Talismanic elections, 2nd half of 2020 through end of 2021: Talisman 2, Albireo

Chriiiistmas, Chriiiistmas, tiiiime of year! Time for Talismans, and cheer!

Yes, the next talisman is for Christmas Eve of 2020. Saturn and Jupiter will still be in their conjunction in Aquarius, and the first fixed star they interact with in this sign is Albireo! My attention was brought to this particular fixed star by Kelly Surtees in either the Astrology Podcast or her presentation at the Astrology University. If I have the reference to her reference wrong, be a good referee and feel free to refer me to the correct reference to her reference.

Regardless, Albireo looks like a fairly good fixed star to have Saturn and Jupiter work with (when you see Obama, George Clooney, Picasso, Elizabeth Taylor, Jim Carrey, and Jeff Bridges spanning both of these planets, you think, “There’s probably some sweet major modification energy here!). This makes it an uneasy neighbor to Altair, its next-door neighbor: because of this, the caution that I advise on this talisman is to not only use this election (i.e., not a later one), but also to make sure to include the symbolism of the swan’s beak in your talisman’s design.

This talismanic election, as you can see, has the part of fortune conjunct my own north node. Always check the astrology against your own chart–and against the eclipses!–to ensure you’re creating something that not only works to lock in a desirable “constellation” (heh, heh) of energy, but also one that works well with your own chart.

I have put Saturn in the 10th house; the chart ruler, Venus, is in Sagittarius, which looks to Jupiter; Jupiter, the greater benefic, is no longer in its fall in Capricorn, but still is modified in its expression by the greater malefic of Saturn. In fact, Saturn is the final dispositor of everything, with the exception of (the lesser malefic of) Mars which is still strong its domicile, but, as mentioned in my previous post, you can banish any planet, including Mars, via the Greater Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram. I haven’t decided yet whether to do so for this ritual, because it’s in my 9th house, where my natal Mars resides, but it’s far closer to my natal MC. Note, too, the squaring energy of Uranus and the moon! Nonetheless, the former is in a 5+ degree orb, and the moon is separating, and both are trine the sun, which is the sect light, and Mercury. Nonetheless, you may consider doing a general banishing via the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram, then invoking Saturn and Jupiter for the purposes of this talisman (leaving those two planets’ energies as predominant).

For your humble “talismaker,” this conjunction lands in my 7th house. It’s an angular house, so although not quite as strong as the 1st or 10th, it’s by no means the weakest! I’m hoping to bring out the best in my interactions with others and vice versa with the energy of this fixed star.

As with any talisman, you can add the Agrippa symbols for Saturn and Jupiter:

You can also add angel names via the methods suggested by Agrippa or similarly derived versions by Aaron Leitch in his great book, The Angelical Language, Vol. I (Vol II is also excellent), or by the more recent The Angels of Fortune, by Rose Manning, who has worked through the appropriate angels by both research and experimentation (always important to include this as part of your magickal practice!). You can also use the associated deity names for the correspondences for Saturn, Jupiter, and Aquarius. For this in particular for Western astrologer/Western magicians, I recommend referencing Eshelman’s 776_1/2 and not 777, which did not have the references for Aquarius and Aries fully worked out. Though 776_1/2 still seems to have some problems with other panthea (I really believe Ganesh remains mis-assigned, for example), it’s a vast improvement and expansion on the already groundbreaking work done by Crowley–and likely his Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn colleagues–in 777.

Good luck!

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Talismanic elections, 2nd half of 2020 through end of 2021: Talisman 1: Alphecca

By unanimous demand by the 8 people who voted on Twitter, I am presenting my talismanic elections for the 2nd half of 2020 through 2021.

You might not be at all surprised that 2020 was a little challenging, and even the Astrology Podcast has had difficulty this year with the challenging Saturnian placements. First I’ll present each of my elections, followed by my approach:

1. Alphecca Talisman: November 19, 2020 (San Antonio, TX: shown in synastry with my natal chart)

This is a talisman designed to bring out the healing speech factor of Alphecca. Who wouldn’t want to be subtly healing our fellow human beings simply be speaking as we normally would? Put another way, who wouldn’t want our normal speech to also happen to be healing?

Yes, I’ve opened myself to some criticism: “This has both malefics in domicile! Are you mad?” Well, first thing’s first: if you’re making talismans, you’re a magician. If you’re a magician, you’d better know how to banish. If you know how to banish, you’d better banish appropriately! So the first recommendation is to banish Saturn (via the Greater Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram or other means) before making the talisman, because as you can see, he’s still doing his stuff in the 8th house. This leaves the moon without a ruler, but she’s getting some out-of-sign sextile support from the Sun & Chiron.

Second, even awesome talismans are still going to hit your natal chart, so planning around this means doing a synastry with your own natal chart. So what to do about the Mars placement? Well, as you can see, this Mars placement isn’t so bad for me: it’s my natal Mars! Also, I’ve put the Part of Fortune conjunct Mars, which at 19deg Aries is trine my natal, to take the edge off and make it productive. This makes the rulership of the Sun & Mercury suddenly strong but also more positive. 11th house could indicate fights, or it could indicate hard work in social organizations–what better use of the healing factor than in a social context? Mercury also gets support by trining the MC, and Uranus, though in the 12th house, is sextiling it.

How to design such a thing? Because this is a talisman for a fixed star, the only thing we’re invoking is the conjunction (even if we want the “birth” of the talisman to still be a good chart). Use Agrippa’s sigil for Mercury:

as well as the Mercury square, then add the Alphecca images (cf. Christopher Warnock’s Fixed Star, Sign and Constellation Magic) as well as any stones to your base, in a design of your own making. I usually try to make the square (including the numbers) and then draw the Agrippa seal in a circular manner around the whole thing.

How do you charge it? My recommendation is to fuse a modified version of Liber Israfel to request some divine energy (in this case, call upon Hermes or Mercury), or use the techniques provided by Warnock (I prefer the YHVH to Arzel to Raziel method from Damon Brand’s book on the Shemhamphorasch angels–but who knows, I may change my mind). Regardless, be sure to add into your request to the deity or deities inside you that the talisman be energetically charged.

Good luck!

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