“Magical images work by virtue and similarity, because a magical image is nothing other than the power of celestial bodies in the material bodies that they influence.” – The Picatrix
A CONSOLODATED PRIMER
The history of talismans made by alchemists, priests, magicians, magi, shamans, and witches, goes back as far as we have records. Astrologically they belong to the Esoteric Fifth House of ancient Arcane Avocation. Accordingly, the seven ancient planets are used as is reflected in this post.
A talisman is an arcane object. It is defined as a stone, ring, or other object, engraved with figures or characters supposed to possess occult powers and worn as an amulet or charm. Its presence is believed to exercise a remarkable or powerful influence on human feelings or actions. The word comes from the Arabic word talsam (طلسم), from an alteration of Late Greek telesma (τέλεσμα), "completion, religious rite", itself from the word teleō (τελέω) which means "I complete, perform a rite."
Traditional a talisman should be created by the person who plans to use it. The person making the talisman must be familiar with all the symbolisms connected to all the different planetary and elemental forces. The earliest talismans contained geomantic signs and symbols used in relation with different planets. These symbolisms were associated with geomantic divination and alchemy. Magical associations, such as colors, scents, other symbology, patterns, and Kabalistic figures, can also be integrated in the creation of a talisman. However, they should be in synchronization with the elemental or planetary force selected to represent the talisman. It is also feasible to augment a personal touch to the talisman through adding a verse, inscription, or pattern. These inscriptions can be magical emblems, bible verses or sonnets.
Talismans can be made of ink on parchment or paper, embroidered on fabric, painted on a surface, engraved in metal or carved in wood or other viable substances. It can be worn by the individual or kept in a special place. When it is not being worn a talisman should be kept wrapped in a cloth designated for it. They can also be “deconsecrated” when their work has been accomplished.
When you wish to make and consecrate a magical image, consider the purpose and shape in which you wish to make the image, as well as the material of which you intend to you intend to make and consecrate it. Let the afore said things be in correspondence to one another, and let them reflect the powers and influences of the planet that rules the working. When it is fashioned in this way, the image will be powerful and complete, and its effects will follow and be manifest, and the spirit that has been placed in the magical image will be apparent in its effects. Those who fashion magical images but are ignorant of the foregoing make them badly. – The Picatrix, Book II, Chapter 6
Creating a Talisman:
The design and purpose of a talisman depends upon what you are trying to achieve. You don’t have to be a magician to create a talisman, anyone can make a talisman but there are some rules that need to be followed.
- Identify the purpose to which your talisman will be directed. Common purposes include love, wealth, spiritual growth, and physical or mental strength, but a talisman can be made to serve any purpose as long as you continue to invest it with your own thought and energy.
- Time the creation of your talisman to coincide with astrological cycles. According to the theory of Electional Astrology, different time periods are most appropriate for taking specific kinds of actions. For example, if you want your talisman to promote passion and love, it is best to create it during a time when Venus and Mars, planets that represent lovers, are both strong and aligned. If you want your talisman to promote wealth and business success, make it during a period when the moon is ascendant. This step may require a great deal of research and assistance from experts in Electional Astrology.
- Acquire the necessary materials, including candles, writing utensils and metal. The kind of metal you choose should be linked to the talisman's purpose or, rather, to the planet that rules that purpose. Thus, for example, if you are making a love talisman, choose copper, the metal associated with Venus. Ideally, candles should also be of a color appropriate to the talisman's purpose.
- Design the inscription for your talisman. This can be a known symbol, a planetary number square, the name of a deity, or some other word or picture that is particularly meaningful to you in the context of your spiritual goals. Conducting research into the history of magical and astrological symbols will be very helpful.
- Observe a ritual to energize the talisman. The ritual may be repeated for several days in a row, depending on the timeframe proposed by Electional Astrology. Basic ritual elements include inscribing and lighting candles, inscribing the talisman itself, directing all possible mental and bodily energies toward the inscription and purpose, meditating, and invoking some form of divine intervention and protection.
Choosing a sigil to represent the Will of the Talisman if so desired:
There are many variations on the construction of sigils but basically either a magickal alphabet or use of kameas (magic squares).
- Kameas are magic squares representing the seven ancient planets
- Magical Alphabets generally include Runic, Ogham and Theban
- Elemental Symbols
- Geometric Shapes
- God/Goddess Representations
- Any other symbol that has associated meaning to the intent
*Please see Runes of Magic in RUNEOLOGY for Runic Symbols and Celestial Dialog in the 8th GATE for alphabets.
~RITUAL OR CONSECRATION HOURS CHART~
~ANCIENT PLANETARY ASSOCIATIONS~
SOME USEFUL KEYWORDS:
SUN – Accomplishment, Vitality, Power, Dominance, Leadership, Creativity
MOON – Instinct, Psychism, Shrewdness, Security, Environmental, Emotion
MERCURY – Perception, Communication, Intellect, Distribution, Process, Trades
VENUS – Equipoise, Harmony, Love, Beauty, Possessions, Diplomacy
MARS – Martial, Action, Courage, Force, Construction, Destruction
JUPITER – Abundance, Luck, Profession, Growth, Wisdom, Expansion
SATURN – Structure, Discipline, Control, Time, Caution, Form
SUN – Gold
MOON – Silver
MERCURY– Quicksilver (also Silver)
VENUS – Copper
MARS – IRON
JUPITER – Tin
SATURN – Lead
The Archangel who has rulership over the Sun is the Archangel Michael
The Archangel who has rulership over the Moon - Gabriel
The Archangel of the planet Mercury - Raphael
The Archangel of the planet Venus - Anael
The Archangel of the planet Mars – Samael
The Archangel of the planet Jupiter - Sachiel
The Archangel of the planet Saturn – Cassiel
PLANETARY SYMBOLS, SEALS AND MAGIC SQUARES:
For those who are insistent upon using the outer collective planets, the spirits and associations of these planets should be noted:
URANUS is the higher octave of Mercury. It represents change and genius.
NEPTUNE is the higher octave of Venus. It represents service.
PLUTO is the higher octave of Mars. It represents the spiritual warrior.
SUN – Ash
MOON – Willow
MERCURY – Walnut
VENUS – Birch
MARS - Pine
SATURN - Oak
SUN – Ruby
MOON – Pearl
MERCURY – Emerald
VENUS – Diamond
MARS – Red Coral
JUPITER – Yellow Sapphire
SATURN – Blue Sapphire
SUN –Crysolite, Adamant, Carbuncle, Pyrite
MOON – Selenite, Quartz, Moonstone, Pearl, Aventurine
MERCURY - Agate, Jasper, Citrine, Smokey Quartz
VENUS – Turquoise, Jade, Rose Quartz, Larimar, Kunzite
MARS – Bloodstone, Amethyst, Lodestone
JUPITER - Yellow Topaz, Malachite, Carnelian, Apetite
SATURN – Lapis Lazuli, Jet, Onyx, Obsidian, Hematite
RED: Red stones relate to passion, enthusiasm, and energy. Examples are ruby, garnet, and red jasper.
ORANGE: Orange stones relate to close relationships and personal satisfaction. Examples are citrine, carnelian, and orange sapphire.
YELLOW: Yellow stones relate to expressing the fun-filled, joyful aspects of life. Examples are yellow beryl and topaz.
GREEN: Green stones relate to hard work and accomplishment. Examples are emerald, peridot, and tourmaline.
BLUE: Blue stones enhance clarity and perception, and aid in goal-setting. Examples are lapis lazuli, sapphire, and blue tourmaline.
INDIGO: Indigo stones relate to caring for others. Examples are sodalite and iolite.
VIOLET: Violet stones relate to spiritual truth and the higher consciousness. Examples are amethyst, garnet, and purple ruby.
PINK: Pink stones are stimulating and energizing. They enable progress to occur. Examples are rubellite tourmaline, rose beryl, and rose quartz.
CLEAR: Clear stones symbolize pure energy. They are nurturing, loving, and ultimately successful. Examples are clear quartz and diamond.
SILVER: Silver stones are peaceful and gentle. However, they also possess great power, and provide enormous potential. Hematite is a good example.
GOLD: You should use gold when you are aiming high. Gold knows no limits. Examples are pyrite, pyrite-sun, and tiger's-eye.
It should always be remembered that when making a talisman, you are co-creating.
“The highest frequency is the creative intelligence of the universe or a Supreme God. This is where all ideas in the universe are born. These divine ideas filter down to the next level where they become an impulse toward a particular direction. At this level, the ancients noted that parts of God divided into specializations. For example, one specialization would be ‘a creator’ and another ‘a destroyer’. The ancients named these divine specializations archangels. If God's idea were to create dogs, then the archangel would map out the details of what would make up a dog and its evolutionary destiny.” – Nick Farrell
“As a focus, it serves to control your feelings to lead you to the right thoughts. It serves to focus your thoughts to lead you to perform the actions you need to take. It focuses your actions, creating important new habits. It is through these new habits that your desired destiny is achieved. As an amplifier, a talisman brings you the ability to join with the power and energy of the Universal Life Force and the Life Force of this planet. This power and energy serve to multiply your own individual efforts. A talisman is, in a way, similar to a flashlight.” – Hank Mason
Rituals for consecration and charging can be simple or complex depending upon individual choice. Often times simply burning a color coordinated candle at a particular time of day works just as well as full magical ceremonies.
Here is an example:
The best time to charge your talisman is when the moon in waxing. Bathe and change into clean clothes before charging your talisman.
Place your talisman an altar you have created (this can be as simple as a table draped in a tablecloth in a quiet undisturbed area. Stand in front of it, and thank the universal life force for protecting and guiding you. After this, recite a poem that you enjoy. Naturally, it should be serious in nature. You might choose to write a poem especially for this ritual.
Once you have finished reciting the poem, stare at your talisman for thirty seconds, and then speak to it. Here are the words I use:
“I empower and consecrate you for (whatever purpose the talisman is designed to perform). I imbue you with all the powers of the universe to enable you to carry out your task, and I thank you in advance for all the energy, power, and comfort that you offer to me. “
Gaze at the talisman for another thirty seconds, and then say "thank you" to it. Spread your arms out wide and look upwards, while saying "thank you" again.
Leave the talisman on the altar for as long as possible. Leave the room quietly, and ensure that the room is not used for at least several hours.
Your talisman is now ready for use. It will serve you faithfully, and the properties you imbued into it will last forever. This is not always desirable and, once your goal has been achieved, you will need to de-activate the talisman. Most of the time, you will be able to do this by destroying the talisman, after thanking it sincerely for helping you. If the talisman can be burned, you can create a small ritual using a candle. Light the candle and stand in front of it holding the talisman in your cupped hands. Acknowledge the archangels in the four cardinal directions by bowing to them, starting in the east, and following with the south, west, and north. Thank the talisman for everything it has done; hold it high in the air for a few moments, and then burn it in the candle flame.
Obviously, you will not be able to do this if the talisman cannot be burned. However, you can still thank it, break it, and then bury it in the ground. If the talisman is made of a valuable substance, such as gold or silver, you can remove the talismanic influences by formally thanking it for three days in a row. – Richard Webster