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Collection of works on The Picatrix. wait centuries for this important grimoire to be available in English as has happened with Ghayat al-Hakim (Picatrix). Together these two volumes contain all four books of the Complete Picatrix. by Picatrix, and some of the leading figures in the English occult renaissance of. The mysteries of the Picatrix the ancient Arabic text considered to be the ultimate magical handbook. Download link of an PDF version of the.

It is perhaps the largest and most comprehensive of the grimoires, or handbooks of magic. The attribution to the Andalusian mathematician al-Majriti or al-Madjriti d. The Latin translation dates to and the court of Alphonso the Wise, king of Castille, and exerted a considerable influence on Western magic thereafter. It is said that much of Ficino's astrological magic derives from the Picatrix see I. Butler wrongly associates it with Gio. Peccatrix, no doubt a pseudonym who edited an Italian version of the Key of Solomon British Library, Sloane manuscript Misled by some comments by Mathers and others, Dr. Butler incorrectly concluded that the Picatrix was "an Italian edition of the Clavicle , strongly impregnated with black elements" Ritual Magic , , p. Recent editions include:

From the Magical curriculum of the Fraternity of the Sanctum Regnum. The Nature and theory of the Planetary powers. The Incenses of the Planets and accompanying invocationsThe Invocations of the Planetary powers according to the Picatrix.

The knowledge and conversation of the heavenly powers. The Planetary aphorisms of Al-Babel The planets and their astral images. This work creates a practical grimoire of planetary magic selected from all four books of the Picatrix. Each aspect of lore is referenced according to its place within the original text. This book contains the tools needed to make full use of Picatrix and actually create astrological talismans. It contains an introduction to Picatrix, a complete glossary of terms used in the Ouroboros Picatrix and traditional astrological terminology.

The Guide contains specific instructions for making Picatrix talisman elections and tables of essential dignities and debilities. Best of all the Guide contains a complete explanation of thirty benefic and malefic astrological talismans but don't make the malefic ones! These recipes are clear, straightforward and ready to be put to use.

Absolutely invaluable! I also include a number of examples of actual elections and even astrological charts to assist you further in understanding the intricacies of the Ouroboros Picatrix.

The Liber Rubeus adds a rather macabre section on the creation of a divinatory head, justifying its alternative title as the Liber Sanguinis "the Book of Blood". Printing of Liber Rubeus orders will only be initiated when the Moon is in her 5th Mansion, appropriate as a Mansion for divination, depicting a severed head.

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Each Mansion set of the Liber Rubeus will bear the individual Mansion date of its initiation. But Picatrix goes beyond what you would expect from a grimoire, it's just not sets of practical recipes, though lord knows there is lots and lots of practical info.

Picatrix explains Hermetic and Neo-platonic philosophy and how talismans work, logically and coherently. This is also why this book was prized by the highest of high mages. As John likes to say, Picatrix truly represents the rocket science of the day. Astrological magic is complex, but this complexity gives it such great scope and great power. Picatrix puts it all right in front of you! Finally the secrets of astrological magic are revealed!

Both Greer and Warnock are experienced ceremonial magicians and Warnock is the leading contemporary astrological magician. Picatrix explains how to make hundreds of different talismans. This is the source that all of the Renaissance mages used for their astrological talismans, Mansions of the Moon, planetary talismans, house based talismans, multiple sets of decan talismans, it's all there!

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I hope that by giving this account of its contents, other editions and studies of this important text may be encouraged: From Martin Plessner's introduction, pp.

The following pages are intended as a guide to and an epitome of this often disorderly book. A glance at the table of contents is enough to show that the sequence of chapters is erratic and closer inspection reveals that the scope of individual chapters is far wider than appears at first sight.

Philosophic doctrines which, according to the author, are the basis of the talismanic art , theory of magic, astronomical, astrological and physical lore, extensive directions for the practice of the art, and accounts of the peoples by whom it is employed are jumbled together throughout the book, with no discernible guiding principle. If a systematic arrangement is anywhere perceptible, it is in the astrological and astronomical material, though even this is far from self-contained or methodically ordered.

Subjects which belong together are separated e. This manner of writing may well be intentional, whether to make the magical sections appear less suspect by interlarding them with theoretical passages, or to make certain doctrines seem less strange by administering them in small doses, or to demonstrate the equal validity of the magical and philosophical material, or for a combination of all three reasons. What follows is a survey of the whole, with a sketch of the sources, as far as they can at present be identified.

No attempt has been made to impose a logical order on the illogicality of the book. BOOK I In the preface, after some autobiographical material, the author gives his reason for writing the work, which is to shed light on the nature of magic, a secret closely guarded by the ancient philosophers.

He adds a summary of the contents of his four books pp. This is replaced, in some manuscripts, by a detailed list of contents, arranged by chapter, of which a translation will be found on pp. Chapter 1 pp. The chapter ends with an excursus on the definition of some logical concepts, suggested by the word conclusio. The talisman is compared to the elixir of the alchemists pp. Magic is to be divided into two parts, theoretical and practical, the first being confined to the knowledge of the heavens with the parenthesis that speech is a kind of magic and the second consisting in making use of the natural kingdoms, animal, vegetable and mineral pp.

This principle of discrimination holds good, by and large, for the arrangement of the whole work. The chapter concludes with certain astronomical and astrological matters. Chapter 3 deals with the reasons for the heavens' being spherical in form, with the degrees and the images ascending in them, and compares the power of the degrees with that of the planets pp.

Chapter 4.

Since the successful use of talismans depends upon their being used in conjunction with the correct constellations, this chapter is devoted to the latter. The author gives a descriptive list of the twenty-eight mansions of the moon, according to the "Indian" system, and assigns to each its correct talisman. At the beginning of the chapter, the author advised the magician of the necessity to prepare himself inwardly for his task: The author opens the final section with his usual formula to the effect that he is returning to the true subject of his book.

Chapter 5 enlarges the discussion of the lunar mansions, by giving thirty-one examples of constellations of a different kind, favorable to the manufacture of talismans. Some of the talismans are described, but no indication is given of how to make them effective, a subject which later occupies a large part of the book pp.

Inserted in the middle of the discussion is an account of the different effects of the various aspects p. Examples are given of the "incantation" of talismans to make them effective. This completes the practical instruction given in Book I. Then comes a postscript and the chapter concludes with an evaluation of magic and alchemy pp. The two final chapters of Book I are entirely devoted to philosophy.

Chapter 6 deals with the nature of man. Starting from the premise that man is a microcosm, the author opens with an enumeration of the characteristics which make man superior to all other creatures pp He then gives the familiar correspondences between the parts of the human body and those of the macrocosm. The human being as he is actually found on earth is shown to depend from his idea, the universal man, and this dependence is illustrated by a succession of hypostases pp.

Numerous single echoes of Neo-Platonic and pseudo-Empedoclean propositions may be identified here, but the passage as a whole has not so far been satisfactorily clarified. The author expressly states that this sixth chapter is not a digression, but deals rather with the essence of magic, by which he clearly means that the chain of hypostases proves a connection between the upper and the lower world, the prime tenet in the art of magic.

A mention of the obscurity with which the ancients clothed this scheme is made the occasion for a consideration of both the superficial and the essential nature of knowledge and of the mode of study pp. Chapter 7 takes up again for its theme the great chain of being, the author's ideas on which cannot yet be given their correct place in the history of Neo-Platonic thought.

He then reverts in greater detail to the concept of Hyle, and its place in the chain, the discussion of such theoretical topics being justified by the fact that they "correct the understanding and sharpen the apprehension" pp.

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The correspondences between earthly creatures and their celestial archetypes, which were mentioned at the end of Book I, form the opening topic of this chapter. This is the subject of the ninth aphorism ot the pseudo-Ptolemaic Centiloquium.

The chapter ends with an account of the contributions made by individual branches of knowledge to the, understanding of the correspondences between the two worlds pp. Chapter 2 treats the subject of the celestial images and their significance, i.

Chapter 3 is very long and is mainly concerned with the effects of the moon, beginning with the significance of its phases. The ultimate dependence of the moon's operation on that of the sun is emphasized pp. This is followed by a demonstration of the analogy between the phases of the moon, the ages of man and the seasons of the year etc. Then there is a short interpolation maintaining that composite bodies are subject to perpetual change from the motions of the stars, without changing their specific shapes.

After this comes the nature of eclipses pp. The rest of the chapter is devoted to the theory of the elections, in which the moon plays an important part, and is introduced by a discussion of the impedimenta lunae , the unfavorable positions of the moon, which go back to Dorotheus of Sidon. A section is devoted to the art of converting the ascendant into a fortunate one.

Bishr pp. An interpolated note gives a mathematical definition of the aspects p. The chapter concludes by contrasting Aristotle's exhortation to Alexander to practice astrology and the Islamic prohibition of the art.

Chapter 4, a short one, discusses the doctrine of the trepidation of the sphere of the fixed stars, which must be taken into account in the drawing-up of astronomical tables. This is taken verbatim from Theo Alexandrinus, with the addition of a postscript, which is apparently the work of the compiler pp. Chapter 5 is a particularly good example of the characteristically curious arrangement of the subject matter in The Aim of the Sage. It begins with the statement that a "master of ancient times" divided the whole art of magic under three heads: Each of these became the special province of certain peoples: From this we pass to an enumeration of the various arts and doctrines of these "Indians", with emphasis on, among other topics, the combination of stars to compose certain magical figures pp.

The author now reverts to his "Indians" and adopts their doctrine of the superiority of talisman over election, since the talisman, as well as being rendered effective by the power of the constellation which dominates it, receives extra power from the specific qualities virtutes of the substances of which it is composed pp. Chapter 6 begins with the importance of the virtutes in reinforcing the effects of the stars even in those natural processes which are independent of human agency.

Man makes talismans unawares as soon as he begins to manipulate nature in such processes as dyeing cloth, breeding animals or compounding drugs, as well as in the manufacture of objects of everyday use from the products of nature, as in cooking, spinning and the like. Now in the manufacture of a talisman, as in medicine, the maker is consciously seeking to use a simple or compound substance, which is itself predisposed towards the desired effect pp.

Just as the product may be influenced in different ways by the treatment it receives, so also the influence of a star depends upon its position. This analogy is soon abandoned and the author turns to the theory of the stars' effects in a way which is unrelated to what has gone before. Some of the theories presented are extremely difficult to understand and interpret, as the author himself admits. The main source of the difficulty lies in the fact that the discussion concerns the aether and the sphere of the fixed stars and their bearing on motions and effects pp.

There follows a passage on the relative effects of different planets in conjunction with one another, which, though based on the same theories, is less obscure pp. Chapter 7. The importance of similarity and dissimilarity for the explanation of certain sidereal effects was repeatedly mentioned in Chapter 6.

In Chapter 7, the author takes the opportunity of defining similarity as an aspect of the logical category of relation applied to the talismanic art. He then enters on a detailed discussion of the category of quantity, considering lines, surfaces, time, place, speech and number as far as they are significant for talismans, with a shorter account, at the end, of position and quality pp.

It contains a table showing the simple qualities heat, cold, moisture and dryness and what results from the various steps in forming combinations of them. The table is preceded by a discussion of details, of antique origin Antiochus of Athens. The author closes this very difficult section, whose importance for the whole is not easily discernible, with these words: Chapter 9 takes up again the notion of the combination of the stars in magical figures see Chapter 5 and gives instructions for making six talismans engraved with such figures pp.

Chapter 10 deals with talismans made by engraving certain figures on the stones and metals which belong to the planets. It falls into three parts, of which the first is an enumeration of the minerals belonging to the various planets. The Arabic manuscripts of The Aim of the Sage , unlike those of the translations, show striking deviations from the usual classification.

It is therefore possible that the correspondences of the translations with the norm may be due to a reworking of the text. At all events, it is remarkable that some of the deviations e.

The first part ends with illustrations of the figures, some of which still survive as signets of the planets pp. The second part describes the images of the planetary gods. The author gives three sources, though there are in fact more, as will be seen from the commentary to the present translation.

In the third part are instructions for engraving these and other images, some of them with magical signs, on different stones, with information on their various effects. There is, however, no indication of the relevant source for most of the instructions, so that it cannot be determined whether the sources of all are the same as those just mentioned. The differing degree of explicitness of the instructions makes it probable that the author collected his material from wherever he could find it pp.

The chapter concludes with a short list of talismans which are to be manufactured when the planets are in certain decans. The effects are given, but no other details p. This list is clearly connected with the last two chapters of Book II, which discuss the decans in detail.

Chapter 11 opens with an admonition to keep the doctrine concealed from the unlettered, who, from their lack of wisdom, will only disparage the dignity of the astrologer. There are a few words of introduction to the list, stating that the effects of the decans are founded in their concord with the physeis of their "lords".

A postscript discusses the relative power of the various planets and astrological positions and of the physeis pp. In a short closing passage the author tells us that, to make their operation effective, the images must be engraved on substances which correspond to the respective planets. They are now allotted to the planets in such a way that each first decan contains the lord of the zodiacal sign Mars, e.

The effects only are given, not the images pp. We continue with information on Brahmin ascetic practices, which are performed at astrologically significant times and, by enabling the practitioners to reach a state of dematerialization, allow them to dominate the celestial powers. They are guided by a "Book of the Buddha", from which extracts are quoted pp.

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Then comes the description, frequently found in other texts, of the severance of a head from a living body so that it may be questioned for prophetic purposes. Our author gives no indication that he is here deserting the "Indians" for the Sabians pp. If we are to believe this list, each planet has three decans, as though it were a sign of the zodiac, and one color and two talismans are attributed to every decan pp.

The conclusion of the chapter and of Book II consists of an extract from a work on talismans by the physician alRazi, describing the constellations favorable to the manufacture of talismans for specific purposes pp. BOOK III Having expounded, in Book II, the doctrine of the planets and the signs of the zodiac for the most part as elements of constellations for the purpose of making talismans, the author, in Book III, treats them more individually, with their specific qualities.

The planets are personified to such a degree that they are virtually conjured and worshipped. Chapter 1.

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After a short, not easily intelligible introduction, the object of which is to establish the astrological hour which makes a talisman efficacious, pp.

In conclusion, there is a brief note on the effects of both nodes of the lunar orbit pp.

Chapter 2. There is a similar, but much shorter detailed list of the dominions of the twelve signs of the zodiac pp. Chapter 3 is an omnium gatherum, beginning with a list of the substances from which the inks of the planets may be made.

No source is yet known for anything from the beginning of Book III to this point. We now find a quotation from an otherwise unknown pseudo-Aristotelian work entitled The Book of Lamps and Banners. The author first gives a list, as it appears in this work, of the images of the personified planets, which is in effect a supplement to that in Book II, chapter Then, again from the Book of Lamps and Banners , he gives the colors and stuffs of the robes to be worn when worshipping the planets, as well as the fumigations proper to them pp.

He adds to these, from another, unnamed, source, the formulae for the inks of the thirty-six decans and explains, in a postscript, the importance of dealing consistently with only those things which belong to the planets. The effects of the planets on the geographic regions of the earth are now illustrated, certain products and other features peculiar to foreign countries being specified, in a mixture of the true and the fantastic.

In the middle of this section is a list of the products of Spain, the author's homeland, and the whole concludes, in spite of the author's leaning towards astrology, with a quotation from the Hippocratic work De Aeribus aquis locis. The chapter ends with a list of the general effects of the sun and moon and of the other five planets on mankind pp.

Chapter 4 is completely isolated, since it is the only one in the entire book which mentions Islam in connection with astrology.

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