A Comprehensive Guide to the Lunar Mansions

Apr 19, 2022

Astrologers are familiar with the 12 signs of the solar Zodiac – Aries, Taurus, Gemini and so on. But did you know there is also a lunar Zodiac, that’s far older than the solar one?

Each night as the Moon travels along her orbital path, she appears amidst a new handful of stars, called “asterisms.” These baby constellations are the basis of a 28-sign lunar Zodiac.

In India the lunar zodiac constellations are called nakshatras, but in Western astrology they are known as the Mansions of the Moon, or just lunar mansions for short.

In Medieval and Renaissance astrologers saw the lunar mansions as an important tool for choosing the best times to take action – whether mundane or magical.

To make the lunar mansions a little easier for me to use, I gave them all nicknames to help me remember their essential meanings.

Arabic Name

Image

Meaning

Begins

Ends

1: Al Sharatain

The Lance

To passionately pursue a course of action

0° Aries

12°51’22″ Aries

2: Al Butain

The Olive Branch

For diffusing anger and resolving conflicts

12°51’22″ Aries

25°42’51″ Aries

3: Al Thurayya

The Lady

To receive blessings, good fortune and support

25°42’51″ Aries

8°34’17″ Taurus

4: Al Dabaran

The Rider

For strength and tenacity overcoming obstacles

8°34’17″ Taurus

21°25’40″ Taurus

5: Al Hak'ah

The Crown

For applying creativity and intelligence

21°25’40″ Taurus

4°17’09″ Gemini

6: Al Han'ah

The Lovers

For inspiring love

4°17’09″ Gemini

17°08’34″ Gemini

7: Al Dhira

The Open Hand

For generosity and abundance

17°08’34″ Gemini

0° Cancer

8: Al Nathrah

The Eagle

To achieve victory

0° Cancer

12°51’22″ Cancer

9: Al Tarf

The Eye

For separation and division

12°51’22″ Cancer

25°42’51″ Cancer

10: Al Jabhah

The Lion

To dispel sadness and inspire courage

25°42’51″ Cancer

8°34’17″ Leo

11: Al Zubrah

The Bracelet

For respect, prestige and charm

8°34’17″ Leo

21°25’40″ Leo

12: Al Sarfrah

The Dragon

For self-improvement through conflict

21°25’40″ Leo

4°17’09″ Virgo

13: Al Awwa

The Alchemist

For passionate and creative union

4°17’09″ Virgo

17°08’34″ Virgo

14: Al Simak

The Harvest

To separate the wheat from the chaff

17°08’34″ Virgo

0° Libra

15: Al Ghafr

The Scribe

For trade and communication

0° Libra

12°51’22″ Libra

16: Al Jubana

The Scales

To gain wealth through negotiation

12°51’22″ Libra

25°42’51″ Libra

17: Iklil al Jabhah

The Monkey

For protection from deceivers, loss and theft

25°42’51″ Libra

8°34’17″ Scorpio

18: Al Kalb

The Caduceus

To heal or prevent illness

8°34’17″ Scorpio

21°25’40″ Scorpio

19: Al Shaulah

The Stinger

For discernment

21°25’40″ Scorpio

4°17’09″ Sagittarius

20: Al Na'am

The Hunter

For success in attaining your goals

4°17’09″ Sagittarius

17°08’34″ Sagittarius

21: Al Baldah

The Closed Door

To end a situation

17°08’34″ Sagittarius

0° Capricorn

22: Al Sa'd al Dhabih

The Winged Messenger

For freedom from constraints

0° Capricorn

12°51’22″ Capricorn

23: Al Sa'd al Bula

The Jackal

To destroy what imprisons you

12°51’22″ Capricorn

25°42’51″ Capricorn

24: Al Sa'd al Su'ud

The Mother

To nurture yourself and your projects

25°42’51″ Capricorn

8°34’17″ Aquarius

25: Al Sa'd al Ahbiya

The Butterfly

For protection, patience and hope

8°34’17″ Aquarius

21°25’40″ Aquarius

26: Al Fargh al Mukdin

The Muse

To inspire love and beauty

21°25’40″ Aquarius

4°17’09″ Pisces

27: Al Fargh al Thani

The Water Wheel

For the ebb and flow of fortune

4°17’09″ Pisces

17°08’34″ Pisces

28:  Al Batn al Hut

The Fish

To gather riches and resources

17°08’34″ Pisces

0° Aries

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