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20 Nov, 10 tweets, 2 min read
An Indian perspective on Great conjunctions:
(Guru = Jupiter; Shani = Saturn)
The Chart for the 2020 conjunction, in the sidereal zodiac <Lahari ayanamsa> Image
One of the interesting properties of Jup-Sat
cnj, is that they occur extremely regularly at 20 year intervals, and within signs of the same element

in 1702 there was a cnj in Aries
in 1723, the cnj was in Sgr
in 1742, the cnj was in Leo
in 1762, it was back in Aries
AS you may know, all these are signs of the element Fire. But this pattern is not exact; the point at which the planets conjoin drifts slowly into the next sign of the zodiac...
<You can see a pic of this drift here>
skyscript.co.uk/mean_conjuncti… Image
Now, at length, after 240 years or 12 conjunctions, Jupiter and Saturn would start meeting in signs ruled by another element, in this case Earth (i.e. conjunctions in Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn). These "triplicity shifts" were considered highly significant events.
Now, in the tropical zodiac, the 2020 conjunction represents one such triplicity shift. From 2020 to 2159, all conjunctions would occur in Air signs---- in the tropical zodiac at least.
It would be interesting to study these triplicity shifts in the Sidereal zodiac, rather than the tropical zodiac as most western astrologers do.
Still, regardless of whatever zodiac you use, there is an undeniable feeling of awe when you study these conjunctions - you are participating in an enterprise that has continued for thousands of years,
These conjunctions also seem to compress vast stretches of time-- for example, the last time anyone saw a conjunction in Tropical Aquaurius was in 1405-- The year the last Emperor of the Byzantine empire was born....

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21 Nov
I like these Chinese descriptions of deep time.

Another nice eg of immense eons is the story behind the idiom 滄海桑田- “The emerald sea becoming a mulberry field"
The story is recorded in Ge Hong's famous "Biographies of the Immortals" 《神仙传》, in which one of the immortals remarks that she has seen the Bohai turn from sea to land and back again, thrice
i recall another story-- whose source I forget-- in which an immortal who lived in the same area put a stone in a basket every time the change was complete (which took ~800 years); across the time of his life he filled 3 rooms with such baskets
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21 Nov
The Classic of Pure tranquility.
The present text is taken from here:
Some texts (eg the one here zh.m.wikisource.org/zh/%E5%A4%AA%E…) omit the last three sections, which are comments on the scripture by other immortals
English translations are accessible here
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21 Nov
I am presently translating some Daoist texts; and at times I am nervously veering towards using Buddhist-influenced English translations for the some Chinese terms...
This is not to say that Daoism and Buddhism are not closely interlinked-- of course they are. Just take a look at the first line of this "Precious notice of the Jade Purity" 玉清宝诰, a hymn in praise of the Daoist deity the Jade Purity:
This line is a description of the Jade Purity, which goes:
"Atop the three worlds, With a Brahma梵 Qi in the highest heaven.", a meaning supported by the commentary sohu.com/a/211948317_63…
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21 Nov
For a lunar mansion talisman at least 3 things must be fulfilled:
1 The moon must be in the mansion
2 she must not be combust
3 she must not be in a hard aspect with Saturn or Mars.

Given these parameters, it is interesting to work out how quickly you can make a complete set.
Condition 1 sets a lower bound to the number of days this can be done. As the moon takes ~28 days to travel round the zodiac- and hence the mansions, a complete set cannot be made in less time than 1 lunar month.
Now, a Lunar mansion is about 12 degrees; approximately how far the moon travels in 24 hours. <This fact is vital for what follows>
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20 Nov
Interesting to note that the verb for creating an astrological chart is shifting from "Cast" to "Pull up"
iirc this verb was also used on the most recent episode of the astrology podcast. Image
William Lilly's autobiography uses the word "Set a figure"
archive.org/details/livest… Image
Lilly's Christian astrology uses "Erect a figure of heaven"
books.google.com/books?id=WZwEa… Image
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20 Nov
One of the more interesting resources of Daoism is the FYSK Daoist Culture Centre Database
It is available in Chinese zh.daoinfo.org/wiki/%E9%A6%96…
And English en.daoinfo.org/wiki/Main_Page versions
The Chinese version is far more complete than the English one, but then again, considering how vanishingly little there is on Daoism in English, this project is one of the better compilations-- and it seems to be growing, like a wiki.
Particulary useful pages are this one which contains short articles on major Daoist scriptures
and rituals
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