At first glance, selecting the right Venus pentacle might be difficult, even for the most discerning of individuals. From the grace-maker of the 2nd of Venus to the various forms of love-drawing glamours of the 3rd and the 5th, one has a variety of copper-colored shine to add to one’s life. When viewing them merely by description alone, it might be tempting to assume that they are, in large part, the same spell bound into metal to be worn or carried around.
We at Practical Occult would rather our customers view this situation with a greater eye towards nuance. These talismans were separated out in the old manuscripts for a reason. Why list all of them if their spell-casting capacity and ambient effects are the same? That’d hardly be very practical. We would like to submit that, in fact, these bits of magic have very different ends.
The Second of Venus is best-used to an all-purpose boost in glamour and personal creativity. While this could, and would, absolutely aid someone in matters of the heart, it is best used to influence and benefit things adjacent to this aim. Improving one’s capacity to master an artform or an instrument, encouraging eloquence and silver-tongued wiles and aiding in creating an air of soothing, trustworthy diplomacy are all well within this pentacle’s purview. They are, in short, a bouquet of Venusian life-hacks that can see the magician who owns them towards a greater creative future on all levels.
The Third Pentacle of Venus is said to attract love, when shown unto any person. This seems fairly straightforward but we’d like to suggest that it goes deeper than this. Often customers will use this to woo and wow their crush, the object of their affection, and rightly so. It is certainly excellent towards this aim. However, when looking a bit deeper, we can see that it can spur other sorts of love, too. People who wear it often report increased respect and acclaim and even forgiveness in places of work or other responsibility. Enemies can, when seeing this item, slowly turn to friends and the owner can be held to slightly lower standards of performance as the critical eyes of supervisors or judges may soften when caught in the glowing astral light of this amulet.
The Fifth Pentacle of Venus is said to incite and excite wonderfully unto love any person to whom it is shown. This one is the purest in design and focuses exclusively on love and lust, desire and passion, want and need. This is the best friend of the Casanova and the pocket-miracle of the one down on his luck. This is the make-or-break difference that can help someone stand out in the crowd when pursuing the object of one’s yearning alongside others in the running. Beyond focus on a single target, however, this pentacle creates a sort of stat-boost to one’s general attractiveness and the favors normally won by this can include extra service, the kindness of strangers and more.
When deciding which pentacle to purchase, it is always crucial to consider not only one’s goals but one’s starting point. Where are you in terms of Venusian blessings and where do you want to go? How best to arrive there given who you are?
For those who wish to woo wondrous women via the expression of their art, the Second of Venus may well be the key to not only enhancing one’s skills but putting them to that use. Similarly, perhaps the person at her job who demands not only the respect from her colleagues but the eye of someone special in the same industry may favor the Third of Venus better. Finally, someone whose goals are more direct, less flowery and entirely visceral may well find perfect comfort and utility in the Fifth of Venus.
It is in making these choices that one finds oneself to be a truly discerning individual and precisely the sort of customer we cherish here at Practical Occult.
This post was originally a Practical Occult newsletter dated July 29th, 2022.