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The Renaissance philosopher, scientist and mage John Dee wrote, "The entire Universe is like a lyre tuned by some excellent artificer, whose strings are separate species of the universal whole. Anyone who knew how to touch these dextrously and make them vibrate would draw forth marvelous harmonies." Propaedeumata Aphoristica  translated in John Dee on Astronomy, ed. Wayne Shumaker (UCal 1978) page 127. Extending this analogy, an astrologer is like a concert goer, listening to the music of the spheres and interpreting their harmonies to foretell events here on Earth. The astrological magician, by contrast, takes a more active role, and rather than merely listening becomes a player of celestial harmonies, effecting change in the rhythms of the Material World. For Renaissance philosophers, both astrological prediction and astrological magic were dependent on the view that the Cosmos was one, great unified being with sympathy and chains of correspondence connecting everything within it. Just as man was composed of a divine spirit, a material body and a soul intermediate between these two, so was the Cosmos divided into the World of Divine Ideas and Angels, the intermediate Celestial World of the stars and planets, and the Material World composed of the four elements of fire, air, water and earth. While we can see that the four elements of the Material World comprise what we now call the four states of matter: solid, liquid, gas and radiant energy or plasma, Renaissance thinkers saw these four elements and indeed, all materials things as existing also in a purer form in the planets and stars, and in an ideal form in the World of Angels and Divine Ideas. Similarly, the stars and planets of the Celestial World and the Divine Ideas can be found in the Material World. This multiple interpenetration of worlds is the foundation of astrological magic.
After making the talisman we can inscribe upon it the table of Mercury. the mage decides first what effect he wishes to manifest. 1993) page 319. Each planet has a particular magic square associated with it from Saturn. parsley and mixed colors. which is air signs by night. emeralds.In the most basic form of astrological magic. as he rules speech and communication. In addition to incorporating materials ruled by Mercury. which contains nine numbers. He then selects a planet that embodies the chosen Divine Ideas. Each row whether horizontal. 2 . Chapter 22. yellow brass or virgin parchment. Mercury's powers would also be enhanced if he were placed in the Ascendant or first house or in the Midheaven or tenth house. marjoram. silver marcasite. (Llewellyn. or he is in his triplicity. I. topazes. At the selected time. we chose a time when Mercury is astrologically strong and well placed. While precious metal talismans have a stronger and more lasting effect. and then create a talisman out of Mercury-ruled materials. suppose he desires eloquence and good memory. (Llewellyn. 1993) page 94. it is also possible to make a talisman for any planet or star on paper. to the Moon. For example. Three Books of Occult Philosophy. Three Books of Occult Philosophy. talismans typically are engraved or inscribed with characters and symbols appropriate to the planets. which uses the seven classical planets. the planet Mercury is appropriate. which would be when he is in his signs of Gemini and Virgo. particularly yellow and green. II. the magician creates a talisman from materials that are ruled by the chosen planet or star and so contain the essence of the selected Divine Idea. Bk. his exaltation Virgo. Bk. A magic square contains a grid of numbers in rows. Mercury. according the Renaissance philosopher and mage Cornelius Agrippa. to construct a talisman for eloquence and memory. which contains 81 numbers. One very powerful type of symbol is the tables or magic squares of the planets. vertical or diagonal adds up to the same total. Agrippa notes that a Mercury table can be placed on a talisman made of silver. Chapter 29. The mage then selects a time when Mercury is astrologically strong. Thus. rules the metal mercury. In this case. tin.
1998) page 361. For our Mercury talisman. we are closely and harmoniously connected to the Anima Mundi. And in necessities to mortals kind. With winged feet 'tis thine thro' air to course. like the Cosmos. it is important to conduct certain rituals in order to consecrate and charge the talisman. and Maia's son divine. The Renaissance philosopher and astrological magician Marsilio Ficino says that the music of Mercury is relaxed in its gaiety. and in fraud divine. and to my pray'r incline. This further increases the power of the talisman. (Llewellyn. Whose hand contains of blameless peace the rod. I. Three Books on Life. the Soul of the World. III. Of care the loos'ner. mace and all odoriferous seeds. as well as being vigorous and complex. Corucian. we could recite this prayer to Mercury from the ancient Hymns of Orpheus. Angel of Jove. Hermes. Of various speech. draw near. a key magical link. Agrippa says that the incenses of Mercury are frankincense. O friend of man. Because each person. It is also helpful to make an invocation to the chosen planet. Chapter 44. cinnamon. Bk. and a prudent mind. soul and Divine Spirit. Great life-supporter. whose aid in works we find. and prophet of discourse. 3 . Chapter 21 (MRTS. 1993) page 133. Three Books of Occult Philosophy. clothing and surroundings that correspond to our chosen planet. By choosing incense. With pow'r endu'd all language to explain. and so become a conduit for its energy. to rejoice is thine In arts gymnastic. has a body. as translated by Thomas Taylor: To Mercury. when constructing the talisman. Prefect of contest. candles. With heart almighty. and the source of gain. The Fumigation from Frankincense. we align ourselves with the planet and its embodied Divine Ideas. Whose pow'rful arts could watchful Argus kill.Finally. cloves. Bk. Celestial messenger of various skill. music. blessed. profitable God. ruler of mankind.
Agrippa describes talismans for 16 fixed stars stating. Picatrix. it conferreth riches and maketh one overcome contentions. with our invocation. for love. Assist my works. for freeing prisoners. an encyclopedic work of medieval Islamic astrological magic. for servants to love their lord. So when our chosen astrologically auspicious time for Mercury arrives. Hermes.an image of dreams which being put under the head of him that sleeps. create our talisman from mercurial materials and inscribe it with mercurial symbols. Cornelius Agrippa describes. 1993) page 403. it taketh away scarcity and mischief. While the best results come from using the whole range of traditional astrological techniques to choose a time for creating talismans and images. Many of these talismans are adorned with unusual and arresting images.Dire weapon of the tongue. II. "Under the Spike [Spica] they made an image of a bird. and for increasing the growth of plants. The Hymns of Orpheus. and let the figure of that be the figure of a man sleeping in the bosom of an angel.. burn mercurial incense. to gather lots of fish.. 1993) page 395. the signs of the Zodiac and the faces of the signs." Three Books of Occult Philosophy. we complete the creation of the talisman and align ourselves fully with the energy of Mercury and the Divine Ideas of eloquence and memory which he embodies. Chapter 50 (Llewellyn. that. Planetary talismans are just one form of astrological magic. to have dignity from the king. and thy suppliant hear. for example. makes him dream true dreams concerning anything that he hath formerly deliberated of. Chapter 47 (Llewellyn. Give graceful speech. for health. Talismans can be created for a great variety of effects. lists hundreds of different types of talismans including talismans for generating peace between two friends. conclude my life with peace.. this requires either that 4 . II. and memory's increase. we play mercurial music. Be present. ". which men revere.. There are also talismans of the Mansions of the Moon. or of a man laden with merchandise.  page 153. Bk. Finally." Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. to get rid of scorpions.
one would first decide which planet to use for the desired effect. For a Venus talisman for love. for example. Monday by the Moon. would be ruled by Venus. Tuesday by the Mars. is ruled by the Sun. For example. Friday by Venus and Saturday by Saturn. Mercury. the Venus talisman could also be created at the eighth 5 . The simplest way to do this is to create the talisman at dawn on Thursday. as this will always be a Jupiter hour. Wotan is equivalent to Mercury. Thursday by Jupiter. The planetary hours of each day then follow what is known as the Chaldean Order of the planets: Saturn. Wednesday by Mercury. So the second planetary hour of Sunday. But. Sunday is ruled by the Sun. etc. if more convenient. to obtain good fortune and prosperity. Jupiter. The Chaldean Order follows the apparent speed of the various planets in their orbits with Saturn the slowest and the Moon the fastest. Each planet rules a particular day.the user be simpler and creation of the planets a traditional astrologer or consult one. we would use dawn on Friday and so on. the Sun. A still fairly effective method is to time the talismans of the planets by using the tables of and the planetary days and hours. the Moon and then repeating Saturn. the third by Mercury and so on. the day and night hours of a planetary day will not be the same length of time. Except on the spring and fall equinox (equinox means "equal night"). Jupiter would be appropriate. rather than starting with midnight. Venus. One would then create a Jupiter talisman on Thursday (Jupiter day) at a Jupiter hour. The daylight period (sunrise to sunset) is divided into twelve planetary hours as is the night period (sunset to sunrise of the next day). nor will they correspond to the conventional hour length of sixty minutes. Some of the days of the week in English use the names of Teutonic rather than Roman gods. begin with sunrise. Each planetary hour is ruled by a particular planet. Tiw was the Teutonic god of war and equivalent to Mars. beginning at sunrise. Thor to Jupiter and the goddess Frigg to Venus. Mars. Jupiter. Thus the first hour of Sunday. Planetary days. The first hour of each day is ruled by the planet that rules the entire day. To use the planetary hours to create a talisman. the first hour of Monday by the Moon and so on.
and equals him to a king.. pleasant. procures the love of women..renders him that wears it to be renowned. and fortunate to do what he pleases: it brings gain. and terrible to his enemies. "." The table of Jupiter.. ends strife... ".promotes concord. amiable. and makes all kind of animals fruitful... and divination. removing all malice.makes a man potent in war.helps childbirth and to make any man safe and powerful." The table of Venus. acceptable. dignities.planetary hour after dawn on Friday. and ill will. ". and counsels. understanding.. conduces to memory. and victorious over them. and woman. Here is listing of the effects of the various magic tables of the planets from Francis Barrett's the Magus: The table of Saturn. ". The table of Mercury." The table of the Moon.. and prevents poverty.. to confirm honors. and powers.conduces to gain. is good against barrenness. 6 .. and to the understanding of occult things by dreams.. ". "...." The table of Mars. dissolves enchantments. It causes security in a journey. one can consult the very handy Dell Horoscope Monthly Hour guide. helps conception. and causes peace between man. peace. and judgments. amiable. and to appease enemies. ". and love.. (But remember that the eight planetary hour of the day would not correspond to the eighth conventional sixtyminute hour of the day). and riches. and petitions.renders the bearer thereof grateful. enabling to do whatever he will. and being put into a dove or pigeon house. honored. which is also a Venus hour. and concord.. which provides a complete listing of planetary days and hours..it renders the bearer thereof grateful... potent in all his works. cheerful. causes an increase." The table of the Sun.. favor. Because determining the beginning of a planetary hour other than those that begin at dawn is complex.. and to cause success of petitions with princes. causes ability for generation.. elevating his fortunes.
reprint 2000) pages 143-5. Bio: Christopher Warnock. can achieve their magical effects. we can align ourselves with the harmony and sympathy of the Cosmos.C.. drives away enemies and other evil things from what place soever thou shalt wish them to be expelled. After the talisman is fully consecrated.D. light candles and incense and write the appropriate table along with the desired goal on a piece of paper.increase of riches. fold it up and carry it with you. He received an M. Pathways. 2002. draw down the celestial influences and cause change in the Material World. and is particularly experienced in questions of love. Through traditional astrology and astrological magic. Mr. the Magus  Book II. career and law.A. By following the path set forth by our illustrious predecessors we. So at the day and hour ruled by your chosen planet. Warnock is available for traditional electional and horary consultations. and health of body... Mr. Andrews (Scotland) and a J. Esq. too. Warnock has studied with the leading traditional astrologers in America. You can repeat your meditation at the same day and hour of each week for several subsequent weeks to further enhance the strength of the talisman. He can be reached at (202) 7 . Chapter 22 (Weiser." Francis Barrett. as well as the forthcoming 2003 edition. the Astrological Association Journal.(Hons. from the University of Michigan Law School. Florida in July. practices as an attorney and Renaissance astrologer in Washington. D. the Mountain Astrologer and the Llewellyn Moon Sign Book for 2002. He also specializes in Renaissance astrological magic. Calmly meditate and visualize your desired goal. He has published in Horary Practitioner.)concentrating in Renaissance and early modern history from the University of St. He was a speaker at the 1998 ARHAT Traditional Astrology Conference and will be a faculty member at the United Astrology Conference in Orlando.
actual examples and results.234-6756 or by e-mail at chriswarnock@renaissanceastrology. 8 .com is the largest traditional astrology web site with over 160 pages of material on traditional electional and horary astrology and astrological magic.com His Renaissance Astrology site http://www. and reference material to help construct astrological talismans.renaissanceastrology. including articles. charts.
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