For April 2014
In the First Degree of Pisces
The current talisman comes from Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy,
"From the operations of Venus they made an Image, which was available for favor, and benevolence, at the very hour it ascending into Pisces, the form of which was the Image of a woman having the head of a bird, and feet of an Eagle, holding a dart in her hand. "
Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk II ch 42.
This Agrippa image is based on several different images from Picatrix, an encyclopedic work of medieval Arabic astrological magic,
"Image of Venus. If, under the influence of Venus, you make the image of a woman whose body is human with the head of a bird and the feet of an eagle, in her right hand an apple and in her left hand a wooden comb....everyone who carries this image...with them will receive good and be liked by everyone."
"If, under the influence of Venus, you make the form of a woman, holding an apple in her right hand and a comb in her left hand, in white stone, the first face of Libra ascending, whoever has or carries the above image will always laugh and be cheerful."
Picatrix, Bk II ch 10.
Note that Agrippa switches Venus' sign Libra for her exaltation, Pisces and combines the two images, showing flexibility and not following slavishly, but not departing entirely from his traditional source, Picatrix
The chart above shows the election for 4:51 am CDT, April 6, 2014 for Boulder, CO. Venus is at 0 Pisces, the 1st degree of Pisces, her exaltation also dignified by and rising!
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