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Nov 1, 2015

Botanical Symbols

Although this is not a typical Solomonic magic thing, I ve decided to show you my system of botanical symbols.

I employ this in labelling my plant parts. I ve devised a system of combinatory symbols that is easy to use, easy to remember, and hard to crack for anyone not familiarise with it s basics, so your planty things can be safe in their jars and bottles from nosy people.

The top part represents the plant part in question and the bottom part represents the plant itself. My six parts are derived from Agrippa s correspondencies and I use this inm employing them. Although each plant has it s virtues, every part of it may have different virtues and can be used differently.




The root, with all its subterranean symbolism and deposit of energies and potent juices, is ruled by Saturn and this is my symbol for it, a rough sketch of an outstretched root, placed upside-down for symetrical reasons of the sign series.










The stem, carrier of the sap, vertical and straight and hard and masculine, is of course ruled by Mars, and the symbol pretty much speaks for itself: one main stem with four secondary ones, the base stems being larger. 











The leaves, the receptors of light and heat much the same way our own natural satellite is,  are ruled by the Moon, and I ve chosen to stylise it as triangular not because of some arcane symbolism related to the Fire sign or Water sign but just because it seem damn well pleasent and dandy! 







The flowers, feminine, receptive, open and beautiful, are governed by the ruler of reproduction and beaty, Venus. I ve stylised six petals into one circular glyph due to the sexual symbolism of the hexagram and the pleasant polarity it develops.



The fruits, the berries, the nuts or the husks containg seeds and other potent things, usually full in shape and sometimes hard, are ruled by Jupiter, the master of abundance, stylised here as two round shapes on either side of the stem.

Last but not least, some of the most potent parts of the plant, containing the entire genetical code of itself and the ability to reproduce, the seeds, are ruled by the master of information and androginity, Mercury. The symbol is quite obviously representative of the two halves of the seed and the embrio within. 


To give an illustrative example, we`ll take the symbol I ve devised for Elder, Sambucus Niger, and combine it in two symbols:



Base symbol: Elder




              
Elder berries                  Elder stems


Just for kicks, another plant that does not have a simple letter symbol, but a magico-astrological symbol for hystorical reasons, the revered Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium:

Base symbol of Wormwood


         

Wormwood leaves         Wormwood root

Frequent problems:


But Asterion, you re insane! You can`t make up symbols for a gagillion plant species and subspecies!

You`re right. And I won`t. Basic Solomonic magic teaches the use of 24 plants in the Book of Raziel, add that to another 7 planetary inceses, add to that 10 or 20 of the most potent plants of my country`s magical tradition and that`s kinda it. 
Since you can accomplish at least 6 operations with one plant, those would suffice. 
Every plant, and I mean EVERY plant has a magical use. But not all are as potent or as fit as others. So I will stick to a few and experiment. I think I m creative enough to come up with at least 200 base symbols so I m set..

But Asterion, you ve gone all Wiccan? 

Not really. Plant lore is far older than Solomonic magic, it s used all over the world and it s your duty as a practicioner to become proficient in it. 

But Asterion, you`re a moron! My Book of Shadows doesn t list any uses for Wormwood stems or Elder flowers!

It Should! I use every part of the plant, nothing is discarded. 

But Asterion, where is the Sun in all of this plant arrangement?

The Sun rules the resin of the plants, wherever that may be the case. Not all plants produce it and when they produce it, the resin is treated like a separate substance in it`s own class, like Frankincense, Opoponax or Myrrh, so I have not included a base symbol for Resin. 

Be free to develop your own set, this is just my way of labelling my magical jars and my macerating tinctures and wines. 

Best wishes and much love!









35 comments:

  1. What do you think of Kant?

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  2. Asterion, kindly, write something about creating an altar. I want to have a temporary altar, I need help. And if U already did, please give me the Link. Thanks!

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    1. Altars do not a sacred function or symbolism in Old System Magic or Solomonic magic. you have it there to keep all the stuff in from of you. It s very pragmatic. No new age bullshit or kabbalistic symbolism. New small table, new white cloth. That s kinda it.

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  3. Can you please kindly supply your thoughts on this book?
    :)

    http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Magick-Twelve-Lessons-Magickal/dp/0738715786/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459244763&sr=8-1&keywords=modern+magick

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    1. I do not deal with modern magic. It s a prostitution of many systems dumbed down so that everyone thinks they can do magic and feel happy. Well it s a lot of work , with no visualisation of imaginary pentagrams. It has nothing to do with what I practice. I have nothing against those who use it, but I have never met anyone who got results from it.

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  4. Can you kindly write about John Dee?

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    1. Nope. There are a lot of articles about him. I m not that fascinated by enochian magic.

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  5. Can you please consider writing about ethics?

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    1. That s a broad subject. I don t like articles about broad subjects, they help no one. Can you be a bit more speciffic?

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    2. Is it possible to use magick to heal the poor and assist in relieving poverty?

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    3. It s very possible, but it s as wrong as raising the dead. Poverty is not a problem. Poverty is a condition of man who yearns for others have. Everybody can live on very little and be extremely happy. But without a nice house, nice car, nice ipod, fancy food, widescreen TV. Because of people s wishes to have more then others, they create imbalance. They create richness for themselves and poverty for others. In their next embodyment, the sould who was moved by greed needs to suffer loss, and thus will live in poverty. While others will be wealthy. They learn meekness and attone for their sin against their kin. The poor have the debt to suffer for their past greed, and also have the means to elevate the wealthy. The wealthy can chose to help, out of compassion, and that will elevate them spiritually. Many saints and adepts were born in rich families, yet gave their wealth to the poor. By trying to eradicate poverty (that existed as long as humanity has, i m sure) you would just be eliminating a means by which the soul would purify itself: poor people will lose their method of learning humility, while rich people will lose their means of re-becoming human and compassionate. That is why pain exists. That is why poverty exists. And death. And sorrow. And sickness. They are trials and gifts, not afflictions.

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    4. I mean how to engage in charity and the like rather than structurally eliminating poverty and suffering. I genuinely pity those who suffer.

      How do you learn astral projection? I've never had much success with it.

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    5. Could you kindly suggest some books or texts on theodicy? I've never been able to understand why suffering exists.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. I appreciate it. :)

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  6. I am not sure I understood what your most recent post has had to say. :/

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    1. POverty cannot be eliminated because you want to. No more than poison can be eliminated. While some suffer from poverty, some profit (both materialistically, people who get rich, or spiritually, people who can do good to poor people in order to elevate their condition). Just because you do not like poverty and do not see it s merit does not mean it should be eliminated. Not one world teacher, of which the world has had many, has made any efforts to eliminate poverty, or pointy objects, or mosquitos.

      How do you learn astral projection? I've never had much success with it.

      I cannot recommend any books that will make you understand this. Travel to poor areas and help or try to help. This is not something to be understood by reading books.


      In my view any books on theodicy, teology, philosophy are inherently useless. They re good as a debate topic and course matter for classes, but they wll not aid your way in any way.

      These are matters to be lived and filtered through, not read about and underlined on a textbook.


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    2. I skipped the astral projection question:

      Dear anonymous, throughout this blog I have never mentioned AP or astral evocation or any such mehod, because I d not practice them. I practice good ol fashion practical solomonic magic. No closing your eyes, no third eye, no visualising. Just prayer and ritual.

      Please ask people who claim to have success with that.

      I honestly wouldn t ask a fat guy how to lose weight :))

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    3. Which book do you recommend to get started with practical Solomonic magic?

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    4. Which book do you recommend starting with in the list of books on the right of your blog?

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    5. The first book would be the Key of Solomon. The second primer would be the Fourth Book by Agrippa. Then read anything you want. Please be sure to either read A LOT of books before practicing. Don just grab a book and try stuff. Read. Read. Reads. Think, internalise. Learn. Read some more. Then practice.

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    6. How safe is this? Is there any kind of danger I should be aware of? Besides reading a lot, what kind of precautions could I take before starting this practice?

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    7. I m sorry but this is a childish question.
      Is a knife dangerous? Well, if you use it to spread butter, no. If you use it to repeatedly stab yourself in the eye, yes.

      Is a stick safe? If you look at it and throw it away, no. If you poke a rottweiler with it, then yes.

      Magic is both safe and unsafe. Please read. How old are you??

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    8. "I m sorry but this is a childish question. "

      I'm sorry, I didn't mean to offend. I just want to be careful.

      Are there any videos you could recommend watching on practical Solomonic magic?

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    9. No, there are no ready-made videos which you can just follow and get everything you ever dreamed. Most of the videos out there are crap explanations from people kinda enamoured with magic, who want content for their youtube channel.

      Magic is not like cooking or baking or carpentry, where millions of people practice it, a few hundreds can teach it effectively, a few dozens can tewach it in your languange and a few of those actually make the effort of making videos.

      There are books, of course. You can consult those.

      Pick the brand of magic speaks to you and follow through reading what other people have practiced and what they got.

      But first, read.

      Books are the Youtube videos of practicioners that lived 400 years ago. Do not skip the basics.

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    10. "Do not skip the basics."
      I'll definitely follow this advice.

      How many hours a day should I put into reading about magick?

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    11. "Pick the brand of magic speaks to you and follow through reading what other people have practiced and what they got."

      You said that Modern Magick doesn't work. How do I tell if a brand of magick is effective or not?

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    12. How many hours a day should I put into reading about magick?

      Magic is the English word for it. Not magick. Magician, not magickian :) Any ammount of time you wish. Nobody writes a rule on that.

      You said that Modern Magick doesn't work. How do I tell if a brand of magick is effective or not?

      I don t know if I said that. I may have implied it. Yes, Modern magic is a watered down version of ritual magic meant to sell books to lazy people. It might work. I have no idea.
      Think of it like this: you have a pizza, and you have a picture of a pizza. Would you eat the pizza itself or the picture? Sure, the picture might have some nutritive value, and taste, and it might be digested, and It might look like pizza. But it won t be the real thing ;)

      How you know it s effective? You apply it and see if you get results. That s kinda it.

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    13. Is it harmful to use the Crowleyan spelling of magic?

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    14. You have a picture of the Tree of Life as the background of your avatar. Do you practice energy work? What can I read about this topic?

      Sorry if this question is offensive or you've answered it anywhere else.

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    15. One selling or another cannot be considered harmful. It might be idiotic, or snobbish, or anything else. But I can t see how it can be harmful. Like spelling magic with a capital G, maGic, just to be spiffy. It s a fad and nothing else. And people use it because they have a sense that i they use it they are refering to REAL magic.

      Yes, I have a picture of the ToL because the Kircher Tree of Life is one of the bases of the planetary magical work. I do not do energy work, it has nothing to do with energy work, I will repeat what I ve said in these comments, on my blog and in my interviews: vizualisation is not magic. It s fancy.

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    16. What is a good book to get started with prayer?

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    17. How do I ask better quality questions on this blog?

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    18. If you don't do energy work, do you practice any kind of healing magic? Is there such a thing?

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