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 The Faces Of The Zodiac, Original artworks depicting the decan faces of the Picatrix
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post Mar 23 2012, 03:11 PM
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Hello,
My name is Sebastian and I am an artist who favors occult themes. This will be my first post here, in which I would like to present my visual rendition of the Faces of the Zodiac. I have posted these on other websites, but I thought I would broaden the exposure of my work where I think appropriate. As the reader of this may know, the Zodiac of Western tradition is divided into 12 signs. These signs are further divided into three sections of 10 degrees for a total of 36 “decans”. According to a tradition that goes back at least as far as ancient Egypt, these decans are ascribed “faces” which are images associated with each decan. These faces originated as the Egyptian “sidereal gods of time”, though they have morphed over the ages into some very odd forms. The use of these images was often “talismanic”; that is, they were to be engraved on gems or other suitable material to draw upon the energies of the “star demons” depicted. This form of astrological magic comes down to us primarily through the 13th century grimoire called “Picatrix” (aka “The Goal of the Wise”, Chapter 11), but also are referred to in Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy, though with some significant variations. For quick reference to these images, one may consult Crowley/Bennet’s Liber 777, Bill Whitcomb’s Magician’s Companion, or Stephen Skinner’s “Complete Magician’s Tables” (his update of 777). One may also consult Agrippa, Book II, Chapter XXXVII. One can also find a few samples online of Renaissance depictions in the frescoes of the Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara, Italy, dating to the 15th century.
I should like to note that I have added my own embellishments to these images. In addition, I have included the Latin descriptions from the Warburg Picatrix for the sake of their mystique. Also, I have restricted myself to posting them during the appropriate Moon sign, if they are ready. The Moon being in Aries, I will begin with the Faces of Aries:

Ascendant

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"A tall, dark man, appearing powerful and restless, clothed in a white tunic and scarlet mantle. He has keen, flame colored eyes and is holding a sword in one hand. He gives fortitude, loftiness and shamelessness."

Picatrix:
"Prima facies Arietis est Martis, et ascendit in ea secundum opinionem magni sapientis istius sciencie forma hominis nigri, inquieti et magni corporis, rubeos oculos habentis et in eius manu ascionem incidentem tenentis, panno albo precincti; et est magni precii in se. Et hec facies est fortitudinis, altitudinis et precii absque verecundia. Et hec est eius forma."


Cadent:

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"A woman clothed in green robes, having only one leg. She gives loftiness, nobility, and kingly dominion."

"Et ascendit in secunda facie Arietis mulier viridibus pannis induta et una tibia carens. Et hec facies est altitudinis. Nobilitatis, precii et regni. Et hec est eius forma."


Succedent:

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"A restless man, clothed in scarlet robes, having golden bracelets on his hands and arms. He gives subtlety and precise direction as well as new inventions and the like."

"Et in tercia facie Arietis ascendit virg inquietus, in manibus auream armillam tenens et pannis rubeis indutus, cupiens facere bonum et non potest. Et hec facies est subtilitatis et subtilium magisteriorum et rerum novarum et instrumentorum et istis similium. Et hec est eius forma."

This concludes the presentation of the Faces of Aries. Next will be the Faces of Taurus, when Luna is in Taurus. Then Gemini, after which I must pause, since I have not started Cancer yet.
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Cool. I checked out your Deviantart page too. My favorite was "The Choice", it really had great perspective and dramatic lighting, and strange scenery.


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QUOTE(☞Tomber☜ @ Mar 23 2012, 05:37 PM) *

Cool. I checked out your Deviantart page too. My favorite was "The Choice", it really had great perspective and dramatic lighting, and strange scenery.


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post Mar 26 2012, 11:44 AM
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THE FACES OF TAURUS:

Ascendant :

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"A woman with long, beautiful hair, clothed in flame colored robes."

"Et ascendit in prima facie Tauri mulier crispis capillis, unicum filium habens
pannis similibus igni indutum, ac eciam ipsa similibus pannis induta. Et hec
facies est arandi et laborandi terram. scienciarum. geometrie et seminandi et
fabricandi. Et hec est eius forma."

Cadent:

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"A man with long, beautiful hair, and having feet cloven like an ox’s hoof, clothed in flame colored robes."

"Et ascendit in secunda facie Tauri vir similis figure cameli, et in eius digitis
ungulas hilbens similes vaccinis, et ipse totus coopertus lin tea mine fracto; et vult laborare terram, seminare et fabricare. Et hec facies est nobilitatis.
potencie et premiandi populum. Et hec est eius forma."


Succedent:

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"A man with swarthy complexion, having a body like an elephant, with large, white teeth protruding from his mouth. With him a horse, a stag, and a calf."

"Et ascendit in tercia facie Tauri vir rubei colorist dentibus albis et magnis
extra os apparentibus. et corpore similis elephanti. cuius tibie longe; et
ascendit secum unus equus. unus canis et unus vitulus. Et hec facies est
nequicie. paupertatis et miserie et metus. Et hec est eius forma."


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post Mar 28 2012, 07:52 PM
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THE FACES OF GEMINI

Ascendant:

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“A beautiful woman, with two horses.”

Et ascendit in prima facie Geminorum mulier formosa, magistra suendi; et
cum ea ascendunt duo vituli et duo equi. Et hec facies est scribanie. computi et numeri. et dandi et accipiendi et scienciarum. Et hec est eius forma.

Cadent:

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“An eagle headed man, wearing a steel helmet topped with a crown, and carrying a bow and arrows in his hands.”

Et ascendit in secunda facie Geminorum vir cuius vultus est similis aquile, et
eius caput I panno linteo opertum; lorica plumbea indutus et munitus, et in
eius capite galeam ferream, supra quam est corona serica. et in eius manu
balistam et sagittas habens. Et hec est facies pressure necnon et malorum,
subtilitatum. Et hec est eius forma.

Succedent:

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“A man clothed in a coat of mail, with two arrows and a quiver.”

Et ascendit in tercia facie Geminorum vir lorica indutus, habens balistam et
sagittas et pharetram. Et hec facies est audacie, probitatis, divisionis laborum et consolacionum. Et hec est eius forma.


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