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Constellation Canis Minor and Star Procyon

Procyon Talisman for Favor & Health from Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy

My mind to me an empire is, While grace affordeth health.

Sir Edward Dyer

This week we again turn to Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy for our example of Astrological Magic and Astrological Talismans. This week's talisman is another example of the use of fixed stars in astrological magic utilizing the star Procyon.
Agate, the Stone of Procyon
Procyon is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor, the Lesser Dog and thus is also known as Alpha Canis Minor. Bernadette Brady says that Procyon brings quick, but not lasting success. Brady's Book of Fixed Stars (Weiser, 1998) page 91. Ptolemy says that Spica is of the nature of Mercury and to a lesser extent Mars. Tetrabiblos Bk. I, Chapter 9 (Loeb, 1940) page 57.
Agrippa says that, "Under the Lesser Dog Star [Procyon] they made the image of a cock or of three little maids; it conferreth the favour of the gods, of spirits, and men, it giveth power against witchcrafts, and preserveth health." Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. II, Chapter 47, (Tyson ed.) page 395.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
So onto our talisman. Agrippa discusses the construction of rings using astrological magic and his instructions are applicable to talismans as well, "...when any star ascends fortunately, with the fortunate aspect or conjunction of the Moon,
We must take a stone, and herb that is under that star, and make a ring of that metal that is suitable to this star and fasten the stone, putting the herb, or root under it; not omitting the inscriptions of images, names and characters, also the proper suffumigations..."

Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. I, Chapter 47, (Tyson ed.) page 140.
On July 2, 2002 at 7:09 am EDT (+4) in Cleveland Park, a neighborhood of Washington, D.C. 38 N 55, 77 W 03, Procyon, located at 25 degrees and 47 minutes of Cancer is rising. The Moon applies to a partile trine of Procyon.
Agrippa says of the fixed stars, "The sixth is called the Lesser Dog Star, and amongst stones rules over achates [agates]; amongst plants the flowers of marigold and pennyroyal." Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. I, Chapter 32, (Tyson ed.) page 98.
Character of Procyon
Agrippa also gives the characters for some of the most important fixed stars, including Procyon, whose character is shown to right. Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. II, Chapter 52, (Tyson ed.) page 410.
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