Jean Seznec observed, "Picatrix prescribes propitious times and places and the attitude and gestures of the suppliant; he also indicates what terms must be used in petitioning the stars. This is one indication that the sources of Picatrix are in large part Hellenistic. The influence of Jabir ibn Hayyan comes in the form of a cosmological background that removes magical practices from the context of diabolical influences and reasserts these practices as having a divine origin. The author of Picatrix utilizes Neoplatonic theories of hypostasis that mirror the work of ibn Hayyan. As well, according to Holmyard, the earliest manuscript attribution of the work to Maslama al-Majriti was made by the alchemist al-Jildaki , who died shortly after , while Ibn Khaldun died some 20 years later.

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Of the science of understanding in what degree you are Chapter 2. What is magic and what are its properties Chapter 3. What are the heavens and of what are they made Chapter 4. Of the kinds, properties, and composition of the heavens needed to make images of the Mansions of the Moon Chapter 5. Of examples of what has been proposed, and of those things we need to make images Chapter 6. In what degree is the microcosm, and how it is assimilated to the macrocosm Chapter 7.

In what degree anything in the world is, and of many other profound things hidden by the wise that we propose to reveal in this book BOOK II Of the figures of the heavens in general, and of the general motion of the sphere, and of their effects in this world Chapter 1. How it is possible to learn this science Chapter 2. Of the figures of the heavens and their secrets Chapter 3.

Of the works of the planets, the sun, and the moon Chapter 4. Of the general motion of the sphere and the fixed stars Chapter 5. Of the division of this science among peoples, and how different peoples possess different parts of it Chapter 6.

Of the power of images, and in what manner it can be had, and how images are able to receive the power of the planets, and this is the root of science and images Chapter 7. Of how to work dialectically with these secrets of images, and what part this ought to have in this science Chapter 8. Of the order of natural things, and how you ought to enter upon this science Chapter 9. Of examples of figures, and the forms of imagery that call down the help of the planets Chapter Of the stones appropriate for each planet, and of the making of figures of them, and of the figures of the planets Chapter Of the figures of the faces of the signs and their effects Chapter Of the figures and degrees of the signs and their effects according to the opinion of the Hindus, and how this follows from the contemplations of this science, and in what manner spirits of the upper realms are attracted by the virtues of bodies, according to the opinion of those who have notable secrets BOOK III Of the properties of the planets and signs, and of their figures and forms made in their colors, and how one may speak with the spirits of the planets, and of many other magical workings Chapter 1.

Of the parts of the planets that proceed into plants, animals, minerals, and many other things, being an explanation of the virtues of the planets and of doing what you wish by their seals Chapter 2. Of the parts of the signs in the aforesaid three existences that is, plants, animals, and minerals so that each sign has its properties in things, first of Aries, and then of the other signs Chapter 3. Of the figures, colors, garments, and incenses of the planets, as well as of making their tinctures Chapter 4.

How secrets that are hidden in this science can be understood from familiar things Chapter 5. Of the demonstration of the proper virtues in animals and noble things necessary in this science, and how the spirits of the planets are attracted by figures and incenses Chapter 6. Of the magistery of attracting the spirits of the planets by natural things, and how it is that an image of this kind can have this power Chapter 7.

Of attracting the powers of the planets, and how it is possible to speak with them, and how this is done for each planet, including the figures, offerings, prayers, incenses, proportions, and state of the heavens necessary for each planet Chapter 8. Of the kind of prayer prayed by Neptinus to the Sun and Saturn, and how he conversed with them and their spirits and the effects he brought about Chapter 9.

How to attract the powers of each planet and the powers of their spirits, naming them according to their parts, as well as how to accomplish this by speaking their names Chapter Of examples of confections of the spirits of the planets, and of averting harmful workings, and magic of miraculous effect, and the foods, incense, unguents, and perfumes that ought to be used to work by the spirits of the seven planets, and the proper effects of the planets, and of workings that are worked only by sight Chapter Of the effects of images in diverse things, and of altering appearances so that things seem to be other than they are, and also of how to poison by sleep, gaze, or work, and of their remedies Chapter Of the rules necessary in this science BOOK IV Of the properties of spirits, and of those things that are necessary to observe in this most excellent art, and how they may be summoned with images, suffumigations and other things Chapter 1.

Whence the power and strength of spirits proceeds, and what the properties, bodies, senses, intellects, and souls of spirits are, as well as what differences are among them Chapter 2. How the vigor of the spirit of the Moon is drawn into things here below, and by which the seven planets ought to be invoked Chapter 3. In which is said what the Chaldeans believed about the profundities or secrets of this science, and what was taught by them Chapter 4.

Of the images and reasonings that greatly help this science Chapter 5. What are the ten sciences that are necessary to this art, and how by them this science is assisted, and what the root of the science of magic is Chapter 6. How incenses of the stars ought to be made, and certain compounds needed in this science Chapter 7. Of those things of the art of magic that were found in the book Nabataean Agriculture that Abudaer Abemiaxie translated into Arabic from the Chaldean tongue Chapter 8.

Of images possessing miraculous virtues, that were discovered in a book that was found in the temple of Coredib and in the book of Queen Folopedia, and also concerning some corrections necessary in working with images Translation by John Michael Greer.


Le Picatrix ou Ghâyat al-hakîm fi’l-sih




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