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Christopher Warnock, Esq.
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For the Week of November 12-18, 2001

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Cornelius Agrippa's Astrological Talisman for Bug Control

Itís all a world where bugs and emperors
Go singularly back to the same dust, Each in his time;

Ben Jonson Entertains A Man From Stratford
Edward Arlington Robinson

This week's election is a variation on the pest control election Rats Begone ! contained in Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy.
This particular anti-pest election is very traditional appearing in the 9th century Sabian astrologer Thabit bin Qurra's De Imaginibus (On Images) and in renowned 13th century philosopher Albertus Magnus' Speculum Astronomiae (Mirror of Astronomy) in almost identical form to that given by Agrippa. Thabit bin Qurra, The Astronomical Works of Thabit b. Qurra, ed. F. Carmody, California, UCal Press, 1960, p.181; Zambelli, Paola, The Speculum Astronomiae and Its Enigma, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Kluwer, 1992, p. 271.
But to chase away certain animals from certain places, that they be not generated or abide there, let an image be made under the ascension of that animal, which thou wouldst chase away, and after the likeness thereof; as if thou wouldst chase away scorpions from any place, let an image of the scorpion be made, the sign of Scorpio ascending with the Moon,
[A]nd thou shall make unfortunate the ascendant, and lord thereof, and the Lord of the house of Mars; and thou shall make unfortunate the lord of the ascendant in the eighth house and let them be joined with an aspect malignant, opposite or quadrant:
[A]nd let there be writ upon the image the name of the ascendant, of the lord thereof and of the Moon and of the lord of the day and the lord of the hour. And let there be a pit made in the middle of the place, from which thou wouldst drive them; and let there be carried into it, some of the earth taken out of the four corners of the place, and let the image be buried there with the head downwards, with saying, this is the burying of the scorpions, that they may not come into this place and so of the rest.
Cornelius Agrippa, Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. II, Chapter 50, p. 402.
The election is fairly straightforward. Since we wish to get rid of bugs, we look to Scorpio who after all is an insect and thus has rulership over insects. The English astrologer William Lilly says that Scorpio rules over places, "...where all sorts of creeping Beasts use, as Beetles &c., or such as be without wings, and are poysonous." Christian Astrology page 97.
As Scorpio is an appropriate sign for bugs we put it in the Ascendant. We then put the Moon there and proceed to afflict the Moon, Ascendant and Mars, all representative of the bugs.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5

So for our talisman election the time and date is November 14, 2001 at 6:13 am EST (+5) in Washington, D.C. 38 N 55, 77 W 03. Scorpio rises. The Moon is in Scorpio, her fall, and conjunct the Ascendant.
The Moon applies to a square of Mars, ruler of the first, who is peregrine and in a cadent house. Mercury, ruler of the 8th of death is conjunct the Ascendant and applies to a square of Mars.
The lord of the house that Mars is in is Saturn, who is retrograde in the 8th house. It is the planetary day of Mars and the planetary hour of Venus who is in detriment in the malefic 12th house.
Finally, Venus, Mercury and the Moon are in the Via Combusta and are either Under the Sun's Beams or going to Combustion. So the bugs are truly afflicted!
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