Thursday 1 September 2011

Talismans and amulets

What is the difference between a talisman and an amulet?

That is a very good question, which I was asked the other day. To get a definitive answer, I talked to someone I know who works for a company that specialises in magickal talismans and amulets.

Caroline Darlington of online store The Enchanted Cave explained the difference: "An amulet is an object which has intrinsic power to give protection to its wearer, whereas a talisman is specifically made to achieve a particular purpose. Amulets give protection by absorbing negative energies, whilst talismans work by generating a positive force to achieve their objective. Both work like self charging solar batteries and are constructed in a way that links them to the appropriate planetary force concerned for the intention."

Amulets are more commonly worn than talismans. Many Christians and even non-Christians wear something like a cross for general protection or a St Christopher to grant them safe passage when travelling. Others might wear a Star of David or a lucky horseshoe charm.

Caroline said: "All of these are types of amulets worn for magical protection."

She believes that talismans and amulets really do work. She said: "Amulets and talismans have been worn by people of almost every culture right up to the present. People would not have been wearing them for thousands of years if they did not work."

While amulets offer magical protection due to the inherent power in the symbol depicted on them, talismans have to be specifically enchanted for the purpose.

If you want a talisman, it is likely to be more effective if you make one yourself. One rather nice book on how to craft some striking and unusual examples is Amulets and Talismansby Robert Dancik.

However, not everyone has the skill, the time or the patience to fashion beautiful pieces of jewellery. The amulets and talismans sold by The Enchanted Cave come with details of how to connect with the purpose for which you intend to use them, which is very important if you want your talisman to work.

The Enchanted Cave's website is at

Amulets and Talismanscan be viewed at Amazon. (Note: I earn commission some links. This helps subsidise mt blog at no extra cost to readers.)

The pictures show talismans available from The Enchanted Cave. From the top: sun talisman, Aphrodite's flower, fortune talisman.

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