The ancient alchemists operated from the awareness that under certain celestial influences magic was more likely to occur, especially when worked with consciously as stated by Cornelius Agrippa in Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Magicians affirm that Images,
Seals & Rings Being Opportunely Framed
under a Certain Constellation…
some Wonderful Thing may be Received.
~Cornelius Agrippa Three Books of Occult Philosophy
In European and Arabic medieval astrology the Behenian fixed stars were important in understanding the work of the alchemists. The occult traditions of these stars were presented in Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s work De Occulta Philosophia and were referred to as the Behenii (singular Behenius). Aggippa attributed the mysteries of these stars to Hermes Trismegitus and went into great detail describing their magical properties.
Behenian comes from the Arabic word ‘bahman” meaning “root.” Therefore, the Behenian stars were considered a source or “root” of astrological power that was magnified whenever one or more of the visible planets were within six degrees.
Each Behenian star is connected with a ritual gemstone and plant that was used to help draw upon the star’s influence (e.g., into a talisman) as described in the table below.
10 Gemini 01
|Hyades in the Bull||Ruby or Garnet||Milk Thistle|
00 Gemini 13
26 Taurus 24
22 Gemini 05
14 Cancer 18
26 Cancer 00
00 Virgo 03
13 Libra 40
24 Lib 03
24 Libra 27
28 Gem 48
12 Scorpio 31
9 Sagittarius 58
15 Capricorn 32
23 Aquarius 46
|The Goat Fish||Chalcedony||Marjoram|
For those interested in plant medicine, when Antares is being activated by a planet passing by, this star has connections with Birthwort (a.k.a A. Clematitis) a highly regarded medicinal plant that was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Birthwort can be fatally toxic to humans if too much is taken so if you use this plant be careful.
It is not surprising that Birthwort was used in childbirth to help expel the placenta. The root of the plant (Snakeroot) was used to treat snakebites. Some studies show that snakeroot does have the ability to deactivate certain types of snake venom, but may be limited to certain types of venom, so depending on the type of snakebite it may or may not be effective. Studies show Birthwort increases production and activity of leukocytes (white blood cells), and contains a disinfectant that assists in wound healing.
The theory of the alchemists is that when Planets are near Antares (or any of the other Behenian stars) medicines made at that time are especially effective.