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5th Lunar Mansion


Good Things from Kings



The current chart, an astrological talisman, comes from the Picatrix, an encyclopedic work of medieval Arabic astrological magic. You can obtain a copy of Sloane manuscript number 3679, a copy of the Latin Picatrix, from Renaissance Astrology.
The King's Embrace
The election for the current chart's talisman uses the 5th mansion of the Mansions of the Moon, a 28 fold division of the monthly orbit of the Moon. The tenth century Arabic astrologer Al-Biruni gives the name of the fifth mansion as Al-Haqa, "The White Spot" Book of Instructions Section 164 (Wright trans.)
Here are the instructions for the image of the Fifth Lunar Mansion from Picatrix. The Talisman of Al-Haqa, Picatrix says,

" for receiving good from kings and high officials. When the Moon has passed into this Mansion, fashion a sign from silver in which should be sculpted the head of a man without a body, and above the head should be written the name of the lord of this Mansion; and when writing this seal, make your request for whatever you desire. Fumigate it with white sandalwood, and say: You, Cabil, fulfill my desire and grant my petition, namely, that I shall receive good things and the best from the king and his councillors. When this [image] has been made, carry this seal with you and your petition will be granted."
"[Also] when you wish to see anything in your dreams, place this image in your bed beneath your head at night, and think always of what you wish [to see] and what you asked of shall be made clear to you. And know that Cabil is the name of the lord of this Mansion."

(Translation by Robert Thomas).

Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Originally the lunar mansions were sidereal, that is their boundaries were measured against the fixed stars. Later the boundaries of the mansions were set at approximately 12 degrees and 51 minutes beginning with the first degree of Aries.
Under this later system, the fifth mansion, "... is begun in the 21st degree, 25th minute and 20th second of Taurus, and is finished in the 4th degree, 17th minute and 20th second of Gemini."
(Translation by Robert Thomas).
The time chosen for the election is January 3, 2004 at 2:01 pm EST in Cleveland Park, a neighborhood of Washington, D.C. 38 N 56, 77 W 03. At this time the Moon rises in the 5th Mansion and thus is appropriate for the creation of the 5th mansion talisman.

If you are interested in doing more astrological magic using the lunar mansions I offer a Mansions of the Moon Mini-Course which includes images for all 28 Mansions of the Moon. Here is further information on Astrological Talismans and Astrological Magic.
If you wish to delve even deeper into this fascinating area I offer an Electional Astrology Course, an Astrological Magic Course, a Planetary Magic Mini-Course as well as Astrology and Magic Books and my discussion group Spiritus Mundi.


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