- Tapa blanda: 97 páginas
- Editor: Lulu.com (2 de diciembre de 2009)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0557207819
- ISBN-13: 978-0557207817
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Secrets of Planetary Ritual 2nd Edition (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 2 dic 2009
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Secrets of Planetary Ritual is the first English translation of the authentic planetary invocations of the Harranian Sabians from the most famous of astrological grimoires, the Picatrix. It contains full instructions for the ritual conjuration of the seven planets. Translated by John Michael Greer and Christopher Warnock from Pingree's Latin critical edition it also contains the Arabic spirit names from the Ritter & Plessner's German translation of Picatrix. Authentic and magically potent, Secrets of Planetary Ritual provides the perfect ceremonial invocations for the creation of planetary talismans.
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This little book, “Secrets of Planetary Ritual”, is an excerpt from a much larger work, the Picatrix, regarded as one of the most important works of medieval magic. The Picatrix exist in both Arabic and Latin versions. The critical Latin edition has been translated to English by Christopher Warnock and John Michael Greer (whom we have met before in other contexts). The Picatrix contains several chapters on astrological magic, supposedly derived from the traditions of the Sabians of Harran. “Secrets of Planetary Ritual” contain these particular chapters.
The work isn't particularly interesting for the general reader, being a long-winding rendition of various rituals the purpose of which is to supplicate the planetary deities. Sometimes, the rituals are unintentionally humorous, as when the work declares that supplication of Mars requires beheading a leopard “if you can find one”, or (if you can't?) killing a mouse and eating its liver! It's not immediately clear what's the most difficult thing to do – procure a leopard in Renaissance Italy or eating the liver of a house mouse… The work also contains a short description of an initiation ritual for teenage boys into the cult of Mars. Apart from the Sabians, the Picatrix references magical works attributed to Aristotle.
Both translators believe in the efficacy of magic, indeed both have magick blogs on the web, and they therefore warn their readers not to use the malefic spells contained in the rituals. They also assure us that the magic works even without animal sacrifice, so any stray leopards or mice in your backyard can sleep safely. “Secrets of Planetary Magic” is rounded off by shorter versions of the planetary incantations, prepared by Christopher Warnock. They apparently work just as well as the longer ones!
I bought this mostly because of the Sabian angle, and I admit that I didn't find it particularly interesting. Still, probably worth three stars due to the translation efforts of Warnock and JMG.
gives the layman a chance at understanding the planets.