A couple of weeks ago, a question in the RSPM forum caught me at an odd moment and heard it in a condesending, snarky voice. I’d read it again a couple of days later and notice there was nothing in it that was overtly negative. However in the meantime however, it as lead me down a rabbit hole of seeking to justify every equation I had originally plugged into the damn sheet and then some.
I’ve spent the last two weeks attempting to plug some pieces of an excel spreadsheet together for some of the deep forest web, in the effort of smoothing the corners of the praxis of magical timing. I’ve taken full responsibility for it, and now my life is falling apart, but that tracks for reasons.
I found myself trying to source some of vaguer parts of how the original 2016 sheet found it’s various logics, but most importantly, I wanted to know the clear definition or perhaps definitions of when a Day of the Moon actually begins and ends.
I had thought it was the beginning of an ordinary solar day that started at sunrise within a given lunar cycle. Easy peezy. Lemon Squeezy.
So I checked back and lo-and-behold wouldn’t you know, the folios of the Hygromanteia ain’t precisely spot on about what the hell they’re talking about. I returned to my desk, tattered with the most threadbare, non-functional description of the Metonic Cycle Equasion, answered a few more questions on teh forums, re-read the one that had set me off and came to understand it as glinting in the pecular light of where my emotional disregulation will sometimes poke through from behind the overcast skies of how I’m feeling about things. Which is you know, never exactly clear.
I would need a different way in, I guess.
SO first off let me just bring up the whole fiasco with the LD column. LD is not a Lunar Day, one complete lunar orbit is a Lunar Day.
But LD is an abbreviation for Day of the Moon. Which wasn’t defined in the original 2016 version of the sheet, which lead me back to the way lunarium.co.uk claimed it was calculating lunar days or whatever the hell we’re talking about here, which came out to the time moon rises.
Cool. But where are you getting this from?
An old FAQ page ambiguously replied, “Ah I don’t know, it was something Albertus Magnus said once or someshit.”
Cool so now I have to go learn everything Magnus said, figure out what’s relevant and then go program a moonrise calculator in the meanwhile.
And so, the pin point accuracy of “why” we do a thing fell away to a, I think, more important Chaos Magic-y prerogative of *squinting really hard at something*. This shit works when it’s wrongish, so we’re still safe right?
Well, I dunno.
At the turn of the new year some folks reviewing the sheet identified this past Saturday (1/25) as a very auspicious moment for the creation of talismanic objects for luck but also involved the planet Saturn, which had sparked some sort of anxious questions. About whether it was a good idea or not.
The notion that a blessed malefic planet in your natal chart is somehow going to be the right juice for the right squeeze at the right moment I would urgently suggest as, “barely a hypothesis”.
My sense was that the purpose of magical days was in many ways a semiotic fractal unfolding, both ambiguous/ambitious. Both alliterate and illiterate. Coherent and tumbling through memory as stanzas rhyming with the bares shape of other ideas as they’ve fallen through time.
Certain usages have to be worked around with reference, correspondence, or wordplay and that enough is generally the tell-tale sign, at least in my understanding of it, of a angelic magical praxis, in so far as John Dee maybe had some sort of success with.
Secondly, my general sense of astrological magic, and this is by no means an authoritative opinion, but more or less a gut check is that, talismanic construction leaves the intention part to the planets themselves than your intentions personally. A metaphor springing to mind is: group science project. Where three of your classmates have a 2/7 chance of being real dicks most of the time.
But Hypothesis should be explored. Get Messy, Make Mistakes, end up homeless or the sex slave of a temp currently running the copy machine for one of the EU members Davros conference attendees. Get your car stolen by the mayor of Effingham Illinois, population 12,627. End up on a scared straight episode of Riki Lake or something, yeah let’s go see what benefits Saturn has for us this week.
Kidding, it’s clearly more complicated than that, especially given the great array of significations and patrons and spirits for each of the days and hours, some sort of lattice glinting across multi-dimensional tesseracts or something.
One of the Saturine like blessings, I guess is determining that in order to really make this a more experimental enterprise, one that will produce an absolute avalanche of UPG would be to include a few ways to tweak and prod the sheet. And then in the process deciding, that yes, the kid who had the extreme difficulty with Math in high school will now commit himself to learning the calculation of advanced trigonometric functions to build a fully functional ephemeris and rise/set calculator for literally the most spastic fucking planet in astrology. Astronomy, no, astrology, yeah sure whatever fuck it.
What’s super nice about this was how good old Uncle Kronos wanted me to know that “not only will you be figuring out how to calculate advanced orbital mechanics and translating that sort of thing into excel without much background you’ll be doing it in the only documentation that thoroughly explains it for a total idiot which is now old enough to be experiencing it’s own saturn return, dated 1991. Also it’s programming components are explained in FORTRAN.
Kronos then lights up a cigarette in the house, punches my dog in the balls and then falls asleep with his cherry hissing away the tobacco bit by bit next to where I keep my stack of periodical and oily rags.
My conceptualization of Saturn as a benefic force is one that improves your life the way a Drill Sargent will over six weeks of boot camp. It’s the way saving a few bucks over several different accounts will accumulate over the course of the year. Where Jupiter is a pay raise, Saturn is a cost efficiency.
Learning how a Metonic actually works and seeing one programmed in the wild was provided by an apocalyptic Christian website, that may have had some important insights into Solomanic Magic that we may not have rightly considered, namely centering the temple mount as your place in space time. So, UT+2 Timezone. I guess. The implied importance of an Astronomical Twilight to the observation of the Sabbath might also prove a fruitful means of calculating the beginning of a magical day, which requires the Solar Ascension time to be offset by approximately 18 degrees longitudinally, and God help us all levels of calculus for the latitudinal portions.
In anycase, I will get this right. And I will keep my ridiculous commitments in 2020, Like posting to a blog on Tuesdays. Even if it’s rambling shit I might have to take down later.
And maybe this is the wrong focus. Maybe there’s some other way of doing it, or some concession I can make. But, I’m tired of unfulfilled ambition in my life. I will get this done.