northanger (northanger) wrote,



The Picatrix or Ghayat al Hakim, the Aim of the Wise, is one of the most important books ever written on astrological magic. Composed in Arabic in Andalusia around 1000 A.D., the Picatrix is an encyclopedic work, considerably larger than most other medieval grimoires or books of magic. It was translated into Latin in 1256 for the Castilian king Alfonso the Wise.
Picatrix is a strange mixture of the most exalted philosophy and the crassly material, explanations of the nature of the One and "confections" composed of blood, brains and urine. We can, however, clearly perceive the influence of the Harranian Sabians, who pursued their worship of the astral deities and the tradition of Hermetic philosophy well into the Middle Ages. The Harranians added much to the astrology of the advanced Islamic civilization which flourished between 800-1400 A.D., and produced such well known astrologers as Thabit ibn Qurra and Al-Sufi and the alchemist, Jabir ibn Hayyyan, known to the West as Geber. {continue}

links :: Picatrix @ Esoteric Archives | The Picatrix: Lunar Mansions in Western Astrology | Liber T: Tarot of Stars Eternal | The Sabians of the House of Wisdom: City of Sin | Thoth Counterpart Sheshet | Sehshat's Star | Seshat, Female Scribe, Goddess of Writing Measurement


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