Regular readers of my web log may remember that in November 2020, Christine Norstrand, artist and founder of William Morris Tile, provided me with Planetary tiles from the well known De Sphaera series. The image below shows them in situ:
After a long, possibly pandemic related, postal delay I recently took hold of another parcel from William Morris Tile. It contained a Talismanic Tile, another one of Christine’s exciting projects.
The tile’s main image is based on The White Hart, a pub sign, painted by the artist Myles Birket Foster in 1875. Foster lived in the village of Witley, near Godalming, Surrey, where this sign hung outside the village inn, the White Hart.
The image of the hart is surrounded by sigils of the Behenain fixed star, Deneb Algedi, a star in the Sea Goat’s tail.
The 15 Behenian fixed stars are a selection of stars considered to be useful for talismans or pendants. There are also herb and gemstone correspondences associated with each fixed star.
More information about the Behenian stars, including their gemstone and herb correspondences and their sigils can be found in my book Stars and Stones – An Astro-Magical Lapidary.
Cornelius Heinrich Agrippa von Nettesheim wrote about Deneb Algedi in his Three Books of Occult Philosophy :
“Under the tail of Capricorn make the image of a hart or he-goat or an angry man, which brings luck and augments life.” Agrippa von Nettesheim, Magische Werke, Bk II, ch 47. (First complete German edition, Amonesta, n.d., my translation).
And Marsilio Ficino, the priest, philosopher and astral magician, wrote in the third book of his Three Books on Life, called “On Obtaining Life from the Heavens” about Deneb Algedi:
“They think it furthers favor in lawsuits, increases wealth, and makes men and their homes safe.” Three Books on Life Bk. III, ch 8, (trans Kaske & Clark, p279)
The election chart for the creation of the talismanic tile is shown below:
When electing the most beneficial moment to create the talisman, the following was observed:
- The fixed star is conjunct Jupiter
- The fixed star is rising, i.e. conjunct the Ascendant.
- The Moon is in an applying trine to the fixed star.
- Neither the Moon nor the fixed star are afflicted.
- Neither the fixed star nor the Moon are combust (that is within 8.5 degrees of the Sun)
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Christine Norstrand is the proprietor and artist at William Morris Tile. If you would like to contact her, you can reach her here: WilliamMorrisTile.com