Book of the Treasure of Alexander
Planetary Rings from the
Book of the Treasure of Alexander
Ring of Saturn
Ring of Jupiter
Ring of Mars
Ring of the Sun
Ring of Venus
Ring of Mercury
Ring of the Moon
Like Picatrix, Astromagia and other astrology and magic texts were translated in the 13th century at the court of Alfonso X of Castile, known as the Wise. The portions of Astromagia dealing with the lunar mansions are available as part of the Mansions of the Moon Mini-Course.
The Book of the Treasure of Alexander was written in Arabic in the tenth century A.D. and appears to have significant influence derived the the Harranian Sabians, who preserved Neo-platonic thought and the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus into the medieval period. Renaissance Astrology offers a complete English translation of the Book of the Treasure of Alexander.
The fact that Aristotle, known in the medieval period simply as "the Philosopher" tutored Alexander gave rise to a whole genre of magical and astrological texts. The 14th century philosopher and mage Albertus Magnus writes in his Speculum Astronomiae, the Mirror of Astronomy, of the worst of all necromatic texts, "...which begins Dixit Aristotles Alexandro regni: Si vis percipere etc." ("Aristotle said to Alexander the King: If you want to perceive,etc.) This is the one some call Mors animae (the Death of the Soul)". Speculum Astronomiae, ch. 12.
One interesting feature of the rings is that their elections are based upon the exaltations of the planets, rather than their signs. According to tradition, the exaltations of the planets reveal the original position at the time of Creation. Note that while traditionally the planet was considered to be exalted throughout the sign of its exaltation, originally the planet was exalted at a particular degree in that sign. Even in later practice being in the degree of its exaltation was considered to increase the planet's dignity.
This particular section has some very interesting variations from the planetary exaltation talismans provided in the complete complete English translation of the Book of the Treasure of Alexander and provides a fascinating look at the variations in traditonal sources.
Book of the Treasure of Alexander
The Ring of Saturn
Make this ring when Saturn reaches the twenty-first degree of Libra or the tenth degree of Aquarius. The Moon should behold Saturn and if Saturn is in Libra, then the Moon should be in Aquarius and if Saturn is in Aquarius the Moon should be in Libra. Mars should be in cadent to Saturn.
When this configuration is reached then make a ring of one ounce of lead with a square signet. Inscribe on the signet the image of an old man wearing a helmet and riding a black horse. He is holding in his left hand a sword raised above his head and on his left he holds a shield. Anoint the signet with the blood of a black ox.
Complete the ring while Saturn is in or returns to the aforementioned degree. If you cannot finish it in the aforementioned configuration wait until the Moon again returns to the aforementioned aspects and signs or is in Cancer.
Make this ring when Jupiter reaches the fifteenth degree of Cancer with the Moon in Cancer making a [favorable] aspect. When this configuration is reached make a ring of one ounce of tin with a square signet. Inscribe on the signet the image of a man riding a lion and with a sword in his right hand and a bow in his left hand.
Do not wear this ring until Jupiter conjoins the Moon in Cancer, preferably in the fifteenth degree [of that sign]. If you carry it then the aforementioned will take place if the wearer of this ring remains personally pure and does not enter impure places
Anoint the signet of this ring with the blood of a fish and the ring will make the wearer brave and valiant and preserve him from thieves and injuries in battle.
Make this ring when Mars is in the twenty first degree of Capricorn with the Moon making a [favorable] aspect from Scorpio. This ring should be make of one ounce of iron with a square signet. Inscribe on the signet the image of a helmeted warrior riding a horse with a spear in his left hand tipped with a scarlet flag.
Anoint the signet with the blood of a lion and the wearer will be protected from paralysis, fear, fevers and those illnesses arising from cold.
Do not begin your work until the Sun enters [the appropriate] degree and ensure that the work is completed while the Sun is in this degree. If the ring is not completed then wait until the Sun enters this degree again.
Once the ring is finished retain it until the Moon conjoins the Sun in Leo. Whoever carries this ring will be exalted and honored by kings and all who behold him will be in awe and no one will [wish] to harm him.
Make this ring when Venus enters the twenty-eighth degree of Pisces and makes a sextile to the Moon in Taurus and Mars is in Scorpio.
When this configuration is present make a ring of one half ounce of copper with a square signet and inscribe on the signet the image of a seated women with her hair undone being watched by a woman to her right who is bejeweled and wearing a gown of green cloth
Do not wear this ring until the Moon and Venus conjoin in Pisces, preferably in the twenty-fifth degree [of that sign] or when the Moon is in Cancer and aspecting Venus with a sextile or trine.
Make this ring when Mercury is in the fifteenth degree of Virgo and in conjunction, sextile or trine of the Moon.
When this configuration is present mix iron, gold and silver and from this mixture take a half ounce and make a ring with a square signet.
Then, when the Moon conjoins Mercury in Gemini or Virgo, preferably in the fifteenth degree of that sign, inscribe on the signet the image of a crowned man, clothed in green and yellow, seated while reading a book
Do not wear the ring until the Moon is cadent from Gemini or Virgo and making a positive aspect to Mercury.
A traveler who carries [the ring of the Moon] will always be protected when voyaging by sea or on water. Lowered into the water, [the ring of the Moon] will make storm stormy seas or tides calm [lacunae].
Make this ring of one ounce of pure silver when the Moon enters the 3rd degree of Taurus [her exaltation] when she is applying to a sextile or trine of Venus and is more than sixty degrees distant from the Sun.
The signet [of the ring] should be circular and inscribed with the image of a crowned man holding a spear in his right and a string knotted thirty times, such as those that are used for measuring, in his left hand, riding in a chariot drawn by four horses.
Do all of the work [on the ring] while the Moon is in Taurus. If you are unable to finish during this time, begin again when the Moon next returns [to this degree and aspect].
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