I like this technique because it combines alchemy with practices derived from Renaissance magic. It’s a very work-intensive sort of technique, but I often find that valuable. You get what you give, I’ve discovered. In using alchemy for medical purposes, I want to mention that you should of course use all avenues available to you, not just alchemy alone, but also western medicine. This technique was submitted by Layo.
When I see a nice transit coming up, with two or more planets in good essential dignity or at least with reception making a desirable aspect with each other, I find a time the planets I want to use are angular in my area, if possible during an appropriate planetary day and hour. Then I take herbs ruled by each of these planets, consecrate them, and tincture them together in pure ethanol or brandy. I let them sit (shaking occasionally) until the planets I used will come around to another good aspect.
A few days before the second election, I strain out the dead plant matter and burn it to fine white ash. The ash is then soaked in a little purified water and shaken up; once it settles out, the solution is carefully poured off the precipitate and then evaporated, leaving pure crystals of potassium carbonate which should be bright white. Plant material has a lot potassium carbonate, which is soluble in water, and calcium carbonate and metals like copper and iron, which are not. This method separates them for you so that all you add back in is potassium carbonate.
At the hour of the second astrological election, I put the tincture on a stone tile engraved with the name of an Enochian Bororum angel who has the nature of both planets and I add the crystals (Salt) back in. I shake it well, put it back on the name, and invoke the planets and the angel. I have the angel bless the cohobated tincture and then, right there on the tile, filter it through an unbleached coffee filter so that the finished tincture contains only the finest dissolved Salt. This creates an edible medicinal talisman filled with the blessing of the transit that I captured in the plant material.
If I need it to be a strong medicine for a certain physical condition, I will choose a transit when at least one of the planets that act on that part of the body or have a lot of essential dignity are situated in the sign that rules that body part. The easiest way to do this is find a desirable planet transiting that sign (example, I could use Venus exalted in Pisces to heal the feet or Mercury exalted in Virgo to heal the intestines) and then look for days when Luna is in the right phase and making a harmonious aspect to that planet. Luna should not fallen or detrimented, unless – this is a rare exception – the otherwise unfavorable sign is pertinent to the health condition *and* she and the planet are in mutual reception.
The plant material is chosen to be sympathetic to the nature of the planets and the signs they occupied so that it will draw the planetary force into itself strongly. If there is a specific health condition to address, then the herb is chosen for its known healing properties. For example, if there is a heart problem then hawthorn is the herb to choose, and one of the planets should be in Leo which rules the heart. The election ideally involves Mars, since hawthorn is ruled by Mars; Sol is also a good choice because it rules the heart, and is profoundly regenerative when strong by sign. Mars cazimi in Leo, or Mars in Aries trine Sol in Leo, or Mars in Leo trine Sol in Aries, are all options to look for for healing heart conditions with hawthorn, but some planetary combinations are more rare. Moon in Leo in good aspect to Mars is easier to find because she moves so quickly through the zodiac. (General tonics for high vitality and banishing depression or destroying maleficia can be made with solar herbs – when the election is very powerful, the result will blow you away.)
Remember, planetary aspects must be *approaching*. Once they’ve perfected, you can’t use them in an election anymore. Similarly, if a negative aspect has already passed, once it’s a degree away it can usually be ignored for our purposes here.
Make sure that neither the planets to be invoked nor Luna are afflicted during the times chosen. Even if Luna is not making an aspect with the planets under consideration, she, like them, cannot be afflicted by Mars, Saturn or the South Node or combust the Sun. They should also not be conjunct Algol. If a full moon is used, she cannot be within ten degrees of the exact opposition with Sol. I found out the hard way not to let Luna be afflicted by Sol or the South Node, even if she’s exalted! Pay attention to this rule! If one of the planets is the Ascendant ruler in your election, this will focus the benevolent influence right on the physical body, so it’s a plus if you can get it. If the effect sought has to do with reputation and success, then the Midheaven ruler is more appropriate.
Use a waning moon to decrease a growth, kill an infection, or lose weight. Use a waxing moon to mend a bone or wound, increase fertility or virility, grow hair or increase muscle. Use a waxing moon for prosperity and a waning moon to stop a habit.
Use Saturn herbs for the skin and bones.
Jupiter for the liver.
Mars for the blood and muscles, also male potency.
Sol for the heart and eyes.
Venus for the genitals and beauty generally.
Mercury for the intestines, hands and intelligence generally.
Luna for the eyes, brain and lymph, also female hormones.
Place good planets in Aries to heal the head.
Taurus to heal the neck.
Gemini to heal the arms.
Cancer to heal the breast.
Leo to heal the heart.
Virgo the heal the intestines.
Libra to heal the kidneys.
Scorpio to heal the genitals and colon.
Sagittarius to heal the thighs and buttocks.
Capricorn to heal the knees.
Aquarius to heal the calves, ankles, and veins.
Pisces to heal the feet.
The Bonorum system of angelic attributions is more difficult to explain. I have 49 names carves in marble, sandstone or granite. Seven are planetary kings, and the rest partake of the nature of one dominant planetary influence and one secondary planetary influence. When working with them I have prioritized using the correct planetary days and hours. This is not an absolutely necessary way to work with the planets; they can be invoked using whatever method you already like. You can make a flashing tablet for one of the planets in your election, cover it with something transparent and waterproof, and create your tincture while placing it on that. Or you can use the seal or sigil of a specific spirit known to be useful in matters that the tincture is intended to address. I always bathe the herbs (before tincturing, and the finished tincture) in incense smoke burned for those planets. I always do the Middle Pillar, charge with appropriate names, and then project the energy into the herbs and the tincture. I always ask the spirits to consecrate the work, and tell them what I wish to accomplish. I always tell the herb what I need it for, and thank it for its help.
When the tincture is finished, take a dropperful in water during the correct planetary day, or every day during the planetary hour for an acute condition.