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Astrological Chart of the Week
Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Astrological Chart of the Week
For the Week of May 20-26, 2002

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Week of May 13-19, 2002:
Agrippa's Jupiter/Sirius Talisman
Astrological Magic
Introduction to Astrological Magic
Astrological Magic Course
Astrological Magic Full Course
Mansions of the Moon Mini-Course
Introduction to the
Lunar Mansions Mini-Course
Astrological Talisman
Agrippa's "Rats Begone!" Talisman
The Mansions of the Moon
Astrology, Magical Talismans &
Mansions of the Moon in Picatrix
Listing of the Mansions of the
Moon in Picatrix
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Troubadour and Lady

Election of the Seventeenth Mansion of the Moon for Love and Stability from Picatrix

But true love is a durable fire,
In the mind ever burning,
Never sick, never dead, never cold,
From itself never turning.

Anonymous, 16th Century

This week's talismans come 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.
I am also offering a Mansions of the Moon Mini-Course. The course is completely self contained and provides talismanic images for each of the 28 Mansions of the Moon. The Course will be available June 15, 2002 (if not sooner!) and all orders placed before the Course is available will receive an additional extra Monthly Mansion matrix giving a month's worth of complete information for timing the constructions of Lunar Mansion talismans. Check out the Mansions of the Moon Mini-Course or Contact me for more information.
Medieval City
The election for this week's talismans uses the seventeenth mansion of the Mansions of the Moon, a 28 fold division of the monthly orbit of the Moon. The tenth century Arabic astrologer Al-Biruni gives the name of the sixth mansion as Al-Iklil "the Crown". Book of Instructions Section 164 (Wright trans.) page 83.
Here are the instructions for the Seventeenth Lunar Mansion from Picatrix,

"The seventeenth Mansion is called Alichil. It begins in the 25th degree, 42nd minute and 52nd second of Libra, and is ended in the 8th degree, 36th minute and 2nd second of Scorpio. In this mansion you may fashion images for the placement of armies, and for making buildings strong and stable, and for the safety of sailors. And in this Mansion make [images] for loves which are of ordinary durability."

Picatrix (translation by Robert Thomas).
Because Picatrix is a compilation of many earlier works it contains several listings of the Mansions and their talismans. An earlier chart of the week contained a different 17th Mansion Talisman.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5

The time chosen for the election is May 23, 2002 at 5:17 pm EDT in Cleveland Park a neighborhood of Washington, D.C. 38 N 55, 77 W 03. At this time the Moon is at 27 degrees of Libra and conjunct the Ascendant. Thus at our elected date and time the Moon is in her seventhteenth Mansion.
While this particular listing of the Mansions does not give instructions for the images appropriate to each Mansion, we can get further guidance from Cornelius Agrippa. Agrippa says,

"There remains as yet an other manner of images not according to the similitude of Celestiall figures, but according to the similitude of that which the mind of the worker desires, of whose they are the effigies, and representation:"

"So to procure love we make images embracing one the other: to discord, striking one the other; to bring misery, or destruction as dammage to a man, or house, or City or any thing else, we make images distorted, broken in members, and parts after the likeness and figure of that thing which we would destroy or damnifie;"

Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Bk. II, Chapter 49.
Thus, for love, the picture of the troubadour and his lady, above right, would be appropriate, as would the picture of the medieval city, above right, for stability.
Agrippa goes on to suggest,

"And Magicians advise us that in casting or engraving images we would write upon it the name of the effect; and this on the back when evill, as destruction; on the belly when good, as love. Moreover in the forehead of the image let be written the name of the species or Individuum which the image represents, or for whom or against whom it is made. Also on the breast let the name of the signe or face ascending, and Lord thereof be written; also the names and Characters of its Angels. Moreover in making the image they advise that prayer for the effect for which it is made, be used."

Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Bk. II, Chapter 49.
Thus in this case the effect would be either love or durability and written on the belly or middle of the image chosen. The sign ascending is Libra and the name of the Angel of the 17th Mansion is Adrieb.
Here is further information on Astrological Talismans and Astrological Magic. If you wish to delve even deeper into this fascinating area I offer Astrological Magic Web Courses as well as a traditional astrology and astrological magic discussion group Spiritus Mundi.


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