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Christopher Warnock, Esq.
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For the Week of November 11-17, 2002

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Cornelius Agrippa's Sirius Rising Talisman for Honor, Good Will and Reconcilation

Midsummerís long, luxurious day,
And amber-red the ripe waves glow,
Ah, then it is she slips away!
For with the blighting dog-starís blaze,
The reapers wade within the wheat...

The Spirit of the Wheat
Edward A. U. Valentine

This week we return again to Astrological Magic and Astrological Talismans with a talisman from Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy. This week's talisman is an example of the use of fixed stars in astrological magic utilizing the star Sirius. A portion of Nigel Jackson's beautiful Sirius image, from Agrippa's description, appears above to right.
Sirius is the brightest star in the heavens and quite close to Earth, only 8.7 light years away. It is a binary system with a companion white dwarf star called Sirius B. Sirius is known as the dog star because it is the brighest star in the constellation Canis Major.
Beryl, the Gem of Sirius
The heliacal rising of Sirius, when it is first visible rising before the Sun, was highly significant to the ancient Egyptians as it marked the beginning of the annual flooding of the Nile and the first day of their solar year. Sirius also was the beginning star of the Egyptian decan calendar. The period between the combustion and heliacal rising of Sirius is known as the "dog days" of summer as it takes place in midsummer.
Cornelius Agrippa says that, "Under the Greater Dog Star, they made an image of an hound and a little virgin; it bestoweth honour and good will, and the favor of men, and aerial spirits, and giveth the power to pacify and reconcile kings, princes, and other men." Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. II, Chapter 47, (Tyson ed.) page 395. An appropriate image appears at right.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Agrippa discusses the construction of rings using astrological magic and his instructions are applicable to talismans as well, "...when any star ascends fortunately, with the fortunate aspect or conjunction of the Moon, we must take a stone, and herb that is under that star, and make a ring of that metal that is suitable to this star and fasten the stone, putting the herb, or root under it; not omitting the inscriptions of images, names and characters, also the proper suffumigations..." Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. I, Chapter 47, (Tyson ed.) page 140.
On November 17, 2002 at 8:02 pm pm EST (+5) in Washington, D.C. 38 N 55, 77 W 03, Sirius rises. We note that the Moon, highly dignified by exaltation and triplicity and well placed in the benefic 11th house, is applying to a sextile of Sirius.
Agrippa says that Sirius rules over the mineral beryl, the plants savin, [also known as Juniperus sabina], mugwort and dragonwort and among animals, the tongues of snakes. Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. I, Chapter 32, (Tyson ed.) page 98.
Mugwort is available from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. the largest on-line purveyor of supplies for hoodoo and rootwork, the folk magic of the American South. You're on your own as far as acquiring snake tongues!
Character of Sirius
Agrippa also gives the characters for some of the most important fixed stars, including Sirius, whose character is shown to right. Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. II, Chapter 52, (Tyson ed.) page 410.
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 Full Course and a Mansions of the Moon Mini-Course.


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