What Celestial Petitions Are
A major a part of the custom Scholastic Picture Magic is predicated upon consists of celestial petitions. These aren’t technically picture magic, as a result of talismans are often not concerned. Nor are they correctly scholastic, as a result of they transcend the boundaries of pure magic and invoke spirits straight, albeit ones who govern facets of the pure world. They’re prominently featured in Picatrix, however belong to the custom of theurgy going again to at the least Iamblichus. The extra unsavory variations of it might generally be labeled as necromancy, by the medieval definitions of the time period.
No one agrees what the character of the spirits invoked are; some imagine them to be angels, others djinn, others demons. These knowledgeable by gnostic thought generally imagine them to be archons. All agree that they’re one of many principal origins of the legends of wish-granting spirits, akin to within the story of Aladdin and the djinn. I imagine them to be angels, within the sense that they’re honorable servants of cosmic order; they aren’t all the time benevolent in motion, however completely serve the higher good.
The celestial petition is a supplicatory attraction for help in a sphere the hierarchy in query has authority over. The timing is elected, the petitional textual content may be very formal in construction, the suffumigations are very advanced, ritual postures are used, and ritualized garb or costume is required. Sacrifices have been additionally historically made, although that is seldom sensible immediately. Planetary weight-reduction plan is of nice profit to petitions, along with regimens of meditation and abstinence previous the ceremony.
Although the kind of elections utilized in celestial petitions differ from these used within the creation of talismans, they’ve sufficient similarity that formalized petitional texts are sometimes used within the strategy of talismanic creation (abbreviated variations could also be used if the electional window is temporary).
Making talismans is tough work, from the election to their preliminary utilization. Petitions are tougher. Lively preparation for a petition can generally be longer than per week. That’s the reason once I do petitions for shoppers I often cost extra. To my information I’m the one magician commercially providing celestial petitions within the method described in Picatrix.
Asking a talisman for a want is efficient and will be carried out many instances, however their perform is often passive. Asking highly effective governors of huge parts of the cosmos for a boon is more practical—if the ritual is carried out appropriately—and what’s requested for is granted in a really energetic means. An imperfect talisman may match, generally with unwanted side effects. If sufficiently flawed, they might do nothing, or may even curse the consumer. Nonetheless, an imperfect petition might insult the hierarchy and trigger the magician’s immediate demise. Petitions are excessive danger, and fewer forgiving of error.
For me, that makes it all of the extra thrilling.
Electing A Petition to Mars
To elect a planetary petition, the planet of the hierarchy one is petitioning have to be dignified and unafflicted in a means related acquainted to those that make planetary talismans, with some further necessities and preferences as laid out in Picatrix. The planet ruling the Ascendant should make a benevolent making use of facet to the petitioned planet. When doable, the Moon also needs to be dignified, unafflicted and forming a significant connection between the planet of the Ascendant and that of the petitioned planet. Ideally, not one of the related planetary our bodies might be cadent.
Within the above election, the ruler of the Ascendant is the Moon, which simplifies loads. The Ascendant and Moon are significators of the petitioner, and when they’re in settlement the working is stronger; when they’re the identical physique there are fewer components to weigh.
The Moon is sluggish, however not prohibitively. When the Moon is sluggish however above twelve levels of diurnal movement it’s splendid for curses and malevolence, and so it’s in concord with at the least a part of the petition– it’s of a damaging or disruptive nature. The Moon has some dignity inside Pisces, being of the watery triplicity. The Moon precisely culminates whereas making a really tight making use of trine with Mars. Mars is in domicile in direction of the top of Scorpio; he’s not within the closing two levels of the Signal which may have been an issue. Mars is succedent within the 5th Home. Mars is unlucky on this Home, however the different components supersede this. Saturn is safely previous opposition to the Ascendant, however is within the 6th Home. The ruler of the Moon’s Signal is itself the Moon, so it can’t be cadent; the start might be fulfilled and the top might be fulfilled. The Ascendant ruler is much less basically dignified than the Descendant ruler, however far more by chance dignified. The biggest shortcoming of the election is that Mars neither has the Hour or Day of the election; however Picatrix doesn’t require this.
This isn’t an ideal election for a petition, however a solidly good one.
The Petition to Mars
If you want to ask Mars for one thing, and converse to him and honor him, put him in situation as now we have stated… Gown your self in purple clothes, and put a purple linen or silk material in your head in addition to a purple skullcap, and hold a sword out of your neck, and arm your self with all of the weapons you possibly can carry; and gown your self within the method of a soldier or a fighter, and put a bronze ring in your finger. Take a bronze thurible with burning charcoal, through which you must put the next suffumigation. –Picatrix
One in every of my shoppers requested for a boon which was of a Martial nature, and so I sought a petitional election. After months of looking, that is the most effective one I discovered, and so I started working.
I already had a cylindrical purple chef cap for ritual functions. It was neither a skullcap nor linen nor silk, however fulfilled the circumstances acceptably.
My thurible was iron, which is an acceptable substitute because the steel of Mars.
I couldn’t work out the right way to hold my sword comfortably from my neck; it’s fairly heavy. As a substitute I discovered a pendant on-line within the form of a winged sword, in metal—particularly acceptable for Mars.
Equally, I discovered a bronze ring within the form of a crow’s cranium. Crows are birds of Mars in line with each Lilly and Agrippa.
I bought military-style camouflage print pants in purple, and wore a relatively spectacular polyester shirt with a flame print.
Lastly, I slung a black bowie knife and sheath on a twine about my neck, tucked my looking rifle beneath one arm, and held my Smith & Wesson revolver in my proper hand. Each have been loaded.
I in all probability regarded fully terrifying, which is strictly what you must go for when petitioning the merciless lord of violence and dread.
Take wormwood, aloes, squill, spurge, lengthy pepper, and watercress in equal quantities. Grind them up and blend them with human blood. Make tablets of this, which you will put aside to be used. If you want to start working, put one in all them into the thurible, which you’ve got introduced with you to a distant place specifically put aside for this working. When you’ve got arrived there, stand upright in your ft and converse secretly, boldly, and with none concern, going through the south… Because the smoke rises, say the next. –Picatrix
I obtained all the substances, however one way or the other misplaced the lengthy pepper. Somewhat than make tablets, I combined the wormwood, aloe, squill, spurge and watercress in a cup and drizzled human blood over them.
On the appointed time, I stood going through south and somberly and loudly intoned the petitional textual content, rising in quantity to a crescendo.
O Mars, you who’re an honored lord and are scorching and dry, mighty, weighty, agency of coronary heart, spiller of blood and giver of diseases thereto! You might be robust, hardy, acute, daring, shining, agile, and the lord of battles, pains, miseries, wounds, prisons, sorrows, and combined and separated issues, who has no concern or contemplation of something, sole helper in all of your results and in investigations thereof, robust in calculation and can to beat and to hunt after fortune, reason behind lawsuits and battles, doer of evil to the weak and the robust, lover of the sons of battle, vindicator of depraved individuals and people who do evil on the planet. I ask of you and conjure you by your names and your qualities that exist in heaven, and by your slayings, and likewise by your petitions to the Lord God who positioned energy and power in you, gathering them in you and separating them from different planets that you just may need power and energy, victory over all and nice vigor… –Picatrix
I can’t inform you what the boon was for the shopper; it’s confidential, and information of the specifics might intervene with their outcomes.
I’ll say that Mars gives boons in lots of areas aside from violence and misfortune; and whereas his hierarchy is Malefic, they usually do nice good. Difficult injustice, obliteration of illness, eradicating obstacles to like and intercourse, surgical procedure, alchemy, and vanquishing pestilence are all inside the sphere of Mars’ affect.
Mars is a mighty ally and a horrible foe.