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.