Monday, May 6, 2013

Venus Talisman Ritual

It seems that I'm not the only one doing talismanic work lately. RO put up a post yesterday describing his own recent efforts in that regard around the time I was putting this one together over the weekend. The ritual described here has a lot in common with my Venus elixir ritual that I put together for the transit of Venus last June. The reason that I decided to go for Venus again had a lot to do with my studies of traditional astrology, in that a particularly favorable Venus election manifested last Friday morning during the first hour of the day. So it entailed rising early, which I'm not particularly fond of doing, but I'm expecting that the talisman itself will prove potent enough to justify the loss of sleep.

Venus is not just associated with love spells, which I'm not in need of at the moment, even though that's the most common sort of Venus rite most magicians perform and such rituals do work quite well. The state of consciousness associated with the planet is "the vision of beauty triumphant" and in traditional astrology the planet is considered the lesser benefic, the greater benefic being Jupiter. Venus is also associated with art, creativity, and aesthetic virtue in addition to this sort of general good fortune. I won't reveal the exact nature of the charge here as the talisman itself represents an ongoing operation, but its influence is intended to fall within those areas rather than the realm of love and relationships.

Because the nature of the talisman is generalized, the angel of Venus is conjured rather than the intelligence or spirit. The intelligence of a planet is best for Theurgic rituals intended to induce particular states of consciousness or obtain information about the divine realm or for protection, while the spirit is best for obtaining specific practical objectives - the more specific the better. This contradicts Agrippa's statement that the "intelligence is for good and the spirit is for bad," but my experience with these entities suggests that this stems more from a bias against "sorcery" - that is, practical magick - than anything inherent in their nature.

Some of this bias may also be due to the fact that a spirit conjured on its own without the influence of the intelligence behaves like a blind force that's hard to control, but the solution there is simply that you never do it. Even when calling on the spirit to perform an specific action, you conjure the intelligence first to provide a measure of control. With a generalized intent, though, that may involve both Theurgic and Thaumaturgic components in some unknown combination, the angel is usually a better option. You don't need any sort of additional sigil to conjure the angel; the planetary seal from Agrippa works just fine.

In a previous series of magical operations with my working group I constructed a series of seven planetary tablets in the Golden Dawn flashing color style incorporating the planetary seal from Agrippa and a collection of names associated with each planetary realm. Such tablets are wonderful implements - they mean that when conjuring the angel, most of your preparation is already done for you. You just put the tablet in the center of your altar, set your talisman on top of it, and you're good to go with the ritual proper.

This rite also incorporates the main magical weapons that I use in my workings, a Tibetan phurba dagger that I use as a banishing implement and a purpleheart wand with an opal at the base and a carnelian at the tip that I use as an invoking wand. In the context of my operant field model, the dagger is used from Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram and the invoking wand is used for the Lesser and Greater Invoking Rituals of the Hexagram, in addition to being employed during the conjuration. In this rite the bell chime is used to mark both the opening of the operant field and the arrival of the angel.

The ritual itself follows. It may be adapted for any of the other seven ancient planets by substituting their seals, employing the appropriate form of the Greater Ritual of the Hexagram, and changing the colors visualized and number of circumambulations to match.

The temple is arranged with an altar in the center. The altar holds the banishing dagger, invoking wand, bell chime, and a cloth to shroud the talisman. In the center of the altar is placed the Venus tablet. The material basis for the talisman is placed on top of the tablet at the start of the rite and remains there throughout.

I. Opening

Officiant starts at the west of the altar facing east. All others present stand around the altar as space permits, facing inwards.

Officiant: Balasti! Ompehda!

Officiant then performs the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, with all present joining in for the initial Qabalistic Cross.

II. The Magical Field

Officiant performs the Lesser Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram.

III. Preliminary Invocation

Any invocation by which the group accomplishes union with the divine may be substituted here. My working group usually employs Aleister Crowley’s Prayer of the Aeon, shown here.

All: Now I begin to pray, thou child,
Holy thy name and undefiled
Thy reign is come, thy will is done
Bring me through midnight to the Sun.
Save me from evil and from good,
That thy one crown of all the ten.
Even now and here be mine.

Bell Chime.

IV. Conjuration

Officiant performs the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram for Venus (Venus hexagram in emerald green, Venus symbol in scarlet, godname YHVH Tzabaoth).

Officiant: Oh glorious and mighty ANAEL, you who command and rule over the intelligences and spirits of NOGAH, behold me, and in the name of the same your God, the beautiful and triumphant YHVH TZABAOTH, attend and appear before us now. Full powers and wonders of the planet Venus do we rightly desire! Enlighten our understanding, encourage our hearts, and manifest unto the majesty of your spiritual realm.

All: So mote it be!

Officiant: Gloria Patri et Matri et Filius et Filia et spiritui sancto interno et spiritui sancto externo ut erat est erit in saeculo saeculorum sex in uno per nomen septem in uno…


Led by Officiant, all begin to vibrate the name ANAEL as a chant. When Officiant senses the angel’s presence, he or she rings the bell chime and the chant stops.

V. Charging of the Talisman

Officiant: O beautiful and triumphant ANAEL! To thee we raise this talisman of our magickal will! We ask thee, oh Exalted One, to receive this body of our rite into the light of thy presence. As we proceed in making this Talisman of Venus, I charge you to manifest the victorious energies of NOGAH vitalized in Assiah by thy blessing. In the crafting of this Mystery, let there be unto our creation vitality of soul and true embodiment of the wonders of thy Sphere!

All make seven clockwise circumambulations, visualizing a wall of emerald green light whirling rapidly about the circle while maintaining attention on the talisman. When this is finished the wall of light is allowed to fade.

The formal charge linked to the talisman is now delivered to Anael.

Once the charge is delivered Officiant raises power, visualizing a continuous spiral of emerald green light ascending from the ground at feet, whirling clockwise around the body and ascending until it disappears above the head. He or she holds the visualization and vibrates the divine name once.


Officiant then allows spiral to fade. Each participant in turn, clockwise around circle, does the same as above. When finished, all vibrate the name once more.


With Officiant leading, all extend hands toward the center of the altar, visualizing beams of emerald green light emanating from both hands and entering into the talisman. When the talisman feels “full” of power Officiant ends visualization and folds hands on breast, left over right. All do likewise. Finally, the Officiant traces in a horizontal plane the symbol of Venus over the tablet while vibrating the divine name once more.


All make one more complete circumambulation of the circle, then shroud talisman.

Officiant: There is success.


VI. The License to Depart

Officiant: O thou ANAEL, praise and honor be unto thee for the splendor of thine office and the majesty of thy being. And the blessing of thy God and mine, the beautiful and triumphant YHVH TZABAOTH. Because thou hast diligently answered unto our demands, and hast been very ready and willing to come at our call, we do here license thee to depart unto thy proper place; without causing harm or danger unto man or beast. Depart, then, I say, and be thou very ready to come at our call, being duly exorcised and conjured by these sacred rites of magick. AMEN.

All: So mote it be!

VII. Closing

Officiant performs the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, with all joining in for the final the Qabalistic Cross.

Officiant: I now declare this temple duly closed.

Battery: 1.

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Unknown said...

can you do the same with Archangel Chamuel?

How would you Have to energy of Chamuel charge the Venu Talisman?

Unknown said...

Just read he is a fallen angel who tried to stop Moses from obtaining the book of the law. Never mind.

Scott Stenwick said...

As far as calling on other angels in general for planetary magick goes, the most important thing is to make sure that the angel is actually associated with the planet that you are working. So you could certainly modify this rite to call upon any angel attributed to Venus.

Anonymous said...

In one of our previous conversations you said that when the charge for charging talisman is given, the spirit should be told to anchor the effects of the ritual into the talisman. But isn't this logical from the start? Like when I conjure a spirit I tell it the reason why I did it before I give the charge. I say that I want the energies to go into the talisman. Then I give the charge in such a way that makes it clear that the spell should be anchored into the talisman. For example: " charge this talisman with the powers of so that IT WILL ACT ON ME in order to , . So mote it be!"

Scott Stenwick said...

It depends on the type of talisman and how you are using it. For example, with a general-purpose talisman that you just use for summoning, like in the Heptarchial system, you don't want your talisman associated with a specific operation because you want to keep using it and not have to make a new one every time.

"Charge this talisman with power xxx" might very well be sufficient to anchor an effect. I just like to specify it anyway, to make sure that there is no confusion on the part of the spirit. My guess is that your statement there probably works just fine to anchor the effect.

Anonymous said...

Something went wrong with the editing of my previous comment - "Spirit Name charge this talisman with the powers of Heaven/Sphere Name so that IT WILL ACT ON ME in order to My Intent, without Limitation. So mote it be!"

I understand. Thank you!

javier said...

Hi Scott ¡¡

There are some elements that I will add to these operations, one is that definitely if I need something material, I will lower the power to the planetary spirit (if it is practical) I also believe that in the work with Zodiac forces I will use the letter that governs the planet related to the zodiac sign, for me it is quite logical, and this would apply to the elixirs, I want to visualize or connect with the planetary and zodiacal letters and visualize how they descend to the elixir, and this is very important (in this meaning this would be more extensive to talk about)

Scott Stenwick said...

What do you mean here when you talk about the idea of "lowering the power" to the planetary spirit? You must mean something different than how I read it, because as I see it you need as much power as you can get for practical work.

You can definitely visualize the corresponding letters flowing into the elixir when you charge it. That's a nice way to hold the visualization and keep it going. A similar method is to visualize the light that you're projecting into the cup as consisting of streams of the corresponding symbol for the force you are working with along with the proper color.

Anonymous said...

I think he means conjuring down the line all the way to the planetary spirit - ie Kedemel.

Scott Stenwick said...

Oh, okay. That makes a lot more sense.

javier said...

Hi Dacia ¡¡¡

thank you exactly Dacia,
if at least in my case the power can feel it much closer, and I feel that for some reason it is more forceful, another thing that I have begun to do is to draw the appropriate geometry on the material that is on top of the triangle, for example drawing the Seal of the entity and hexagrams or staves according to the case,the good thing is to have the basic scheme, which works perfectly from there, you can develop a lot ¡¡¡

Anonymous said...

Nice! You can add a small rendering of the planetary kamea inside the triangle, then place the talisman or elixir on top of that, along with the sigil of the spirit ;)

javier said...

Hi Scott

I have done a banishment of adverse economic conditions, I wanted to try a tarot card, each letter connects, with a deanery a sefira, in this case I have chosen 5 pentacles, the invocacion after the operant field has been direct (I have not done the zodiacal ritual of Taurus) the Forces have been Adonay by the Earth, then before the archangel Asmodel I have invoked mantrically the permutation of Taurus with the tetragrammaton, then I have asked Asmodel to send Mebahiah and Poyel - the angels assigned to the dean of the letter) I was surprised by the power of the ceremony, it was clear the angelic presence, the deep balance and well-being in the Temple. After the visualizations and the kabalistic cross, it is clear that the Forces are going to act on me, in this case the 2 angels follow the GD arrangement, now we have to incorporate forces that improve my situation,sometimes I think that in such important rituals, and that they need internal changes, it would be interesting to take an elixir

Alex Scaraoschi said...

@Scott have you ever tried the following: conjure a spirit and instruct it to

a) perform a certain task for you (in a certain amount of time)

And at the same time

b) charge a talisman for that same purpose (knowing it will keep on performing that task long after the time frame set in the ritual is over)

In either case, do you think it's feasible? Will the power of the ritual split between the charge concerning the time frame and the charge concerning the talisman?

I have done a similar thing only once, but there were 2 separate rituals. The first one did something on me. After the time frame was over I made a talisman and charged it with the same spirit for the same intent. It's working marvelously! But I was wondering if a single ritual could do the trick.

Scott Stenwick said...

I have not personally tried this, but here is what my model would say: If you are conjuring a single spirit and charging it to (A) perform a task within a time limit and (B) charge a talisman for the same outcome, but no time limit, you're working with a single instance of the spirit so the power would most likely be divided.

If you are conjuring multiple spirits, though, each is its own instance. So let's say you want to cast a spell for a job that will make you a lot of money over time. You could call on Sachiel (Jupiter) to get you the job and make a talisman empowered by Michael (Sun) for acquiring wealth.

If you word the charges right, the two should be able to work together as per Gordon White's shoaling method. Then you should get the full power of each spirit, since they have their own separate tasks.

Alex Scaraoschi said...

Understood. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi. Dunno why Google insists I use this account, so here it goes? Have you ever tried making a talisman for a certain purpose, and after some time calling on the spirit of that talisman in order to have it end it's mission you had assigned for it, but start a new one on the same talisman? Or adding to the tasks you had previously made the talisman for? Or would you create a new talisman all together?

I'm thinking this could be in order because it's the same spirit after all. It would be similar to calling on, say, the spirits of Jupiter who helped you consecrate the 2nd pentacle of the planet, and instead of asking them to bring you riches, you'd ask them to help you find hidden treasures because you just bought a metal detector. The only difference, of course, that the 2nd pentacle of Jupiter has both those powers, and one would only have to switch between them.

Thank you!

Scott Stenwick said...

Generally no. It seems like that does not work very well. Sometimes you can re-use the physical object, but you usually have to decommission the first operation, disenchant the object, and then do a completely new ritual to empower it with a new charge.

I'm thinking that this observation probably has something to do with why the grimoires all insist on "virgin parchment."

Anonymous said...

Yes, it does seem that way. Thank you!

TyroneLove said...

May I ask you what you mean by « The formal charge linked to the talisman is now delivered to Anael »?
Also, can I use such a ritual to charge something like an amethyst stone ?

Scott Stenwick said...

The formal charge for this ritual would be something like this:

"Anael, by the name YHVH Tzabaoth I charge you to empower this talisman to (do whatever you want it to do)."

Amethyst is more properly related to Jupiter, so you would change that accordingly. But you can use the same form if you want.

Note that this is an older ritual. A more recent Venus operation template for practical work is here:

It can be used with or without a talisman.