Lunar Mansion 7: Al Dhira, or The Open Hand

Jun 06, 2022
Lunar Mansion 7: Al Dhira, or The Open Hand

About Lunar Mansion 7

The Arabic name for Lunar Mansion 7 is Al Dhira, which means "the forearm." In the Tropical Zodiac, Lunar Mansion 7 extends from 17°08’34″ Gemini to 0° Cancer.

I nicknamed this mansion The Open Hand. When the Moon is here, it's an auspicious time for embracing generosity and abundance.

Do: Pursue romance and friendships. Seek a raise or a job. Ask for, or give, assistance.

Don't: File a lawsuit. Act out of envy or spite.

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Lunar Mansions in History

Astrologers throughout the ages have commented on the meaning of the lunar mansions. Here's what's been written about Lunar Mansion 7.

From al Biruni, 11th Century

Al dhira, the extended foreleg of the Arab lion, for the contracted one is formed by Procyon and its mirzam (a mirzam is a small star, coupled to another bright one). Al Dhira is formed by two bright stars from the heads of Gemini, distant from each other as much as the distance between Al-Sharatain

From Abenragel, 11th Century:

Indian Astrology: Good for ploughing and sowing, for putting on new clothes, for women’s jewelry, for cavalry. Bad for journeys, except in last third of night.

Dorotheus: Good for partnerships, which will be good and useful, with loyal and agreeable associates, for washing head, cutting hair and new clothes, for buying slaves and livestock, for smiting or making peace with enemies, for voyages towards destination, but delays on return. Bad for buying land, and for giving up medicine. If captured, unless he escapes in three days, he will die in prison. Likewise, if he has escaped something he fears, he will encounter it again.

From Picatrix, 11th Century

The seventh Mansion is Aldira, and it for the acquisition of all good [things]. When the Moon has come around to this Mansion, fashion a seal of silver, and sculpt the image of a man clothed in robes and with his hands extended to heaven after manner of a man who is praying and supplicating [the gods]; in the breast [of this image] write the name of the lord of this Mansion. Cense it with all things which have sweet odors, and say: You, Siely, cause such and such to happen, and fulfill my petition. Ask [of it] whatever you wish from among all the good things. Carry this seal with you, and you will receive all you ask for. And know that Selehe is the name of the lord of this Mansion.

From Henry Cornelius Agrippa, 16th Century

Aldimiach or Alarzach: arm of Gemini. Brings money and friendship, profits lovers, disperses flies, destroys teaching authorities. To obtain every good thing. A man well clothed, holding his hands up to heaven as it were praying and supplicating.

From Vivian Robson, 20th Century

Al Dhira. alpha with beta Gemini (Castor and Pollux). (The Forearm.) Favorable for gain and friendship and for lovers, and destroys magistracies. With Moon here, travel and take medicine.

From Peter Stockinger, 21st Century

Al-Dira, The Fore-Arm of Gemini. Favorable for lovers, friendships, earnings and healing.  Unfavorable for law and justice. Make talismans to obtain good things.

From Christopher Warnock, 21st Century

Al Dhira reflects the influence of the Mercurial fixed star Castor. This mansion signifies success, particularly in business and trade. It is a mansion of abundance and wealth, indicating that our prayers for good things will be answered, and foretelling success in endeavors. The powerful influence of the Martial star Pollux suggest, however, that we likely must ask for assistance before receiving it. We may also be the subject of requests and petitions. Al Dhira advises that we pray only for positive results, resisting influences of envy or ill wishes toward anyone. If pleas are made to us, we best respond with open-hearted generosity. Humbling ourselves, we will receive beneficence. Confronted with humility, we should respond graciously. 

Keywords: glorification, supplication, invocation, gain.