For the Week of December 23-29, 2002
Talisman of Mars
FOR POWER IN
Good & Evil
Book Two, Chapter Ten of
This week's talisman continues a series of comparisons of the new English translation from Arabic of the Picatrix from Ouroboros Press and the Latin Picatrix edited by David Pingree which is available from the Warburg Institute.
The Picatrix is an encyclopedic work of medieval Arabic astrological magic. It had great influence on Renaissance mages like Cornelius Agrippa and Marsilio Ficino and was unpublished, in any language, until modern times. We are therefore fortunate to have the Ouroboros translation of the first two books of Picatrix. Comparison between the Latin and Ouroboros Picatrix, however, makes the Ouroboros translation clearer.
I am particularly pleased to be able to have Nigel Jackson's wonderful Mars image which appears above to right. Steal it and you will surely come to a bad end!
We turn to the first complete talisman on page 141 of the Ouroboros translation of Book Two, Chapter Ten of Picatrix.
Carve the picture of a lion with a man standing between his hands on one of the stones of Mars. The man is wearing a shield and girded with a sword, holding a sword in his right hand and the head of a man in his left hand. This is to be done in the hour and [sign of Mars]. Whoever wears this picture will dominate and be feared by anyone who sees him or becomes associated with him. I saw this picture carved in a garnet stone by one of those who deals in this art.
Imago Martis ut facias quod volueris tam in bono quam in malo. Facias ex formis Martis formam hominis supra leonem equitantis et in eius dextra nudum ensem tenetis et in sinistra caput hominis gestantis in hora Martis, secunda facie Arietis ascendente et Marte in ea existente, in lapide diamantis. Qui hunc lapidem gestaverit, tam in bono quam in malo potens erit, sed potencior in malo.
Image of Mars to make what you wish in good or in evil. Make of the form of Mars the form of a man riding a lion and in his right hand carrying a bare sword and in his left bearing the head of a man in the hour of Mars, second face of Aries ascending and Mars rising, in diamond. Whoever carries this stone will be powerful in good and evil, but more powerful in evil.
Translation by Christopher Warnock, Esq.
The election for this talisman is December 25, 2002 at 3:50 am EST (+5) for Cleveland Park, a neighborhood of Washington, D.C., 38 N 56, 77 W 03.
Mars rises in Scorpio. It is the day and planetary hour of Mars.
Now I don't recommend making this talisman, but I think that the requirement of being engraved on a diamond is probably sufficient to stop anyone from actually making it!
To see if Mars talismans are currently in stock see Mars talismans or Currently Available Talismans.
Here is further information on Astrological Talismans and Astrological Magic. If you wish to delve even deeper into this fascinating area I offer an Mansions of the Moon Mini-Course and a Astrological Magic Full Course as well as a traditional astrology and astrological magic discussion group Spiritus Mundi.
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