The most sublime part of astronomy is the science of images. But those cursed necromantic books on images, illusions and characters, rings and sigils are associated with this part of the science because they borrow certain astronomical observations...
Albertus Magnus on Astrological Magic
Given the integration of the spiritual and material in the medieval world view, Albertus' views of astrology cannot be dismissed as superstitious or illogical. They are, in fact, eminently consistent with his other theological and philosphical writings and form part of a marvelously coherent and elegant view of reality, though one that differs in its acceptance of the spiritual, from the modern world view.
In the excerpts from chapter 11 of the Speculum Astronomiae translated below, Albertus explains the various types of astrological magic extant in medieval Europe.
Speculum AstronomiaeChapter 11
For good things they are suffumigated with lignum aloes, saffron and balsam, and for evil things with galbanum, red sandalwood and resin... This is the wickedest idolatry, observing, in order to be worthy of trust, the 28 Mansions of the Moon and the hours of the day and night and the names of the days, hours and Mansions...
There is another way that is a little less troublesome, but still detestable, which is done by writing characters by which certain names are exorcised, as are the four rings of Solomon, and nine candles, and three figures of spirits, which are called the princes of the four places of the World, and the Almadal of Solomon, and the sigils of those possessed by evil spirits.
Further, there are the seven names from the book of Muhameth, and another fifteen names from the same book, and in turn names from the Libro Institutionis said to be by Raziel, that is the names of earth, sea, air and fire, of winds of the cardinal [directions] of the Earth, and of the seals of the planets and their angels, each of which has a different name depending on which triplicity it is in and whether it is day or night...
After which, when the image has been made according to these and other conditions, it should be buried in the middle of the place from which you wish to expel the particular thing, placing earth from the four corners of the place in the belly of the image. If, on the other hand, you wish to make an image for joy and success, make it at a time contrary to what we have said, additionally the image should be made at a time that has been elected, and it will have its effects according to the powers of the Heavens by the command of God, because the images found in the sensible world are from the four elements and are obedient to the images of the Heavens, some of which are close to the things and names of the created [world] and some of which are far away and miraculous and to which we can rise intellectually through profound thought.
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