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This talisman comes from several sources including image descriptions in Picatrix, an encyclopedic work of medieval Arabic astrological magic, as well as Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy.
Equally important, however, is the artistry of Nigel Jackson who created the the striking black and white image that I merely tinted to produce the talisman image shown above to right. Both Nigel and I have felt a strong sense of inspiration with regard to our work with astrological images and I am pleased to be able to feature our collaboration in this talisman.
For further information see the Nigel Jackson Talisman Images main page. You can see another example of his work at the Nigel Jackson Jupiter Image.

Image Sources and Descriptions


This image comes from two sources, the encyclopedic work of medieval Islamic astrological magic, Picatrix and the equally comprehensive Renaissance work by Cornelius Agrippa Three Books of Occult Philosophy
The Picatrix says,

"Ymago Veneris. Si ex formis Veneris feceris formam mulieris cuius corpus sit humanum, caput vero avis necnon et pedes aquile, in dextra manu malum, in sinistra vero pectinem tenetis ligneum similem tabule talibus figuris scriptum: Sigil Example , qui hanc ymaginem secum portaverit bene recipetur et ab omnibus diligetur."

"Image of Venus. Of the images Venus they made the image of a woman whose body is human with the head of a bird and the feet of an eagle, in her right hand an apple and in her left hand a wooden comb. Write on this Sigil Example on the figure and everyone who carries this image with them will receive good and be liked by everyone. "

Picatrix Bk II, Section 10, page 70. (Translation by Christopher Warnock, Esq.)
Further information is provided in Agrippa who says,

"From the operations of Venus they made an Image, which was available for favor, and benevolence, at the very hour it ascending into Pisces, the form of which was the Image of a woman having the head of a bird, and feet of an Eagle, holding a dart in her hand."

Three Books of Occult Philosophy Bk. II, Chapter 42, (Tyson ed.) page 387.

Electional Chart

The time elected for construction of the first talisman was February 12, 2002 at 7:25 am EST in Washington, D.C. 38 N 55 77 W 03. At this time 0 degrees of Pisces rises and Venus is both ascending and has just entered Pisces. Venus is also the almuten of the Ascendant. Note her great strength being in exaltation, triplicity and term.
At the elected time I lit three white candles and some sweet smelling incense and hand tinted a black and white version of the Venus image. I added the characters called for by Picatrix. I also recited the Orphic Hymn of Venus,

Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Heavv'nly, illustrious, laughter-loving queen,
Sea-born, night-loving, of an awful mien;
Crafty, from whom necessity first came,
Producing, nightly, all connecting dame:
Tis thine the world with harmony to join,
For all things spring from thee, O pow'r divine...

Goddess of marriage, charming to the sight,
Mother of Loves, whom banquetings delight;
Source of persuasion, secret, fav'ring queen,
Illustrious born, apparent and unseen:
Spousal, lupercal, and to men inclin'd,
Prolific, most-desir'd, life giving, kind:
Great sceptre-bearer of the Gods, 'tis thine,
Mortals in necessary bands to join;
And ev'ry tribe of savage monsters dire
In magic chains to bind, thro' mad desire...

Come, all-attractive to my pray'r inclin'd,
For thee, I call, with holy reverent mind.

The Hymns of Orpheus, To Venus, trans. Thomas Taylor [1792], reprint, Los Angeles, CA, Philosophical Research Society, 1981, p. 185.



After making this talisman I had a nice upsurge in business, was able to renegotiate a loan on very favorable terms and had consistently pleasant interactions with everyone I came into contact with. I was quite satisfied that it lived up to its billing that whoever carries this image with them will receive good and be liked by everyone.

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