The Crescent Moon Towers in Cancer. Astrology and Architecture: on the astrogeographical position of two architectural design projects in Dubai and Baku
The Crescent Moon Tower of Dubai
Crescent Moon Tower is an architectural design project submitted by the California-based firm Transparence House proposing a tall emblematic structure for Za’abeel Park that should signify the modern face of Dubai, The choice of the crescent shape of the Moon as an icon of Islam is apparently meant to identify Dubai as part of the Islamic world. And because of the technical difficulty of building such a structure it demonstrates Dubai’s advanced level of technical and economic development. The Crescent Moon Tower is designed to accommodate a children’s library, a conference facility, a restaurant, multiple cafes, and an open-air observation platform.
In astrology the crescent (or quarter) moon has several symbolisms. First of all the moon itself represents the opposite of the sun as the giver of light. The moon stands for the darkness and as such for all aspects that remain in the dark, hidden, unseen, invisible or unconscious. The moon can be seen only throught the reflection of sunlight. That mean that the moon stands for the reflection of experiences and impressions inside of the human system and emotionality. The moon the relates to the interior and especially individual emotionality, including the emotionality of the dead and the ancestor lines (waning moon) but also the uterus, conception and the growing of new life (growing moon). The crescent moon therefore relates to intermediate stages between life and death.
Crescent Moon Tower was a project in Dubai. Begin & stop of construction work was in 2009 on the climax of the World Financial Crisis.
Theoretically one couldn´t imagine a more perfect astrological constellation than the combination of Cancer with Aquarius for this architectural design. But it has to be understood that both sign have a particularly strong urge that craves for individuality, independent perception, modernity, personal liberation, self-reliance and self-finding and oppositng authorities. Therefore the manifestation of emblems depicting the topics of theses signs through an ornamental purpose may also have a tendency of overwriting the authenticity of the topics rather than securing a place for grounding the essential issues related to the signs.
Astrogeographic position for field level 3 which describes how the construction site is/was embedded in Dubai City: one coordinate is located in emotional water sign Cancer the sign of the Moon indicating a place where the Moon would be in the sign of its rulership and therefore in its own territory or at home. Cancer is the sign of emotional individuality, fertilty, pregnancy, ancestors, family life and feeling at home. In astrology cancer has a particularly strong affinity to emotional authenticity.
The 2nd coordinate of the site at Za’abeel Park lies in highly innovative, creative, extravagant spiritual air sign Aquarius sign of the sky, heaven, paradise, abstraction, the stars, outer space, self-finding and reconnection with the fuller potentials of humans. Aquarius stands for breaking with tradition, liberation from religious dogma and ideology, revolution and rebellion. In architectural design it relates to to seeking the fuller dimensions of human potentials through contradicting habitual patterns, provocation and seeking new possibilities. Aquarius can be seen as a possible valid indicator for some aspects of Islamic religion. But as the sign of reconnection Aquarius also relates to abstract perspective that question the replacement of the spiritual essence through images of god and the religion itself through ornaments. In this sense the choice of an emblem of religion could also have the quality of replacing spirituality and god himself through the ornaments of the ruling ideology as is the case in the suppression of true morality through burkas, hate religion, bourgeois hierarchy and the dominance of the male pseudo-personality over spirituality.
The Crescent Moon Tower of Baku
Aftter the crescent Moon Tower of Dubai had been given up in 2009 the realization of a hotel of a similar design concept was planned in the City of Baku, Azerbeijan as part of the “Crescent Development Project“. started in 2009.
The Crescent Development Project or The Crescent Bay is an under construction skyscraper complex which is being built on the Caspian Sea coast in Baku. According to the wiki article the complex includes a hotel (Crescent Hotel), an office tower (Crescent City), a residential tower, and a retail and entertainment centre (Crescent Place).
Astrogeographic position for field level 3 which describes how the construction site is embedded in Baku City: just like the former project area in Dubai the Baku project area has one coordinate located in emotional water sign Cancer the sign of the Moon indicating a place where the Moon would be in the sign of its rulership and therefore in its own territory or at home. Cancer is the sign of emotional individuality, fertilty, pregnancy, ancestors, family life and feeling at home. Cancer stands for the position of the building right on the coastline as the natural habitat of crabs.
The 2nd coordinate is in self-protective earth sign Virgo sign of health, reason, adaptation, careful planning, optmal use of ressources, drying land, gardening and parks.
The Sunrise Hotel Kempinski in Cancer with Libra
The “Sunrise Kempinski” Hotel near Beijing, China is an example for architectural design project in Cancer where a similar round shape has been established.