An election for exorcism and house cleansing from Bonatti

And if someone wished to eject or expel phantasms or some harmful spirit (which is called the Devil by certain people) from some place or home, or some harmful thing either terrible or infesting the inhabitants of that place, or [if] in some person there were some violent motions (which is called demonic), and you wished to administer some medicine or perform some exorcism or the like, and you wanted to elect for him the hour fit for it, adapt the Ascendant and its Lord, and beware lest the Ascendant be Cancer or Leo or Scorpio or Aquarius; not let the Moon be in one of those signs; let the Ascendant be whatever [other] one you wanted, and its Lord free, and let [not] the Moon be in any one of them, joined to some benefic, nor let her be impeded.

Guido Bonatti, Book of Astronomy p.769 (translated by Benjamin Dykes)

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Natal Insights

I’ve had some requests recently from people who could not afford the full natal reading but nevertheless wanted some insight on a particular matter described in their natal chart.  Natal Insights are a way to do exactly that and allow you to focus in on a particular area such as love, career, wealth etc at a much reduced cost as compared to a full natal reading.


On ocassion I’m moved to create talismans at carefully elected times when a particular planetary or celestial object is strongly dignified.  Some of these I will be offering for sale and will be available under the Talismans tab.  I currently have three Venus talismans for Love, Luck and Fertility that were created when Venus was essentially dignified in Taurus.  These Venus talismans are available for sale here.

Picatrix on Propositional Faith

Furthermore, they ought to believe firmly in the works that they do with images, so that what they do will be true and without doubt, nor should they harbour doubts concerning its effectiveness, since this work is not done in order to test or prove whether it be true or not, rather, they should have faith in their mind that it be true. By this the rational spirit is strengthened, and joined to that virtue of the upper world from which proceeds the celestial spirit that acts in the image; and in this way, what is desired will come to pass.

Thus it is necessary to believe firmly, because it is by this that the image will have the power to call upon the cooperation, and of all the primary and principal intelligences, and all the intermediate intelligences. Among all these intelligences, the human soul or intellect is clearly the lowest that can call upon the cooperation of others, and then only when it operates and cooperates with a firm and full intention and diligence with the greatest solicitude. This is called faith in a proposition. In other works of craftsmanship, if the craftsman is not diligent, solicitude and full intention can accomplish the work, but only rarely in making images will this function and complete the work. – Latin Picatrix, translated by Greer and Warnock

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A Picatrix Election for Enduring Love

This is a pretty fortunate month for the ambitious astrological magician with both Mercury, planet of traders, scholars and astrologers, and Venus, planet of all the other fun things you do when you are not working or studying, dignified by domicile.  Mercury is in Gemini from 7 June to 22 June, and Venus is in Taurus from 6 June to July 4.

Below is an interesting election from the Picatrix for enduring love.

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Thoth Hermes Esoteric Podcast


Thoth Hermes Esoteric Podcast is a new and ambitious endavour by Rudolf, an Austrian magician, esotericist and artist who many of you will know already as Gnothi Seauton on Facebook and as co-host of the Occult of Personality podcast.

Rudolf is a Gnostic Hermetic in the tradition of Emil Stejnar and counts as one of his influences the Czech magician Franz Bardon.  The most recent podcast features the Bardon magician William Mistele and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to you all.

May there be many more!

Creating and reconciling relationships – two-fold images of the Picatrix

“If you do this for two friends, make the 11th house of the first image the ascendant of the second image; and if you wish to generate friendship between man and wife, make the ascendant of the second image the seventh house of the first image.  And make it so the lord of the ascendant of the one who will return the friendship [i.e., the friend or wife] makes as good aspect with reception to the lord of the ascendant of the other image.  Then join the images and bury them in the place of the one who is to have friendship [i.e., you] and they will be friends as before.” – Book 1, Chapter 3, Greer and Warnock translation

As an example, let us assume that you want to create friendship between two people (reconcile two friends), you would do the following:

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Horary, and how to destroy cities using the Picatrix

1. Conjure Godzilla to destroy a city

The Picatrix mentions several times the possibility of using the results of a horary reading to make magical images. For example, in Book 3, Chapter 5, one of the elections given “for the destruction of cities, houses and the like” utilises the ascendant of the city to be destroyed. (If you are wondering how a city could possibly have an ascendant associated with it, the ascendant of the city would have been drawn from the mundane chart erected for when that city was built.) However, in the absence of a known ascendant for the city, one could use the ascendant of a horary chart erected for this particular purpose.

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Planetary dieting and changing temperament

We briefly discussed in an earlier post how Ficino in his De Vita described how he would diminish the influence of the Saturnine melancholy to which he was prone by consuming food associated with the Jupiter, the most sanguine of the planets.

The idea is that one attunes one’s complexion or temperament to the complexion of the planet in a gradual way by fasting and introducing food associated with a particular planet. That is, if, as in the case of Ficino, one is melancholic and thus has a temperament that is Cold and Dry, this is altered by consuming foods that are (in Ficino’s example) of the nature of Jupiter who is Warm and Moist. This diet will gradually change the temperament of the native to match the complexion of the planet – from Saturnine melancholy and misanthropy we become, through regular consumption of eagles and peacocks (or perhaps more easily obtained Jupiterian ingredients), jovial, sanguine, affable and popular.

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A Quick and Dirty Guide to the Lunar Mansions – Using elections, Creating talismans

What are the Lunar Mansions?

Simply put, the Lunar Mansions are a form of Lunar Zodiac which splits the ecliptic into 28 sections. Although based on an older sidereal form, we will be using the Mansion system used in the Picatrix which is based on the tropical zodiac.

Each Mansion is said to have a particular effect (which you can find here or in one of the translations of the Picatrix), and the position of the moon in any of these mansions can be used either to simply elect a time to perform a certain action (e.g., with the moon in the 5th mansion, it’s a good to ask for favours from kings – or to ask your boss for a raise, if you do not work for your monarch directly) or to create a talisman for a magical effect (e.g., with the moon in the 3rd Mansion, it is a good time to make a talisman to bring good luck).

The great thing about using the mansions is that they can be utilised with whatever system you currently work with to add a little celestial oomph to your magick. As an example, if you do not want to create a silver ring bearing the image of a woman with her hand raised over her head for luck during the 3rd Mansion of the Moon, and would prefer to create a mojo hand instead, that is certainly another possibility.

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Astrological talismans and their effects

Just as the influences of the planets and fixed stars reigning at a particular time and place are impressed upon body and soul of someone born at that time and particular place, it is possible to impregnate a physical object with a particular celestial influence.

A talisman is created through a combination of timing, with the construction taking place when the celestial influences are at their peak, an appropriate physical basis that has the ability to receive the influence of the celestial influence due to similarity or correspondence with the influence, 3) inscription with figures, divine names and symbols consonant with the influence, 4) invocation of spirits who rule over or direct the power of the planet or star to consecrate (literally ‘make sacred’) the talisman to indwell the talisman itself, and 5) intention, that is, giving the talisman a mission through the charge to the spirit or impressing the effect on the talisman through the imaginative faculty.

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