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Astrological Chart of the Week
Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Astrological Chart of the Week
For the Week of September 2-8, 2002

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August 26-31, 2002:
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Medieval City

City Improvement Talisman from Book One, Chapter Five of Picatrix

This week's talisman continues a series of comparisons of the new English translation from Arabic of the Picatrix from Ouroboros Press and the Latin Picatrix edited by David Pingree which is available from the Warburg Institute.
The Picatrix is an encyclopedic work of medieval Arabic astrological magic. It had great influence on Renaissance mages like Cornelius Agrippa and Marsilio Ficino and was unpublished, in any language, until modern times. We are therefore fortunate to have the Ouroboros translation of the first two books of Picatrix. Comparison between the Latin and Ouroboros Picatrix, however, makes the Ouroboros translation clearer.
If we were following the Ourobororos Picatrix in order we would be presenting two talismans for the destruction of cities. Despite my dislike of censorship, I think that explaining how to create talismans of this type is simply going too far.
We turn to the second talisman on page 32 of the Ouroboros translation of Book One, Chapter Five of Picatrix.

A talisman to improve a city or location

It is made with the Ascendant of a Sa'ad, bring good luck to Al-Ashir, to the Master of Al-Thani and to Al-Thamin. It also brings good luck to the Moon and to the Master of the House of the Moon. Bury it in the middle of the city and you will see miracles, Allah willing.
Here is the corresponding talisman from the Latin Picatrix

An image for the augmentation of cities and that they may continue well. Fashion an image, and make fortunate the Ascendant and the Tenth and their lords, and let them be aspected by the fortunes, and make fortunate the lord of the Second house and the lord of the Eighth house, and place the Lord of the Ascendant well, and with the fortunes aspecting it, and make fortunate also the lord of the house of the lord of the Ascendant and the Moon and the lord of the house of the Moon. And in truth when this image is completed as has been said, bury it in the center of the city, and it shall be as you have desired.

Translation by Robert Thomas
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Based on the Latin Picatrix we would alter the Ouroboros translation as follows,

It is made with [a Fortune Rising], [Make fortunate] the [the 10th house], and the [lords of the 10th and the 8th houses]. [Make fortunate] the Moon and the [lord] of the House of the Moon. Bury it in the middle of the city and you will see miracles, Allah willing.
In this election for May 3, 2002 at 2:14 pm EDT (+4) for Washington, D.C. 38 N 56, 77 W 03.
Four degrees of Virgo rises. Mercury is the ruler of the 1st, 2nd and 10th and is dignified by sign and term. Mercury is conjunct the Midheaven as is the Part of Fortune.
The ruler of the 8th is Jupiter, dignified by exaltation in the 11th. The Moon trines Venus and the ruler of the house of the Moon is Saturn, dignified by triplicity in the 10th. It would be nice to have the Moon more dignified and not cadent, buy hey! this is a tough election!
Here is further information on Astrological Talismans and Astrological Magic. If you wish to delve even deeper into this fascinating area I offer an Mansions of the Moon Mini-Course and a Astrological Magic Full Course as well as a traditional astrology and astrological magic discussion group Spiritus Mundi.


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