Have you ever read your horoscope and wondered how it was calculated? The zodiac as we all know it divides the ecliptic of the Sun into twelve sections, marked by constellations that we know as the zodiac signs. But an alternative zodiac developed out of the encounter of the Indian, Bedouin and Islamic traditions. The lunar mansions divided the ecliptic according to the sidereal revolution of the Moon around the Earth, instead of considering the Sun. This alternative zodiac was made of 27 or 28 sections, each marked by small star clusters. Lunar mansions, like the solar zodiac, were employed not only for timekeeping purposes, but also for weather forecasting and astrological prediction.

This 90-minute session begins with a short introduction to the lunar mansions. Following the introduction, participants will take turns to read from the Latin and Arabic manuscript text by Guglielmo Raimondo de Moncada. The final twenty minutes of the session will be dedicated to open discussion between the participants of themes and questions that arose during the reading and translation.

Materials will be circulated in advance. Participants from all backgrounds are welcome. Knowledge of Arabic and/or Latin is useful, but not necessary – all participants are encouraged to take part in the open discussion.

Organisers: Arianna dalla Costa and Beatrice Bottomley (Warburg Institute)

FREE VIA ZOOM. PLEASE BOOK BY TUESDAY 19 OCTOBER TO RECEIVE THE EXTRACTS