Written by Asterion
Translated by “Grammateas“
(Source – Miniature from Zubdat al-Tawarikh (ca. 1580), an Ottoman survey of world history by Seyyid Loqman Ashuri. It shows, from the centre: the ancient planets (the Moon with a mirror; Mercury as a scribe; Venus with a dulcimer; a haloed Sun; Mars as a warrior; Jupiter as a worthy; Saturn as an ascetic), the signs of the Zodiac in a clockwise order, the Moon’s phases in an anti-clockwise order aligned with the Mansions of the Moon.)
It governs the domain situated between 12º51’27” and 25º42’52” Aries on the astrological circle. It is named also Albochan, Albocham or Allothaim in the tradition of Renaissance, Al-Buthaim by arabic authors and Pi-Kutorion by greek and coptic authors.
Arabic astrologers mention that this mansion governs the trade, medicines and cures, as the first mansion, and is detrimental for marriages, partnerships, water travels and slave purchase.
Adjusting the medieval opinions to present, we can conclude that this lunar mansion is influencing doctors, pharmacists, celibates, philosophers, wise men, geodesists and dowsers, but also treasure hunters and archaeologists.
From a magical point of view, the second mansion governs, according to Agrippa, the treasure and water spring findings, but also the retaining of prisoners in captivity. During this domain or mansion some people are making talismans against hostility, but also amulets with the purpose of “reconciling the operator with a prince”, or put in other words, to improve the relations with a leader or with persons with leading functions.
The sufi mystic Ibn Arabi mentioned that this mansion is corresponding to the mystical denomination “Cosmic Soul”, to the divine attribute “the One who Calls ”, and the correlated letter from the arabic kabbalah is Ha. Here find its place the creation through word, which is following after mental nature, enunciated in the first mansion. In the moment when the creative potential exists and the idea is born, the word is the next who is following and shapes it, gives it a form and makes it to reveal itself, as is in in the Gospel of John told: “In the beginning was the word.” Albothaim is using the initial force contained in the first mansion, Alnath, stimulates it, gives it more briskness and more strength, and makes it to manifest itself in a visible way.
The Sun in the Second Mansion represents a person full of whims, stubborn, extremly brave, but without warmth. The prototype of a tenacious person and full of ambitions, who is determined to achieve whatever he wants, despite the price he must pay.
The Moon in the Second Mansion exhibits, according to Cardanus, changing and fluctuating richness. The economies of the native are extremely fluid and depend of his capacity of actuating them, to bring him profit, not frugality. The spontaneity and irrationality bring with them situations from which he can learn the value of a good-made plan before acting instinctively.
Mercury in the Second Mansion shows a very skilled person from the perspective of persuasion, mouthy and voluble, who can have a particularly success in trade or economy. Although he can get often into troubles because of his haste and short-term plans for enrichment, he is managing to clear everything up and start over again. The money go away as quickly as they came, and his founds are continuously fluctuating.
Venus in the Second Mansion designates a person with inclinations toward affair and adultery, acting very passionate in love. She is in a constant search, even if she is pleased, being very indecisive about she wants from a partner. She will not “quiet down” even in the oldest age. The natives with this aspect, have a strong libido and a special sex appeal, flirting being sometimes the favorite “sport”. The motto of these persons would be: “All is fair in love and war”.
Mars in the Second Mansion defines a whimsy and impulsive behaviour, a person who is not thinking too much before acting, having a life leaded by passion and ambition. The native is resembling a warrior who rushes by all means into a battle, crushing left and right, hoping that he will win the battle as a true hero, without thinking too much about strategy, regretting that after happening.
Jupiter in the Second Mansion shows a clumsy politician, who is not very concerned about diplomacy, but is rushing at the first signs of victory. In a leading position he will discover that because of his nature, his subalterns either will disregard him or plan to look for another job.
Saturn in the Second Mansion represents a native predisposed toward study, philosophy and wisdom, who can work more efficiently for himself. If he will try to spread his achieved knowledge to other people, either as a professor, lecturer or publicist, he will be disappointed by both the lack of public interest, and his own deficient skills regarding this. Saturn in this domain is emphasizing the chances for celibacy and loneliness.
Uranus in the Second Mansion designates a changeable, dynamic and whimsy native, who is always looking for new elements. He can engage in searches of mystic nature, which he will abandon shortly out of boredom, or change the religious denomination at least once in his life.
Neptune in the Second Mansion shows a strong willed person, but in the same time, very docile. The native is characterized by tenacity, determination and firmness, but all these are subordinated to his impulsive character.
Pluto in the Second Mansion represents a person who wants to succeed in life be any means. Even in the more delicate areas of life, the native will wish to excel: if he is an intellectual, he will want to be a celebrity in his field, regardless of costs. If he is a person with mystic predispositions, he will look to achieve a first rank position or to be a wonder-man, if he is a religious person he will want zealously to obtain salvation and to become a saint, and so on.
Lilith in the Second Mansion designates a very changeable nature, predisposed toward fights and rebellions. His rebel nature is manifesting often fulminating all the elements, which he tried to suppress over time.
The North Node in the Second Mansion shows the fact that the mission of native’s life is that of learning to use the enthusiasm and spur of the moment in a wise way and fully according to rationality. He has a big evolutive potential and possesses a pretty large free will, being open to experiments, but with condition that he will value these experiments with moderation and wisdom.
The South Node in the Second Mansion designates a soul who in previous lives abused the will power in moment reactions. He acted rashly both in particular situations, and also during his evolution as a spirit in his previous life. He was characterized by impulsivity, and is possible that in present he obtained a karma way too heavy to eliminate quickly and to evolve swiftly in the next lives.