On Jupiter’s Temperateness

As a followup to my other Jupiter posts; I have ruminated at great length on the topic since I wrote that a few years ago and it’s worth expounding upon.

Jupiter’s temperateness is a concept hard to convey in contemporary terms. Jupiter has the capacity to augment, but ultimately it is the active promotion of positive normalcy.

When you restore your device to default settings because it wasn’t working correctly, you are engaged in something akin to the purpose of Jupiter. Long before the revisionists (for religious reasons) switched the colors of Jupiter, astrologers assigned to him the colors white and yellow. Today, I’d add khaki and taupe; the colors of mildness and normalcy. The colors of the neutral, reliable default settings.

Jupiter’s powers are not those of inertia but the strength of the middle path. The Greater Benefic manifests through ordinary goodness in things.

Jupiter is used most prominently in healing magic and protective magic, because in both cases the ideal is physical normalcy and security from the difficult and abnormal.

This is why Jupiter is so hard to understand. It is the planet most defined in negatives; it is the planet most akin to the Air Element. It is invisible until something is awry. Unless one is suffocating in a vacuum or being blown about in a gale, one can easily forget that the atmosphere is not simply empty space. It is not empty space; it is what enables all life to be possible.

This is why Kabbalists felt that the intelligences of Jupiter were secret interlocutors to the godhead. It is the Divine which sets the defaults, which defines the rules, which establishes health and longevity and the good.

The cleanliness of the empty canvas or the unwritten page are not voids. They are abundances of possibilities. This is the secret of Jupiter– the hidden hand that always is helping, and often helping better because of its obscurity.

The abnormal is marvelous but seldom is it good. The normal is taken for granted easily, but it is the doorway to the good. And this is the case because — in astrological terms at least — the Divine world has rigged cosmic law slightly in our favors. The default is, surprisingly, benevolent.

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A Venus Petition

VENUS PETITON: Venus and Moon in Taurus, Cancer ASC, Moon triumphed, Venus sextile ASC.

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Talismanic elections have been few and far between of late, and I’m taking a break from curse talismans for a while– so that leaves petitions. This one was slightly experimental.

Now, the key with petitions as opposed to talismans is that you’re trying to arrange a relationship between the petitioner and the planetary hierarchy in question using the chart. So instead of putting a strong planet on the ASC or MC and thus make the talisman an embodiment of the planetary strength, you make the planet aspect the ASC or ASC ruler in a benevolent manner. This represents assistance rather than embodiment. ASC and ASC Ruler need to be fortified, the planet petitioned needs to be fortified, and the Moon needs to be unafflicted.

This election has Cancer on the ASC and the Moon is exalted, fast, applying in perfection with a Benefic and (arguably) triumphed by “reverse besiegement”, protected by combustion in her own Sign, the Ruler of the Moon’s Sign is not cadent, and she is in a benevolent succedent House. Venus is very essentially dignified, applying by sextile to the ASC (and Venus loves sextiles more than trines), and is protected by combustion in her own Sign. The pars fortuna is also on the ASC. Day of Venus by both Arab/Jewish and Zoroastrian/Christian planetary days, but not Hour.

Nice stuff.

The negatives are that the Moon is in fact separating from conjunction with Venus, and one may be concerned about the combustions of Moon and Venus but since both are highly dignified in Taurus and the Sun is also there, it is a good case for these planets shielded by the flames rather than burnt. The 4th Lunar Mansion is not ideal for most matters of Venus, but you can’t have everything.

The petition text was taken from Picatrix, and I attempted the “dress in the manner of Arabians” option. But only if the Arabs in question were fond of terrycloth bathrobes. I’ll hope Venus has a sense of humor about it. I wanted to do more than dress in blue, and I just wasn’t feeling like doing a ritual in drag this morning.

The suffumigation listed was gall, frankincense, gum mastic, long pepper, and raisins. I don’t have any gall, but I took pomegranate seeds from one of the alternate suffumigation recipes and made do. It was very smoky and I teared up a lot.

I won’t say what I asked for, but it wasn’t necessarily what you think. The following are from Picatrix in various places:

“Ask from Venus the desire for copulation, the virtue of causing loves and enthusiasms and expelling sorrow and sloth, invigorating the appetite, increasing generation, multiplying children, extinguishing fire, and being safe from animals.”

“Venus is the source of the power of flavor. And she rules grammar and the art of measuring sound and song. Among languages she has Arabic; among the internal organs, the right nostril, and among internal organs, those that meet in sexual intercourse and project sperm, and the stomach, and those from which come the virtue and flavor in eating and drinking; among religion, Islam; among clothing, all painted clothing; and of professions, all professions of painting and shaping, selling things that smell good, playing instruments that are good to listen to, singing, dancing and making stringed instruments; among flavors, all sweet things that taste good; and of places, place of vice, places in which men seek healing, and in which men dance, and places of cheerfulness where there is singing and speech, and places of ladies and beautiful women, and also places of eating and drinking; and of precious stones, pearls, and of rocks, lapis lazuli and almartach; and of plants, all plants with a good odor like saffron and arhenda, roses and all flowers with a good odor and smell and are pleasant to look at; among medicines balsam and grains of julep, and those that emit a strong smell, such as nutmeg and amber; among animals, females, camels that are beautiful and all beautiful animals with symmetrical bodies such as gazelles, sheep, gazelles, hares, partridges, calandras and the like. Among small animals, she has those that are colorful and beautiful; among colors, sky blue and gold tending a little to green.”

“Venus is cold and moist, and a fortune. She signifies cleanliness, splendor, preciousness, word games, delight in music, joy, adornments, laughter, pictures, beauty, loveliness, playing music by the voice or stringed instruments; delighting in marriage, desiring spices and things that have good odors; sending dreams; provoking games of chess and dice; desiring to lie with women and to fall in love with them and receiving promises from them; desiring to appear beautiful, loving liberty, magnanimity of heart, and joy. She abhors anger, brawling, vengeance, and lawsuits; she desires to serve the desires and wills of friends concerning the world’s opinion; tends toward false promises; is inclined to cupidity; desires to drink much; incessantly desires much copulation, and of shameful kinds, and to do it in inappropriate places, as women are accustomed to do with one another; delighting in animals and children and in making them good; making things equal; delighting in merchants and living with them and being loved by their women; and that they may be delighted by men. When she is well received, she plays a part in the making of crowns, building stables and working in stone, having sweet speech, disdaining the world and having no fear of it; sustaining people so that neither anger, strife, or discord can be felt by them; it designates a weak heart and a weak will in lawsuits and combat, and signifies desire for all beautiful combinations of things which may be in conformity with the will; making colors and laboring diligently in skills involving them; selling merchandise, spices, and prayers; those who observe the religious law; and those who adhere to sciences and philosophies of forbidden kinds.”

 

A Presaging of Death

The prediction of the death of a female I (or my mother) was connected to at 10am has been verified as fact, though my interpretation was slightly off.

The prognostication was based on a very vivid dream involving my mother taking a friend of hers on a women-only resort retreat via taxi “up the mountain” at 10am the following day. I was told that I could not join them on this ride, but perhaps someday I’d go up to that snowy peak in their company. I then took a different taxi home, and promptly awakened.

There were several elements of the dream which seemed to reference a horror film my mother fixated upon (that I am not even sure I’ve seen) which involved people dreaming of being invited for a ride into a hearse shortly before dying. Since this was her fixation and not mine I took it as a sign of a real message from her; a kind of deliberate identity-verification thrown into the mix. Not the mention bashing me over the head about how the dream was to be interpreted.

The dream did not seem in any way sinister until I awakened and I began to connect the dots and interpret the symbolism with a waking mind. It seemed obvious that a woman who was friends with me or my mother was doomed to die the next day at 10. But this was not quite the correct interpretation.

The elder sister of a person with whom I have a close and friendly business relationship has been suffering from cancer for the last several months. This sister helped me clean out my home after my mother’s surviving cats were taken to a Connecticut cat sanctuary, and she was an amateur tarot reader and we bonded on that level. I would see her once or twice a year and we were on amicable if not always close terms.

Once I had heard that she was ill, I loaned her my mother’s Saturn talisman because of its ability to prevent cancer. I had no idea at the time whether it could cure cancer once it had been diagnosed but it was all I had at hand that seemed vaguely appropriate.

Yesterday I spoke with the younger sibling, and was told that the Saturn talisman would shortly be returned to me. The sister’s cancer had metastasized into ten brain tumors and she was not long for this world. Any further work the talisman might do would only cause her to linger unhappily.

So, my interpretation was correct in all ways except that the “ride up the mountain” was not to take place literally at 10AM the next day but by the medium of ten malignant brain tumors. (It is possible that AM is a reference to astrocytoma, but that may be a bit of a stretch.)

As I have discovered previously, SIM talismans used by people who are deceased can be extremely powerful ways to connect to their spirits in the afterlife and open remarkably powerful communications.

Interpreting messages from the spirit world is always a challenge, and I cannot fault myself greatly for getting this one slightly wrong. There was nothing I could do about it in any case. This message was not meant to alter events, but was simply a reminder that the communication channel was open and available.

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.

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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.

The Rings of the Serpent of Healing

THE RINGS OF THE SERPENT OF HEALING: The Eighteenth Mansion Triumphed, with the North Node Rising.

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This was somewhat borderline, but I was encouraged by advice from tarot to make six rings of this configuration.

“The eighteenth Mansion is Alcab, and it is for taking away fevers and infirmities of the belly. When the Moon is passing through this Mansion, fashion from wax the image of an adder holding its tail above its head. Suffumigate it with the horn of a stag and say: ‘You, Egribel, guard this house of mine that no serpent may enter nor any other hurtful beast.’ Place the image in a vessel which should be buried beneath your house; when the aforesaid has been done, then no serpent will be able to enter nor any other hurtful creature. If the image is to relieve a fever or illness of the belly, carry this image with you and it will cure you. Know that Egrebel is the name of the lord of this Mansion.”

Rubeus page 290 in the Plinian Mansion section.

The main concern of this election is that we just passed an eclipse, and nobody is sure how big the orb of influence of an eclipse is. I think enough time elapsed, but experimentation is the key to discovery. It’s much more time than the last time I made a talisman which got horrible from an eclipse.

The Moon is slow and succedent, which would invalidate the election except for the North Node on the ASC and the Moon enclosed between aspects of the Benefics. The application to Venus is rather wide, but this is not a limit on besiegement so it should not be a limit on triumphs (which is what I’m calling benevolent besiegement these days.) It is also the Moon’s Day but not the Hour. The ASC Ruler is highly essentially dignified, but seperating from conjunction with Capulus and applying to a wide opposition to a retrograde Saturn. Nevertheless, when a planet or the Nodes are on the ASC, the ASC Ruler becomes a tertiary consideration IMHO.

Not being able to break down my stag horn in time to make a powder suitable for suffumigation, I used licorice root– used to settle stomach problems, and Luckymojo.com‘s Moon Oil in combination with amber resin from Alchemy Works.

Six rings with quartz cabochons were prepared, with gold-filled/rolled gold wire (which is basically gold-plated brass.) One for myself, five for friends and future clients.

The ymage was of a serpent in the configuration of a letter C flipped along the vertical axis, with the head below. The sigil of the North Node was engraved where convenient, and EGRIBEL across the middle of the surface.

Anything I missed?

 

The Rings of Fever’s Eclipse

THE RINGS OF FEVER’S ECLIPSE: Moon conjoined to Arcturus

 

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[I include this post for historical reasons only; the talismans were highly malefic and extremely dangerous. They could not even be stored safely but required complex deconsecrations.]

This one is one of the riskier elections I’ve done recently, to the point it almost falls out of Tradition. It’s a talismanic election for Arcturus, but the Moon is tightly applying to a Lunar eclipse.

Traditional sources disagree whether a Full Moon is benefic or malefic, but the Traditional contemporary consensus is that elections are to be avoided involving eclipses. The loophole, if there is one, is that in mundane eclipses whose angles are ruled by the benefics and/or the Sign of the principal Luminary, presage a period of peace, prosperity, and health for the kingdom.

Sources are silent on whether this can be extended to elections, but my need for an Arcturus talisman was strong and consultation with tarot repeatedly indicated that these talismans would be benevolent and strong.

The Moon was tightly applying to Arcturus on the MC as well as the benevolent North Node. The Asc and MC were ruled by the benefics, both in their exaltations. This was immediately before the beginning of the proper Lunar Eclipse, which was cadent in the 9th.

“Plantain juice with seeds or rooted placed under jasper, especially green [jasper], carries away fevers and restrains the flow of blood.”

Green jasper was used with the name Arcturus above the Quindecim Stellis sigil. Crumbled plantain chips and two types of plantain seeds were glued beneath the stones. Luckymojo Healing Oil was used, and the suffumigation was lignum aloes and plantain chips. Four rings were created and four loose gemstones/pendants.

As an experiment, I toyed with planetary dieting as a preparation for the working by eating most of the plantain chips so that I was digesting it during the talismanic election.

I’ll either have eight really strong healing talismans or eight really strong plague talismans. No one said this stuff was without danger.

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.

Jupiter For Weight Loss

Pro Tip: Contrary to what you may have heard, Jupiter talismans are fantastic for weight loss. Remember that Jupiter creates beauty moreso than Venus, and that Jupiter is a temperate planet and balances out all excesses and extremes. Even contemporary science reveals that symmetrical faces and bodies are deemed beautiful over unbalanced ones.Jupiter also governs exercise, and eases pain generally.