Talismans for Full Moon Ritual this Sunday
We didn't get a lot of time to talk about talismans on Saturday, so
I'd like to post something here. Earl and I have already asked
everyone to bring a talisman of some sort to charge at the full moon
this Sunday. As I mentioned before, this talisman must incorporate a
circle in the design, and it should be wearable. A piece of jewelry
would be very appropriate.
The most powerful talismans are those that you make yourself. One
that someone else has made for you is unlikely to ever be as
meaningful or powerful, but that does not mean that it is not
meaningful or very powerful. Basically, I encourage everyone to
bring something that they have put their energy into in one way or
another, thus giving it special meaning to them. This energy may be
from making the talisman, or it might be the means by which you
So, what is a talisman?
Webster defines it this way:
Main Entry: tal·is·man
Pronunciation: 'ta-l&s-m&n, -l&z-
Inflected Form(s): plural -mans
Etymology: French talisman or Spanish talismán or Italian talismano;
all from Arabic tilsam, from Middle Greek telesma, from Greek,
consecration, from telein to initiate into
1 : an object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good
2 : something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects
Basically, for our purposes, a talisman is an object that we will
charge to empower us to complete that which we set out to complete.
Here is a little more information on talismans and amulets, borrowed
from about.com and other sites:
Definition: An object believed to be charmed or imbued with magical
powers of protection; usually worn about the neck.
Pronunciation: tahl-iss-mann (noun)
Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary: a magic figure, a
horoscope. 1. something, as a ring or stone, bearing engraved figures
or symbols supposed to bring good luck, keep away evil, etc. 2.
anything supposed to have magic power; a charm.
Complete Book of Witchcraft, by Raymond Buckland: A talisman is a man-
made object endowed with magical powers, especially for averting evil
from, or bringing good luck to its owner. A talisman made by one
person for another can never be as strong as a personally made one. A
talisman can be of virtually any material - paper, silver, copper,
lead, stone... The most common form a talisman takes is a metal disc
worn on a chain as a pendant. On one side of the disc you place the
personalization, and on the other side the objective.
An object that has been magically charged in order to bring something
to the bearer. Such an item could be a gemstone to win a court case,
or a drawing to put in your pocket that will bring good luck.
(Sometimes also known as a "lucky charm")
Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary: a charm; something
worn, often around the neck, as a remedy or protection against evils
or mischief. Amulets were common in earlier days. They consisted of
stones, metals, or plants, and sometimes of words, characters, or
sentences, arranged in a particular order.
Complete Book of Witchcraft, by Raymond Buckland: The difference
between a talisman and an amulet is that while a talisman is human-
made, an amulet is natural. One that is considered very much a
Witch's amulet is a stone with a natural hole through it...obviously
tying-in with fertility...So you cannot make an amulet; you can only
adopt one. If you take an amulet and then engrave and consecrate
it...then it becomes a talisman (or, if you prefer, a "talismanic
Usually considered an object of protection which has been charged to
deflect specific negative energies or thought forms. Amulets can be
made of feathers, plants, beads, etc. The horseshoe and the four-
leafed clover are two examples of amulets.
A sachet is a small bag, usually containing one or objects intended
collectively for a magical purpose. The bag can be plain or decorated
and is preferably handmade by the person intended to benefit from its
use. Sachets can be worn, hung in your car, placed on windowsills
(see the House Blessing Ritual in Tzipora's book: Celebrating Life),
or placed anywhere their magic is needed.
I hope that this information is helpful to everyone, and I look
forward to seeing you this Sunday.