Exploring Titus Burckhardt’s “Mystical Astrology According to Ibn ‘Arabi”

Although very brief, Titus Burckhardt’s “Mystical Astrology According to Ibn ‘Arabi” is one book that every astrologer who places any value in the cosmology underlying astrology must have. It is not a very easy book to read, as the language is concise and very concentrated. I would like to present a series of articles to supplement and expand on this very important astrological work.

The first chapter touches on many important topics. For example:

– Can astrology be integrated with a monotheistic religious perspective? And if so how? This question was very common in the middle ages.

– How do the geocentric and heliocentric systems relate to one another? Here the more modern question arises of how relevant a geocentric view is and whether it is reconcilable with the heliocentric system.

– What are the planetary spheres and how are they related to one another? What do they have to do with astrology?

– What are the principal roots of astrological symbolism?

We will be exploring these questions one by one…

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6 thoughts on “Exploring Titus Burckhardt’s “Mystical Astrology According to Ibn ‘Arabi”

  1. Hu!
    I spent a few years studying Ibn Arabi’s various texts. Mostly in English with Arabic speaking companions. One warning I got was that Ibn Arabi made up a lot of philosophical terms and also wrote for an elite in his society. So sometimes what you think is a word’s meaning may turn out to be different .

    Tying the 28 Constellations to the Prophets and the Asma al Husna is a classic method which Ibn Arabi used.
    Majid

  2. Dear Majid,

    Thank you for sharing an approach to Ibn ‘Arabi.

    From the texts that I have (an english translation of parts of the Fusus al-hikam) references that are directly recognizable as “astrological” are spread out. Titus Burckhardt has “simplified” 🙂 matters somewhat by bringing much together.

    You are very welcome to share any further insights you might have out of your studies as this particular series of articles continues.

    Thomas

  3. I have this book but didn’t manage to finish reading it. I am glad you are reviving my interest in it. I found one “aha!” place when last I read in this book, and need to get back to it so I can “Aha!” again!!!!!!!!

    Seriously, I just got sidetracked when I took the horary astrology course, and now I need to go find my copy of this book!!!!!!

  4. Dear Sir,

    Can i get the book by pdf file mystical astrology book & thus great help for me!!
    Actually i’m learner of ibn arabi book. So I need the book & get benefited fm it.
    Hope your cordial & kind support. Pls Sir help me to get the book.

    B/Regards,
    Amirjan(04/09)
    —————–

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