The Talismans of Desire

THE TALISMANS OF DESIRE: Alahue

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This was somewhat experimental, but worth noting.

“The thirteenth Mansion is Alahue, and it is for the liberation of men who are not able to come to women and for putting love between men and women. When the Moon is passing through this Mansion, fashion from red wax the image of an erect man (that is, with an erect penis); and let it be in all ways the image of a man desiring to couple with a woman. From white wax fashion the image of a woman. Bind the two images together face to face, and suffumigate them with amber and lignum aloes, and wrap them in a piece of white silk which has been washed in rosewater; and on either image write the name of the one you desire. If a woman shall carry these images with her, she will be most strongly desired by the man whose name is upon the image – which is to say, when he sees her. If another is tied or bound, who is not able to perform with women, if he shall carry the images with him it shall be dissolved and he will be able to perform with women. Know that the name ofthe lord of this Mansion is Azerut.”

That being the Plinian version. The more general Picatrix commentary is:

“In this Mansion make images for the increase of trade and profit, the increase of harvests, for travelers to have good journeys on the roads, for the completion of buildings, for the freedom of captives, and the binding of nobles to have good from them.”

In any case, I put the Moon in the 11th House this time in order to take advantage of the North Node on the Ascendant. But the great strength of this election is that the Moon is between benevolent aspects with the benefics! The Moon’s aspect to Saturn is a problem, but the Moon is waning, the aspect is benevolent, and the Moon between the benefics is a fortitude which easily surpasses that concern.

I created two loose stone talismans; two lapis lazuli cabochons, one for me and one for an unspecified recipient. (The one for me is not for virility, ahem.) Lapis lazuli is the primary stone of the Moon, and this should suffice even though the ymage is of an embracing couple on one object. AZERUT was inscribed across the middle. The suffumigation was amber and aloeswood. No oil was used, but both will be sewn into bags of white silk and anointed with rosewater.

The Great Rings of Wealth

THE GREAT RINGS OF WEALTH: Marxois, The Third Face of Capricorn

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“There rises in the third face of Capricorn a man holding a book which he opens and closes, and before him is the tail of a fish. This is a face of wealth and the accumulation of money and increase and embarking on trade and pressing on to a good end.”

It’s rare to find a talisman which just brings great riches, so this was one I’ve been hankering to try for a very long time.

Marxois is empowered by the Sun, and the Sun is in the Face in question. Sun is unafflicted. Sun Day and Hour. The Moon is sufficiently fast and widely applying to both benefics by benevolent aspects. The Moon is in her House and conjunct the Pars Fortuna.

The main downside of this election is that it is the final degree of a Sign, but as this is Capricorn and the final degrees of Signs get that reputation largely because of Saturn this may not be as great a concern as otherwise. Furthermore, this election is hard to obtain so one must not demand flawlessness. Saturn is on the MC, but I don’t think that’ll cause mischief here.

I chose lemon chrysoprase for the stone, and bands made of both gold and gold-filled wire for strength. The suffumigation was long pepper, as was the herb affixed beneath the rings. The oil used was Money Drawing.

Seven rings were made for me, and one undesignated recipient in Size 8.5.

The ymage of Marxois bears some scrutiny. The Sun is accorded large books according to Picatrix, and the figure is of a merlad (a male mermaid) reading a book. This is a way of transmitting that the Sun is in the tail of Capricorn pictorially. In my design, I inscribed MARXOIS across the chest of the figure, and when possible the sigil of Marxois on the binding of the book. The design isn’t going to hang in a museum, but it doesn’t have to in order for it to work. It also wise to remind oneself that each entry on the Faces in Picatrix says “This is its Form.” I don’t think that word choice is accidental.

It should be noted that Picatrix is one of the few sources which consider this a thoroughly positive Face. Most of the others say it inspires selfishness and avarice. I trust Picatrix over those sources, but think those may be valid for malefic elections of this Face.