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Astrological Chart of the Week
Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Astrological Chart of the Week
For the Week of January 14-20, 2002

Chart of the Week Archive
Week of January 7-13, 2002:
Election for Travel Agency
Venus Election for Lust
Electional Astrology
Sex and Electional Astrology
Astrological Talisman
Ficino Venus Talisman Example
Love Talismans
Passion, Harmony & Commitment
in Love & Marriage Talisman
Astrology, Magical Talismans &
Mansions of the Moon in Picatrix
Web Site Search
Web Site Search
Venus and Adonis

Double Love Talismans from

A mighty pain to love it is,
And ít is a pain that pain to miss;
But of all pains, the greatest pain
It is to love, but love in vain.

Abraham Cowley

This week's talismans come from David Pingree's Latin version of Picatrix, an encyclopedic work of medieval Arabic astrological magic. For more information on Picatrix, see Picatrix at Twilight Grotto. Two more selections from Picatrix, untranslated elsewhere and dealing with the magical uses of the lunar mansions 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 talismans are interesting because they are an example of the use of natal factors in a talisman election and because they utitilize double talismans. The Picatrix begins by explaining how to use the natal Ascendant of the elector (person using the election),

"An image to generate peace and love between two [people]. Fashion two images under the Ascendant of the questioner, and make fortunate the Ascendant and 10th house, and remove infortunes from the first house, and place the lord of the 10th house fortunately and aspecting itself to the lord of the Ascendant by a trine or sextile aspect."

Picatrix Book I, Chapter 5 (translation by Robert Thomas).
The use of the natal Ascendant helps tie the talisman to the elector. I am not sure why the Picatrix says to use the 10th house, except that perhaps because it is the house of reputation. Improving it may improve how one is seen and thus one's other relationships.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Next Picatrix explains how to increase the specificity of the talisman for attracting a particular type, if not a particular person,

"And there is a second image that may be fashioned: if it is done for two friends, place the eleventh house in the Ascendant of it as aforesaid in the first image; and if you wish to generate love between a man and woman, place the Ascendant of the second image as the seventh house from the first.
And form it so that the Lord of the Ascendant of he who seeks love shall aspect the lord of the Ascendant of the other [person] with a good aspect and that they are well received of one another. After this join the images and bury them in the place of the one who is sought; and they will be friends that were apart before."

Picatrix Book IV, Chapter 9 (translation by Robert Thomas).
Thus we first determine the natal Ascendant of the elector. We then fashion the first talisman under that Ascendant. Finally, we use that appropriate house in the election chart, which will be the same as the corresponding house in the nativity, as the Ascendant of the second talisman.
Our example charts are hypothetical based on a natal Ascendant of 23 Leo.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
The time elected for construction of the first talisman is August 16, 2002 at 6:28 am EDT in Washington, D.C. 38 N 56 77 W 03. At this time Leo rises and the Sun is conjunct the Ascendant. The Sun, ruler of the ascendant applies to a sextile of Saturn, ruler of the sign on the seventh house cusp, Aquarius. It is also the day of Venus (Friday) and the planetary hour of Venus which is quite appropriate for love talismans.
The election for construction of the second talisman is 7:56 pm EDT on the same day, August 16, 2002. At this time Aquarius (the sign on the cusp of the seventh house in the original election) rises and the ruler of the seventh house, the Sun, applies to Saturn, ruler of the Ascendant.
While this type of talisman is made for the purpose of attracting a particular person and it is more powerful for this purpose than a basic Venus talisman, users should be aware that they have the potential to cause their user to become obsessed with the person who is the object of the magic.
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 as well as a traditional astrology and astrological magic discussion group Spiritus Mundi.


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