How I make my planetary talismans

A talisman, strictly speaking, a visual seal (sigil) of magical intent that is energetically charged to bring wanted things toward you; it has typically been contrasted with amulets which repel unwanted things. In Western traditions nowadays, this line is a little blurry, so this post refers to both, but only those related to astrological talismans. Any time is possible to do magick. Elemental magick is always available, no matter the circumstances. Astrological magick is also always available, and can be tweaked via planetary banishing and invoking, but it’s a bit more like playing a game of cards, in which you can discard some cards and draw others.

I start my planetary talisman process based on the desired astrological energy. To do this, you need to have familiarity with basic astrology and what makes a planet’s energy strong as well as harmonious with other planets. Once the dominant planetary energy is selected, I pick the time and the base metal. Paper is fine but not as durable energywise as metal. Classically each astrological planet has its own metal; of the seven planets, only four have metals that are realistic to use nowadays: Saturn’s and Mercury’s metals (lead & mercury, respectively) are toxic, and the sun’s metal, gold, is toxic to your bank account! I substitute silver, the moon’s metal, for these three planets, because the moon is “closest” to the earth in the medieval tradition.

Once I have the metal picked, I begin the design; there’s not much imagination on my part in designing talismans. If a planetary talisman, I begin by looking up the magic square for that planet. This will be the center of the overall design, and also tells me the number of elements to incorporate into the talisman, including the numbers of the square itself (but not the grid). I usually go with the sum of a given row or column.

Once I have the number of elements, I incorporate the names of the selected deities and/or archangels associated with the planet & its sephira. In the Hermetic tradition, these can be found by looking them up ina correspondence resource such as 777, 776_1/2, or Thelemapedia (in the case of a Mars talisman, for example, I use row 27, and perhaps also row 5 for the sephira it rules, Geburah); these are all based on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (which itself is largely based on Agrippa: see below); I have yet to explore other similar orders’ materials such as Aurum Solis but this is forthcoming, I’m sure. I then start counting the letters in the deity names and try to use some combination of them that adds up the the planetary square total (in the case of the Mars talisman, 65). Also, I do one final check for the planetary seal from Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Book 1, Chapter 33. My standard approach is to have the names parallel to each of the four sides of the square (placed according to the Four Worlds associations in the Kabbalah and/or stacked as necessary according to the hierarchy in which they fit; the planetary seal I break into four parts which go at the corners, in a rounded formation of long enough).

Once the design is complete, it comes to a method of charging the talisman. Here you’re asking the deity or angel to do you a solid and please charge your talisman. Angels work in the capacity of their deity, so appeal to that connection, and deities like it when you approach via the things they are connected to (such as the incenses or plants in a correspondence book like 777–the more the better, but there is diminishing returns, so don’t dip into your savings! If money is an issue, cultivate sincerity and it will make up for it). Use a picture of the appropriate animal, a small clipping of the appropriate plant, light the appropriate incense, etc. Next, perform the planetary invoking ritual (I use the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram) to call forth the energy associated with your astrological election. Then I usually will either do an invocation for the deity to temporarily inhabit my body (choose your deity wisely!) and provide a charge to the object, or a call to the angel by appealing to its deity. I will usually modify Liber Israfel for the former; for the latter, it depends on the system. Enochian has specific methods to call upon its angels; similarly, the Shem-Hamphorasch has its own 72 angels and various authors have books on contacting them. Once those methods are done you make your request to the angel(s) that you have called to charge the talisman for you.

One alternative to the entity method is energy work, such as Chi or Reiki (though the latter still accesses divine entities). Reiki is probably better since it explicitly calls on the energy of the heavens (which, you know, where the stars and planets are), but Chi could probably also be used, if you set a strong intention to only use the more terrestrial energy that fully reflects the celestial.

Here we come to a point not to be overlooked: timing is essential. Unlike other astrologers, my view of an event is to look at the definitive “birthing” portion. Just as astrologers typically use a birth time and not a conception time, events or even ideas have to be birthed and not just stirred or conceived. A seed doesn’t count as a new plant just because it’s been planted, or watered, or the like. The seed emerge from its shell and touch the air and light as well as put down its first root. I dwell on this point because, well, you have to time your actions to culminate as closely to the time you’ve elected.

That’s it: you now have a charged talisman!

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!