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Astrological Chart of the Week
Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Astrological Chart of the Week
For the Week of June 25-July 1, 2001

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Week of June 18-24, 2001:
Things Done in Secrecy
Electional Astrology
Magical Elections
The Mansions of the Moon
Astrology, Magical Talismans &
Mansions of the Moon in Picatrix
Listing of the Mansions of the
Moon in Picatrix
Astrological Talisman
Introduction to Talismans
Astrological Magic
Introduction to Astrological Magic
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Power and Majesty

A Talisman for the 11th Mansion of the Moon from Picatrix

Don't get any respect? Here's an astrological election and talisman for you!
Electional astrology deals with the choice of astrologically propitious times to take action and comes from the Latin electio meaning choice. This is the same root as our modern use of the word election in politics.
The Picatrix or the Ghayat al Hakim, the aim of the wise, is a key text of Arabic astrological magic. It was translated into Latin in the 13th century at the court of Alphonso the Wise of Castile and had a great influence on European astrologers and magicians. Marsilio Ficino and Cornelius Agrippa appear to have relied on it as a source.
Take a look at Astrology, Magical Talismans & Mansions of the Moon in Picatrix and Listing of the Mansions of the Moon in Picatrix for more information on Picatrix and the Mansions of the Moon.
The Mansions of the Moon are a 28 fold division of the monthly orbit of the Moon. This week's election uses the 11th mansion called by the 11th century Arabic astrologer Al-Biruni, Al-Zubrah, "the mane of the Lion". Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology (1039) Wright translation, page 83. The mansions were originally sidereal as they were delineated by certain fixed stars. Through precession their positions have changed and later sources, including Picatrix set the dimensions of the mansions as equal, approximately 12 degree and 51 divisions of the tropical Zodiac.
In this election we will use the original sidereal 11th mansion, Al-Zubrah, precessed to the position of the boundary stars for 2000. Vivian Robson gives the indicator stars of the beginning of the mansion Al-Zubrah as Delta Leonis, known as Zosma, current position 11 Virgo 19 and Theta Leonis, known as Coxa, current position 13 Virgo 25. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology (1923) page 71. The current star positions are from Anne Wright's excellent web site The Fixed Stars. Al-Biruni gives the name of the twelfth mansion as Al-Sarfah, "The Changer" Book of Instruction page 83. Robson gives the beginning indicator star of Al-Sarfah as Beta Leonis, known as Denebola, whose current position is 21 Virgo 37. Fixed Stars page 72. Thus, the 11th mansion currently runs from 11 to 22 Virgo in the tropical Zodiac.
Picatrix says that,
The eleventh Mansion is Azobra, and it is for retaining respect and good [things]. When the Moon has passed into this Mansion, make in a table of gold the image of a man riding a lion, holding a lance in his right hand and holding the ear of the lion with his left [hand], and in front of this figure write the name of the lord of this Mansion. And say: You, Necol, bring glory to me that I shall be feared by men, and so that their fear shall cause them to tremble when they behold me; and quiet the heart of the king and of [his] lords and of [other] men of high estate that they may grant me honors and dignities. Carry this tablet with you, and it shall be as you have requested. And know that Necol is the name of the lord of this Mansion.
Translated by Robert Thomas.

Chart produced by Solar Fire 5

In the electional chart the Moon is at 19 degrees of Virgo and thus within the current sidereal boundaries of the mansion Al-Zubrah. The Moon is angular in the 10th house. Planets in angular houses have the power to carry out what they promise. The tenth house according to the medieval Italian astrologer Guido Bonatti is the house of kings, power and authority, honors, political offices, glory, fame and praise. Liber Astronomiae Bk. I, Chap 54, (Spica ed.) page 74. This is therefore an appropriate house placement.
The next aspect of the Moon is a trine to benefic Venus with reception as the Moon is in the triplicity & face of Venus and Venus is in the exaltation of the Moon. The trine with reception and mutual reception to boot is the best possible aspect. Bonatti says that "...matters which come about easily and without suit, and also without any difficulty...are trine or sextile with reception." Liber Astronomiae Bk. IV, On Horary (Arhat ed.) page 11.
Man Riding Lion

Venus is naturally the Lesser Benefic and is strong in Taurus which she rules as well as being dignified by triplicity as the day ruler of earth signs. She is also only six degrees away from the 7th house cusp and depending on which rule you use she can be considered to be in that fortunate angular house. It is also the planetary hour ruled by Venus.
If you wish to make this talisman here is an appropriate picture of a man riding a lion (or maybe it's a griffin, hard to tell). 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.


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