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Christopher Warnock, Esq.
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For the Week of December 16-22, 2002

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Talisman of Mars

To Stop Bleeding


Book Two, Chapter Ten of


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.
Image from Ouroboros Picatrix
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 It had great influence on Renaissance mages like Cornelius Agrippa and Marsilio Ficino and was unpublished, in any language, until modern times.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.
Mars has a traditional association with blood, but generally we tend to associate Mars with the shedding of blood as he is the god of war.
Cornelius Agrippa reports that Mars rules over the body's blood and that the table of Mars, "...if engraven on the [cornelian] stops blood and the menstrues." Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk I, Chapter 22; Bk II, Chapter 22. Once again we have an example of the benefic use of Mars even in traditional astrology.
We turn to the second complete talisman on page 141 of the Ouroboros translation of Book Two, Chapter Ten of Picatrix.

Of the Talismans of Mars

If a picture of a lion this symbol between his hands [see picture to above right] is carved on a stone of garnet [with Mars rising in Mars hour] it will stop the bleeding of any organ of the person holding this stone. Be aware of that.
Image from Latin Picatrix
Here is the corresponding talisman from the Latin Picatrix

Ad sanguinem restringendum ex quocumque loco volueris. Facis ex operibus Martis formam leonis et ante se istas figuras sive signa, et hoc in hora Martis, secunda facie Scorpionis ascendente; et predicta facias in aliaza. Qui hanc ymaginem secum portaverit cui sanguis ex aliquo corporis loco decurrerit statim restringeter.

To stop blood from flowing from whatever part of the body you wish. Make of the operations of Mars, the form of a lion and in front of it are these figures or signs [see picture above to left] in the hour of Mars, second face of Scorpio ascending and as we have said make it in onyx. Whoever carries this image, the flow of blood out of any part of their body will immediately be stopped.

Translation by Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
The election for this talisman is December 18, 2002 at 3:46 am EST (+5) for Cleveland Park, a neighborhood of Washington, D.C., 38 N 56, 77 W 03.
Mars rises in the second face of Scorpio. Note that 0-9 degrees is the first face, 10-19 degrees the second and 20-29 degrees, the third face. It is the day and planetary hour of Mars.
I have provided two examples of talismans suitable for this election. They may be downloaded for personal use only. Light red candles. Burn martial incense. Agrippa suggests euphorbium, bdellium or gum ammoniac. Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Bk. I, Chapter 44.
All of these are available from Alchemy Works, an excellent source for all sorts of traditional incense, herbs and resins. Then color in the talisman at the elected time.
Make an invocation to Mars. Here is the "Hymn to Mars" from Thomas Taylor's Hymns of Orpheus,

Medieval Image
Magnanimous, unconquer'd boistrous Mars,
In darts rejoicing, and in bloody wars:
Fierce and untam'd, whose mighty pow'r can make,
The strongest walls from their foundations shake:
Mortal destroying king, defil'd with gore,
Pleas'd with war's dreadful and tumultuous roar;
Thee, with human blood, and swords, and spears delight,
And the dire ruin of mad savage fight.
Stay, furious contests, and avenging strife,
Whose works with woe, embitter human life;
To lovely Venus and to Bacchus yield,
To Ceres give the weapons of the field;
Encourage peace, to gentle works inclin'd,
And give abundance, with beningant mind.

Thomas Taylor, Hymns of Orpheus [1792] page 197.
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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