Rings of Saturn from Magia Astrologica
Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Saturn Rings from Magia Astrologica
Lynn Thorndike in his History of Magic & Experimental Science states
that Magia Astrologica, a portion of which is translated below, was published in 1611 by P. Constantius
Magia Astrologica Title Page
"...as a key to the work of 1610 of Petrus Arlensis de Scudalupis On the Sympathy of the Seven Metals
and Seven Stones with the Planets, for the greater elucidation of that work, we we have already mentioned.
Albinius published his with the same printers or booksellers. Despite the other
work's rejection of them Albinibus gave various rings of the planets, seals of the twelve signs and
other images which he assured the reader were strictly astrological and not magical. He also associated
hierarchies of angels with different stones and colors for magical purposes. Yet the work was published
with a royal privilege. Thus gems retained their magical associations into the seventeenth century."
Thorndike, History of Magic & Experimental Science, vol X at 324.
In 1674 Magia Astrologica was placed on the Index librorum prohibitorum
index of prohibited books maintained by the Congregation of the Index of the Roman Catholic Church, presumably
because it dealt with astrology and magic, two prohibited occult arts.
Rings of Saturn from Magia Astrologica 1611
When you wish to make Saturn rings or images or sigils, and to see
and bring about some of their effects, this is what you should do.
Cause your mind and action to be united together, and do not vacillate,
take lead, the principal metal,
of Saturn, in the hour of Saturn, in the morning or afternoon, Saturn in his exaltation and not
combust, not aspecting malefics, in a good configuration, with good aspects, just as the astrologers
in elections have become accustomed to doing, and choose the hour that you know is good, when the lords
of the Ascendant and tenth house are fortified, and this is how it is complete, and it is appropriate
that the Moon be in Capricorn, or nearby, when you prepare and cast the lead, as the Book of Sympathy says,
prepare the by making it into a capsule and wrap it in clean linen and let it be done under the open sky or
in an open place or in a gallery open to the sky. This is how it is done by the Turks according to the Book
Repeat this again with the lead: Wait to fashion [the image] until Saturn is
making good aspects, is dignified, and in his sign or exaltation, because then he powerfully brings
about an influx [of his energy].
Then at the opportune moment when there is the optimal configuration [literally conjunction] begin to sculpt
the stone and shape it.
In this way make the ring, and engrave in the stone the appropriate signs that are
said to be appropriate and peculiar to Saturn or at least the sigil of his Intelligence: and if this work is
done by an artist, make sure that the mind of the artist is united with the work and that the work is done
in a hour that is harmonious and appropriate under a good configuration as we have said. Always entrust
the work to one filled with [the proper] intention.
End the work with the stone similarly to that of the Metal,
so that they correspond in all ways, doing the work on the ring by the same way in order that the influx [of the
power of Saturn] will descend, stamping the characters [of Saturn] inside the ring. If you carry it, miraculous
effects will appear and you will accept supernatural powers as we have said.
Likewise use the same method in the creation of other rings or images or sigils
observing the method that has been noted and described.
Magia Astrologica, P. Constantius Albinius (Paris 1611) at 11-12. (translated by Christopher Warnock, Esq)
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