The Sky without Stars (3)

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

Other than using a blank sheet of paper, the closest we can come to representing the undifferentiated signs of the zodiac astrologically is to use a circle without the glyphs of the signs. As there are no divisions, the signs cannot be placed. Thus we have an horoscope that looks thus:


What we are really representing is the ecliptic. The divisions into the signs is determined solely by the movement of the Sun on the ecliptic. Here we have “junction”. Titus Burckhardt formulates it this way:
“…it is the Sun which by its movements actualises or measures the virtual determinations of the zodiacal sky of the archetypes, because without the fixed points of the solar cycle the directions of the sky without stars would be undefinable.”

The first two junctions are defined by the Sun crossing the ecliptic at the equinoxes. The next two junctions by the solstices. Our horoscope now looks like this:


PS: A diagramme has been added to the last posting to help visualize pulling a corner of a geometrical figure to infinity.


2 thoughts on “The Sky without Stars (3)

  1. What a wonderful series of articles on the cosmology of Ibn ‘Arabi, the Shaykh al-Akbar, the greatest of all Shaykhs. I think this material is incredibly important. INCREDIBLY important. No one else is posting material like this. It clarifies so much that is a source of confusion to so many. Including myself at one time. Really looking forward to reading more. The new format and your accompanying art is lovely.

    Non est vivere, sed valere vita est!

  2. Dear Andrew,
    Thank you very much for your comment, it is much appreciated and great encouragement!
    I too think that Ibn ‘Arabi belongs to the select company of the wise. Titus Burckhardt has done astrologers a great service by compiling some of this wisdom in his book on mystical astrology. The material is as you say incredibly important. But it is not mainstream astrology and so very easy to overlook. The book itself is small and the language is very saturated and concentrated. It is strenuous reading and for many barely understandable. This might be one of the reasons that no one else is posting on it. That was why I decided to take it up in altairastrology. The articles are intended to encourage a closer reading of this very important text and maybe help to gain a better understanding. Ibn ‘Arabi’s cosmology makes much astrological lore more transparent and even understandable, helping to put many pet theories in their proper place. But it is too multifaceted and multitiered to be packaged in a convenient form for general consumption. It can only be read, considered, reconsidered and reread. After all Ibn ‘Arabi was a contemplative! 🙂
    best wishes,

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