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Antares Talisman for Memory & Protection from Evil Spirits from Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy

Beneath every Stone there lurks a Scorpion.


This week we again turn to Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy for our example of Astrological Magic and Astrological Talismans. This week's talisman is another example of the use of fixed stars in astrological magic utilizing the star Antares.
Amethyst, the Gem of Antares
Antares is the brightest star in the constellation Scorpio and is also known as Cor Scorpionis, "the heart of the Scorpion". Antares means similar to or rival of Mars. Richard Allen, Star-Names and their Meanings [1899] (Dover, 1963, page 365. Ptolemy says that Antares is of the nature of Mars and to a lesser extent Jupiter. Tetrabiblos Bk. I, Chapter 9 (Loeb, 1940) page 51.
Agrippa says that, "Under the Heart of Scorpio they made the image of a man armed, and with a coat of mail, or the figure of a scorpion; it giveth understanding and memory, it maketh a good colour, and aideth against evil spirits, and driveth them away, and bindeth them." Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. II, Chapter 47, (Tyson ed.) pages 395-6.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
So onto our talisman. Agrippa discusses the construction of rings using astrological magic and his instructions are applicable to talismans as well,
"When any star ascends fortunately, with the fortunate aspect or conjunction of the Moon,
We must take a stone, and herb that is under that star, and make a ring of that metal that is suitable to this star and fasten the stone, putting the herb, or root under it;
Not omitting the inscriptions of images, names and characters, also the proper suffumigations..."

Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. I, Chapter 47, (Tyson ed.) page 140.
On February 28, 2003 at 1:25 am EST (+5) in Washington, D.C. 38 N 55, 77 W 03, Antares, located at 9 degrees and 46 minutes of Sagittarius is rising. We note that the Moon is applying to a sextile of Antares.
Agrippa says of the fixed stars, "The thirteenth is called the Heart of the Scorpion, under which, amongst stones, is the sardonius, and amethyst; amongst plants long aristolochy and saffron." Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. I, Chapter 32, (Tyson ed.) page 99.
Character of Cor Scorpionis or Antares
Agrippa also gives the characters for some of the most important fixed stars, including Antares, 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. If you wish to delve even deeper into this fascinating area I offer an Astrological Magic Full Course, a Planetary Magic Mini-Course and a Mansions of the Moon Mini-Course as well as my discussion group Spiritus Mundi.


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