Making an image in talismanic operations

2c4de8264f90636f9b80bb1ca91408f3In traditional treatises of talismanic magic, the concept of creating an “image” is ubiquitous. Here’s an example from Agrippa.

From the operations of Mars they made an Image in the hour of Mars, Mars being in the second face of Aries, in a Martial stone, especially in a Diamond; The form of which was a man armed, riding upon a Lyon, having in his right hand a naked sword erected, carrying in his left hand the head of a man; they report, that an Image of this kind rendreth a man powerfull in good and evill, so that he shall be feared of all; and whosoever carryeth it they give him the power of enchantment, so that he shall terrifie men by his looks when he is angry, and stupifie them;

–“Of the Images of the Planets”. In: Cornelius Agrippa, Three Books of Occult Philosophy

But what does it mean to “make an image“? As most things in occult literature, there are multiple layers of meaning to unravel. Continue reading “Making an image in talismanic operations”