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Christopher Warnock, Esq.
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For September 2003

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Fixed Star



Riches and Peace

This talisman is an example of the use of fixed stars in astrological magic utilizing the star Spica.
Emerald, the Gem of Spica
Spica is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo and thus is also known as alpha Virginis. It is located in the sheaf of wheat held by Virgo. Bernadette Brady says that Spica was considered a symbol of the gifts of harvest and bounty to mankind. Brady's Book of Fixed Stars (Weiser, 1998) page 273. Ptolemy says that Spica is of the nature of Venus and to a lesser extent Mars. Tetrabiblos Bk. I, Chapter 9 (Loeb, 1940) page 51.
The Renaissance mage Cornelius Agrippa says,

"Under the Spike [Spica] they made the image of a bird, or a man laden with merchandise; it conferreth riches, and maketh one overcome contentions, it taketh away scarcity and mischief."

Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. II, Chapter 47,
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5

The elected time and date for the creation of the Spica talisman is September 27, 2003 at 8:43 am EDT (+4) at Cleveland Park, a Washington, D.C. neighborhood, 38 N 56 77 W 03.
The fixed star Spica rises at 23 Libra 50.
The Moon makes an applying, partile (almost exact) conjunction to Spica and the Ascendant.
Neither the Moon nor the Ascendant and Spica are afflicted by adverse applying aspects, i.e. squares or oppositions, from the natural malefics, Saturn or Mars, or the rulers of the 12th, 8th or 6th houses.
Agrippa says of the fixed stars, "The tenth is called Spica, which hath under it, amongst stones the emerald; amongst plants, sage, trifoil, periwinkle, mugwort and mandrake." Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. I, Chapter 32, (Tyson ed.) page 98. Most of these herbs are available from the Lucky Mojo Curio Company, the finest on-line source for hoodoo and rootwork supplies.
Character of Spica
Agrippa also gives the characters for some of the most important fixed stars, including Spica, 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.
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