Picatrix Book 3

Chapter 3
Figures, dyes, clothing, incenses of the planets and also dyes of the decans of the signs

1. Let us speak now of the dyes of the planets.

2. The dye of Saturn is like burned wool, that of Jupiter is green, that of Mars is red, that of the Sun like the yellow pigment of gold, that of Venus like saffron, of Mercury like gum-lacquer (clear?) and the golden pigment mixed with green, and that of the Moon is white.

3. The images of the planets according to Hermes in the book that he sent to King Alexander which he called Book of the Seven Planets. Here they are below; they are very necessary in this science.

4. The image of Saturn is that of a dark man, wrapped in a green cloak, having white hair and having a scythe in his hand.

5. The figure of Jupiter is that of a man wrapped in excellent cloth and seated on a throne.

6. The image of Mars is of a man riding a lion and holding a great spear in his hand.

7. The image of the Sun is that of a beardless man, of handsome face, with a crown on his head and a spear in his hand; he has before him a form that has the head and hands of a man, and the rest of the body like a horse with four feet, lying on its back (that is with its four feet in the air).

8. The image of Venus is of a beautiful young girl, having a comb in one hand and a fruit in the other, and fine hair.

9. The form of Mercury is of a naked man, in the act of writing, and seated upon an eagle.

10. The form of the Moon is a man riding a hare.

11. The sage named above advised Alexander from working, when he wanted to do a working for a planet, upon a body in conformity with this planet by its natural qualities. If you want to manifest something, consider the nature of the ascendant at the moment you want to work, and dress yourself in the clothing that accords to the sign. Moreover, you will make the ascendent favorable with favorable planets and the 7th house unfavorable with unfavorable planets; and this because the ascendant concerns the petitioner (he must therefore be favored in order to act with more vigor) while the 7th house is attributed to the request (it therefore must be sufficiently disfavored so that by its weakness it facilitates the effect).

Next upon the colors of fabrics or clothing for the planets.

Color of clothing for Saturn, all black and woolen is preferred.

Color of Jupiter, green and of silk is preferred.

Color of Mars, like a flame of fire, and silken is preferred.

Color of Sol, golden yellow, and silken is preferred.

Color of Venus, rosy and silken is preferred.

Color of Mercury, mulicolored and silken are preferred.

Color of the Moon, luminous white and of silk or of linen is preferred.

Let us speak now of the incenses of the planets.

The incense of Saturn is made from stinking substances such as asafetida, gum arabic, bdellium, hemlock, and others.

That of Jupiter with all that has an agreeable and constant odor like amber or aloeswood or others.

That of Mars with what is hot like pepper and ginger.

That of the Sun with what has a pleasant and constant odor such as musk, amber and others.

That of Venus with perfumes of a constant odor like the rose, violets, green myrtle, and others.

That of Mercury with all that is of a complex odor like narcissus, violet, myrtle, and others.

That of the Moon with all cool perfumes like camphor, lily, and others.

In these workings, pay an extreme attention to what precedes.

12. Next now upon the inks of the decans of the signs in their order.

13. The ink of the first decan of the Ram is red and is made in this manner. Take one part of green oak gall, gum arabic, and gold pigment in amount of a demi-part of each. Powder them separately, then mix them together. When with this you want to write or paint, add to some eggwhites.

The ink of the second decan is yellow of a golden color, and is made like this. Take some vitriol and some talc, equal parts of each. Powder them separately then mix them together with honey. Distill them with some gum arabic and reserve for the working.

The ink of the third decan is white and made thusly. Take some white wool(?) and some talc in equal parts.

14. The first decan of Taurus is an ashen grey ink or smoky grey, that is made like this. Take some lampblack and mix it with gum-arabic. Set aside for use.

The ink of the second decan is white and made like this. Take some (blanchet) and some talc in equal parts. Set aside for use.

The ink for the third decan is black and made with some burned wool included.

15. The first decan of Gemini has a yellow ink and resembles gold in color, it is made thusly. Break some oak galles, take from them the black parts found inside. Soak them in enough water to cover them but no more. In another vessel of water do the same with some gum-lacquer. Then mix the two waters together, with a little gum arabic. Set this aside for use.

The ink of the second decan is red and made like this. Take some gold pigment and cinnabar, mix these together and distill them. Add gum arabic in sufficient quantity. Set aside for use.

The ink of the third decan is red and made as we said just above.

16. The first decan of Cancer has a yellow ink, and is made as we said above. The ink of the second decan is the same yellow. That of the third decan is black, and is made partly of golden pigment and of oak gall - equal parts each with a bit of gum arabic.

17. The first decan of Leo has a grey ink and is made as we said previously.

The second decan is yellow resembling the color of gold and is made as above (for D2 of Aries).

That of the third decan is red, similar to the color of pomegranates, and made like this. Take some cinnabar and wash it several times. Then soak completely the powders, mix them with water of green oak galls and add to it some gum arabic and gum-lacquer. Set this aside for use.

18. The first decan of Virgo is red, tending toward a golden color, and is made like this. Take some powdered saffron and moisten it with water from green oak galls, completely mixed. Leave it thus to rest for a time. Then add to it some gum arabic. You will be able to write with this, in opportune times, for the working of the decan aforementioned.

The ink for the second decan is ash grey, its composition is as mentioned above.

That of the third decan is yellow tinged with red and made like this. Take some golden pigment, grind is completely in saffron water and a bit of gum arabic. Set aside for use.

19. The first decan of Libra is grey and made as we said above. The ink of the second decan is black and made as above. The ink of the third decan is white and made as above.

20. The first decan of Scorpio has a black ink, the second has yellow, the third grey -- all made as above.

21. The first decan of Sagittarius has a red ink, and is made as above.

That of the second decan is yellow and is made this way: Take golden yellow pigment, and put it to flame all of one night. Mix it then with a little lead oxide and powder it completely; then add to it some gum arabic, and write with it.

The third decan is ashen grey and made as above.

22. The first decan of Capricorn has a green ink that is made of green pigment mixed with gum arabic. The second decan is red and is made with cinnabar and gum arabic. The third decan is black and made as above.

23. The first decan of Aquarius has an ink that is red tending toward indigo, that is made with snake blood mixed with some gum arabic.

That of the second decan is black and made this way: take some oak galls, some gum arabic and golden pigment in the amount of 1 oz each and one half ounce parchment. Powder them separately and then mix them together; blend them together with egg whites; make pills of it that you leave to dry. When you want to write, blend in some water, and write with it.

The ink of the third decan is green, and is made with animal venom and some gum arabic.

24. The first decan of Pisces has a pale red ink, that is made from lead oxide powder mixed with some cinnabar and gum arabic. That of the second decan is ashen grey and made from burned tamarisk bark with some gum arabic. The third decan is red and made as above.

25. These inks of the decans, of which we have spoken, are totally necessary in magical operations and everything we have said of the virtues of the planets within things is equally totally necessary. All what we have said above is the revelation of the ideas of the sage Mercury. He who wants to link to himself the spirit of a planet to be served by it will use all that is subordinated and suited to the planet in question, all that is appropriate to the the spirit of this planet -- foods as well as beverages, clothing, incenses, activities, timing, inks, petitions, offerings, stones, images, talismans, and constellations.

When all that precedes will bring its mutual assistance within the working, the celestial virtue will descend within the terrestrial works and at the same time will join together with it in a unity; the effect will be manifested entirely and completely. If it lacks something within what precedes, the request will be hindered.

**To Be Continued**