Cosmic Clock

The Kabbalah Society’s Cosmic Clock poster, created by Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi has been out of print for many years. We are now offering it as a free download, so that you can print your own poster in whatever size or colour you wish. The Cosmic Clock is a summary of astrological principles and is a helpful tool for people interested in astrology.

The Cosmic Clock diagram sets out the main principles of astrology. From the outer band of
fixed stars to our planet Earth in the centre, it contains the zodiacal signs with their planetary
rulers and their relationships. Those who have studied astrology know how long it takes to
learn and memorise all the relevant details. This diagram can be used as a quick reference, as
well as a visual aid or a philosophical source of contemplation.

The twelve signs of the zodiac relate to the four elements of Fire, Air, Water and
Earth. Thus all three Signs belonging to the same element have much in common, like Aries,
Leo and Sagittarius forming a triplicity of Fire. Just as important is to consider the Grand
Crosses of Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable signs. The Cardinal signs mark the turning points of
a year in the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes and Summer and Winter Solstices.

The overlay of the twelve mundane houses in a horoscope is based upon the zodiacal
system. For example, the 1st house relates to Aries with its Cardinal mode and the element of
Fire. While the planets in signs describe the character of a person, the planets in houses
define a particular area of life where the influence will manifest. A planet’s influence can also
be affected by its position in a particular sign. For example, Venus who is the ruler of Taurus
and Libra is exalted in Pisces, in detriment in Scorpio and Aries, while in Virgo she is in fall.

The innermost circles of this diagram refer to traditional symbolism like associated
metals and planetary archetypes. Various stages of life from infancy to old age are seen to be
governed by different planets. On the Earth in the centre, terrestrial elements and organic life
respond to the celestial influences coming from above. The zodiac is the interface between us
and the living cosmos.