Saturday, December 11, 2010

2. Of the making of the Chrystal and the Form of Preparation for a Vision. - Trithemius


In what time thou wouldest deal with the spirits by the table and crystal, thou must observe the planetary hour; and whatever planet rules in that hour, the angel governing the planet thou shalt call in the manner following; but first, say this short prayer:
"Oh, God! who art the author of all good things, strengthen, I beseech thee, thy poor servant, that he may stand fast, without fear, through this dealing and work; enlighten, I beseech thee, oh Lord! the dark understanding of thy creature, so that his spiritual eye may be opened to see and know thy angelic spirits descending here in this crystal: (Then lay thy hand on the crystal saying,) and thou, oh inanimate creature of God, be sanctified and consecrated, and blessed to this purpose, that no evil phantasy may appear in thee; or, if they do gain ingress into this, creature, they may be constrained to speak intelligibly, and truly, and without the least ambiguity, for Christ's sake. Amen. And forasmuch as thy servant here standing before thee, oh, Lord! desires neither evil treasures, nor injury to his neighbour, nor hurt to any living creature, grant him the power of descrying those celestial spirits or intelligences, that may appear in this crystal, and whatever good gifts (whether the power of healing infirmities, or of imbibing wisdom, or discovering any evil likely to afflict any person or family, or any other good gift thou mayest be pleased to bestow on me, enable me, by thy wisdom and mercy, to use whatever I may receive to the honour of thy holy name. Grant this for thy son Christ's sake. Amen."
Then taking your ring and pentacle, put the ring on the little finger of your right hand; hang the pentacle round thy neck; (Note, the pentacle may be either wrote on clean virgin parchment, or engraven on a square plate of silver and suspended from thy neck to the breast), then take your black ebony wand, with the gilt characters on it and trace the circle, (Fig. 7. C D E F,) saying, "In the name of the blessed Trinity, I consecrate this piece of ground for our defence; so that no evil spirit may have power to break these bounds prescribed here, through Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.




Remarks On The Planetary Hours.
The planetary hour is not the ordinary sixty minutes of the clock time, but the period of Sunrise to Sunset, divided into twelve equal parts; each part being a "planetary hour" of that day. From Sunset to Sunrise is also divided into twelve equal parts, and each part is a "planetary hour" of that night.
One of the main reasons why "planetary hours" have been so neglected by modern astrologers, is the difficulty in calculating those "hours," especially in the higher latitudes where the days are very long in the Summer months, (as in England, Scotland, Sweden and Norway,) and where the days are so short in the winter months. Also the difficulty in counting the planets in their proper order, from sunrise of that particular day to the hour and minute the astrologers wish to attend to any important business, or the time a person was born.

The elements of astrology

By Luke Dennis Broughton




CHAPTER XVII

OF VIRGIN PARCHMENT, OR VIRGIN PAPER, AND HOW IT SHOULD BE PREPARED

VIRGIN paper, or card, is that which is new, pure, clean, and exorcised, never having served for any other purpose.
Virgin parchment is necessary in many Magical Operations, and should be properly prepared and consecrated. There are two kinds, one called Virgin, the other Unborn. Virgin parchment is that which is taken from an Animal which hath not attained the age of generation, whether it be ram, or kid, or other animal.


The Key of Solomon Book II
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