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Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Astrological Chart of the Week
For the Week of January 28-February 3, 2002

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Week of January 21-27, 2002:
Talisman of Mars
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Obtaining a Mars Talisman
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Of Mars and his signification
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Exorcism of a demon before a statue of Mars

Astrological Talisman of Mars for Dread and Fear from Picatrix

A whole army may be robbed of its spirit; a commander-in-chief may be robbed of his presence of mind.

The Art of War
Sun Tzu

Once we turn this week to the talisman of Mars. As we can see from this week's chart below, Mars is the only planet who is not afflicted by being peregrine, retrograde, combust or in detriment. This is useful, because we are likely to shy from the malefics, Mars and Saturn, who actually have much to teach us.
This talisman comes from David Pingree's Latin version of Picatrix, an encyclopedic work of medieval Arabic astrological magic. For more information on Picatrix, see Picatrix at Twilight Grotto. Two more selections from Picatrix, untranslated elsewhere and dealing with the magical uses of the lunar mansions can be found at Astrology, Magical Talismans & Mansions of the Moon in Picatrix and Listing of the Mansions of the Moon in Picatrix.
Here is the description of the talisman,

Medieval Knight
Et si volueris et ex tuo aspectu timeatur vel terreatur, ex forma Martis facias formam hominis erecti et lorica induti, duos enses tenentis, unum scilicet iacentum supra collum et alterum nudum in eius dextra, et in sinistra caput hominis, in hora Martis in sua domo existensis, in aliquo ex lapidus Martis. Et quicumque lapidem portaverit, omnes eum videntes timebunt, et nullus accedet ad eum.

If you wish your appearance to cause dread and terror, from the images of Mars make an image of a man standing wearing a coat of mail with two swords, one lying above his neck and the other bare in his right hand, in his left the head of a man, [make the image] in the hour of Mars when he is in his sign, in any of the stones of Mars, and anyone who carries this stone everyone will be afraid of and no one will come near you.

Picatrix Bk II, Chapter X, section 49, page 69. (translation by Christopher Warnock, Esq.)
My first thought was that this election might be useful for scaring small children at Halloween or for a horror film, but the fact that it is a talisman of Mars indicates its true use, in battle.
We are not used to thinking of war as having any relationship with magic, but in the Picatrix, "...the art of commanding soldiers [and] controlling armies..." is listed as one of the ten sciences that are necessary for the magician. Picatrix Bk. IV, Chapter Five, [Pingree translation] page 198.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
The great Chinese writer Sun Tzu says,

In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.

Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

Sun Tzu, The Art of War.
The time elected for construction of the Mars talisman is February 2, 2002 at 9:43 am EST in Washington, D.C. 38 N 56 77 W 03.
At this time Mars is dignified by sign is well placed on the Ascendant. It is also the planetary hour of Mars.
The English astrologer William Lilly says that the minerals of Mars are, "Iron, Antimony, Arsenick, Brimston, Ocre." and that the stones of Mars are, "Adamant, Loadstone, Blood-stone, Jasper, the many coloured Amatheist, the Touch-stone, red Lead or Vermilion." Christian Astrology page 68.
Here is further information on Astrological Talismans and Astrological Magic. If you wish to delve even deeper into this fascinating area I offer an Astrological Magic Web Course as well as a traditional astrology and astrological magic discussion group Spiritus Mundi.


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