A careful study of the foregoing information on the nature and cosmic
influence of the 9 planets in sidereal astrology will provide a better
understanding of the astral power each planet exerts over the destiny
of human beings. Furthermore, when one has determined through correct
astrological calculations which planets exert the strongest influences
over one's life, one can then manipulate these cosmic forces by the proper
use of kavacas or astrological talismans.
Since ancient times sages and alchemists of the East have revealed the
precise science relating the elements of nature with the nine planets,
as well as the proper method of combining these astral elements into powerful
talismans. This information was originally derived from ancient Vedic
texts, and it was from these Oriental sources that Western alchemists
and astrologers derived their knowledge, most of which was kept secretly
confined to the initiated higher circles.
It is stated in the SECRET TEACHINGS OF ALL AGES by Manley Hall that,
"The rays of the celestial bodies, striking the crystallizing influences
of the lower world, become the various elements. Partaking of the astral
virtues of their source, these elements neutralize certain unbalanced
forms of celestial activity and, when properly combined, contribute much
to the well-being of man."
The philosopher Agrippa has described in Three Books of Occult Philosophy
the basic preparation of astrological rings as follows: "When any
star (planet) ascends fortunatly (i.e., located in an auspicious position
in the horoscope), with the fortunate aspect or conjunction of the Moon,
we must take a stone and herb that is under that star, and make a ring
of the metal that is suitable to this star, and in it fasten the stone,
putting the herb or root under it, not omitting the inscriptions of images,
names and characters, as also the proper suffumigations."
Although currently displaced by the meaningless system of birthstones
described in Chapter II, the true science of "planetary gemology"
is still being practices by Asian (and some Western) astrologers. The
ancient system of panca-amrita - the 5 immortal nectars, is based simply
on the proper combination of the planetary gemstone, metal, herb, symbol
and number which corresponds to the planet that is to be enhanced. The
Vedic process of puja or invocation of the planetary energy by means of
a mantra (sound invocation) and stotra (prayer) represents the 6th amrita
whereby the mind uses special sound vibrations.
After the talisman has been carefully prepared, one should first perform
the appropriate rites of invocation - purification. On the appointed
day and at the specified time one should immerse the gemstone-mounted
talisman in either pure cow's milk (if available) or purified water;
and while bathing it in sanctified incense smoke one should recite the
mantra and stotra dedicated to the specific planet the appropriate number
of times. Only then should one begin using their talisman.
*On the following pages we have listed the necessary information and ingredients
which are relevant to the preparation and use of planetary kavacas or
talismans. Ancient texts do recommend certain gemstone carat weight limitations,
so it is important to realise that larger gems are considered to be more
powerful than smaller gems of the same fine quality. NOTE: For recommended
gemstone color based on one's social-economic station refer to the