I had been planning to create a certain talisman on this day for a few months now. My birthday would be falling on a THURSDAY and only a couple days away from the full moon! Along with some other favorably astro goodies I thought it would be a perfect time/day.
My primary endeavor was to create one of the Jupiter talismans listed in the Veritable Key of Solomon, which David Rankine and Stephen Skinner had published. I want to share with you my procedure after I had done all the essential work. This operation was most wonderful in each aspect and I enjoyed it immensely.
|Veritable Key of Solomon|
The talisman I created is the one listed on page 249 but described on page 248, which reads: -"The talisman of Jupiter given here is excellent for protecting yourself against all evil spells, for luck in games of chance and even luck in business, according to the report of Wierus who gives us the method for creating it..."
Its method for creation reads below:
"Take a plate of red copper ( the footnote reads 'You would normally expect a talisman of Jupiter to be engraved on a tin plate'- which seems obvious but I went with what the book stated) and engrave this pentacle on it, just as you see on the previous page. Make it on a Thursday at the hour favorable to Jupiter and during the waxing of the Moon..."
It then lists a prayer in Latin which you are to recite three times while making the talisman. Then you are to perfume it with the incense of Thursday (Which I will relate below) and then rub cedar resin onto it with wood aloes and wrap it in a lemon colored silk cloth and carry it on your person.
Now before I get into the actual procedure, let me get to the incense for Thursday and reiterate the importance of planing your magical experiments ahead. Gathering needed ingredients can take more time than you ever expected from first reading.
Here is what is listed for the 'Manufacture of Perfume for Jupiter for the day of Thursday':
"Rowan berry, wood of aloes, Storax, Benzoin, powder of Lapis Lazuli, pieces of chopped up peacock feathers; ground up and mixed with the blood of two or three swallows or the brain of a deer; make a paste out of this and make pellets for your use in the rituals of the Art on the day of Thursday under the auspices of Jupiter and the Spirits who rule its influences."
The rowan berries were bought from an occult dealer in England. I had Benzoin and wood of aloes left from a purchase from Alchemy works but had to buy Storax from them.
Lapis Lazuli stone is easy to come by, but pulverizing it into a powder took some effort and patience. Peacock feathers were bought at a local craft store. All in all, the ingredients were not too difficult to come by.
The most challenging part was finding the cedar resin which the book stated should be rubbed on the talisman with aloe woods after you cense it. I looked and looked and couldn't find CEDAR resin for sale anywhere. Not local or on-line.
Luckily, Colorado has cedar trees and some amazing ones were located in a place called Garden of the Gods not five minutes from my house. I know of the method for collecting resin/sap but it was the dead of winter here and the 'sap just don't flow' well at that time. I decided to see what I could find and was fortunate to discover that (some of) the trees already had grains of sap on them. So I didn't have have to harm any trees to collect the resin and I left a generous offering to the trees/land/nature spirits in the area. ( This gesture is somewhat pagan but one I follow religiously on a constant basis in one form or another. My motivation to magick has always been one of beneficial interactions between all manner of spiritual beings and myself/others) It took me two days of collecting with a few hours out each time to get enough ingredient.
Creation of the seal did not take very long but used up the complete first hour of Jupiter to the minute. I cut out a disk of the red copper and equal one of tin and decided to adhere them together.
( I think the copper is well suited although attributed to Venus. I added the tin disk for the sake of correspondence and intuition. I etched out the sigil and name of Bethor which is listed in the key, page 184)
During the process I received a small cut, ...and on a whim, traced out the glyph of Jupiter on both backs of the metal before I sealed them together. I recited the Latin prayer once as I began, again after I had almost finished engraving it, and once more before I perfumed it. I also said the English translated version after I began sealing it with the resin.
I performed the majority of the ritual were my financial alter is located and do weekly rituals on Thursdays. It seemed appropriate. The incense is pretty amazing and seems well suited for the operation. (Go figure)
After the talisman was completed and wrapped up in the yellow silk, I placed it in my pocket and went downstairs with the incense burner to my oratory/magical lab. I set the blue incense burner on the Jupiter seal which is engraved on my 'Table of Art'. (Ars Paulina style). I sat at the alter, lit the holy candle, and meditated. I recited the Jupiter Prayer, invocation, and conjuration.
Magick was working as these three verses caused instantaneous energy and awareness of spiritual beings around me. Empowering, invigorating and other sensations I cannot completely define filled me as well as the room. Light seemed to radiate beyond natural luminescence and visions of beings could be scene everywhere out of the periphery of my vision. I kept focused on the central candle flame and let the entire experience unfold as it wished.
I say it every day, but I'll say it again. I love magick :)
|Other tin Jupiter Talisman|
|Back of copper talisman|
Happy birthday to me...heheh