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Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Astrological Chart of the Week
For the Week of January 21-27, 2002
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Astrological Talisman of Mars


As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.


Oscar Wilde




I wasn't sure what the topic of this week's chart of the week would be until I saw the movie "Black Hawk Down". It was then clear that this week's talisman should be a talisman of Mars.
In the traditional (pre-1700) world view, in which astrology played a prominent role, the concept of Order was paramount. For them war was not proof as it is to a modern existentialist of meaningless evil in a random world, but an essential part of Cosmic Order. Tillyard quotes a prayer to Mars from Chaucer's "Knight's Tale",

Symbol of Mars
"O great corrector of enormous times,
Shaker of o'er-rank states, thou grand decider
Of dusty and old titles, that heal'st with blood
The earth when it is sick, and cur'st the world
O' the pleurisy of people."

E.M.W. Tillyard, The Elizabethan World Picture, page 7.
It is clear that Mars embodies the Platonic or Divine Idea of war, strife and struggle.
Photo from Movie Black Hawk Down
His classification as a malefic indicates both the traditional and modern view of the evils of war. Yet, as the English astrologer William Lilly says, Mars when well dignified signifies a person,

"In feats of Warre and Courage invincible, scourning any should exceed him, subject to no Reason, Bold, Confident, Immoveable, Contentious, challenging all Honour to themselves, Valiant, lovers of Warre and things pertaining thereunto, hazarding himself to all Perils, willingly will obey no body; nor submit to any, a large reporter of his own Acts, one that fights all things in comparison of Victory, and yet of prudent behaviour in his own affaires."

Christian Astrology, page 66.
Mars is so associated with men that the modern symbol for maleness is the ancient symbol of Mars. We would do well to remember, however, that each of us is a microcosm, a little world, containing all seven of the traditional planets and that Mars, and indeed, strife and war, is contained in humanity and not just men. Margaret Thatcher, for example, who led Britain to victory in the Falklands War, was clearly very Martial. We might also consider the ancient archetype of the Amazons, female warriors, recorded by the Greek historian Herodotos.

Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Those who wish to practice traditional astrology must cultivate an understanding of the Divine Ideas embodied in the planet Mars in the Celestial World and scattered throughout the items ruled by Mars in the Material World.
Those who wish to practice traditional astrological magic must be in contact with the Martial in their own spirit and soul and the Soul and Spirit of the World.
One could do worse than going to see the rather harrowing "Black Hawk Down" and recognizing its Martial essence without either glorifying it or condemning it.
The time elected for construction of the Mars talisman is January 28, 2002 at 4:02 pm EST in Washington, D.C. 38 N 56 77 W 03. At this time Mars is dignified by sign and face and is well placed in the Midheaven.
The Moon trines Mars and while she separates from him, she is still in the same degree. In addition, it is the planetary hour of Mars.
Here is further information on Astrological Talismans and Astrological Magic. If you wish to delve even deeper into this fascinating area I offer an Astrological Magic Web Course as well as a traditional astrology and astrological magic discussion group Spiritus Mundi.




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