This talisman is an example of the use of
fixed stars in astrological magic
utilizing the star 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)
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,
I am pleased to offer a limited number of
these sterling silver talismans of the fixed star Spica. At the elected time
these talismans will be inscribed with the appropriate image and sigil of
Under the same auspicious conjunction
Nigel Jackson will also be making
beautiful and magical Spica Banners.
The talismans are then strung on
a leather cord. Each Spica talisman comes with a color Nigel Jackson image
for consecration and full ritual instructions.
As of January 29, 2004, the Spica talismans are sold out!
The elected time and date for the creation of the Spica
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.
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