The Closed Door
Ancient Name: Al Baldah (The City)
17°08’34″ Sagittarius to 0° Capricorn
To end a situation
Do: Seek closure. End arrangements that are no longer working. Resign from a job. Divorce.
Don’t: Dwell on the past. Start partnerships.
(Sun in Lunar Mansion 21 from December 9 to December 20)
Lunar Mansions in History
From Al Biruni, 11th Century Al-baldah, an area of the heavens behind Sagittarius, devoid of stars, and compared to a desert or to a gap (between the eyebrows). The stars which border it on the west) from the tresses of Sagittarius are called al quiladah, the necklace.
From Abenragel, 11th Century
Indian Astrology – Good for starting any building, for sowing, for buying lands or livestock, for buying and making women’s jewelry and clothes. Indifferent for journeys.
Dorotheos – A woman who is divorced or widowed will not marry again. Indifferent for slaves bought, since they will think much of themselves and will not humble themselves to their masters.
From Picatrix, 11th Century The twenty-first Mansion is Albelda, and it is for destruction . When the Moon has passed around to this Mansion, fashion the image of a man having two faces, with one facing forward and one facing behind. Cense it with sulfur and carabe , and say: You, Bectue, leave the place where you are and destroy them. Then place the image in a small bag and place sulfur and carabe with it along with some hair, and bury it in the place that you wish, and it shall be as you have requested. And know that Bectue is the name of the lord of this Mansion.
From Agrippa, 16th Century Abeda. Albeldach. The Desert. 17°08’34″ Sagittarius. Favours harvests, money, buildings, travelers, causes divorce, the destruction of somebody. A man with a double countenance, before and behind.
From Robson, 20th Century Al Baldah. pi Sagittarius [Albadah]. (Mansion 19: 16 Capricorn 20′ in 2007). The City or District. Favorable for harvest, gain, buildings, and travelers, but causes divorce. With Moon here take medicine, navigate and put on new clothes.
From Stockinger, 21st Century Mansion 21: al-Balda, The City, 17* Sagittarius 8’ to 0* Capricorn.
Signification: Favourable for travel, earnings and recovery from illness. Make talismans to safeguard travelers, protect the house and increase your crops.
From Warnock, 21st Century This is a mansion of endings…. This is the time to accept that the path one has travelled has reached its end. We are playing an end game. It is time to cut our losses. We bear in mind that as painful as endings are, they are necessary to clear the field for new growth. As the proverb says, when God shuts a door, he opens a window. Our task now is to find that window. Keywords: Defeat, destructive enmity, internal conflict, people or forces at odds, division