The words talisman and amulet are used interchangeably by many people, but the objects serve different purposes. A magickal talisman is any physical object that has been deliberately charged with energy to attract a specified condition into the life of the person who uses it (health, wealth, success or love, for example). An amulet, on the other hand, is any magickally charged physical object that serves to protect its user from harm (providing psychic protection, guarding against accidents, and so on). It could therefore be said that a talisman is a power object which attracts desired conditions, whilst an amulet is a power object that repels undesired conditions.
Talismans and amulets have been used in many different cultures for thousands of years and come in all manner of shapes, sizes and forms, but the majority are small enough to be carried or worn by an individual. In previous centuries, where belief in angels, demons and deities associated with specific conditions was much more common than it is today, talismans and amulets often featured a depiction of the entity that corresponded with the desired condition, but as the centuries passed, that trend evolved into a more symbolic depiction of the desired condition itself.
Crafting your own magickal talisman or amulet is a relatively straightforward matter, so if you have a condition that you would like to attract into your life, or something that you would like to protect yourself against, you can do so. The first step of the procedure is to define the magickal objective that you want to achieve, as follows:
Step 1 – Define the Magickal Objective
One of the most important things to do in any magickal work is to define exactly what your desired objective is, and when crafting a talisman or amulet you need to be specific about what the objective is without prescribing how that objective should be met.
When creating a talisman, try to encapsulate, in just one or two words, the desired condition that you want to attract into your life. Some examples of objectives that have traditionally been associated with the creation of magickal talismans are:
When creating an amulet, which exists to protect you from an undesired condition, you need to define, in as few words as possible, the purpose that the amulet will serve. Some examples that have traditionally been associated with the creation of magickal amulets are:
It is recommended that you create a talisman or amulet for your most pressing need at the time, as that will make the later energy-charging stage of the process more effective. When you have defined the magickal objective of your talisman or amulet, you can move on to the next step.
Step 2 – Choose the Form
The most common forms chosen for modern talismans and amulets are coins, pendants, rings, bracelets, key fobs, parchment cards and handkerchiefs. The form that you choose for your talisman or amulet should meet three criteria. It should:
1 – Make it practical for you to carry on your person.
2 – Correspond with the magickal objective that you defined in Step 1.
3 – Satisfying your personal aesthetic preferences.
For example, if you wanted to create a Wealth talisman, you might decide that a coin or banknote would be practical to carry on your person as well as corresponding with the objective of attracting more wealth into your life. You might then choose to use the form of a banknote rather than a coin simply because your personal preference is for a paper talisman over a metal one.
It should be noted that a neutral form with no pre-existing correspondence to your defined objective can be adopted for your talisman or amulet as long as a symbolic correspondence is added later. For example, a blank piece of parchment or a blank ‘dog tag’ disc of metal can be chosen for Wealth, Love or Success with equal suitability because a symbolic correspondence to any of those things can be inscribed in the next step of the process.
The remaining instructions for making a talisman or amulet will be provided in the next post: How to Make Magickal Talismans and Amulets – Part 2.