Ancient name: Al Dabaran (The Follower)
8°34’17″ Taurus to 21°25’40″ Taurus
For strength and tenacity in overcoming obstacles
Do: Pursue your goals, especially in business. Dive in and get something accomplished. Travel.
Don’t: Surrender because something is too hard. Avoid partnerships with those more powerful than you.
(Sun in Lunar Mansion 4 from April 29 – May 11)
Lunar Mansions in History
From Al Biruni, 11th Century: al-dabaran is a large shining red star in the easterly eye of Taurus. The head of Taurus is shaped like a bowl with its mouth to the north, (while the muffle of the bull (mouth and lips) are directed south.) Aldebaran, the “follower” of the Pleiades is also called tabi al-najm.
From Abenragel, 11th Century:
Indian Astrology – Good for sowing, for putting on new clothes, for receiving women and feminine things, for demolishing a building or starting a new one, for making a journey, except for third part of day.
Dorotheus – Good to build a house, which will be solid, and building in general, to dig a ditch, to buy slaves, who will be loyal and honest, and to buy livestock. Also good to be with kings and lords, for receiving power or honours. Bad to contract marriage, since woman will prefer another, or to enter partnerships, especially with those more powerful. Voyages will involve big waves. If captured, the captivity will be long but, if captured for skills, will be released through goodwill.
From Picatrix, 11th Century: The fourth Mansion is Aldabaran, and it is for the creation of enmity . When the Moon has passed around to this Mansion, take red wax and from it fashion the image of an armed man riding a cavalry horse holding a serpent in his right hand. Cense this image with red myrrh and storax, and say: You, Assarez, do such and such a thing and fulfill my request; and make your request from things appertaining to enmity, separation and the creation of evil desires. And it shall be completely as you have asked. And know that Assarez is the name of the lord of this Mansion.
From Agrippa, 16th Century: Aldebram or Aldelamen: eye or head of Taurus. 8°34’17″ Taurus. destruction and hindrances of buildings, fountains, wells and gold mines, the flight of reptiles and creates discord revenge, separation, enmity & ill will A soldier on a horse, holding a serpent in his right hand.
From Robson, 20th Century: Al Dabaran. alpha Taurus [Aldebaran]. (Masion 2: 9GEM52′ in 2007. 10 Gemini to 24 Gemini.) The Follower. Causes the destruction and hindrances of buildings, fountains, wells, gold mines, the flight of creeping things, and begets discord. With Moon here, pursue business, travel, marry and take medicine.
From Stockinger, 20th Century: Mansion 4: al-Dabaran, The Eye of Taurus, 8* Taurus 34’ to 21* Taurus 25’. Related to the star of the eye of the constellation Taurus, one of the Royal Stars of antiquity. Signification: Favourable for work, manufacture and small trade. Unfavourable for real estate, building and everything having to do with mines.
From Warnock, 20th Century: Al Dabaran indicates argument and anger. Its appearance often signifies chaos, enmity, struggle and conflict. It can be an indication of strength, too. But the situation requires restraint, lest we succumb to violence, either physical or emotional. This Mansion can signify a contest of wills or a lawsuit. It indicates countervailing forces, and often signifies hindrance in reaching our goals. It also reminds us, however, that without risk there is no grain. To achieve our goals, it is sometimes necessary to put forth furious effort. The treasure cannot be seized by the slow, the fearful or the lazy. Al-Dabaran may exhort us to seize the day, to apply our greatest effort in order to reap rewards. Keywords: Primal Material, discord, enmity, chaotic substance, ill-will, hindrance.