Thabit Ibn Qurra on Astrological Magic
Thabit Ibn Qurra says that.... whoever studies Philosophy and Geometry and all other sciences and is stranger to Astrology will be hindered or obstructed, because the most valuable Geometry and highest Philosophy is the science of Images.
De Imaginibus, "On Images" is, after Picatrix, the most important text for medieval and Renaissance astrological magic. De Imaginibus is accepted as the work of the Harranian Sabian sage Thabit Ibn Qurra. Written in the 9th century A.D. and the product of the Neoplatonic and Hermetic wisdom of the Harranian Sabians, the book was a key source for the Picatrix as well as being consulted by Albertus Magnus, Marsilio Ficino and Cornelius Agrippa.
De Imaginibus represents the height of astrological magic technique and goes far beyond merely planetary talismans in using the full range of traditional astrological technique developed by the sophisticated Harranian Sabians. De Imaginibus explains how to create house based talismans, how to use horary questions to forecast and anchor talismans and how to tune talismans to individual natal charts.
The translator of Astral High Magic: De Imaginibus is John Michael Greer, a noted Latinist and esoteric author. He is the co-translator of the Complete Picatrix. This translation was made from Francis Carmody's Latin critical edition of the astronomical works of Thabit Ibn Qurra and contains two variant texts along with extensive commentary by Christopher Warnock, the leading astrological magician and examples of talisman elections using Thabit's methods. This is an entirely revised translation from the earlier Renaissance Astrology edition of De Imaginibus translated by Christopher Warnock.
De Imaginibus is divided in the the following nine chapters:
The Renaissance Astrology edition contains two complete translation of variant versions of the text, the shorter paraphrase contained in Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy plus a commentary by Christopher Warnock, a leading contemporary practitioner of traditional astrological magic. This edition also contains beautiful illustrations by the visionary artist Robert Place.
The commentary explains not only the practical application of the teachings of De Imaginibus on the preparation of talismans, but also the deeper philosophical and spiritual significance of the work, which truly is an important guide to Hermeticism as a Practical Path to Gnosis, the mystic union with the Divine.
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