For September 2006
This current chart is an unusual constellational talisman from De Mineralibus of the 12th century philosopher and sage Albertus Magnus. In Book II, Albertus describes the talisman of Serpentarius,
De Mineralibus, Book II, tractate iii, chapter 5, translated as "The Book of Minerals" Dorothy Wyckhoff (Oxford,1967) at 142.
Albertus Magnus appears to be the source for Cornelius Agrippa who describes the constellational talisman of, "...Serpentarius chaseth away poysons, and cureth the bitings of venemous beasts." Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Bk II, ch. 37. Albertus himself appears to have relied on the medieval lapidaries of Arnold of Saxony and Thomas of Cantimpre.
The The Images and Sigils of Solomon found in a 17th century manuscript, Sloane 3822, are clearly derived from a similar source,
Serpentarius est hominis figura habentis serpentem tenetis in dextra caput et sinistra caudam: est in signo Scorpionis and in septentriono, naturam habet Saturno et Martis, virtus eius in lapide sculpta est valera contra venena, venenafori animalia mortuo curare et si lotura eius bibatus facit venomi eumero sino lavioro.
The image of Serpentarius is man holding the head of a snake in his right hand and the tail in his left: it is in the sign of Scorpio and is a Northern [constellation] of the nature of Saturn and Mars, its power is that if [this image] is carved in a stone that protects against poison, it protects against death from poisonous animals, and also protects against poison if you drink [liquid] that the [image] has been washed in.
The Sigils and Seals of Solomon, Sloane Ms 3822, (translated by Christopher Warnock, Esq.)
Serpentarius,the Serpent bearer is also known as Ophiuchus. The constellation Serpentarius is a series of bright stars extending, when projected onto the ecliptic, from 2 to 28 Sagittarius.
As we can see from my earlier Cassiopeia talisman the procedure for constellational talismans is the same as fixed star talismans. We are to make them when the Moon makes an applying conjunction, sextile or trine to them. Our experience with fixed star talismans is that they are most effective when the star is rising and the Moon is applying to a conjunction. Therefore, the appropriate time to create our talisman of Andromeda is when that constellation is rising and the Moon is applying to a conjunction.
The chart above shows the election at 12:56 pm EDT, September 28, 2006 in Cleveland Park, a neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Since Serpentarius extends from 2 to 28 Sagittarius, this constellation rises from 11:53 am-1:55 pm EDT on September 28, 2006 at this location. At the elected time, the Moon rises and thus is conjunct Serpentarius.
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