Book of The Mansions of the Moon.
A lunar mansion is a house through which the moon
moves in its orbit around the earth, to which there
13 lunar months each year. In Arabic astrology, the
28 mansions of the moon, describe the 28 days of the
lunar cycle, so the moon travels through a different
mansion each day of the month.
mansions are all the same: 12 degrees 51 minutes and
26 seconds. Each quadrant shares the same cycle of
seven mansions: whose positions start at the Vernal
Equinox (the Aries point) using the tropical (Western)
zodiac. So the cycle starts at 0 degrees on a Cardinal
signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) using the
tropical zodiac, and often used by ancient man as
part of their calendar system, and for keeping track
of the passage of the seasons.
The Moon is a very important concept in the
Pauline Art, for it is the moon that controls the ebb and
flow of magical or communication power to your Archangels.
It is your direct line!
The Mansions of the Moon refer to the influence
of the Moon exerts as it travels across the heavens viewed
against the background of the constellations. These four
quadrants of the sky contain the 28 mansions of the Zodiac
each visited in turn as the Moon continues its orbit around
the Earth. As the annual Zodiac, or the cycle of the Sun
in a year, and divided into twelve equal signs, so also
the cycle of the Moon among the Fixed Stars, or constellations,
is divided into daily stations.
During the series of 28 divisions when the
Moon's travel through one complete circuit of 360 degrees,
each Mansion representing one day's average travel of the
Moon (12° 51' 25.2", or approximately 13.5 degrees),
beginning apparently at the point of the Spring Equinox,
or 0° Aries.
Each of these 28 mansions was believed to
emanate an influence that could be harnessed by magicians.
Extensively described by Francis Barrett,
the following has been extracted from his famous book on
magic, The Magus which was published in London in 1801.
According to Barrett, “In these twenty
eight Mansions do lie hid many secrets of the wisdom of
the ancients, by the which they wrought wonders on all things
which are under the circle of the Moon.... “
A complete reproduction (some corrections
and re-formatting has been undertaken and original page
numbering removed) is as follows:
Francis Barrett, F.R.C., 1801
Two, Chapter 33
the twenty eight Mansions of the
Moon, and their virtues.
And seeing the Moon measures the whole Zodiac
in the space of twenty eight days, hence is it that the
wise men of the Indians and most of the ancient astrologers
have granted twenty eight Mansions to the Moon, which being
fixed in the eight sphere, do enjoy (as Alpharus says) divers
names and proprieties from the various signs and stars which
are contained in them, through which while the Moon wanders,
it obtains other and other powers and virtues; but every
one of these mansions, according to the opinion of Abraham,
contained twelve degrees, and fifty one minutes, and almost
twenty six seconds, whose names and also their beginnings
in the Zodiac of the eight sphere, are these.
The Mansions in the First Quarter of Heaven
The first is called Alnath; that is the horns
of Aries: his beginning is from the head of Aries of the
eighth sphere; it causes discords, and journies.
The second is called Allothaim or Albochan, that is the
belly of Aries, and his beginning is from the twelfth degree
of the same sign, fifty one minutes, twenty two seconds
complete; it conduces to the finding of treasures, and to
the retaining of captives;
The third is called Achaomazon or Athoray,
that is, showering or Pleiades; his beginning is from the
twenty five degrees of Aries complete forty two minutes,
and fifty one seconds; it is profitable to sailors, huntsmen,
The fourth Mansion is called Aldebaram or Aldelamen that
is the eye or head of Taurus; his beginning is from the
eight degree of Taurus, thirty four minutes, and seventeen
seconds of the same Taurus being excluded; it causes the
destruction and hindrances of buildings, fountains, wells,
gold mines, the flight of creeping things, and begets discord.
The fifth is called Alchatay or Albachay;
the beginning of it is after the twenty one degree of Taurus,
twenty five minutes, forty seconds; it helps to the return
from a journey, the instruction of scholars, it confirms
edifices, it gives health and good-will,
The sixth is called Alhanna or Alchaya, that
is the little star of great light; his beginning is after
the fourth degree of Gemini, seventeen minutes, and nine
seconds; it conduces to hunting, and besieging of towns,
and revenge of princes, it destroys harvests and fruits
and hinders the operation of the physician.
The seventh is called Aldimiach or Alarzach,
that is the Arm of Gemini and begins from the seventeenth
degree of Gemini, eight minutes and thirty four seconds,
and lasts even to the end of the sign; it confers gain and
friendship, its profitable to lovers, it scares flies, destroys
magistracies. And so is one quarter of the heaven completed
in these seven mansions; and in the like order and number
of degrees, minutes and seconds, the remaining mansions
in every quarter have their several beginnings; namely so,
that in the first sign of this quarter three mansions take
their beginnings, in the other two signs two Mansions in
The Mansions in the Second Quarter of Heaven
Therefore the seven following mansions begin from Cancer,
whose names are Alnaza or Anatrachya that is misty or cloudy,
viz. the eighth mansion, it causes love, friendship, and
society of fellow travellers, it drives away mice ands afflicts
captives, confirming their imprisonment.
After this is the ninth called Archaam or Arcaph, that is
the eye of the Lion; it hinders harvests and travellers,
and puts discord between men.
The tenth is called Algelioche or Albgebh, that is the neck
or forehead of Leo; it strengthens buildings, yields love,
benevolence and help against enemies.
The eleventh is called Azobra or Ardaf, that
is, the hair of the lion's head; it is good for voyages,
and gain by merchandise, and for redemption of captives.
The twelfth is called Alzarpha or Azarpha,
that is the tail of Leo; it gives prosperity to harvests,
and plantations, but hinders seamen, and is good for the
bettering of servants, captives and companions.
The thirteenth is named Alhaire that is Dogstars,
or the wings of Virgo; it is prevalent for benevolence,
gain, voyages, harvests, and freedom of captives.
The fourteenth is called Achureth or Arimet,
by others Azimeth or Alhumech or Alcheymech, that is the
spike of Virgo, or flying spike; it causes the love of married
folks, it cures the sick, is profitable to sailors, but
hinders journies by land; and in these the second quarter
of Heaven is completed.
The Mansions in the Third Quarter of Heaven
The other seven follow: the first of which begins in the
head of Libra, viz. the fifteenth Mansion, and his name
is Agrapha or Algarpha, that is, covered, or covered flying:
its profitable for the extracting of treasures, for digging
of pits, it assists divorce, discord, and the destruction
of houses and enemies, and hinders travelers.
The sixteenth is called Azubene or Ahubene,
that is, the horns of Scorpio, it hinders journeys and wedlock,
harvests and merchandise, it prevails for redemption of
The seventeenth is called Alchil that is the
Crown of Scorpio, it betters a bad fortune, makes love durable,
strengthens buildings, and helps seamen.
The eighteenth is called Alchas or Altob,
that is the Heart of Scorpio; it causes discord, sedition,
conspiracy against princes and mighty ones, and revenge
from enemies, but it frees captives and helps edifices.
The nineteenth is called Allatha or Achala,
by others Hycula or Axala that is the tail of Scorpio; it
helps in the besieging of cities and taking of towns, and
in the driving of men from their places, and for the destruction
of seamen, and perdition of captives.
The twentieth is called Abnahaya, that is
a beam; it helps for the taming of wild beasts, for the
strengthening of prisons, it destroys the wealth of societies,
it compels a man to come to a certain place.
The twenty first is called Abeda or Albeldach
which is a desert; it is good for harvests, gain, buildings
and travellers, and causes divorce; and in this is the third
quarter of Heaven is completed.
The Mansions in the Fourth Quarter of Heaven
There remains the seven last Mansions completing the last
quarter of heaven; the first of which being in order to
the twenty-second, begins from the head of Capricorn, called
Sadahacha or Zodeboluch, or Zandeldena, that is a pastor;
it promotes the flight of servants and captives, that they
may escape, and helps the curing of diseases.
The three and twentieth is called Zabadola
or Zobrach that is swallowing; it is for divorce, liberty
of captives and the health of the sick.
The twenty fourth is called Sadabath or Chadezoad,
that is the star of fortune; it is prevalent for the benevolence
of married people, for the victory of soldiers, it hurts
the execution of government, and prevents it being exercised.
The twenty fifth is called Sadalabra or Sadalachia,
that is a butterfly or a spreading forth; it favors besieging
and revenge, it destroys enemies, causes divorce, confirms
prisons and buildings, hastens messengers, it conduces to
spells against copulation, and so binds every member of
man, that it cannot perform its duty.
The twenty sixth is called Alpharg or Phragal
Mocaden that is the first drawing; it causes union, health
of captives, destroys buildings and prisons.
The twenty seventh is called Alcharya or Alhalgalmoad
that is the second drawing; it increases harvests, revenues,
gain, and heals infirmities, but hinders buildings, prolongs
prisons, causes danger to seamen, and helps to infer mischiefs
on whom you shall please.
The twenty-eighth and last is called Albotham
or Alchalcy, that is Pisces: it increases harvests and merchandise,
it secures travellers through dangerous places; it makes
for the joy of married couples, but it strengths prisons,
and causes loss of treasures;
And in these twenty eight Mansions do lie hid many secrets
of the wisdom of the antients, by the which they wrought
wonders on all things which are under the circle of the
Moon; and they attributed to every Mansion his resemblances,
images, and seals, and his president intelligences, and
worked by the virtue of them after different manners.
The Value of the Mansions of the
As previously indicated the Moon is extremely
important in the tradition of the Pauline Art or Angelic
Magic. Existing student will already understand that the
monthly Moons phases, New to Full, are embedded in many
of the ritual requirements for contacting your angels. The
cycle of the Mansion of the Moon is no exception.
From a traditional perspective the mansions
have been used for electing appropriate times for various
activities and for astrological magic. I provide another
excerpt from and the construction of certain Talismans.
The specific times may also be used to commence
mundane activities in an attempt to ensure successful completion
of the particular requirement.
Archangels & Angels is planning to
bring out a book in the near future covering the magic of
the Moon’s Mansions.