Total Lunar Eclipse 16 May 2022

On 16 May, there will be a total lunar eclipse, being exact at 4:14UT. The totality will last 85 minutes, which gives us an idea about the duration of the effect of this eclipse.

The chart below, cast for Washington, shows the eclipse:

Before we are going to discuss any possible effects on the individual, we should have a look at the mundane astrological implications of this eclipse. To be able to do this, we need to establish where the eclipse is likely to have its greatest effect. For this purpose we need to look at the countries or cities falling under the rulership of Scorpio, the sign wherein the eclipse Moon resides during the event.

These are: Italy (Aquilea), Bavaria, Morocco (Fez), France, Monaco, Turkey, and Austria (Vienna).

We also have to take into consideration that the eclipse’s visibility will greatly enhance its effect. Looking at the path of angularity, we can see the following:

It is clearly visible that Halifax is on the Moon’s MC line, indicating that Canada may experience some of the eclipse’s influence. With Mars as eclipse ruler, we can turn to William Lilly to find out what to expect:

“… generally is the cause of corruption in regard of his too much dryness, and this especially when he is in a fiery Sign. […] he stirs up Wars, Seditions, intestine risings, and tumults, imprisonment, banishment, besieging and taking towns and cities.”

William Lilly also writes in his Annus Tenebrosus, or The Dark Year, that:

  “…] in an Eclipse of the Moon, so many hours as she is defective or suffers an Eclipse, so many moneths the Events thereby signified shall continue.”

This means that the current eclipse could affect us until the end of June 2022.

The eclipsed Moon will be in Scorpio, wherein she is in her Fall. The exact location is 25 degrees, placing her in Scorpio’s 3rd Decanate. Decanate ruler is Venus, which makes her eclipse co-ruler, together with Mars, who has sign rulership in Scorpio.

Again, we can look to Lilly, who wrote that a lunar eclipse in the 3rd Decanate of Scorpio promises:

 “many seditions, murthers and all manner of wretched- nesse succeeds, mankind oppressed with abundance of obnoxious diseases, and these generall”.

In the eclipse chart, Venus is in her Fall, which together with the eclipsed, essentially debilitated Moon doesn’t bode well. Debilitated Venus indicates a distortion of all the positive values she signifies in her dignified state. These include extravagance, infidelity, licentiousness and greed. Also, Luna is in a square aspect with Saturn, the Greater Malefic. This adds to the general theme of misery and foreboding, suggesting the possibility of loss or separation. Due to her apparent fluctuation (i.e. lunar phases), the Moon generally indicates inconsistency and change, but when debilitated, it also adds inactivity, instability, and passive behaviour which can even go as far as inertia. 

On the positive side, we can see that Mars, who is eclipse co-ruler, is strongly dignified. This suggests that courage and action may help to overcome even the biggest obstacles. 

(Jake Baddeley, Moonsong, 2009)

For those who are interested in the personal implications of this eclipse, it might be of interest what William Lilly has to say:

“… [an] eclipse is more dangerous or pernitious which shall be in the Horoscope or Ascendant of the birth; or which shall be in the degree Ascending in an Annuall Revolution: it portends unto the Native some ominous and mischievous action as unto his body and also in his vital substance [also] who had in the Radix of his Nativity either the Sun or the Moon in that degree, or in the degree opposite […] or in the like degrees […] which signs are in Quadrate aspects to the former, or if the degree Culminating in any man’s Nativity was either [the degree of the eclipse or its opposite or square] or within one degree therof, the native did suffer more or less by the influence of this Eclips; according to the signification of the House of Heaven, wherein the Sun or the Moon was in at the Birth, and was either well fortified or aspected of the benevolent Planets, or ill aspected, or afflicted of the Malevolents.”

For this particular lunar eclipse that means that people with 25* Scorpio/Taurus rising or culminating, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution chart, will feel the influence stronger than others. Furthermore, it should be noted if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point. 

If it should be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the native’s charts may be necessary to find out which particular areas of life are likely to be affected the most.

Happy New Year 2022/Jupiter’s Pisces Ingress

Wishing all my friends, followers and readers of this web log a Happy New Year 2022. Some early good news for 2022 is that Jupiter has moved out of Aquarius, leaving behind the heavy burden that Saturn (who has rulership over Aquarius) inflicted on him. Now in his own sign, Pisces, until 10 May 2022, Jupiter will hopefully come to his full potential. Here is a reminder of Jupiter’s qualities:

Jupiter is a masculine, diurnal planet, associated with the sanguine temperament and the element of Air. Due to his radiance (only surpassed by the brightness of Venus) he is a symbol of harmony, well-being and kindness. Known as the Greater Benefic, he represents abundance, growth and balance, but also modesty, sobriety and justice. Honour, religiosity, charity and indulgence are also associated with a well dignified Jupiter.

In the 9th century, the Persian astrologer Abu Ma’shar wrote about Jupiter in his Great Introduction to the Science of the Judgments of the Stars:

“And he indicates the soul which nourishes, life, animal bodies, children, the children of children, embryos, scholars, legal experts, making judgments between people, acting justly, verification, understanding, sages, the interpretation of dreams, sincerity, truth, religion, worship, modesty, piety, reverence, being god-fearing, unification, insight into religion, uprightness, […]” (Translation Dykes, p490)

It may also be of value to read what the Roman poet Marcus Manilius had to say about Pisces:

The folk engendered by the two Fishes, the last of the signs, will possess a love of the sea; they will entrust their lives to the deep, will provide ships or gear for ships and everything that the sea requires for activity connected with it. The consequent skills are numberless: so many are the components of even a small ship that there are scarcely enough names for things. There is also the art of navigation, which has reached out to the stars and binds the sea to heaven. The pilot must have sound knowledge of the earth, its rivers and havens, its climate and winds; how on the one hand to ply the mobile helm this way and that, and brake the ship and spread apart the waves, and how on the other to drive the ship by rowing and to feather the lingering blades. The Fishes further impart to their son the desire to sweep tranquil waters with dragnets and to display on shores which are their own the captive peoples of the deep, either by hiding the hook within the bait or the guile within the weel. Naval warfare too is of their gift, battles afloat, and blood-stained waves at sea. The children of this sign are endowed with fertile offspring, a friendly disposition, swiftness of movement, and lives in which everything is ever apt to change. (Astronomica, p243)

There is hope that 2022 will see an easing of the Covid pandemic, and that many of us will find an increase in good fortune, prosperity and abundance in the months to come.

Winter Solstice Wishes

With the Sun’s Capricorn ingress nearly upon us, I would like to take the opportunity to wish my friends and all the gentle readers of this web log a peaceful Winter Solstice, a Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2022.

(Winter Solstice by tijana)

Here are a few highlights we can look forward to during 2022. The Lunar Nodes will shift into Taurus (NNode) and Scorpio (SNode) on 18 January, staying therein for the next 18 months. At the beginning of April there will be a conjunction between Mars and Saturn in Aquarius. Mercury will turn retrograde four times throughout the year, and there will also be two Venus cazimi events and two Mars/Venus conjunctions.

Below are the charts for the Sun’s ingress into Capricorn for The United Kingdom and the USA. There is a very prominent Jupiter visible in either of the charts, which is beneficial in different ways, but the Moon, representing the people of the UK and USA, has quite a different placement. In the UK chart, she is on the cusp of the 2nd house, suggesting that the nation’s assets and its financial status should get a boost. In the chart of the USA, on the other hand, the Moon is on the cusp of the 6th house, which can indicate periods of national vulnerability to epidemics. 

Partial Lunar Eclipse 19 November 2021

There will be a partial lunar eclipse on 19 November 2021. It will be visible in east Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas. The full eclipse begins at 06:02UT and lasts until 12:03UT. Maximum eclipse (Moon opposing Sun) takes place at 09:03UT.  The total duration of the eclipse is 6 hours 2 minutes and the duration of the partial eclipse is 3:28 minutes.

The eclipse belongs to Saros 126 and is number 45 of 70 eclipses in the series.

The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:

The chart below, cast for London, shows the event in astrological terms:

The eclipsed Moon will be in 27* 17’ Taurus. As this is the third decanate of Taurus, we learn from William Lilly’s Annus Tenebrosus, published in 1652, that:

“ … it implies a plague amongst creeping noxious Creatures; as also amongst Rats and Mice, and such vermin as though must devour the Country-mans grain or Corn”

Decan Ruler is Saturn and the Moon is also in the Terms of Mars – in other words, both Malefics are eclipse rulers, which is kind of self-explanatory. But due to her rulership over Taurus, Venus is also eclipse ruler, which may bring some relief, as well as the fact that the Moon is essentially dignified by Exaltation. This suggests strong levels of resilience in the population and also a heightened urge to collectively moving forward.

What also springs to mind is the fact that the eclipsed Moon is conjunct fixed star Algol, the Demon star. According to Robson, in the legend, Algol represents the head of the Gorgon Medusa who was slain by Perseus. Medusa, who was the only mortal one of the three Gorgon sisters, was originally a beautiful maiden, but her hair was changed into hissing serpents by Minerva in consequence of her having become by Neptune the mother of Chrysaor and Pegasus in one of Minerva’s temples. This gave her so fearful an appearance that everyone who looked at her was changed into stone. 

According to Diana Rosenberg, Algol: 

“… marks great tragedies, the sort of events in which many die or are killed brutally, and there seems to be a connection to animals”.

But she also writes that: 

“… the strong sword arm of Perseus, the Hero or Rescuer is here, protecting the innocent from evil-doers”.

It is also said that if fixed star Algol is in conjunction with the Moon, this indicates a violent death or extreme sickness.

From the perspective of mundane astrology, Algol is also connected with explosions and fires, eruptions, earthquakes and storms.

*In 1790, a solar eclipse (Sun conjunct Moon) was aligned with Algol; soon after the French Revolution began and a plague killed 80,000 in Egypt.

*In 1855, a solar eclipse took place during the Crimean War’s Siege of Sevastopol, causing great hardships that led to Florence Nightingale’s famous mission.

*Algol was on the IC when the Titanic sank.

*Algol was rising when the Massacre of the Huguenots took place, on Bartholomew’s Eve, 1772.

Traditionally, according to astrologers Lilly, Partridge and Dariot, Taurus has rulership over Russia, and we can see from the map below that the Sun (MC)/Moon (IC) axis is very close to Moscow, making it likely that after the event of the eclipse, Russia is likely to be in the headlines. It may also be of interest to watch how events unfold in China as the line of angularity is also close to Bejing.

I have to point it out though, that on a personal level, an eclipse usually affects only a small number of people. To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

*Moon is in or around 27 Taurus

*Moon is in or around 27 Scorpio (opposition)

*27 Taurus is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)

*27 Taurus is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the birth chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.

Cazimi Mars and Mercury

Are you currently devoid of energy, or irritated by malfunctioning computers? The good news is that next week, Mars and Mercury will be in the heart of the Sun, also known as cazimi.

In his Christian Astrology, William Lilly defines cazimi as follows:

“A Planet is in the heart of the Sun, or in Cazimi, when he is not removed from him 17 minutes, or is within 17 minutes forward or backward …” (CA, p113).

Currently, Mars and Mercury are essentially debilitated. Mars is weakened by being in detriment in Libra (A planet is said to be in detriment when located in the sign opposite its sign of rulership) and Mercury is currently in its retrograde phase, which is thought to cause all kinds of problems with communication, commerce and computers. All of this should temporarily change when Mars and Mercury will be cazimi.

Mars will be cazimi between 07 October 07:22UT and 09 October 00:40UT

Mercury will be cazimi on 09 October between 13:10UT and 19:27UTAzmi

During their cazimi phase, Mars and Mercury will, for a short period of time, be “wondrous strong” as William Lilly wrote (CA, p300).

Or as the famous Persian astrologer Abu Ma’shar wrote in his Great Introduction (trans. Dykes): “And for all planets, if they were with the Sun “in the heart” … then in many matters it indicates good fortune …” (Great Introduction, p438).

As both cazimi phases are not very long, it seems advisable to make the most of them! And by the way, the next time Mercury will be cazimi will be 29 November 2021.

Astrological Talismans: Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy a Talisman

~by Christine Norstrand

About the image: These tiles are based on a series of stained glass windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones, lifelong friend of William Morris. You can read more about Edward Burne-Jones Venus and Luna tiles here: https://williammorristile.com/burne-jones/moon_and_stars.html

Who I am and am not:  I am not a real astrologer.  I don’t even play one on the Internet.  I have completed two years of formal study, and several informal but no less rigorous classes, in a field where the best have been doing this for decades.  I do make art tile, but I do not sell talismans and I especially do not prescribe them to others.  I can, however, make some recommendations, which I’ll do in this article.  I am open to commissions from “real” astrologers and their clients – bring your own election.  Sometime in the future, I hope to offer sets of tile, such as De Sphaera and other medieval series, made to talismanic standards.

I came to this unlikely interest in astrological magic by a strange route – My interest in Arts & Crafts Founder William Morris and his circle led me down a rabbit hole to the Pre-Raphaelites, their interest in the medieval world view, and the degree to which they incorporated that world view into their lives and work.  Research in that area led me to the work of William Lilly, particularly Christian Astrology, Peter Stockinger and from there to astrological magic and its foundations. 

So then, to the reasons why purchasing an astrological talisman may not be such a good idea for you:

First Reason:  You Don’t Know What You Want

It isn’t that a generic Jupiter talisman cannot be helpful.  Jupiter energies will do what Jupiter does and a talisman of a particular nature will help you to “attune”, for want of a better word, to those harmonics.   Three astromages I admire, Ryhan Butler (Medieval Astrology Guide: https://www.medievalastrologyguide.com/) , Nina Gryphon (Current magical elections: https://www.ninagryphon.com/product/magical-elections/), and Kaitlin Coppock ( Sphere & Sundry: https://sphereandsundry.com/) have said that a clear statement of intent is crucial in creating a talisman. 

This is not to say that a generic planetary talisman does not have much to recommend it aside for its general planetary juju – usually made when the planet is in its best possible condition.  For example, you can repurpose such a talisman, which you may find difficult if you’ve commissioned a talisman for a specific condition.  You want to strike a balance.

Like the psyche, talismanic manifestations can be surprisingly literal.  Time spent to formulate your intention and reword so that it is memorable and can be brought to mind easily (mnemonic or alliterative, even a song you can hum to yourself) is worth it.  Words evoke images, and these images are powerful.  There is much to say about images and their evocative and invocative power.  We’ll talk more about images another day. 

To sum up: you want a statement that is generic enough to last, but specific enough to manifest.  Time spent on wording and image is never wasted.  Choose wisely. 

Second Reason:  Wrong Tool for the Job at Hand

Now that you know what you want, how do you get there? You also want a talisman that is a good fit for the job at hand. 

Spiritual exercises and magic, even Astrological Magic, may not always present the most expedient path.   Many years ago, I met a person who could type three words a minute, on a manual typewriting, without his fingers.  Impressive?  Yes.  Is this the fastest way to get a letter out?  Probably not.  We can dive into the nature of truth and reality here, but for many, even most things, conventional methods will achieve our goals faster.

When we are desperate, it’s human nature to look for miracles.  And there are some.  But some things are built into the fabric of the game – a good astrologer can see these unfolding in the chart.  Life comes with tragedy: losses, injustices, betrayals.  It is how the game is played, and ideally it deepens our compassion for others, and even ourselves.  And yet, miracles can and do happen through such activities as daily devotions such as prayer and daily mass, meditation and positive thinking, the touch of healers of all sorts.

Or on a mundane level, when the neighbor appears at the door with a shotgun because your music is blaring at 3 a.m. and neither they nor their sick infant has slept in days, turn the music down.  Don’t wait to commission an Algol talisman to take your revenge. 

And then what?

We’ll be friends forever, won’t we? asked Piglet.  Even longer, said Pooh.

A talisman made of a precious metal can last centuries – In another 50 years, you may want good health, but a talisman may be overkill for the rash on your leg that recurred for a year or so and went away when you finally changed laundry soap. 

And if a talisman or talismanic materia does seem like the right thing but you’re not sure exactly what?  See Kaitlin Coppock’s article on how to choose talismanic materia here:  https://sphereandsundry.com/qa-how-do-i-choose-which-series-or-offering-is-right-for-me-do-you-offer-consultations/

Third Reason:  The Talisman is Wrong

A talisman can be wrong in several ways.

  • It isn’t a talisman in the sense we are talking here.  The way the world ‘Talisman’ is used can often be a moving target.  Items with glyphs, even mass produced items, made under whatever stars are sold as talismans.  Neither are we talking about things “made at a certain time”.  If that were the sole criteria, everything would be a talisman, since everything was created in its current form some time. 

A talisman, for our purposes, consists of a) a material that resonates with the purpose at hand or its general sphere, either through image or the nature of the material, b) an auspiciously elected time, c) a ritual that incarnates the spirit of the first two in its current form. 

  • It does not align with your purposes.   Venus can be great for social interaction, love interests, and artistic endeavors.  But Venus does what Venus does.  As a benefic, she’ll help when she can, but she’s not the best candidate for protection or for achievement goals.

This is another advertisement for stating what you want, however generally, and then looking at who is the general ruler of that activity and possibly, the ruler of the house ruler of those activities in your natal chart. 

Even Fixed Stars, which abide in a sphere above the planets, do best what accords with their natures.  The fixed star Algol is protective and noted for her ability to return evil intentions to the sender.  But if you need to protect your home and property, should an opportunistic band of thieves have a car breakdown in your neighborhood, then let Deneb Algedi lead them away from your house. 

  • You’re using the talisman as a remedy.  And some people prescribe talismans for just the reason, to augment a weak placement, to strengthen a mollifying planet of an afflicted planet, to calm a strident placement.  Similarly, several schools of Jyotish prescribe precious stones for just this reason.  I disagree with all of these for a few reasons.  First, if the person selling you the talisman is your astrologer, that’s a clear conflict of interest. Even at $350 an hour for a reading, gold-filled rings and semiprecious stones give a greater return on investment, or one can farm out the talisman-creation to a third world country, and sell it to first worlders at a premium. 

What is that we really want to remedy?  A nativity or a life condition.  They are not one and the same.  A natal chart is the map, it’s not the territory.  It shows what is possible, the influences, but is essentially a snapshot of a point in time.  And we look at things from a point in time, and adjudicate what is needed based on our perceptions of that moment.  Remedies that attune us, for want of a better word, to a particular planetary emanation do not have the kind of blow back that the sudden influx of power a talisman can bring. 

For example, your Venus is combust?  I disagree that she’s burned and shrived and can’t be brought back.  Even from a material physics point of view, matter / energy can be neither created nor destroyed.  A combust Venus is invisible, hidden by the rays of the sun, purified or undergoing purification.  You don’t see her, neither does anyone else.  But that situation can be changed by mindfully doing the Venus things you already do – cake decorating, arranging the flowers on the table, deciding which socks go with which shoes, listening to music, attending the ballet, drawing.  Other methods of attunement:  meditation, mantras (correctly prescribed), planetary rituals (which can be as simple as an Orphic hymn at the correct day and time), offerings, and planetary charity to Venusian causes.  The more closely the cause approximates the condition you want to remedy, the more effective it is.

A middle ground between remedies and long-lasting talismans is talismanic materia (see  Kaitlin’s presentation at NORWAC 2020).  Oils, waters, and other astrologically-elected materia made from planet and star-appropriate herbs can enhance the effects of remediation activities.  Since one cannot help but engage with them in the present moment, the effect is more transformative than remedial activities alone.  Such materia can actually be more powerful than talismans made from precious stones and metals.

For a more in-depth discussion of remedies, you might like The Proper Care and Feeding of a Birth Chart available here:  https://austincoppock.com/shop/planetary-wellness/

Fourth Reason: The Election is Wrong

Not only are some elections bad for the task at hand, some are just plain bad.  An election that violates the rules for making astrological talismans is obvious.  These are stated elsewhere on the Stars and Stones blog.  While there is some mild disagreement among real astrologers on the weight given to each criteria, and even which criteria are deal-breakers, there is no perfect election and imperfect elections work.   Some better than others.  Few are actually harmful.  Note that the correct planetary day and hour alone are not enough for constructing a talisman, but are fine for the other types of remediation I’ve referred to above.

An election can be wrong for your particular chart.  I was raised that a talisman is its own entity, like a person, and that you don’t have to align the talisman with your particular natal configuration.  And for the most part, I’ve observed this to be true.  Note that that not everyone thinks this and it isn’t true for elections in general. 

But there are exceptions:  Some people are very sensitive, usually people who have done a lot of work with astrological magic.  And though rare, if talisman is out of sorts with the current transits as they interact with your natal chart, it may not be the best time to graft a talisman onto your life.  That doesn’t mean they won’t ever be; it’s just that the interaction of the talisman’s election, your natal chart, and the current transit are better left alone.  

So…  if you are in your Saturn return and Mars is squaring Saturn in transit, and Mars is on your Cancer natal ascendant, this may not be the best time to pick up that Mars talisman.  Wait a bit.  And yet, these conditions are the sort where in desperation, one wants to “do something”.  If you aren’t comfortable making this call, then consider consulting a real astrologer.

It’s true that this particular constellation of stars and planets will never happen again.  But a different path will open and missing this particular opportunity can open you up to something better.

Fifth Reason: The Astrologer is Wrong or Wrong for You

Astrologers used to be advisors to sultans and kings, not an alternative to having your fortune read at the local coffee shop.  It’s still a niche-y subject, full of depth as ancient texts are discovered and translated.  The best still study and learn after decades.  If you are in doubt about an election, your own or someone else’s, you can have it checked by a real astrologer.  I still have someone else check my elections and I’ve been at this awhile.  Moreover, even good elections for malefic stars and planets can do with some divination.  What can go wrong, you ask? Selective blindness.  And that’s a problem with the astrologer, not the election. 

There’s a hidden agenda. If you feel you are being sold something, a talisman or a worldview, that should set off your alarms.  It’s Saturday morning – Have you heard the Good News about their particular spiritual path or fixed answer?   A lot of things work, not just astrology.  Not just magic.  Not just talismans.  Prayer works, asking the saints to intercede works.  A study of hospital patients who did not know they were being prayed for showed that they responded better to treatment. 

We have at least two thousand years of years of people in power disenfranchising entire populations by persuading them to surrender their will to the loving nature of the universe and trust that everything is proceeding according to plan.   This is Kool-aid; ignore any signs that say, “Drink me.”  What we call magic today is the science of future generations, who will laugh at our primitive understanding.  However you frame it, to put it William Lilly’s way, these are god-given tools.  Use them wisely, but use them.

Conflict of Interest An reputable astrologer who sells talismans will often consult with you beforehand to rule out the possibility of a conflict with your natal chart.  Christopher Warnock , an early pioneer in the modern selling of talismans does exactly this.  (See https://www.renaissanceastrology.com/astrologicaltalismanchoose.html ).  On the other hand, an astrologer selling you one of their talismans based on a reading you just paid for is a questionable practice at best, especially if the price is greatly inflated compared to the value of the material.  These are usually the first to go on about ethics for other people. 

The astrologer is not an astromage.   A talisman is a ritually-made item made at an elected time.  Not everything that is made at an elected time is a talisman.  As we said earlier, everything that exists would be a talisman if point in time were the only criteria.  You want an astrologer who is an astromage, someone who has done the study and personal work to create an effective ritual to make a talisman.  

The astrological genius is neverthertheless wrong for you.    If you get a sense that your well-known genius astrologer is watching the clock during your reading, tells you how many minutes you have left, ignores your communications, and fails to notice that they are stepping on your heart and feelings because their attention is elsewhere, don’t let this person give you directions to the mailbox, much less prescribe a talisman or remedies.  Someone who behaves so is a vendor. 

There is no shortage of up and coming astrologers as well as some old veterans who are, as my sister would say, a little self-involved.  They may be fine for someone else, have a stellar reputation, have written finely crafted books that make you swoon – but if you’re invisible, and they’ve clearly demonstrated that you are not worthy of their respect, then they are not a candidate to be your mentor, teacher, astrologer, or dogsitter.  If they can’t see you, they can’t see your chart or situation. Keep to your studies and you can smile to yourself when they come up and introduce themselves to you at an astrological conference, as if you had never met. 

Good astrologers, like good people, give more than they get.  I don’t know all the good and ethical astrologers and astromages, I can vouch for some personally.  Peter Stockinger did my chart rectification which was life-changing.   I’ve loved the classes I’ve taken from Nina Gryphon on horary and astrological magic and her monthly astrological elections.   I subscribe to Ryhan Butler’s Patreon and often adapt his elections to my location.  I am a devoted fan of Kaitlin Coppock and her talismanic materia.  This is not an exhaustive list, just the people I know best and have come to love.   

But you still want a talisman…

Most of the talismans I’ve made, as well as those I’ve purchased, have left me with, “I think I feel something… maybe”.  And I have many at this point – it’s a new person thing, I think, you think there will never be an election like this again, which is true, and that you’ve already missed so many.  But a few, or even just one, really good talisman can be life-changing. 

If, after all that, you still find yourself wanting a talisman of a certain planet or star, trust that gut feeling.  I’m a jewelry person, and if I had it to do over, I’d save up my money, and commission one from Tony Mack (https://tonymackgoldsmith.com).  I have two of his talismans, made for me, and they both hit it out of the ballpark.  A real astrologer and a goldsmith, he makes real talismans, astrologically elected and ritually made.  And if you don’t have one, he’ll make one for you.

~~~
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

Astrological Talismans: Deneb Algedi Talismanic Tile

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.

Jupiter conjunct fixed star Deneb Algedi

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 Jupiter/Deneb Algedi conjunction.
  • 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