For September 2006
This current chart is an unusual constellational talisman from De Mineralibus of the 12th century philosopher and sage Albertus Magnus. In Book II, Albertus describes the talisman of Andromeda,
De Mineralibus, Book II, tractate iii, chapter 5, translated as "The Book of Minerals" Dorothy Wyckhoff (Oxford,1967) at 142.
Albertus Magnus appears to be the source for Cornelius Agrippa who describes the constellational talisman of, "...Andromache, which begetteth love betwixt husband and wife, so that it is said even to reconcile adulterers." Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Bk II, ch. 37. Albertus himself appears to have relied on the medieval lapidaries of Arnold of Saxony and Thomas of Cantimpre.
The The Images and Sigils of Solomon found in a 17th century manuscript, Sloane 3822, are clearly derived from a similar source,
Andromeda puella imago est habens crinos sparsos ac remissas manus, a tauro cotinetur in septentrione. Venerisque naturae est eius virtus est si in lapide sculpta fuerit, rixas quirigia inter virus et uxorem ortas reconcilias & stabilem amore firmare & quam plurimis infirmitatibus custodire.
The image of Andromeda is a girl with flowing hair and relaxed hands. [The constellation] is enclosed in Taurus and is Northern. It is of the nature of Venus and its power is if it is engraved in stone, quarrels between man and wife are reconciled, love is made firm and stable and many illnesses are protected against.
The Sigils and Seals of Solomon, Sloane Ms 3822, (translated by Christopher Warnock, Esq.)
In Greek myth, Andromeda was the daughter of Cassiopeia, the Queen of Ethiopia,boasted that she was more beautiful than the Nereids, the nymphs of Poseidon, the sea god. Poseidon's anger could only be assuaged by the exposure of Cassiopeia's daughter who was subsequently rescued by Perseus. The constellation Andromeda is a long long of bright stars extending, when projected onto the ecliptic, from 7 Aries to 14 Taurus.
As we can see from my earlier Cassiopeia talisman the procedure for constellational talismans is the same as fixed star talismans. We are to make them when the Moon makes an applying conjunction, sextile or trine to them. Our experience with fixed star talismans is that they are most effective when the star is rising and the Moon is applying to a conjunction. Therefore, the appropriate time to create our talisman of Andromeda is when that constellation is rising and the Moon is applying to a conjunction.
The chart above shows the election at 9:13 pm EDT September 10, 2006 in Cleveland Park, a neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Since Andromeda extends from 7 Aries to 14 Taurus, this constellation rises from 8:5-9:40 pm EDT on September 10, 2006 at this location. At the elect time, the Moon rises and thus is conjunct Cassiopeia.
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