The Occult

Picatrix Rubeus, page 54:

“If you labor unceasingly in knowledge and in matters of the intellect and in perception of those things that are, then no matter what happens, you will be able to search out and understand sorcery and magic. Plato says as much in the book he wrote called Timaeus, which goes on at great length in words and reasoning about forms. He expounded this reason very well where it says that in occult matters, it is the habit of the wise to cover up and conceal their knowledge in such a way that the foolish are not able to discover it.”

Nationalistic Attributions of the Origins of Magic

Picatrix Rubeus page 243:

“The Chaldeans, indeed, were those magi who made themselves preeminent in this science and these workings; and they are held to have been entirely perfect in this science. They themselves assert that Hermes first constructed a certain house of images, from which he used to measure of the flow of the Nile at the Mountains of the Moon; but this house was made of the Sun.”

By the time of the writing of Picatrix, the opinion of whether magic had originated among the Chaldeans or Egyptians was still in flux, and this is an example of the author attempting to find a compromise where both are given credit and prestige.

Devotion to Magic Reaps Proportional Rewards

Picatrix Rubeus page 286:

“Ninth: know what things are good and natural for the powers, because by this your own virtues will be known to them, and they will delight in you; for they will delight in you to the same degree that you delight in them. These precepts Zucrat the sage taught to his pupils at the end of his life; they are the foundations of the usefulness of magic.”

The love, respect and devotion you have towards magic and your spiritual patrons will be reciprocated proportionately.

Magic Isn’t Supposed to be Easy

Picatrix Rubeus pages 249-250:

“Some of the sages, discussing this art, have said: Every working and every magistery has a door through which, by understanding, they may be entered; and each of them has a stair, by which an ascent may be made to the thing desired. They have also said this: None may attain what they seek without order and discipline. And this: When you whine about something, a danger is bom in it.”

Thus, only opportunities for magic can be provided to a student.

There is still no way to attain magic except through work, and dwelling on the difficulty of it only makes attainment harder and increases the rate of failure.

So, get to work and chin up.

The Talismans of Red Hatred

THE TALISMANS OF RED HATRED: The Fourth Lunar Mansion, Al-Dabaran — The Pursuer.

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Picatrix page 287:

“The fourth Mansion is Aldebaran and is for obtaining enmity. Take red wax and when the Moon is passing through this Mansion, make the image of a knight riding on a horse, holding a serpent in his right hand, and suffumigate the image with red myrrh and storax. And say, ‘You, Assarez, make it so and fulfill my request,’ and ask for things pertaining to hatred, separation and ill will. It will be completely done as you have requested. Know that Assarez is the name ofthe lord of this Mansion.”


Now, this is how you do a malefic talisman.

Marvelous Magics

Picatrix Rubeus page 128:

“The great sage Plato, however, wrote two books about magic, that is, the Greater and the Lesser. In the Greater he wrote about the effects of the figures of heaven, from which he described great marvels, such as walking upon water, and changing into the form of any animal you desire, or into some composite form never before heard of in this world, and calling down rain at times when it ought not to rain and preventing rain when it ought to rain, and making stars move and cast down rays out of their proper times, and burning down hostile cities as well as ships at sea and remote places that you wish to burn, and ascending into the air, and making stars appear at times incongruent for their appearance so that they seem to fall from heaven, and speaking with the dead, and making it appear as though the Sun and Moon were divided into many parts, and making ropes and spears appear to be serpents and dragons, eating anyone they encounter, and making long and short journeys pass in the blink of an eye.

“All the foregoing that we have described are brought about by the powers and virtues of figures and by the strong attraction of spirits that will be obedient to us, and by the strong composition of the bodies of the figures of materials brought together from this inferior world. From these come the spiritual motions that move all bodies, by which motions marvels are brought about, as well as works that are not done by human beings, but appear to belong almost to the category of miracles.”

This may be the most important passage in Picatrix, because it illustrates the most advanced forms of astrological magic and what once it was capable of, and perhaps someday again.

If you think it’s all preposterous, I can tell you I’ve seen some of those things happen– and if those are true, why not the others?

Be Greedy

Picatrix Rubeus page 220:

“Those who intend to involve themselves in this science ought to know that it is by the works and experiments they do in this world that profound and secret sciences are known, and by works and experiments doubts are solved. This is because when anyone accomplishes his desires, his doubts are settled. You should indeed be greedy in all the things, and about all the things, that we have taught you so far, and you should be faithful in the operations themselves, and continually observe the ways of the sages and the habits of the ancients in the operations of this science.”

Though Picatrix says earlier that we should have faith in magic and not trifle with it in order to prove whether it exists to ourselves, the author urges students of magic to test individual techniques out in order to verify them. And do it as much as is possible. As he says, be greedy.

And now I’m done for the time being.

The Rings of Lechery

THE RINGS OF LECHERY: Talismans of the 16th Mansion, Azubene

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“In this Mansion make images for the destruction of merchandise, harvests and plants, and to put discord between friends, and between man and wife, and the debauching of a woman you desire, for impeding those who journey that the end of their road is never reached, and to cause hatred between friends and liberate captives from incarceration.”

And in the Plinian Mansion section, based on the works of Ibn Hatim:

“The sixteenth Mansion is Azebene, and it is for the making of money (which is to say, in selling and buying). When the Moon is passing through this Mansion, fashion in a plate of silver the figure of a man seated in a throne and carrying a scale in his hands. Suffumigate the image with fine odors, and set it out under the stars for seven nights, saying each night: ‘You, Azeruch, make such and such happen for me, and accomplish my request.’ Ask of it pertaining to selling and buying. Know that Azeruch is the name of the lord of this Mansion.”

The Moon is fast, applying to a loose but otherwise ideal sextile of Venus. The Moon culminates, and– this is just spectacular– Venus ascends, precisely. The Moon is in the Domicile of Venus, and the latter is not only not cadent but angular as one can get. Any concerns about the Moon being in the via combusta are eliminated because a benefic on the Ascendant or Midheaven rectifies an afflicted Moon. The only potential negative is the Part of Fortune is in the 3rd, but making an applying aspect (albeit a square) to Venus and I think that easily repairs that minor quibble.

As this is a benevolent election, it is only really appropriate for financial profit, lust, and liberation. Due to the prominence of Venus, it clearly leans towards sexual fulfillment as a petition– but still would work nicely for wealth and evading legal hassles like jail time.