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Astrological Chart of the Week
Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Astrological Chart of the Week
For the Week of August 13-19, 2001

Chart of the Week Archive
Week of August 6-12, 2001:
Jupiter Prosperity Election
Electional Astrology
Magical Elections
Astrological Talisman
Introduction to Talismans
Astrological Magic
Introduction to
Astrological Magic
Information on Picatrix
from Twilight Grotto
Web Site Search
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Mercury and Paris
An Astrological Election of Mercury in the First Face of Virgo for Wealth and Growth from Picatrix

A station like the herald Mercury

New-lighted on a heaven kissing hill,

A combination and a form indeed,

Hamlet Act III, Scene IV
William Shakespeare

The Italian astrologer and philosopher Marsilio Ficino says,
"...if anyone looks for a special benefit from Mercury, he ought to locate him in Virgo...and then make an image out of tin or silver; he should put on it the whole sign of Virgo and its character and the character of Mercury. And if you are going to use the first face of Virgo, add also the figure which has been observed in the first face..."
Three Books on Life Bk. III, Chapter 18 (Kaske & Clarke ed.) page 334-5.
Denderah Zodiac with Outer Ring of 36 Decan Star Gods
The faces or decans are ten degree divisions of the signs of Zodiac. The origins of the 36 decans are very ancient. In Egypt they appear in the decan calendars of the the Middle Kingdom, over 2,000 years before Christ. Typically an image was associated with each decan. We find listings of these images in the 1st century B.C. Liber Hermetis attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. Liber Hermetis trans. Robert Zoller (Spica ed.) pages 1-10.
A listing of decans is also found in Picatrix an encyclopedic work of medieval Arabic astrology and magic at Book Two, Chapter 11. For more information on Picatrix, see Picatrix at Twilight Grotto. Two more selections from Picatrix, untranslated elsewhere can be found at Astrology, Magical Talismans & Mansions of the Moon in Picatrix and Listing of the Mansions of the Moon in Picatrix.
This week's talisman comes from David Pingree's Latin version of Picatrix published by the Warburg Institute,
Et ascendit in prima facie Virginis puella virgo linteo laneo veteri cooperta, et eius manu malum granatum tenens. Et hec facies est seminandi, arandi, germinandi, arbores, colligendi uvas et bone vite. Et hec est eius forma.

And there ascends in the first face of Virgo a maiden girl covered in linen and wool, holding in her hand a pomegranate. And this is a face of planting, cultivation, germination of trees, collecting grapes and good vines. And this is its form.
Picatrix Book II, Chapter 11 page 77 (translation by Christopher Warnock, Esq.)
The famous astrologer and mage Cornelius Agrippa says that the first face of Virgo, "...signifieth getting of wealth, ordering of diet, plowing, sowing and peopling." Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk, II, Chapter 37 (Tyson ed.) page 378.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5

The time chosen for the election is August 15, 2001 at 7:28 am EDT in Washington, D.C. 38 N 55, 77 W 03. At this time the first face of Virgo rises. Mercury the ruler of the Ascendant is conjunct the Ascendant and in the first face of Virgo.
It is Wednesday, Mercury day and it is the planetary hour of Mercury. As well as being ruler of the first house, Mercury also rules the tenth house of career and publicity as well as the second house of money and personal property.
In any election we would like to to see the Moon strong, as she conveys all influences from the superior spheres to us in the sub-lunary realm. Here she is in her sign, Cancer, and in the angular tenth house. The Moon is applying to a sextile of Mercury and the aspect is almost perfect; the Moon is in the same degree as Mercury.
There are, however, two potential problems with this chart. The first is that Mercury, while going from combustion, is still within 10 degrees of the Sun. The famous English astrologer William Lilly says that to be combust a planet needs to be in the same sign as the Sun, but this proximity is worrisome nonetheless.
The second problem is that Mercury is applying to Jupiter and Mercury is in Jupiter's detriment, Virgo. The Italian astrologer Guido Bonatti says that, "Whether a planet is joined by a planet which is in its descension [detriment or fall] or that planet which is in the descension of another is joined by that planet whose descension it is, it always brings the matter forth to destruction and annuls it." Liber Astronomiae Bk. IV (Arhat ed.) page 15.
In this case, however, Mercury and Jupiter are both highly essentially dignified, Jupiter is exalted and Mercury is in its sign, and accidentally dignified, Mercury is in the ascendant and Jupiter in the benefic 11th house, so this so should mitigate some of the ill effects, if any.
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