Moon, the only constant in all kinds of horary charts, is of utmost importance in medical horary charts from the beginnings of horary astrology up to the period of her blossoming in the 17th century. In classical decumbiture charts of this period the accent was put on the comparison between Moon’s positions and radical factors of the chart at the interval of every 22,5 degrees of longitude in progress, that is, at every degree of change regarding its luminosity during its passage through the zodiac. Hexakaidekahedrons or the sixteen figures of the Moon were deduced from the division of the zodiacal circle into sixteen parts. Ptolemy calls them “turning points” of the Moon, which represent quartile points related to nodal axis. These points constitute a tetragon in which the first one pertains to the new Moon, and the remaining three are connected to the rest of the lunar phases. From these lunar tetragons the method of “sixteen houses of decumbiture chart” was deduced. In their essence 22,5 degrees represent the fourth part of every lunar phase. The degrees of aphesis, or athesis degrees, represent another zodiacal qualification of lunar symbolism. These degrees designate the arch measured between the Sun and the Moon according to its phases and half-phases, i.e. degrees of augmentation/diminution or any change of its luminosity and brilliance. The degrees are the following: the exact conjunction with the Sun (new Moon), then 12th, 45th, 135th, 168th, 180th, 192nd, 225th, 270th, 315th and 348th degree from the Sun. In practice, when some planet, point or an angle are found exactly on these degrees, they are considered to be emphasized because these degrees carry the same symbolic meaning as the close aspects with the Moon itself. The degrees pertaining to the waxing lunar phase are far stronger than those pertaining to the waning lunar phase(which follows the full Moon) according to the nature of things, but all of them are able to strengthen and accentuate any astrological factor they are connected with. In horary charts the occurrence of one of these degrees can signify change or turning point in a certain situation.
The Babylonian legacy of lunar astrology is extant in the works of medieval Arabian astrologers like Al Biruni and Abu Ma’shar. The original usage of lunar astrology was dedicated to calendar purposes so one month could be divided in several ways, and the two most common were divisions into four, that is, three parts. Nowadays, the most familiar to us is the fourfold division, comprising 28 days in a month. 27, or 28 star groups which the Moon travels through in its sidereal cycle of 27,5 days are known today as lunar manzils (lunar mansions, stations). Although originally connected to sidereal zodiac, lunar mansions eventually became fixed within the tropical zodiac. Originally, lunar zodiac was deduced from the sphere of fixed stars in accordance to the Moon’s average, daily motion which is 12 degrees 51 minutes of heavenly circle. A number of these lunar mansions became relevant in medical horary questions. So for instance, Al Sharatain, the first lunar mansion, is a degree carrying malefic symbolism, signifying serious threats to bodily integrity through injuries inflicted by sharp objects, weapons or by fire. If the Moon or the primary significator of the sick is located on the 1st degree of Aries, its strength will be considerably depleted. The second lunar mansion, Al Butain, beginning at the 13th degree of Aries can signify stomach and intestine diseases. Malefic signification is also assigned to the 6th lunar mansion, Al Han’ah, which points to a very serious disease if the Moon or the primary significator of the sick are found at the 5th degree of Gemini. The 8th lunar mansion, Al Nathra, beginning at the first degree of summer tropic (1st degree of Cancer) symbolizes the hospitalization of the sick. It also has ill signification in questions pertaining to eyes or eyesight. The 10th lunar mansion, Al Jabhah, beginning at the 26th degree of Cancer is exceptionally bad and indicates a serious unbalance pertaining to phlegmatic humour (water element). This lunar mansion is emphasized in people with extrasensory abilities as well as in those with psychological problems. The 11th lunar mansion, Al Zubrah, is one of the most beneficial in medical horary charts if the sick person is a male; however, it has completely opposite, maleficent significance in the case the sick person is a female. This lunar mansion begins at the 9th degree of Leo. The 18th lunar mansion Al Kalb beginning at the 9th degree of Scorpio indicates heart or brain diseases if the Moon or the primary significator are found at this degree in a horary chart. The 23rd lunar mansion, Al Bulah, beginning at the 13th degree of Capricorn signifies quick recovery because of the lucky choice of treatment and medicine if the Moon, the significator of the sick or a significator of a physician, treatment or medicine are found at this degree. The following, 24th lunar mansion, Al Sa’d al Su’ud, beginning at the 26th degree of Capricorn is one of the most maleficent. The 25th lunar mansion, Al Ahbiyah, has a significance very similar to the one ascribed to Al Bulah because it symbolizes a good physician and good, successful medical treatment. This lunar mansion begins at the 9th degree of Aquarius. The last lunar mansion, beginning at the 18th degree of Pisces, has extremely maleficent symbolism in medical horary charts.
Author: Natasa Karalic Koprivica