Amulets have been worn for protection for thousands of years. Early peoples lived in a world where strange and frightening things occurred that defied explanation. Consequently, amulets were used to protect homes, families, and livestock. Amulets were also used to protect people from the “evil eye.” The belief that a person or animal could harm another by staring at them with an evil eye dates back at least five thousand years, and ancient clay tablets have been found that describe the damage that the evil eye can inflict. The Sumerian god Ea spent most of his time fighting the evil eye. Even today, in many parts of the world, the evil eye is considered a major threat, and various kinds of amulets are used to avert it.
Apparently in a recent survey, funeral directors had said that there had been a big increase in the use of Amulets being buried with their clients and that this trend was worldwide. This raised an interesting point that there is a real upsurge in people’s belief in the spirit unseen world. Maybe it is an interesting sign of the times we live in, it can be a frightening place to be and with the upswing in interest in the Occult, the hidden spiritual realms, we are reverting back to using our intuitive, sensitive side in relation to the world around us. These amulets, talismans offering comfort a feeling of protection that they had offered to our ancestors.
Amulets were originally natural items, such as an animal’s tooth or a semi-precious stone. However, you can choose anything you like. Medals, bells, keys, and photographs can all be used as amulets. Many police officers in early twentieth-century New York carried St. Jude medals with them for protection. St. Jude is the patron saint of policemen. Crystals and gemstones, their usage, a real passion close to my own heart, have been used as amulets and talismans for thousands of years. In fact, it is believed that people wore earrings and necklaces before they started wearing clothes. During the Crusades, many soldiers carried talismanic stones carved with runic messages. They also carried bloodstone’s because this type of stone was associated with Mars, the god of war. The soldiers felt that bloodstone’s would make them brave in battle and protect them from harm.
An amulet (Latin amuletum) can be any object but its most important characteristic is its alleged power to protect its owner from danger or harm. Amulets are different from talismans as a talisman is believed to bring luck or some other benefit, though it can offer protection as well. Potential amulets include gems, especially engraved gems, statues, coins, drawings, pendants, rings, plants and animals; even words in the form of a magical spell or incantation to repel evil or bad luck. The word “amulet” comes from the Latin amuletum; the earliest extant use of the term is in Pliny’s Natural History, meaning “an object that protects a person from trouble.
The history of talismans and amulets, made by alchemists, priests, magicians, magi, shamans, and witches, goes back as far as we have records. So what is the difference betweeen a Amulet and Talisman? Talismans work in a positive way by attracting the casual Cosmic energies and Angelic influences necessary to create whatever effect or result its owner may desire. Our most successful general purpose talisman is the secret talisman Seven Angels. Amulets help neutralise and repel certain forces and situations before they can promote an undesired or negative effect. To some extent talismans & amulets achieve the same result: An amulet which helps to wards off misfortune is after all doing much the same thing as a talisman which sets out to procure good fortune.
Is it possible to make your own Talisman or Amulet? The answer is yes you can! Whether you are Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Wiccan, or practice any other religion, designing and making your power object can be an enriching spiritual act. Any ritual or process that allows you to take a few minutes away from the frantic pace of everyday life and focus your thoughts helps you reconnect with the sacred. If you are an atheist, you can use the act of creating an amulet or talisman to tap into your higher self and manifest positive change in your life. Take your time and decide what purpose your power object will serve. Also consider how you will carry or wear it. Many people wear necklaces, but you may prefer a ring, bracelet, or to carry a small bag containing your talisman in your purse or pocket. If you wish to create an amulet to bring peace or protection to a specific location, such as your home or office, you can also choose an object such as a plaque, a framed photo or printed scripture.
Once you have chosen an object for your talisman or amulet, it must be dedicated to your specific goal. This is called charging the talisman. If you are religious, you can ask a clergy member to pray with you and bless the object you have chosen. If you prefer, you can charge the talisman yourself; You do this by impressing on it with great focus and reverence, your intention, the purpose for the talisman being created.
It is important to remember; That talismans and amulets should not be used to manipulate others to obtain a selfish goal. Your state of mind is crucial to your success. If your state of mind is self-centred or needy, you are not connected to the source of the harmony, prosperity, and other goals you wish to achieve. Remember, talismans and amulets are only as good as their owner. Consider using your amulet or talisman a partnership with the Divine or your higher self. Use your power objects for good and to create the life you deserve. Do you own an Amulet or Talisman?