Due to the different natures of the traditions involved, all three sets of lunar mansions are located in different places. Since the Western mansions are tropical, they don’t move. The Vedic mansions are sidereal, so they move to keep up with the stars they are associated with. The Chinese mansions, on the other hand, begin with the mansion that corresponds to the star Spica in Virgo, which marked the September equinox.
However, for uses of this article, I’ll begin each set of the Lunar mansions with whichever mansion falls around the star Sharatan in Aries.
Al Sharatan: In the Western Tradition, this mansion begins cleanly at 0° Aries and ends at 12° 51’ 26’’. Vedic places it 26° Aries and ending it at 9° Taurus 20’.
In electional astrology, it is advised to avoid quarrels while the Moon is here. It is a good time to travel and for taking medicine, especially laxatives. In magic, the warning of avoiding quarrels is used here to divide couples, friends, and groups from their unions and to put distance between them. It is also good for helping slaves escape.
Vedic astrology calls this mansion Ashvini and says the lord of this mansion is the South Node. This mansion relates to the horse-headed women who served as physicians to the gods. This mansion is said to be beneficial for sales, the arts, learning, and marriages, and medicine. Someone born with their Moon here is said to be a physician or military commander while they are also polite, fair of face, and intelligent, though gaps may occur in their education.
Also in this same place in the sky, the Chinese mansion Leu is found. It is marked by the stars Sheratan, Hamal, and Mesarthim and is even said to be ruled by Venus. Leu means “bond” or “train of a garment” and is the second mansion found in the part of the sky ruled by the White Tiger Baihu. It contains the asterisms Tso Kong, Yew Kang, Tien Yuen, Tien Yu, Tien Ta Tseang.
Al Butain: Western tradition begins this mansion at 12° Aries 51’ 27’’ and ends it on 25° Aries 42’52’’. Vedic astrology puts it at 9° Taurus 21’ and ends it on 22°40’.
Traditional western electional astrology claims this mansion is good for treasure hunting, sea travel, taking prisoners and captives, husbandry and farming. Astrological magic holds this mansion is good for digging canals and wells and finding hidden treasure and lost objects. Talismans can be made in this mansion for fertile crops and to prevent marriages. It is said that any talisman that is used to begin something can be made here as this mansion brings luck and is fiery. It’s also a good mansion to make a talisman if you want to help slaves escape or – on the other side of the coin – tighten bonds so as to torture someone.
Vedic astrology calls this mansion Bharani and it is ruled by the planet Venus. This is a destructive mansion as it favors deceit, destruction, poison, and burning. This mansion is also seen as being under the care of the god of death and its symbol is the yomi which is in itself a symbol for the vulva. It is said that those born with the Moon in this mansion will be deceitful, wicked, and envious and – oddly – be jewelers. They tend to be intelligent and witty, but can become fanatical with their beliefs.
Chinese astrology places the mansion Wei Xiu (35, 41, 39 Aries) here. This mansion represents a stomach and is ruled by the planet Saturn. In this mansion lie the asterisms Celestial Foodstuff,
Celestial Circular Granary (Menkar), Mausoleum (Algol), Celestial Boat (Mirfak), Heap of Corpses (Thuban), and Stored Water.
Al Thurayya (Turaiya): This mansion begins at 25°Aries42’53’’ and ends at 8°Taurus34’18’’ in Western astrology, and it runs through 22°Taurus40’ to 6°Gemini0’.
Western electional astrology says this mansion is good for hunting, “chemical work” (most likely referring to alchemy), buying and selling, and travel by land, but not by water. In magic, talismans can be made here to give sailors safe passage, to destroy groups, and to free prisoners. If you’re an alchemist, you’ll want a talisman made in this mansion. It’s also a good mansion to make talismans to protect one from fire, for good luck hunting, and love between marriage partners. Making a talisman here to damage cattle and slaves so that the owner may lose them will bring those results. It is said this house is mixed good and bad luck.
Vedic astrology calls this mansion Krittika and it is said it is ruled by the Sun and its symbol is that of a knife. Hindu mythology says the star cluster we know as the Pleiades are the wives of the Saptarsi and were placed in the sky after they were divorced from their husbands. It is said that children born with the Moon here will become occultists or astrologers and will be gluttons, adulterous, handsome, and famous.
The mansion known as Mao Xiu (Hairy Head) lies here and corresponds to the Pleiades cluster. The ruler of this mansion is the Sun and it contains the asterisms Celestial River (HIP 15549), Moon (37 Tauri), yin Force, Hay, Celestial Meadows (Zaurak), Rolled Tongue (Menkib), Celestial Slander, and Whetstone.
Al Dabaran: This mansion begins at 8°Taurus34’18’’ and 6°Gemini0’ in the Western and Vedic traditions respectively, and ends on 21°25’44’’ and 19°20’.
Western electional astrology calls this a very unfortunate house as its bad for just about everything except for farming. In astrological magic this mansion is used for mostly destructive actions. Damaging cities and hindering building, damaging crops, bind slaves, divide a couple, and to hinder the quests of those looking for treasure. On the positive side, though, talismans made here are helpful in banishing pests.
Vedic traditional names this mansion Rohini and the lord of this mansion is the Moon. This mansion is favorable for coronations and other ceremonies, planting trees and sowing seeds, building of towns and starting matters of a permanent nature. The Moon here makes a truthful, polite, and uncovetous person.
In China, this area of the sky is referred to as Bi Xiu or the net and the Moon. This mansion holds the asterisms Whisper, Celestial Street, Celestial Tally, Feudal Kings, Celestial High Terrace, Interpreters of Nine Dialects, Five Chariots (Capella), Pillars, Celestial Pier, Pool of Harmony, Celestial Gate (Beta Monocerotis), Banner of Three Stars, Imperial Military Flag, Celestial Orchard (Archenar).
Al Haqa (Hakah): The fifth mansion runs from 21°Taurus25’45’’ to 4°Gemini17’10’’ in Western, tropical tradition and runs from 19°Gemini20’ to 2°Cancer40’.
In Western electional astrology, this mansion is good for many things, including building, returning home from journeys, sending children off to school, commerce, voyages, marriage, and medical treatments. The western magical lore tells us that talismans made with the Moon in this mansion are good for sending children to school so they may be practical with their knowledge, safe travel, stabilizing buildings, and to destroy groups as this mansion is partly unlucky. A tip in the Picatrix tells us we can make talismans here to create harmony and unity between marriage partners if the Moon and Ascendant are in human signs and if the malefics are harmonious with aspects and not combust. How that’s possible when the Moon is not in this mansion, though is a different matter.
Vedic astrological tradition calls this mansion Mrigashisha and gives lordship of it to Mars. It is said that this mansion is good for making things and crafts as well as favoring loving relationships. Those born with the Moon here are said to be good painters and writers and will deal in perfumes and flowers, it will also make the native timid, talkative, and fond of pleasures.
Chinese astrology puts the mansion Zi Xiu or Turtle Beak here and its ruler is Mars. The asterisms contained here are The Monster God (Betelgeuse), and Seat Flags (Bellatrix).
Al Hana (Hanah): Western tradition places this mansion at 4°Gemini17’10’’ to 17°Gemini8’36’’ while the Vedic tradition has it placed at 2°Cancer40’ to 16°Cancer0’.
In electional astrology, this mansion is good for hunting and acts of war, but is bad for farming, taking medicine, or any peaceful operations. Astrological magic says the best uses of this mansion are for making talismans for besieging and invading cities, to control kings and cast curses on enemies, as well as to destroy seeds and deposits of goods as well as blocking the healing hands of medicine. Oddly, though, with this mansion’s obvious negative implications, the mansion is also good for talismans to build good friendships and for luck in hunting.
Vedically, this mansion is known as Ardra and its ruler is the North Node. This mansion is said to be good for torture and imprisonment and is known to bring nasty storms when the Moon is here. It is said that those born with the Moon here will deal in black magic and exorcisms and enjoy such hobbies as torture, murder, and adultery, though they will also be afflicted with sickness, fear and anger. On a brighter note, said person will also be quick witted and strong.
The Chinese put the mansion Three Stars (Shen Xiu) here, which obviously corresponds with the stars that make up Orion’s Belt, this asterism is ruled by Mercury. The asterisms Punishment, Jade Well (Cursa), Screen (Gamma Leporis), Military Well, Toilet (Arneb), and Excrement (Mu Columbae) are placed in this area.
Al Dira (Dhira): In Western astrology Al Dira runs from 17°Gemini8’36’’ to 30°Gemini0’0’’ whereas in Vedic astrology it goes from 16°Cancer0’ to 29°Cancer20’.
The rules of electional astrology state that this mansion is good for financial matters, love affairs, strengthening friendship, and farming. It’s bad for people in authority and travelers, but it appears to be favorable for ridding a place of insects. The magical tradition states this mansion is good for talismans that promote friendship, safety to travelers on the sea, nurture seeds, comfort escaping slaves, keeping bugs out, and getting things from a king or other high person with which one deals. However, any alchemical operations begun here will not succeed and will need to be done again.
In Eastern tradition, this mansion is called Punarvasu and is ruled by Jupiter. It is said that a man born here will only have sons. Also, someone born with the Moon here will be wealthy, famous, handsome, and honorable and surround himself with artistic people. The person will also be devout, quiet, and happy, but may suffer many sicknesses and trouble concentrating.
The Chinese placed the mansion Jing Xiu (translates as Well) represented by the star Alhena here and it contains the asterisms Battle Axe, South River (Procyon), North River (Castor and Pollux) , Celestial Wine Cup, Five Feudal Kings (Theta Gemini), Accumulated Water, Pile of Firewood, Irrigation Official, Water Level, Four Channels, Market for Soldiers, Wild Cockerel, Grandfather, Son, Grandson, Palace Gate, Celestial Wolf (Sirius), Bow and Arrow, and Old Man. This mansion also marks the beginning of the Summer sky and thus this area of the sky comes under the protection of the Vermillion Bird Zhu Que.