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The Alhambra: architectural and astrological symbolism
The Alhambra: architectural and astrological symbolism

Today we want to talk about the wonderful monument of Islamic architecture: the Alhambra. Alhambra Palace in Granada — this is not just another Muslim stronghold, but it is a symbol of the city, its soul. «Not in this life is nothing sadder than to be blind in Granada ...» — these words were spoken by the Mexican poet Francisco de Icaza, when he visited Granada.

Why did we choose this palace? Because its art features are very common with existing astrological aspects that play an important role in the work of the designer. This is Neptune in Pisces, which takes us to a world of illusion, blurring the traditional boundaries of things and phenomena. But it also helps to understand intuitively what previously seemed too complex, dissolving into individual molecules solid granite academic knowledge. Neptune in Pisces does not allow to remain indifferent to the moral problems of society and examines the strength of the system designer’s ethical values??. This is Jupiter in Leo, which gives the first spark that kindled the flame then free creativity. Jupiter shows the main line of development of fashion this year, demanded by consumers, and creates a new model to be emulated. Another important indicator of time and values is Saturn, which will soon go into Sagittarius sign and generate new criteria relation to cultural heritage. Saturn in Sagittarius will help systematize our knowledge of distant lands and abandon short-term vagaries in favor of important travel. «All that is urgently does not matter!» — this is the motto of good Saturn. And we share this statement. Mercury retrograde period is also appropriate to look back and reminisce about the great achievements in art and architecture. Therefore, we propose to take a virtual tour of the palace, and to separate the individual elements that make it so famous and majestic. We draw an analogy with the astrological indicators that remain for us the most important and informative.

Name of the palace comes from the Arabic «Qasr al-Hamra», which means «red castle». Walls and towers of the Alhambra are made of red clay. Recall that the red and purple are the colors of the Fire element, Leo Zodiac sign, and the color of Jupiter in Leo. Another version of the origin of the name goes from the light of torches, which burned during the construction of the fortress in the dark. It also resonates with the symbolism of the elements of Fire. Construction of the Alhambra associated with the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, who came to the territory of southern Spain in the VIII century. During the reign of the Muslim Nasrid dynasty (1230-1492) Granada became the capital of Moorish possessions in Spain: Granada emirate. Moorish emirs wished to conquer the lands of sunny Spain to create a piece of heaven on earth. And as a result of shady gardens of Granada Alhambra emerged, which became the residence of the emirs of conquerors. Behind the ramparts were also mosques, residential buildings, baths, gardens, warehouses, and a cemetery. Once power in Spain has returned to the Christians, the Alhambra was not destroyed, and preserved as a museum of Islamic architecture and culture. The Alhambra Palace, which relate to the XIV century, preserved to our days.

The project to build the Alhambra was extremely bold for its time. The task of the architects was to create a luxurious palace, damaging the wealth of their interiors designed for magnificent receptions, as well as to the intimate life of its ruler. Means to achieve this goal were not restricted. Today we can see the surviving evidence of this splendor. One of the biggest challenges was the water supply project. For the Moors, residents of the hot desert, water was considered a great luxury. So they want the abundance of water in all parts of the complex. Water was not only to create a cool, but mellifluous murmur of their rulers. Therefore, we can see in the Alhambra so many fountains, cascades, canals, ponds and other bodies of water, standing in gardens and flowering beds. In astrology, water is the element of Neptune, ruler of Pisces. At a time when Neptune is in Pisces, we can go back to the past era and understand the hidden plan of architects of the palace.

The palace complex includes a number of buildings constructed at different times. Most of them are currently known Palace of Carlos V, Lion Cort, Myrtle Cort, Stalactites Lounge, Hall of the Ambassadors, and others. Plan buildings with an interactive map can be found on a dedicated travel website on this page. Artistic image of the Alhambra is very versatile. It harmoniously combines picturesque gardens, patios and terraces with fountains, water cascades, canals and ponds, a variety of fine arches, domes, slender pillars carved or patterned window. Despite the ban on the images of figures that exists in Islam, the subject of decoration at the Alhambra is very diverse. Here we meet the methods of classical decoration with the help of calligraphy, such as shorthand and Kufic texts, among which you can read the poem the court poets of his era. Another important element is the decorative arabesques and floral decor, decorative weave and a series of lozenges. Muslim architects complied with the following rule: every, even the smallest element should be decorative. Recall that the principle of abundance decor is a symbolism of Jupiter in Leo, for which there is no restriction in decoration. In this regard, for the period 2014-2015, we have identified a textile trend: Grand Theater. One of the most impressive decorative elements that were used in the Alhambra, is a cellular set, consisting of small cells or overlapping cells. There is also traced the symbolism of Leo. Symbols of the zodiac sign: a circle, sun, sunflower, bee, honey, etc.

Continue our walk through the palace. The front seat of the Alhambra was a palace of Comares. In the center of the composition of the palace is the famous Myrtle Court. It received its name in the XVII century due to the rectangular pond, occupying almost the whole yard. Pond resembles a huge mirror framed with tonsured myrtle carpet. Space of Comares Tower takes a grand Throne Room (also known as the Hall of the Ambassadors), built in the 14th century. It is the largest room in the entire complex. Here ambassadors made parutes, formal receptions and court celebrations. To the Palace of Comares Lion Court adjoins. In the chambers privacy of sultans held. It got its name from the fountain located in the center of the courtyard. Below its support figure of twelve lions. For Muslims, the number 12 has a sacred meaning. According to legend, 12 lions supported the throne of the legendary King Solomon. Figures of lions are a direct reference to Leo sign, which is associated with royalty, pomp and splendor. 

Alhambra courtyards filled by columns. At first glance, it seems that they are placed at random, sometimes twinned, sometimes joined by three. Each element of the decoration is based on precise mathematical calculation. At the same time, the architecture of the palace has an irrational principle, which nullifies the exact calculations. Clear plan or lack depends on the aspects of Saturn at the time of construction of the palace. Apparently it was built so long that as a favorable and adverse effects of this planet appeared in it. All together gives the interior of the palace fabulous, fantastic shape. In astrology it is one more manifestation of the illusory Neptune.

In 1984, the Alhambra was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of the XIX century Alhambra became a source of inspiration for many famous artists and writers. Here, have created their immortal works, George Byron, François-René de Chateaubriand, Victor Hugo, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and others. Ernest Heming have said about this wonderful place, «If you happen to see only one city in Spain, they must be of Granada.»

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