The Twenty Eight Mansions of the Moon
If you consider the moon is a reflector of cosmic energies, you must also consider that it is connected with the transmission of cosmic energies. The Arab astrologers ascribed a great deal of importance to the twenty eight Arabic Mansions of the moon, and they were correct to do so. They referred to the twenty eight lunar phases following the new moon, with each phase corresponding to the precise position of the moon in relation to the sun. The Chaldean astrologer-priests of Babylon saw a lunar eclipse; or the occultation of the moon as a disturbing sign and they often predicted events based on their observations of such eclipses. Historical evidence of this has been found in clay tablets engraved with cuneiform writings dating back to the fifth century BC. Hindu astrology was at its peak around 3,000 BC. The Hindu zodiac has twelve signs, but the sky is divided into twenty eight equal parts, called lunar mansions. Each mansion corresponds to the twenty eight day cycle of the moon, and all have their own meaning, depending on the moon’s position in the birth chart. This is the basis of Hindu, or eastern astrology. Eastern astrology refers to the moon in its concept of Karma. The doctrine of karma and reincarnation is the journey of the soul through many lifetimes. In part, astrology is used to find out how the soul is developing in its spirituality. The concept of karma is based on acts performed and actions taken in previous lifetimes, their impact on this life, and actions taken, or not taken in this life with an influence on the next life. Western astrology refers to the sun, which has the most powerful effect on earth; it correlates to the individual as a representative of ‘self’, that is why ‘sun sign’ astrology has become so popular in western astrology. Today, there is a strong movement within western society and astrology to use karma, and the concept of reincarnation within the delineation of the natal chart. The north and south nodes, part of fortune, part of spirit, part of soul and part of fate are ways in which it is being delineated. The twenty eight mansions of the moon all have their own meanings depending on the position of the moon in relation to the sun.
TheTwenty Eight Mansions of the Moon
FIRST MANSION “THE OPPOSED FORCES” 0 TO 12 DEGREES ARIES
In this mansion you are hypersensitive, touchy, proud and idealistic in your relationships, with an interest in adventure and travel. You have a strong personality with an impatient temperament that is fixed on the present. You can jump to conclusions and react instantly, and you may pay little attention to what others are saying. This can lead to annoyance, disagreement or conflict with those around you. Your life will be eventful, turbulent and changeable, according to your moon sign.
SECOND MANSION “THE LAP” 13 TO 25 DEGREES ARIES
In this mansion you are spontaneous, but you can be naïve, impulsive and easily influenced in business. You can lose touch with feeling and emotion through your single minded approach; this can lead to regrettable mistakes. Your will-power can be stronger than your sensibility. This makes you very ambitious at the expense of feelings. To satisfy your desires, you may show yourself to be thoughtful of others, but you will focus your energy on your own ideas and visions.
THIRD MANSION “THE SWARM” 26 DEGREES ARIES TO 8 DEGREES TAURUS
You are opportunistic, enthusiastic and ambitious. When the moon is placed in this mansion you are outstanding through your strength of character, courage, grit determination, productivity, and your strong obstinacy; this enables you to make a good attempt to reach your target. You know what you want and how to get it, but as a result, your sensibility may suffer a little.
FOURTH MANSION “THE SUCCESSOR” 9 TO 21 DEGREES TAURUS
You have a wise and balanced temperament with a gift for understanding and seeing through others. This mansion stands for the exaltation of common sense, which is second nature to you. You are endowed with a sound, practical mind that makes you realistic, concrete and skilful in generating your own wealth, or making your assets grow. This does not stop you from having a sentimental nature and strong emotions and feelings.
FIFTH MANSION “THE WHITE SPOT” 22 DEGREES TAURUS TO 4 DEGREES GEMINI
In this mansion you have a single minded, energetic personality with a non conformist temperament. You have a tendency to restlessness. You are endowed with a strong sentimental and sensual nature; this can influence your behaviour, choices and actions. You can become competitive, and others can block your path. You must create your own opportunities to fully realise your talents, then you will succeed.
SIXTH MANSION “THE SCAR” 5 DEGREES TO 17 DEGREES GEMINI
This mansion underlines; most of all a passive nature. You are intelligent, organised and methodical and you are a lover of peace, quiet and healthy living, yet you sometimes behave in a paradoxical manner, falling prey to sudden outbursts of aggressiveness which reveals that you are not always as serene as you appear to be.
SEVENTH MANSION “THE SEED” 18 TO 29 DEGREES GEMINI
In this mansion you are endowed with depth of mind and heightened intuition. You are concerned with self development, and you like to isolate yourself in order to reflect and meditate. You know how to withdraw from others, and from the world, and you know how to focus on a specific point. Although you are sociable, you are independent by nature. When challenged, you can be critical, and intolerant.
EIGHTH MANSION “THE CRIB” 0 DEGREES CANCER TO 12 DEGREES CANCER
In this mansion you are endowed with an understanding nature and an extreme attachment to loved ones, family heritage and origins. You are searching for your own identity “who you are”, but you can be too easily influenced by others. You are naturally helpful and sensitive to other people’s needs, and you can choose causes and/or acquaintances with a focus on their needs; this is your path in life.
NINTH MANSION “THE EYES” 13 TO 25 DEGREES CANCER
In this mansion you are cautious, and you lack self esteem. You are sensitive and emotional, and you tend to shy away from responsibilities. You have a tendency to escape responsibility outside your set routine; therefore you can rely on others too much. You can go on the defensive when questioned. To compensate for your inner anxieties, you can become too dependent on the approval of others. You are conservative, and you can become a victim of your own dual emotions, and contradictions.
TENTH MANSION “THE HEAD” 26 DEGREES CANCER TO 8 DEGREES LEO
In this mansion you are an idealist who is in love with the absolute, but whose aspirations are a little presumptuous or above your means. You are good by nature with a desire for knowledge and you are endowed with a talent for teaching. Your sensibility is wholehearted and you love to seduce and conquer. However you can be strong and wilful, with a refusal to admit defeat, this can lead to struggles and conflict in shared interests.
ELEVENTH MANSION “THE MANE” 9 DEGREES LEO TO 21 DEGREES LEO
In this mansion you are imaginative and creative with sound judgement. You can be strong willed and determined, with a great need to achieve. You have a sharp mind but you are inclined to underestimate your capabilities even though others believe in you. You will help other people to develop their skills to utilise maximum output.
TWELFTH MANSION " THE TRANSFORMER OF TIME ”22 DEGREES LEO TO 4 DEGREES VIRGO
In this mansion your curiosity is exacerbated, your thirst for knowledge is never satisfied, and you are always ready to discover and live through new experiences. You are motivated with high aspirations connected to the needs of the community; this gives your life meaning. You are endowed with an intense sensuality which can lead to overindulgence, however, you are imaginative, creative and practical.
THIRTEENTH MANSION “THE DOG” 5 TO 17 DEGREES VIRGO
In this mansion you have an innate sense of the needs of the people in the community, and your place within it. You are outgoing and generous and sensitive to your surroundings. You are not without benevolence, devotion and helpfulness, but your intentions, motivations and actions are not always devoid of self interest. Indeed, your temperament is analytical and methodical, and you can change situations to your advantage, mainly because you want to improve things.
FOURTEENTH MANSION “THE UNARMED MAN” 18 TO 29 DEGREES VIRGO
In this mansion you have a strong personality. You have an analytical mind in your quest to find answers. As a person, you expect a high level of work standard and performance. Being endowed with a sound analytical mind, you love solving enigmas, and you have a great talent for working out diagnosis or conclusions. You are ambitious, organised, methodical, accommodating and tolerant, and you are gifted with sound judgement, but sometimes you lack courage and audacity.
FIFTEENTH MANSION “THE LID” 0 TO 12 DEGREES LIBRA
In this mansion you have a sense of organisation, order and discipline. You are frank and honourable, and you are concerned with loyalty, however you can lack subtlety. You are very helpful to others because you have a gift for clarifying the most complicated situations, or finding the most practical solutions to delicate problems. Your pleasant disposition attracts the sympathy of others, and allows you to be surrounded by people who are very supportive.
SIXTEENTH MANSION “THE PINCERS” 13 TO 25 DEGREES LIBRA
In this mansion you have an idealistic temperament. You are devoted with a well developed understanding of human nature. You are mindful of the feelings of others and you will give the best of yourself, also you are very tolerant and a good listener. You can be passionate in your undertakings, especially in your desire is to help others, for you have the ability to see other people’s points of view and adapt to them. Your strength is in your ability to clarify situations.
SEVENTEETH MANSION “THE SUMMIT” 26 DEGREES LIBRA TO 8 DEGREES SCORPIO
In this mansion you prefer peace, and you will work behind the scenes to combat aggression. You need to be active to externalise your energy. You have a taste for social interests and you like people to notice of you. You are direct, and you take matters in hand. You are sensual, you can take risks and you do not hesitate to throw yourself into daring ventures, although you don’t always believe in yourself and you can struggle with self-esteem.
EIGHTEENTH MANSION “THE HEART” 9 TO 21 DEGREES SCORPIO
In this mansion you have an ambivalent nature. You are independent nature and you are sure of yourself and your prerogatives. On the one hand you show an enlightened mind that is profound and thoughtful, with a love of justice and ethics, while on the other hand you can provoke, rebel and display an undisciplined temperament. If you make your mind up to do something, you will not submit to restraint.
NINETEENTH MANSION “THE STING” 22 DEGREES SCORPIO TO 4 DEGREES SAGITTARIUS
In this mansion you are generous in spirit with powerful instincts, and a superior mind. You have good strategic and manipulative abilities which you can use to your advantage. You are endowed with two contradictory personalities. On the one hand you can be very inquisitive; on the lookout for all that is original, nonconformist and different, while on the other hand you can show yourself to be pragmatic, and preach morals in a harsh and critical way.
TWENTYTH MANSION “THE DRAGONS HEAD” 5 TO 17 DEGREES SAGITTARIUS
In this mansion you have a generous nature, and you are active with a creative imagination and strong intuition. You are outgoing and full of good will. You know how to attract other people’s sympathy and friendship. You are sociable and talkative, ambitious and constructive, and you like to get involved in long-term projects for a common cause. You will try to understand the deeper implications of family heredity, with a view to change and improve a line of family concern.
TWENTY-FIRST MANSION “THE SAVIOUR” 18 TO 29 DEGREES SAGITTARIUS
In this mansion you have a strong personality, you are very confident and you can be very assertive, this enables you to undertake and achieve your goals. You have a subtle mind that is stimulated by sharp curiosity. You can be excessively original which, at times, can lead to a lack of common sense. You feel in control of your destiny and your own abilities, and you know how to make the most of circumstances, and turn situations to your advantage.
TWENTY-SECOND MANSION “THE LUCKY ASSASIN” 0 TO 12 DEGREES CAPRICORN
In this mansion you have an original, bright and proud temperament with a great love of independence and freedom, and you refuse to make concessions either for yourself or for others. You are outgoing by nature, but you often prefer solitude within a community, where you can devote yourself to a single venture, with only yourself to rely on to bring about your own realisation. Freedom of movement is important to you.
TWENTY-THIRD MANSION “THE LUCKY THIEF” 13 TO 25 DEGREES CAPRICORN
In this mansion you have a logical and methodical mind and you have an innate sense of responsibility and organisation. You need to feel inwardly secure in order to take control of your life. You are a fussy perfectionist and you will never leave anything to chance, you enjoy a job well done. This attitude can sometimes make you pessimistic, because, deep down, you believe that no-one can do a job as well as you, and you prefer to take control and be in charge of any surrounding situations.
TWENTY-FOURTH MANSION “THE MOST UNFORTUNATE AMONGST THE UNLUCKIEST ”26 DEGREES CAPRICORN TO 8 DEGREES AQUARIUS
In this mansion you have an innate sense of the family, of traditions, culture and the past. You know how to create opportunities for yourself and make the most of any fortune that comes your way. You are endowed with good manual skills which can lead you to become skilled and accomplished in any field you set your mind to. You have a community spirit, and you will involve yourself in humanitarian causes that will help people grow in a specific area of community interest or advancement.
TWENTY-FIFTH MANSION “THE UNFORTUNATE PRISONER” 9 TO 21 AQUARIUS
In this mansion you stand out through your great inquisitiveness and your humane spirit; your mind is in search of all sorts or original ideas, beliefs and concepts. You often become very well read, acquiring a wide range of self-taught knowledge. You are in demand through your tolerance and your ability to put things into perspective and overturn values. You have a taste for progressive ideas, community involvement and common causes, anything that is likely to bring people together and unite ideas.
TWENTY-SIXTH MANSION “THE HIGHER OPENING OF THE WATER SKIN” 22 DEGREES AQUARIUS TO 4 DEGREES PISCES
In this mansion you have a sharp perceptive mind with the gift of clairvoyance and premonition. You have great ideas and visions, and you know exactly how to adapt to all circumstances and situations. However you can be all too easily influenced or led by others, but your choices are never devoid of self interest. You are often full of good-will, but you can lack tenacity and continuity in your thoughts. You are nervous and impulsive rather than energetic and dynamic.
TWENTY-SEVENTH MANSION “THE LOWER OPENING OF THE WATER SKIN” 5 TO 17 DEGREES PISCES
In this mansion you have an innate gift for understanding, solving, helping, comforting and assisting others. You have a sense of the universal, and a desire to commune with all there is. You have extreme self sacrifice and you are very idealistic. You feel the need to devote yourself to a cause in which you believe, but sometimes you can go beyond your limits. You are charitable and drawn to help those who suffer, and you will sacrifice yourself for the good of others.
TWENTY-EIGHTH MANSION “THE FISH’S BELLY” 18 TO 29 DEGREES PISCES
In this mansion you have a strong spirit, inner balance and serenity. You have spiritual, religious or mystical aspirations with a sixth sense, clairvoyance and healing gifts. You are a humanitarian and you will always help those in need. You have great endurance and you are very supportive of those who work in the same field as you. You strongly believe in a higher force, you are more spiritual than traditional.