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Astrological Chart of the Week
Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Astrological Chart of the Week
For the Week of March 3-6, 2003

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January 17-23, 2003: Agrippa's
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Image of Saturn for

Longevity & Much Drinking


Book Two,
Chapter Ten of


This is the first time I have ever featured a talisman of Saturn in my charts of the week. Saturn is the Greater Malefic and many of his talismans are for things like causing discord and enmity. He is also associated with agriculture and longevity. This week's talisman is an unusual one dealing with longevity and drinking.
The image descriptions for this week's talisman comes Picatrix, an encyclopedic work of medieval Arabic astral magic. We are fortunate to have the new English translation from Arabic of the Picatrix from Ouroboros Press which we can compare to the Latin Picatrix edited by David Pingree which is available from the Warburg Institute.
Here is talisman description in Book Two, Chapter 10, from the Latin Picatrix

Ymago Saturni ad multum bibendum. Si ex operibus Saturni feceris hominis formam super altam cathedram elevati, et in eius capite pannum lineum lutosum et in eius manu falcem habentis, in hora Saturni, ipso in ascendente existente, in lapide feyrizech, virtus istius ymaginis est quod qui ipsam secum portaverit multum potabit et nonnisi in senectute morietur.

Image of Saturn for much drinking. For the operations of Saturn make the form of a man elevated in a high throne, on his head a yellow linen cloth, having in his hand a sickle, in the hour of Saturn, when he is in the Ascendant in the stone feyrizech [see note below] the virtue of this image is that whoever carries it himself will be able to drink heavily and [only die from old age]

Translation by Christopher Warnock, Esq.
The image from the Ouroboros translation of Picatrix does not mention drinking. In discussing the images of Saturn it says,

"Also, if you carve the picture of a standing man in a chair that looks like a mimbar [or minbar, the pulpit in a mosque] with a semi-twisted turban on his head and sickle in his hand and if you carve this stone of turquoise in its hour and ascendant the holder of the stone will live long and have a healthy life, Allah willing.

Book II, Ch. 10, page 138.

Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Here is the corresponding talisman from Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy

"They made also an other Image of Saturn for length of dayes, in a saphire, at the hour of Saturn, Saturn ascending or fortunately constituted, whose figure was an old man setting upon an high chayre, having his hands lifted up above his head, and in them holding a fish or Sickle, and under his feet a bunch of Grapes, his head covered with a black or dusky coloured cloth, and all his garments black or dark coloured: They also make this same Image against the Stone and diseases of the kidnyes, viz. in the hour of Saturn, Saturn ascending with the third face of Aquarius..."

Book II, Chapter 38.

The election for this talisman, using the Picatrix directions, is March 16, 2003 at 10:39 am EST (+5) for Cleveland Park, a neighborhood of Washington, D.C., 38 N 56, 77 W 03. Saturn, dignified by triplicity and term rises. It is the planetary hour of Saturn.
Blue Sapphire
An interesting question arises as to the proper translation of Feyzerich. In Marsilio Ficino's Three Books on Life translated by Kaske and Clarke, they translate lapide feyzerich as sapphire. Three Books on Life, page 499. Similarly, as we can see above, Agrippa gives the stone for this talisman as the sapphire. The Ouroboros Picatrix, on the other hand, gives the stone for this talisman as the turquoise. A Google search reveals that feerozah and feeroozah are Arabic given names meaning generally a precious stone and in particular a turquoise. Finally we note that in Vedic astrology, the blue sapphire is the gem of Saturn.
Here is further information on Astrological Talismans and Astrological Magic. If you wish to delve even deeper into this fascinating area I offer Mansions of the Moon Mini-Course and Planetary Magic Mini-Course a Astrological Magic Full Course as well as a traditional astrology and astrological magic discussion group Spiritus Mundi.


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