Picatrix explains not only how to create and ensoul magical statues and talismans, but even speaks of whole cities constructed using the principles of astrological magic.
The Pixatrix is an ancient, 400-page magical grimoire, originally written in Arabic under the title غاية الحكيم Ghāyat al-Ḥakīm. What experts believe is that it was composed in the 11th century. Although some argue it was created in the first half of the 10th century. The work is divided into four books, which exhibit a marked absence of systematic exposition.
The king of Castile Alfonso X, also known as Alfonso “The Wise”, in the thirteenth century ordered the translation of the ancient text to Spanish and Latin.
The translation into Latin have gained a notable popularity in Europe between the XV and XVIII centuries.
The Latin translation (Liber Picatrix) spread throughout the West and reached a notable success between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries.
It is believed that The Picatrix has been written by Abū- Maslama Muhammad ibn Ibrahim ibn ‘Abd al-da’im al-Majrīt. He was an astronomer, mathematician, and alchemist of Al-Andalus who wanted to gather all the knowledge of the Middle East from the 8th and 9th centuries.
Although there are many who disagree with such authorship and attribute this magical grimoire to an unknown apprentice of a mysterious Middle Eastern magic school the enigmatic grimoire was extremely popular and promised to teach its reader how to obtain energy from the planets of the cosmos among other things. Many authors summarize the work as being “the most thorough exposition of celestial magic in Arabic”.
The contents fo this ancient magical grimoire are so fascinating and we find reference to talismanic magic and astrological references to animals, plants, metals, stones, etc in it.
Through them, the reader could attract and channel the energy of the planets so that a certain event develops according to the will of the practitioner, zodiacal magic which is said to help master and dominate with accuracy—through the force of the universe— even nature and the surroundings.
The ancient magical grimoire also gives insight into numerology and lunar calendars that, as it’s supposed, would help plan rituals considering the most propitious moment so that the energy of the universe favored the result.
But that’s not all of what this mysterious magical grimoire gives. This ancient text includes different bizarre recipes for countless spells that had to be composed using ingredients as dangerous as hashish, opium and other psychoactive plants that were used in large quantities to induce altered states of consciousness and astral journeys.
Interestingly, Picatrix explains not only how to create and ensoul magical statues and talismans, but also speaks of whole cities constructed using the principles of astrological magic.