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Morpheus, the God of Sleep





Cornelius Agrippa's

Three Books of Occult Philosophy

The current astrological chart is an election for a talisman of guidance and prophetic dreams from Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy. Agrippa gives a long series of instructions for dream talismans, and four variations for the astrological conditions for the election,

And let there be made an image of dreams, which being put under the head of him that sleeps, makes him dream true dreams concerning any thing that he hath formerly deliberated of;

First Variation

Painting by William Blake
And let the figure of that be the figure of a man sleeping in the bosome of an Angel, which thou shall make in the Lyon ascending, the Sun keeping the nineth house in Aries; thou shalt writ upon the breast of the man the name of the effect desired, and in the hand of the Angel the name of the intelligence of the Sun.

Second Variation

Let the same image be made in Virgo ascending, Mercury being fortunate in Aries in the ninth house, or Gemini ascending in Mercury being fortunate, and keeping the ninth house in Aquarius; and let it be received from Saturn with a fortunate aspect, and let the name of the spirit of Mercury be writ upon it.

Third Variation

Let also the same be made in Libra ascending, Venus being received from Mercury in Gemini in the ninth house, by writting upon it the Angel of Venus.

Fourth Variation

Painting by William Blake
Besides also let the same image be made in Aquarius ascending, Saturn fortunately possessing the ninth house in his exaltation, which is in Libra, and let there be writ upon it the Angel of Saturn.

Fifth Variation

Moreover let it be made in Cancer ascending the Moon being received by Jupiter and Venus in Pisces, and being fortunately placed in the ninth house, and let there be writ upon it the spirit of the Moon.

Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Book II, Chapter 50.
In each election the we place the ruler of the Ascendant in the 9th house. The Italian astrologer, Guido Bonatti, says that the ninth house is the house of faith, religion, vision, foreknowledge of things and dreams. Liber Astronomiae Bk. I, Chapter 54 (Spica ed.) page 73. William Lilly in his magnum opus, Christian Astrology, under the affairs of the ninth house provides rules, "On Dreames, whether they signifie any thing or not." Christian Astrology page 434-5, with an example at page 436, entitled, "Terrible Dreams".
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5

This is also a very angelic talisman for we explicitly call upon the Angel of the planet that rules the Ascendant and our image is that of an angel carrying a sleeping man.
Our election is for the third variation, that of Libra rising. The elected time and date is June 22, 2003 at 1:12 pm EDT (+4) at Cleveland Park, a Washington, D.C. neighborhood, 38 N 56 77 W 03.
Libra rises and Venus is in the 9th house, in the sign of Mercury and thus received by him. We even have a nice applying sextile from the Moon.
Agrippa has a number of interesting comments to make about dreams. Here he discussess the relationship of dreams to the Celestial World,

Painting by William Blake
There is also a certain kind of Divination by Dreams, confirmed by the traditions of Philosophers, the authorities of Divines, the examples of Histories, and daily experience. A Dreams I call here, not vain Dreams, or idle imaginations: for those are vain, and have no Divination in them, but arise from the remains of watchings, and disturbance of the body. For as the mind is taken up about, and wearied with cares, it suggests it self to him that is asleep. I call that a Dream here, which is caused by the Celestiall influences in the phantastick spirit, mind, or body, being all well disposed... Now Dreams are more efficacious, when the Moon over-runs that Sign, which was in the ninth number of tbe Nativity, or revolution of that yeer, or in the ninth Sign from the Sign of perfection.

Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Book I, Chapter 59.
Once again we see the emphasis on the 9th house and a differentiation between the source and veracity of dreams. Agrippa also explains the required state for prophetical dreams,

Painting by William Blake
"Therefore it is necessary, that he who would receive true dreams, should keep a pure, undisturbed, and an undisquieted imaginative spirit, and so compose it, that it may be made worthy of the knowledge and government by the mind and understanding: for such a spirit is most fit for prophesying, and (as Sinesius saith) is a most clear glass of all the Images which flow everywhere from all things: when therefore we are sound in body, not disturbed in mind, not dulled by meat or drink, nor sad through poverty, nor provoked by any vice of lust or wrath, but chastly going to bed, fall asleep, then our pure and divine soul being loosed from all hurtfull thoughts, and now freed by dreaming, is endowed with this divine spirit as an instrument, and doth receive those beams and representations which are darted down, and shine forth from the divine minde into it self; and as it were in a deifying glass..."

Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Book III, Chapter 51.


Within five days of creating this talisman, I had a very strong and definite dream of spiritual guidance.

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