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Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Current Astrological Chart
For October 2005

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1st Chart for October, 2005:
De Imaginibus Wealth Talisman
Thabit Ibn Qurra
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Thabit Ibn Qurra's


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Astrological Optics

The current astrological chart begins with an insight gleaned from the Harranian Sabian mage Thabit Ibn Qurra's treatise on astrological magic entitled De Imaginibus "On Images", the first English translation of which is now available from Renaissance Astrology.
The Harranian Sabians continued their planetary religion and Neoplatonic and Hermetic philosophy well into the medieval period. They were renowned for their mastery of the Hermetic arts of astrology, alchemy and magic and Thabit Ibn Qurra was their most famous sage. His masterwork, De Imaginibus, contains some of the most sophisticated astrological magic ever practiced and was a model for subsequent medieval and Renaissance mages like Marsilio Ficino and Cornelius Agrippa. De Imaginibus also figures prominently as a source in Picatrix, an encyclopedic work famous as the most authoritative exemplar of astrological magic.
In De Imaginibus Thabit Ibn Qurra repeatedly insists that a talisman must be based on the chart of a horary question or on a birth or natal chart. This tunes the talisman specifically to the user or the person whom the user seeks to affect.
I realized that this magical insight could be combined the arcane learning of another rare traditional astrology text, Johannes Angelus' Astrological Optics, available only on the Renaissance Astrology Library CD III. Angelus' focus is on natal astrology and he not only provides images for the faces, which we are familiar with from such sources as Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy and Picatrix, but Angelus goes on to provide an image for every degree of the Zodiac, 360 in all!
While Angelus uses these images to describe people born with a particular degree rising, I realized that like the images of faces, these degree images were also appropriate for talismans.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Our example is for a client who was born under 8 degrees and 30 minutes of Cancer rising. Since from 0 degrees 1 minute to 0 degrees 59 minutes is the first degree of Cancer, 8 degrees and 30 is in the 9th degree of Cancer, just as 1789 is in the 18th century.
On page 20 of Astrological Optics Angelus says, In the [9th degree of Cancer there arises the image of] a woman holding a distaff in her right hand. It imports a laborious person." A distaff is a tool used in spinning. This is the image for our client and an example of an appropriate image can be seen above.
In our election chart, for 10:16 pm EDT, on October 22, 2005 at Cleveland Park, a Washington, D.C. neighborhood, 8 Cancer 30 or the 9th degree of Cancer rises.
The Moon, ruler of Cancer is in the 9th degree of Cancer. This is the time when we would make our talisman using the image of a woman with a distaff in her hand.
These elections are much more complex and sophisticated than simply doing planetary talismans. They are specifically tuned to the natal charts of the person using them or that the mage seeks to affect. They make use of the full range of technique available to the advanced Harranian Sabians. I am pleased to have been able to make the first English translation of De Imaginibus and to be able to make it available in this new Hermetic Renaissance.
Here is further information on Astrological Talismans and Astrological Magic.
You might also be interested in my Renaissance Astrology CD Library Series, with 52 rare astrology and magic books as well as my Facsimile Editions of unique Astrology and Magic Books and my discussion group Spiritus Mundi.
If you wish to delve even deeper into this fascinating area I offer my Planetary Magic Mini-Course and Mansions of the Moon Mini-Course, which allow students to immediately start making talismans and elections and are a great introduction to my longer Electional Astrology Course, Horary Astrology Course and Astrological Magic Course.



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