Mystical Astrology According to Ibn ‘Arabi

Titus Burckhardt

Translated from the French by Bulent Rauf

As the term ‘astrology’ means the practical application of astronomy to human use, our response to it must necessarily hinge on our understanding of what it means to be human… for those of us who have been educated in the ‘values’ of modern western industrial culture, the traditional view of time is as difficult to grasp as is the unfoldment represented by the traditional symbolism of astrology. For the serious investigator, who is determined to get to the roots of traditional principles, this small book is a gold mine… In this volume Titus Burkhardt has distilled the essential symbolism underlying spiritual astrology.

From the Foreword by Keith Critchlow

From Mystical Astrology According to Ibn ‘Arabi, p. 38:

“Islamic esotericism establishes a correspondence between the 28 mansions of the Moon and the 28 letters or sounds of the sacred language. ‘It is not like people think’ – says Muhyid- din Ibn ‘Arabi, – ‘that the mansions of the Moon represent the models of the letters; it is the 28 sounds which determine the lunar mansions.’ These sounds represent in fact the micro-cosmic and human expression of the essential determinations of the Divine Breath, which is itself the prime motivation of cosmic cycles. The Master counts the 28 sounds of the Arabic alphabet from the first lunar mansion, which follows the Spring Equinox, in the successive order of their phonetic exteriorisation, beginning with the hiatus (al-hamzah), and going on through the gutteral consonants to the labials passing through the palatals and the dentals. If one takes into account the fact that the initial hiatus is not properly speaking a sound, but only a transitory instant between silence and locution, the series of sounds attributed to the lunar mansions begins with the and ends with the waw, these two letters composing the Divine Name huwa, ‘He’, symbol of the Essence one and identical to Itself.”

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