Can the Moon ever be cazimi?

In a FB thread I discussed the coincidence of the dark Moon occurring at the time news reports were circulating that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed by American forces.

The lunar cycle

The dark Moon symbolises the complete and utter emptying out of the Sun‘s light and love and subsequent death. It occurs just before the new Moon, which represents re-birth, fertilisation, and the conception of his love, which then builds through the first quarter up until the full Moon when she is drunk with his love and shining brightly. After this point the waning part of the lunar cycle begins and his light and love drains away until there is nothing left. She is desolate and completely dark. At this moment, before the first light of the new Moon, we have the exact syzygy.

Some say the exact syzygy cannot carry the negative connotations of a dark Moon because it represents a planet in cazimi, which is viewed very favourably in astrology. But can the Moon ever be cazimi?


A planet is said to be ‘cazimi’ when it is within 17′ of longitude from the Sun, at which time it is said to be “in the heart of the Sun”. This state is analogous to a person sitting on the king’s lap; this person is said to ‘have his ear’ and has their agenda promoted by the king. Cazimi is generally viewed as being very favorable.

Syzygy is when the luminaries are in aligned with the earth in a straight line. This can only take place at a dark (new) or full Moon.

A dark or new Moon occurs when the Moon travels between the sun and the earth and cannot reflect light to earth. The side of the Moon facing Earth in completely dark. Technically, this is called a conjunction or syzygy and referred to by some as a dark Moon and others as a new Moon.

The concept of a new Moon only occurring at first visibility has been with us since ancient times, and in the Islamic calendar a new Moon is said to occur when the first sliver of the waxing crescent Moon is observed.

Astrology is based on the visibility of light and a Moon which carries no light and is completely dark cannot be a new Moon. There’s nothing new about the dark Moon, nothing to see. Just as a baby is only born when it leaves its mother and becomes visible, so the Moon can only be new when she first becomes visible.

Combustion: But in its dark and the new stages the Moon is combust. Deborah Houlding ( says a planet is combust “…when it is in conjunction with the Sun and therefore hidden from sight by the light of the Sun. Traditionally this is a serious debility and implies that the planet is weakened or restricted in power.” A planet is combust when it is within 8° of the Sun. A lesser debility is when a planet is within 17° of the Sun when it is said to be under the Sun’s beams.

The darkening Moon was certainly debilitated at the time news reports were circulating about the death of the terrorist. Putting aside the possibility for the moment that the Moon was cazimi, astrological indicators reflected the terrorist’s terminal situation.

But was the Moon cazimi?

My The New International Ephemeris 1900-2050 published by Aureas Editions shows the exact syzygy, the so-called new Moon, took place on 28 October 2019 at 3:40 am GMT time, at 4.25 Scorpio. When I entered these into Solar Fire and clicked Reports it showed the following results:

While the longitude for the luminaries is the same, the Moon’s latitude is over 4 degrees off centre, a significant difference.

Guido Bonnati, one of the giants in astrology on whose shoulders we stand, said in his Book on Astronomy Volume 1, Treatise 3 – Planets, Chapter 7, page 211 (published by Benjamin N. Dykes 2007) that “….when it [a planet] is with the Sun in one degree, so that there be 16’ or less between them, both by longitude or latitude (which rarely happens), it is said to be united, and is therefore made strong, because it is said to be in the Sun’s forge, and is said to be in the heart of the Sun.” And he goes on to say that if a planet is within 16’ by longitude, but not latitude, it is combust.

Following Bonatti’s view we can say the Moon on Oct 28 2019 at 3:40 am GMT time was not cazimi. But it was debilitated and burnt / blinded by the Sun’s rays.

But what if, hypothetically, the Sun and Moon were within 16’ of each other by longitude and latitude? Would this be a situation where the Moon would be cazimi?

A solar eclipse: The Sun is 400 times the size of the Moon and 400 times further away from earth. This extraordinary coincidence of celestial measurements means that the Sun’s light is completely (and perfectly) blocked by the Moon disc at a total eclipse. At a partial solar eclipse the Moon would be off centre and not cazimi.

Can the Moon be cazimi if the Sun is eclipsed? One of the basic principles of astrology is that light equals life and power and that no light shows no power, no life. In this situation where the Sun has no light it has no power to assist the Moon. Even if we say the Moon was sitting on the king’s lap, it’s more like she has a bag over his head. He cannot see or be seen. There can be no benefit to the Moon. The benefits of cazimi cannot apply.

Conclusion: The Moon can never be cazimi.

On October 28 astrological indicators were a good reflection of news reports describing the death of a terrorist. There was no benefit from syzygy or cazimi.



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