Arabic Astrology

Part of a series of book illustrations for Mr. Al Sowaidi.

In the traditional Arabic astrological system the moon was seen to move through 28 distinct manazil (Mansion of the Moon) during the normal solar year, each manzil lasting, therefore, for about 13 days. One or more manazil were then grouped into a nawaa which were tied to a given weather pattern.

Al Dhira represents the Forearms of the Lion, and was believed to be favourable for love, friendship and healing, business and trade, and for obtaining the favour of superiors.

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