Posted on April 3rd, 2009 No comments
Magic squares have fascinated humanity throughout the ages, and have been around for over 4,120 years. They are found in a number of cultures, including Egypt and India, engraved on stone or metal and worn as talismans, the belief being that magic squares had astrological and divinatory qualities, their usage ensuring longevity and prevention of diseases.
The Kubera-Kolam is a floor painting used in India which is in the form of a magic square of order three. It is essentially the same as the Lo Shu Square, but with 19 added to each number, giving a magic constant of 72.
23 28 21
22 24 26
27 20 25
Talismans are psychic batteries. They store psychic energy and can render it to the owner of the talisman, to whichever purpose he/she deems..
The above has been the subject of more modern interpretation than almost any other print, including a two-volume book by Peter-Klaus Schuster, and a very influential discussion in his Dürer monograph by Erwin Panofsky.
Suggestions that a series of engravings on the subject was planned are not generally accepted. Instead it seems more likely that the “I” refers to the first of the three types of melancholia defined by the German humanist writer Cornelius Agrippa. In this type, Melencholia Imaginativa, which he held artists to be subject to, ‘imagination’ predominates over ‘mind’ or ‘reason’.Share on Facebook
Posted on March 19th, 2009 4 comments
Men have been seeking help from the unseen ever since he walked out of the cave and discovered fire. Once upon the time man was standing outside his cave he had looked upon the starry sky. He then began to wonder and ask why and how he was there. These ideas germinated in his primitive mind subconsciously yet from that moment on he left the realm of mundane and elevated himself to a higher sphere.
Protection from forces beyond himself came upon him around the same time. Spells, songs and objects were sought out to protect and nurture.
Sigils engraved on amulets were among the objects created by the Shaman or the healer of the group. It was commonly accepted that these objects had to be either;
1. found in certain natural setting
2. Crafted and manufactured by a talisman maker
3. Conjured by a Guru out of thin air…
Since number three, while plausible, not very commonplace anymore, in this essay we shall be focusing on entirely on the number two.
Selection of the material for the amulet or talisman
Talismans can be made from almost anything. Since everything in the Universe vibrates and all matter has a certain vibratory rate it is not without merit to consider the material carefully. Having said that it is lesser importance of the material of which we selected to make the object rather than the advanced spiritual state of the maker. The maker of the object will transfer his psychic energy into the object.
Amulets can be made of wood, clay, metals and skin. There are of course countless other materials like stones, precious and semi-precious that have natural vibrations and properties.
Upon the selection of the inscribing or the selection of the magickal design is the natural step to follow.
My personal favorite designs are magic squares. Sigils are derived from the magic square and its special number sequence.
The design of the Amulet
S A T O R
A R E P O
T E N E T
O P E R A
R O T A S
Figure 2 SATOR, AREPO, TENET, OPERA, ROTAS, which is one of the Pentacles in the “Key of Solomon
“THE SWASTIKA, one of the oldest and certainly the most universal Talisman known, can be traced back to the Neolithic Age, and it has been found engraved on stone implements of this period. It is to be met with in all parts of the Old and New Worlds and on the most ancient ruins and remains, it thus living through the Ages in active use down to the present time. In spite of its antiquity and the fact that some writers quote it as being in use among the Egyptians, we have not been able to find it, as a symbol used by them, amongst their remains in the British Museum, and authorities whom we have consulted are also unaware of its existence in Egyptian records.” from THE BOOK OF TALISMANS, AMULETS AND ZODIACAL GEMS by WILLIAM THOMAS & KATE PAVITT
In the following parts we shall be focusing on modern day talisman making. Stay in touch….Share on Facebook