least partial loss of wealth towards the end of life. In horary charts, it is a sign of a danger threatening the consultant. It is very probable that this last indication should also be taken into consideration in solar revolutions.
In India, it is Sravana, the Ear which promotes fame and popularity, and the love of women. The Hindus consider this Mansion just as favorable for wealth, but this last attribute is very dubious.
For the Kabbalists it is Casiah, to which they attributed the power of securing the favor of superiors, but in a more or less intermittent or capricious manner. It is the indication of a career strewn with strife, envy and jealousy; but which could, however, achieve some success through others.
MANSION XXIV, from 25° 42'55" Capricorn to 8° 34' Aquarius.—In the Middle Ages it was called Zaaldodothot and Caadachot. Picatrix recommends using the Lunar transit through this Mansion to prepare pentacles intended to promote trade or love, or to triumph over ones enemies; as well as to work charms to damage the actions and possessions of others.
In the Arab Zodiac, it is AI Sa'd AI Su'd, the Wretched of the Wretched. It is the sign of an eventful and ultimately rather unhappy career; and the charts of Napoleon I (who had the Moon in Capricorn 29°), of Archduke Rudolf of Hapsburg, hero of Meyrling's drama (whose Moon is in 28° 16' Capricorn), and of many others seem to confirm this attribution. The Arabs consider this manazil clearly unfavorable to those responsible for the administration of a country or a city; the higher the position a man occupies in society, the more the unfavorable nature of the Mansion makes itself felt. In horary charts it is nevertheless considered favorable for marriage, plans, enterprises, and fr i endships.
In China, it is Che, the Western Waffi*2 which promotes everything having to do with constructions in general and especially the construction of houses. A very great deal of prudence is required in travel by water, which this Mansion disfavors.
In India, this Mansion is called Dhanishta or Shrobistha, Abundance. It confers a vast knowledge, but also a rather restrained sensitivity; as a result emotional responses generally lack breadth.
The Kabbalists consider this Mansion called Siah, Strength, fa-vorable, if the native acts with prudence; but capable of completely overturning his existence, if he tends to act too quickly and carelessly.
or in other words, when the strength of this Mansion is used without moderation.
MANSION XXV, from 8° 34'19" to 21° 25'44" Aquarius.-Called Caaldabachia or Caalda, In feminine charts it foretells diseases of the uterus. Picatrix recommends using the passage of the Moon through this part of the heavens to prepare pentacles for military success, to hasten vengeance, to protect messengers and aid them to accomplish their duties well, as well as for charms of love and enmity.
"It works as a spell against intercourse," Agrippa states, "and to bind each limb of the man; as a result he is unable to perform the act . . .
The Arabs call it AI Sa'd AI Ahbiyahf the Star of the Dungeons. According to them, it foretells of feminine interventions, which are not always advantaeous, in the native's business affairs; it exerts a very evil influence on pregnancy. Consequently it is not considered favorable except for revenge, and for the effects of medicine.
Py or Tung Pi (Eastern Wall) in China. This Mansion has the same nature as the preceding sin, but we can add to the indications offered above that Py is a sign of inheritance.
Known in India as Satabhishak, the Great Doctor. This Mansion is believed to make persons born under its influence courageous, stubborn, capable of triumph over their enemies, but unlucky in business during certain parts of their life, sometimes because of their ambitions or rough manners. They say that illnesses which arise in this lunar division are incurable, and that even Danoantari, the doctor of the gods himself, could not heal the sick during this malefic Mansion.
In the Kabbalist system, it is Niak, the Light. It is considered unfavorable for criminals, and for people of loose morals; and favorable to discoveries as well as for the study of sciences; to persons born under its influence, it communicates a lively curiosity for the sciences.
MANSION XXVI, from 21° 25 45" Aquarius to 4° 17' 10" Pisces.—It is names Algafarmuth> Algafalbuchor} Algazaldiand Aim. Picatrix recommends the Lunar transit through this Mansion for making the pentacles of love and of protection against dangers.
Under the name AI Fargh AI Mukdin, The Upper Hole of the Flask, the Arabs consider this Mansion favorable for marriage, agriculture, and buying and selling; but unfavorable for ocean voyages.
The Chinese call it Kei, the Stride and the determining star for this siu in the time of Se-Ma-Ts'ien (104 B.C.) was considered the zero point and the beginning of the series of constellations, exactly as Re-vati is in India. From an astrological viewpoint it signifies the possibility of obtaining a position by the mediation of friends or relations, many deceptions and painful efforts, and finally success.
In India, this Mansion is called Purxxi Bhadrapada, the Front of the Blissful. It is considered a sign of a melancholy, frequently lugubrious imagination, patience, and dignity. From a career point of view this nakshatra favors wealth to a certain extent, but this does not mean happiness. On the whole the life is rather sad or difficult. In the list of nakshatras given by F. Rolt-Wheeler, obedience to women is attributed to this Mansion, as well as a restraint of tender impulses caused by avarice.
Among the Kabbalists, this Mansion has the name Phias, Eloquence and is considered favorable for politicians25, business and works of charity.
MANSION XXVII, from 4° 171 11" to 17° 8' 36" Pisces. - In the Middle Ages it was known by names similar to those of the preceding Mansion, such as: Algarfermuth, Algafalbuhor, and Algarfelmucar. The passage of the Moon through this Mansion seems to facilitate everything having to do with psychism, clairvoyance and spiritism; but we advise against beginning a project when the Moon occupies this part of the heavens, since the matter will be tied up with difficulties, complications and delays.
Picatrix recommends using this transit of the Moon for the preparation of pentacles to Promote trade, friendship, crops, and for fighting illness; as well as for charms "for friendship and enmity, against prisoners and journeys by water."
Among the Arabs this Mansion was known as AI Fargh AI Thani, the Lower Hole of the Flask. It imparts love of the outdoors and bad luck with money or incompetence in mangaing it. It is generally believed to exert a favorable influence on harvests, earnings, and marriage, but an unfavorable one on travel, real estate, and loans of money.
The Chinese astrologers' Lu (Lasso) is an indication of idealism and of aspirations whose practical applications generally achieve little success, or do not give the expected results. Very often these people demand immediate realization of their visions, which cannot succeed in the form in which they are conceived; or else they expend their energy more in planning than in execution. Among the persons with the Moon in this siu we may mention Aristide Briand, who was often accused of pursuing a Utopia ; Gaston Doumergue whose interim govern mem did not achieve its aim; Marcel Cachin one of the leaders of the communist party; Czar Alexander II of Russia who abolished serfdom, but whose reform did not bring immediate liberty; Chancellor Dollfus; G. Arundade; and Prince F. Youssoupoff, one of the assassins of Rasputin, whose removal did not save the dynasty as the conspirators hoped.
The Chinese, however, believe that the twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh siu aid in the maintenance of canals and of wheat granaries; in hunts, border wars, executions and the care of white clothing.
In India, this Mansion is Vtiara Bhadrapada, the Back of the Blissful} the sign of a retired life, of much uncertainty in the first part of life, and happiness coming from children. From a psychological point of view, it indicates ease with people, a charitable and sensitive nature, and it favors meditations.
Among the Hebrews, this Mansion is Taddiah, Merit? to which they attribute a favorable influence for those who act wisely and an unfavorable one for expatriates and usurers.
MANSION XXVIII, from 17°8'37M Pisces to 0° Aries. -This last Mansion of the Lunar Zodiac has the name of Anaxhe. Picatrix recommends it for the preparation of pentacles for trade, trials, crops and conjugal affection; as well as for charms intended to damage the possessions of others and for sea voyages.
AI Batn AI Hut, The Belly of the Fish, for the Arabs, this manazil is considered favorable for conjugal happiness and for business, but unfavorable for sick people. Very often it is a sign of poverty, but also of help in the moment of danger.
Agrippa states that this part of the heavens makes travelers safe during dangerous crossings but causes loss of valuables.
The Chinese Wei, the Belly. In the Far East, this Mansion is considered the sign of frequent journeys in the course of life. In feminine charts the presence of the Moon in this Mansion is clearly unfavorable, and the charts I possess seem to prove that this Mansion has some connection with seduction and the birth of a child outside of marriage, or at least with divorce.
In India, it is Revati, the Extremely Rich, the sign of popularity, of many virtues, and of courage.
Lastly, the Kabbalists called this Mansion Oiah, the Sphere, and they believed it exerted a double influence: externally it indicated a life of struggle, and internally, tranquility and a gentle nature.
Obviously all these significations must be verified, corrected and in completed by observation; but my own verifications permit me to say that they are true for the most part.
Agrippa states, "In these twenty-eight Mansions are concealed many secrets of the wisdom of the Ancients, through which they worked many marvels on all those things that are under the influence of the Moon. They assigned to each Mansion the appearances, the im ages, the characteristics, and the intelligences that ruled it, and performed their operations by their various types of power . . .26."
This account does not pretend to be complete, since the docu ments dealing with the lunar system are too scattered for one writer to assemble them all. I hope that future research will complete these interpretations. For example, the Lunar Zodiac still exists in Iran and among the Parsis (the second chapter of Bundeshesah in the Zend-Avesta gives the name of the twenty-eight divisions) and everything would lead us to believe that their interpretations differ from those we have reproduced here.
It can be assumed that the Mansions have an effect not only on the Moon but on all the planets. Brandler-Pracht, who plays the same part in German astrological literature as Jutevno does in French??, calls the degrees: 0° , 13° , and 26° of cardinal signs 9° and 21° of fixed signs, and 4° and 17° of mutable signs, "critical degrees"; he claims that planets in or near those degrees (within about 3°) exert a stronger influence than if they had no contact with these degrees. Now B randier-Pracht's "critical degrees" are none other thhan the "cusps11 of the Lunar Mansions.
We should add that the Hindus separate these Mansions into masculine and feminine (or positive and negative) exactly as the Zodiacal signs and degrees are separated. Mansions II, III,V,X,XI, XII, XIII, XV, XVIII, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXVIII are considered masculine, the others feminine. The practical use of these divisions, however, like the planetary rulerships of the Mansions, seems to have been abandoned today by Hindu astrologers, except for determination of the sex of an infant not yet born.
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