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Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Astrological Chart of the Week
For the Week of July 23-29, 2001

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An Astrological Magic Talisman of the Sun for Depression, Stomach Ache and Aging

from Picatrix

This week the Sun goes into Leo which it rules. Thus the next few weeks will be excellent for elections and talismans of the Sun.
The Sun has traditionally been used as a remedy for melancholy, what we moderns call depression. Traditional medicine, closely allied with astrology, divided human temperaments into four categories: the choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic, and melancholic humors. Each humor related to one of the four elements. The choleric temperament was fiery, hot and dry. The sanguine, airy, hot and moist. The phlegmatic, watery, cold and wet. The melancholic temperament was earthy and cold and dry.
As the famous Renaissance philosopher Marsilio Ficino notes in his On a Healthy Life Saturn and Mercury are associated with melancholy because they are cold and dry. Three Books On Life Bk. I, Chapter 4 (Kaske & Clarke trans.) page 113.

Helios, the God of the Sun
As the Sun is hot and dry it is not surprising that he is used to fight melancholy. The English astrologer Joseph Blagrave recommends, "...use a select number of Herbs which are under the Sun, in regard he if Fountain of Life, and sole monarch of the Heavens; and all those Herbs which are under his Dominion are always approved good to comfort the Heart, Brain, Nerves, Arteries and Vital Spirits..."Astrological Practice of Physick (JustUs ed) page xv.
St. John's Wort
Modern science has rediscovered the anti-melancholic properties of another herb ruled by the Sun, St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum). The August 3, 1996 issue of the British Medical Journal contains an analysis of approximately 25 studies that suggest that St. John's Wort is just as helpful as commonly used prescription drugs against depression. Its brilliant yellow petals and the fact that it flowers in midsummer help explain why Nicholas Culpepper says in his famous herbal that St. John's Wort is under the rule of the Sun and Leo. Culpepper's Color Herbal (Sterling 1983) page 163.
We turn to Picatrix for this week's example of Electional Astrology and Astrological Magic. For more information on Picatrix, an encyclopedic work of medieval Arabic astrology and magic see Picatrix at Twilight Grotto. Two more selections from Picatrix, untranslated elsewhere can be found at Astrology, Magical Talismans & Mansions of the Moon in Picatrix and Listing of the Mansions of the Moon in Picatrix.
This week's talisman comes from David Pingree's Latin version of Picatrix published by the Warburg Institute,
De Sole. In hora Solis ad auferendum cogitaciones malas et ad sanandum infirmitates epatis et stomachi facias ymaginem prima facie Leonis ascendente et Sole ibidem commorante; et hec ymago valet ad ea que diximus et eciam ad antiquas infirmitates sanandas.

Of the Sun. In the hour of the Sun to remove bad thoughts and heal infirmities of the liver and stomach make an image when the first face of Leo ascends and the Sun abides in that very place. They say this image produces health and heals infirmities of the aged.
Picatrix Book II, Chapter 10 page 74 (translation by Christopher Warnock, Esq.)

Chart produced by Solar Fire 5

Following these instructions the time chosen for the making of the Sun talisman is July 29, 2001 at 6:18 am EDT in Washington, D.C. 38 N 55, 77 W 03. At this time the first face of Leo rises. The Sun is in the first face and thus in the ascendant. It is the planetary hour and planetary day of the Sun.
Alright, now that we've got the time, how do we make the talisman? Further guidance is provided by another Picatrix section which gives the images of the Zodiacal faces,
Et ascendit in prima facie Leonis vir sordidis vestibus indutus; et ascendit cum eo figura domini equi aspicientis contra septentrionem; et eius figure assimilatur figure urse et figure canis. Et hec facies est fortitudinis, liberalitatis, et victorie. Et hec est eius forma.
And there ascends in the first face of Leo a man wearing dirty clothing and there ascends with it the form of a lord of the horse facing the North and this figure looks like the figure of a bear and the figure of a dog. And this is a face of fortitude, liberality and victory. And this is its form. Picatrix Book II, Chapter 11, page 77 (translation by Christopher Warnock, Esq.)
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