FIXED STARS AND TALISMANS*

“Blessed that who knows what he sees.”

Hermes

The following tables are a summary of the fixed stars, their positions, magnitudes, natures, the coresponding herbs, gem stones, and symbols, so that we can use them in astral magic whan making talismans.

The nature of the stars, according to Hermes, is revealed in their color: red for Mars, gray for Saturn, yellow for Jupiter, yellos-green for Mercury, white for Venus. The nature of a fixed star is a mixture of the nature of two planets or sometimes only one. In addition, the nature of a fixed star can vary according to the aspects of the planets.

According to Hermes, the power of one fixed stars is proportional to their brightness and closeness to the ecliptic. The brighter, the stronger.

There are five most important points where the star needs to be in order to have impact on the horoscope: ascendent, midheaven, descendent, Sun, and Moon. There the star needs to be in exact conjunction.

For the purposes of astral magic, however, we take into consideration the lunar transits, that also need to be in an exact conjunction with the fixed star.

The four royal stars form a cross and are particularly important since ancient times. They are the four archangels, the four animals, especially significant when one has them on the most cardinal points in the horoscope: ascendent, descendent, midheaven, lower meridian. These stars are a real fortune for making powerful astrological talismans.

Star Name, Nature, Location Stone Herb Character Usage
ALDEBARAN ROYAL STAR

Mars/Venus

Tropical: 9 Gem 58

Sidereal: 15 Taurus

Carbuncle or ruby Milky thistle

(Tithymallus euphorbia)

Milky thistle seed put under a carbuncle with the character shown [engraved on it], with the Moon conjunct [Aldebaran and] the Ascendant or Midheaven, increases riches and brings great honors.
THE PLEIADES

Moon/Mars

Tropical: 0 Gem14

Sidereal: 5 Taurus (2-5 Taurus)

Rock Crystal Fennel Fennel seed with frankincense and quicksilver placed under a crystal with the appropriate character [engraved on it], with the Moon conjunct the Pleiades rising or at midheaven, preserves the eyesight, summons demons and the spirits of the dead, calls the winds, and reveals secrets and things that are lost.
ALGOL

Jupiter/Saturn

Tropical: 26 Taurus 21

Sidereal: 1 Taurus 23

Diamond Black Hellebore Hellebore juice with an equal amount of wormwood placed under a diamond, etc., brings hatred and courage, preserves the members of the body, and grants vengeance over anyone you wish.
CAPELLA

Jupiter/Saturn

Tropical: 22 Gemini 03

Sidereal: 27 Taurus 04

Yellow Sapphire Horehound Horehound seed mixed with equal parts of mint, wormwood and mandrake, placed etc., exalts men to honors, and brings them the favor of kings and nobles, and heals toothache, and is very medicinal.
SIRIUS

Mars/Jupiter

Tropical: 14 Cancer 15

Sidereal: 19 Gem 17

Beryl

Aquamarine

Savine Juniper One part savine juniper juice with wormwood and bistort and a little serpent’s tongue put under a golden beryl, etc., grants the favor of the spirits of the air and the peoples of the earth, and brings peace and concord between kings and other potentates, and between husbands and wives.
PROCYON

Mars/Mercury

Tropical: 25 Cancer 58

Sidereal: 1 Cancer

Agate Heliotrope Heliotrope flowers with pennyroyal flowers placed etc. grants the favor of God and man, gives men the favor of the spirits of the air, gives great power over magic, and keeps men healthy.
REGULUS ROYAL STAR

Jupiter/Mars

Tropical: 0 Virgo 01

Sidereal: 5 Leo 03

Granite Celandine Celandine juice with wormwood and mastic placed etc. takes away anger and melancholy, makes men temperate, and grants favor.
ALGORATH

Saturn/Mars

Tropical: 10 Libra 57

Sidereal: 19 Virgo

Onyx black Burdock Burdock seed, leaves, and roots, with the tongue of a frog, placed etc. makes men angry, hateful, daring, and evil-speaking, causes wicked dreams, drives demons away, and protects men against demons and evil winds. (For bravery)
SPICA

Venus/Mercury

Tropical: 24 Libra 02

Sidereal: 29 Virgo 04

Emerald Sage Sage juice with trefoil, periwinkle, wormwood and mandrake placed etc. will increase gold, accumulate riches, bring victory in lawsuits, and free men from evil and anguish.
ARCTURUS

Venus/Jupiter

Tropical: 24 Libra 28

Sidereal: 29 Virgo 27

Jasper Plantain Plantain juice with seeds or rooted placed under jasper, especially green [jasper], carries away fevers and restrains the flow of blood.
ALKAID

Venus/Moon

Tropical: 27 Virgo 10

Sidereal: 3 Virgo

Magnet Chicory Chicory juice with wormwood and periwinkle flower placed etc. has power against enchantments and against dryness and gives safety in travel, and if it be put together with wolf’s teeth it makes hunters proficient.
ALPHECCA

Venus/Mercury

Tropical: 12 Scor 30

Sidereal: 18 Libra

Topaz Yellow Rosemary Juice of the herb called rosemary with equal parts trefoil and ivy put etc., makes men chaste, and grants friendship and honor with God and man.
ANTARES ROYAL STAR

Mars/Jupiter

Tropical: 10 Sagittarius

Sidereal: 16 Scorpio

Sardonyx and amethyst Birthwort Birthwort juice with a little yew placed etc. gives men healthy color, grants good memory and intelligence, makes them appear wise, and banishes demons.
VEGA

Venus/Mercury

Tropical: 15 Capri 33

Sidereal: 21 Sagittarius

Chrysolite Savory Savory juice with an equal amount of the herb called fumitory and with a little of the stone called turonso, etc. grants favor with beasts, protects from scabies, that is, against demons, nocturnal phantoms, and fears.
DENEB ALGEDI

Saturn/Mercury

Tropical: 23 Aquar 47

Sidereal: 29 Capricorn

Chalcedony Marjoram Marjoram juice put under a chalcedony with its proper character, the Moon conjunct the tail of Capricorn rising, gives favor in lawsuits, improves the home in which it is kept, keeps it [the home] secure, and increases all manner of riches.

*Sources:

Incipit liber Hermetis de 15 stellis tractans et 15 herbis et 15 lapidibus et 15 figuris- translated by M. Greer,

The 30 Stars of Hermes from De Stellis Beibeniis translated by R. Kolev, Anonimous from 379 AD;

Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy