Luck and Protection With Amulets and Talismans
Used for thousands of years for luck and protection, amulets and talismans are powerful tools. Tales of their power and use by shamans, priests and witches go back to the earliest records. Often confused as being one in the same, these objects are actually not interchangeable. While they both offer powers of divination and protection, they differ from each other in some key ways.
Amulets: Objects of Protection
Derived from the Latin word amuletum, an amulet is an object that provides protection to its wearer. The ancient Romans incorporated amulets into their rituals to ward off evil. Archaeologists have found remnants of prehistoric amulets at the oldest graves. Egyptians considered amulets a vital part of their everyday life and used them routinely in ceremonies and rituals relating to birth and death. Amulets often incorporate gems and crystals into their designs for added power.
In many societies, religious symbols serve as amulets. Ancient Egyptians wore amulets with the symbol of the ‘Eye of Horus’ and the ankh (the Egyptian cross) to ward off evil. Many Middle Easterners wear the ‘hamsa’, meaning five fingers of the hand, as protection against danger and bad luck. The hamsa often incorporates the hand and the eye of Horus in its design. The classic Christian symbol of the cross is an iconic amulet worn by loyal Catholics for centuries as reminders of their faith and for defense against evil. Those of Jewish descent wear amulets depicting the Star of David or the chai (meaning life). The five-sided pentagram is another popular amulet.
Amulets are used today by people of every religion, culture and social status. They are most often worn on pendants in necklaces and bracelets. These objects of protection can also be displayed in pieces of art, sculpture and drawings. Many people replicate their favorite amulet into a tattoo to ensure that their protective symbol with be with them forever.
The Magical Properites of Talismans
Believed to contain magical properties, a talisman is associated with good luck and prosperity. The word talisman comes from the Greek word telesma, meaning sacred object. Talismans are closely linked to astrology and the powers of the zodiac and are ascribed their powers by their owners. A talisman can be a piece of jewelry, coin, crystal or any other item that has personal meaning.
A talisman works by amplifying the will and desire of the person it belongs to. It acts as a harness to store energy and amplify your will and desire. It is necessary to charge your talisman at regular intervals to keep the energy flowing. It should be kept close to you at all times, in your pocket or on a chain around your neck.
Prepare your talisman by setting it in the moonlight overnight to cleanse it. Once cleansed, hold it in your hands and focus your intention on your desired goal. Call upon your spirit guides to help you focus your concentration, if desired. Allow the energy that you manifest to flow into your talisman. You should feel a surge of energy radiating from the talisman, alerting you that it has been charged.
Your talisman can be used in rituals and spells of luck, prosperity, health and romance. Symbolic talismans representing financial gain, fertility, health and love can aid you in reaching your goals. Various crystals and stones can be used as powerful talismans are linked to different ambitions. Choose the stone that is right for you:
- Goldstone - business ventures and employment
- Bloodstone - health
- Moonstone - intuition and fertility
- Aventurine - prosperity
- Amethyst - physical and emotional healing
- Hematite - legal issues and balance
- Garnet - protection and help with depression
- Tiger Eye - balance and safety when traveling
Talismans and Amulets are deeply meaningful and personal. You can use their powers to attract your desires and protect that which you value.