Every astrological undertaking progresses from the general to the particular, and the pursuit of precise details is the chief concern of the astrologer. This research cannot be limited to beaten paths, and our chief concern is the demand for those elements from traditions other than our own which may be useful and significant. An example will show the value of the assistance offered by astrological traditions of the Orient, which are too much neglected in France. Whereas Western astrologers stop at the determination of the nature of each degree of the Zodiac, Hindu astrologers take into consideration the nature of a tenth of a degree.
Lunar Astrology, which has the advantage of being shared by all traditions rather than being just a local astrological system, may be extremely important in the pursuit of exactness. No one will deny the role played by the 144 soli-lunar polarities popularized by Alan Leo, which arc merely the combinations of the influence of the luminaries according to the signs which they occupy. The use of the Mansions supplies us with 336 soli-lunar types (12x28), while the variations in the lunar influence according to the distance from the Sun (in other words, the Lunar Houses) increase that number considerably.
An example will demonstrate this more clearly than any theoretical explanations:
The presence of the two luminaries in Aries is considered as an indication of independence and the tendency to rebellion and exaggeration. L. Ferrand, taking his cue from Alan Leo, in his Traité pratique d'Astrologie^ describes this soli-lunar polarity as follows:
"This combination makes the native lively, active, capricious, restless and fond of travel. The mind is active, the imagination vivid, and there is more intellect than feeling. The native is stubborn, willful and docs not like to be ordered around. He will suffer injury to the head, perhaps as a result of accidents. He will act on the basis of his thoughts rather than that of his feelings; the former arc more real to him than his emotions. These people are very independent and self reliant. If they are not sufficiently ethical, and do not know how to control themselves, they will be involved in many deceptions because of their own exaggerations. In general they have vivid perceptions, and a clear and precise mind; which makes them very straightforward in their business dealings, if they arc devloped morally. All of these people run the risk of egotism and their future may depend on it . . .
The use of the Lunar Mansions lends precision to these rather vague indications. If the Moon is in the first Mansion and the Sun anywhere in Aries, the statement that the native will act according to his thoughts rather than his feelings will be irrevocably false. On the contrary, frequently in the course of his life, under pressure of emotion and without much reflection, the native will undertake reckless actions that will bring consequences he will not have foreseen, which will catch up with him and quite often turn his life in an unexpected direction. In each individual case, the aspects and the Solar House will pinpoint the nature of his actions. But if the Moon occupies the First or the Twenty-eighth Lunar House, we can say with certainty that these consequences will not be fortunate, and that these actions will be the manifestations of an impassioned nature.
If the Moon occupies the Second House, the sexual life will be irregular; excesses and indiscretions will be especially associated with travel and change of residence; and most often, the native experiences the pleasures of love far from the place of residence or birth.
My personal observations do not yet permit me to be as exact and detailed about the effect of this soli-lunar polarity when the Moon occupies the first part of the Third Mansion.
Astrological tradition has not preserved the interpretations of all the soli-lunar variations, but a complete list could easily be reconstructed by observation and deduction or by traces and illusions found in religions, superstitions and customs in every country. Certainly the reasons for the dating of Easter belong to the domain of Lunar Astrology; but the allusions in Oriental religions (which have retained their sense of esotericism much more than the Christian churches have) are more numerous than those of Christianity.
Although the next chapter is devoted to Shivaism, examples from that tradition will not be out of place here.
In the Lingapurana, for example, Shiva says: "Those who fast the Fourteenth day of the Moon in the month of Makha (February), in honor of my lingam, and those who on the following night observe the pujaZ offering me leaves of margosa, will be certain to have a place in the Kailasa (celestial palace or paradise of Shiva)."
This passage (along with other documents), clearly states that the fourteenth lunar day and following night of Makha, are of an altogether different nature than all the other moments of the soli-lunar year.
According to the Hindu tradition, it is also the moment of Tat-pusan — pilgrimage generally accompanied by voluntary tortures. In the region of Conjeeveram, it is believed that the act of piercing the abdomen with the points of lances, in honor of Sahanayannar, is closely linked with the pilgrimage of Taipusan, corresponding to the Moon of the Twelfth Mansion (of the Hindu Zodiac beginning with spring, and not of the Hindu Zodiac of Twenty-seven nakshatras, i.e., in the Mansion 21° 25*45" Leo to 4° 17'10" Virgo), and tradition everywhere relates that part of the heavens to the abdomen!
It could even be assumed that if the twelve areas of the body on which the Hindus wear marks of caste refer to the twelve Solar signs of the Zodiac, the designs of these marks should be associated with the divisions of the Lunar Zodiac.
Future study of institutions and religious beliefs deriving from the Zodiac will certainly clarify many obscure points, but until that research is done, we will continue to work with the Lunar system, since it offers new possibilities of precision.
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