Use of Non-Canonical Ymages in SIM

Page 64 Picatrix Rubeus:

“Next you should learn that they do not calculate these figures in any way except from the nature of the stars and signs. In this way you will be able to understand what was said above concerning the second face [decan]. All their sayings are of this sort. What I have said up to this point, you will be able to understand by using your senses and your imagination, and thus you will be able to make all things according to your wishes.

“Abenoaxie… named the watery triplicity, and wrote there… When someone seems to speak of water, a river, a swamp, or any other thing similar to them, you ought to understand that its work is in water. In the same way, all the other figures of the triplicities that are assigned to fire, earth, or air, should be understood in the same way…

“This is what they said about the names of the degrees, and they also said the same thing when they gave examples of their forms in their places, because all these are signs by which you will be able to understand the powers and workings of the degrees. Thus you ought to interpret them in the same way.

“As an example of the foregoing, when someone refers to a mutilated head and mutilated hands, he means by this phrase death and weakness and the way of one planet with others, because all these are ways to understand the effects of the planets, and how other bodies are strengthened by them, so that marvels, and the effects of the planets in these bodies, become apparent. In this way you should understand the whole art of magic.”

Picatrix is saying here that the ymages of the Signs and Faces are constructed from interactions between the essential dignities and natures of the the Signs, Triplicities, Faces and Degrees and the properties of the planets traversing them. Likewise, this is a two-way process, where by identifying how an particular interaction between planets and each other or with a particular set of Zodiacal degrees can be depicted as an ymage, this can be used to manifest or influence that ymage’s parallel in the material world.

That means (as I’ve said before) Face ymages which include a mutilated or ugly figure tends to be governed or empowered by an infortune or a highly afflicted planet or other bad interaction. Likewise, if you want to conjure up a horse you probably will want to work with Sagittarius– or find lost keys with the 2nd Face of Taurus.

This allows us to break out of the rote recipes for rituals and talismans and allows us to use the panoply of ymages available to develop ritual projects and talismans, which do not appear in any available text.

Picatrix on Texts with Double Meaning

Picatrix Rubeus pages 54-55:

“The concealment and profundity of words is the subtlety of the wise in their reasonings, so that they cannot be understood without much contemplation. Their meaning lies hidden therein until intelligence extracts it from its concealments, and then it is extracted from a different meaning that is understood by the intellect at first glance. This science of magic is divided into two parts, of which one is manifest, and the other deeply hidden. The part deeply hidden is profound, and there are profound perceptions that cannot be grasped except with others that come before them through hard work, until their relationship becomes apparent and they are uncovered.

“If anyone thoroughly studies this according to the dictum just given, he will have all that he desires, and secrets will be opened to him, and thereby he will attain what he wishes. The byways and highways leading to this attainment are many, however. Some of them are to take proofs from the manifest and apply them to the hidden, and returning the branches to the root in order to join them together, and to assemble in one’s consciousness and thought the credible sayings of saintly men or of some particular saint.

“In this way you will reach completion and perfection, and you will attain what you wish, and the manifest and concealed meaning of these words will be revealed to you. Likewise, you will be granted the right to pass freely on the roads just mentioned, so that you will be able to attain knowledge and penetrate and uncover hidden things—because by each of the aforesaid roads you will be able to attain what you wish, and understand knowledge and its meanings, and understand all things, and perceive all things in their proper order.”

I think this passage is other than it appears and may contain some of the most powerful secrets of Picatrix.

Picatrix as a Kabbalistic Talisman

Page 57 Picatrix Rubeus:

“All that we have said in this context we say only to sharpen the intellect and illuminate awareness, because the aforesaid words and reasons that we have stated are spiritual images and the word that Adam received form the Lord God. They cannot be understood except by the sages who have labored faithfully in knowledge and have understood how created beings attain truth. You should understand all of this and retain it in your intellect, because what we have said up to this point in this book of ours constitute the foundations of the art of magic, if you understand it well.”

  1. So, basically he’s saying that large chunks of Picatrix are talismans of a kind in textual form. What do they do? Probably helps the student comprehend the rest of the text– and man, do we need that help sometimes.
  2. The word given to Adam is a veiled reference. According to Jewish folklore, Kabbalah was given to Adam by God after the expulsion from Eden because the punishment was too severe, with the intent that it be passed down to his favored sons for their succor. Since Kabbalah is a largely non-astrological form of magic (in its practical expression) which is almost exclusively textual, this makes sense that it be referred to when describing a text-based enchanted object. A book on magic, which is itself a magical book.
  3. Some would say that Judaic Kabbalah was a medieval phenomenon, but I strongly disagree and think there is evidence for its existence during the development of the Talmud. So a reference to it in a 700AD text would not be anachronistic.

The Talismans of the Angel with the Backwards Head

THE TALISMANS OF THE ANGEL WITH THE BACKWARDS HEAD: Strong Capella election with the ASC Ruler Retrograde.


So, I never post talismanic elections in the future that I intend to use because I find that ruins them. I won’t be using this one.

“Horehound seed mixed with equal parts of mint, wormwood and mandrake, placed etc., exalts men to honors, and brings them the favor of kings and nobles, and heals toothache, and is very medicinal.”

The stone is sapphire, which can be obtained fairly inexpensively if you search for star sapphire rather than the typical cut and grade of sapphire. Make sure the stone is black or blue; some modern corundums in other colors are sold under the name sapphire but are not such by the older nomenclatures.

The Moon applies very tightly to Capella on the MC. The Moon is triumphed by separating from Jupiter (not visible in the chart) and applying to Venus. The Moon is fast, and in a benevolent Mansion. The Ruler of the Moon’s Sign is Angular.

The ASC Ruler is relatively fast, Dignified, and applying to the North Node. It is also applying to a sextile of Saturn, but Mercury and Saturn get along quite well (and the Moon is waning) so I consider this a modest weakness.

Here’s the problem: The ASC Ruler is Retrograde.

Some of us believe that in fixed star elections the role of the ASC Ruler is irrelevant. I don’t.

Nevertheless, this is a science and we must experiment. Perhaps this can be further clarified.

I invite you to put it to the test. If your talisman provides what you seek within one year, I may well have been proven wrong. But please note any side effects or frustrations resulting from the afflicted Ascendant. After all…

“Never place a retrograde planet as the lord of the ascendant or the lord of the petition because, if either one is retrograde, the petition will be delayed and put at a distance and will not go forward; this is what a retrograde reveals and demonstrates.”

Picatrix Rubeus, page 73.