Amulets & Talismans for Beginners: How to Choose, Make & Use Magical Objects

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9780738752464: Amulets & Talismans for Beginners: How to Choose, Make & Use Magical Objects

Saint Christopher medals, ankhs, birthstones, four-leaf clovers―all are examples of magical objects used for protection or to attract good luck. This introductory guidebook tells you everything you need to know to make or find talismans, amulets, and charms, and use them to improve your life. Author Richard Webster shows you how to create, charge, purify, and empower your own personal magical objects for a variety of purposes, from attracting love to attaining wealth. With protective amulets from around the world and a dictionary of lucky charms, this easy-to-use book is designed so even absolute beginners can achieve success with their own magical objects.

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Richard Webster was born and raised in New Zealand. He has been interested in the psychic world since he was nine years old. As a teenager, he became involved in hypnotism and later became a professional stage hypnotist. After school, he worked in the publishing business and purchased a bookstore. The concept of reincarnation played a significant role in his decision to become a past-life specialist. Richard has also taught psychic development classes, which are based on many of his books.

Richard's first book was published in 1972, fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming an author. Richard is now the author of over a hundred books, and is still writing today. His best-selling books include Spirit Guides & Angel Guardians and Creative Visualization for Beginners. 

Richard has appeared on several radio and TV programs in the United States and abroad including guest spots on Hard Copy, WMAQ-TV (Chicago), KTLA-TV (Los Angeles), KSTW-TV (Seattle) and the Mike and Matty Show (ABC). He currently resides in New Zealand with his wife and three children. He regularly travels the world to give lectures, workshops and to continue his research.

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People frequently use the words “talisman,”“amulet,”
and “lucky charm” interchangeably. This is not correct,
but it is easy to see how the confusion arises, as the dividing
line between them is frequently hard to define. This
chapter will help you understand the subtle distinctions
between the three.
what are they?
Talismans
Talismans are objects designed to give specific power,
protection, encouragement, and energy to those who
wear or own them. The important thing to note is that
talismans always provide specific benefits to their owners
and are usually made for specific purposes.
Talismans can be made from almost any material,
though they are frequently made of metal, stone, or
parchment and are inscribed with words or pictures.
They are often made at spiritually and cosmically significant
times to help provide power and energy that can be
used by whoever owns them. The most powerful ones
are actually made by their owners. Although they can be
created for both positive and negative purposes, it would
take an extremely brave―and foolish―person to make a
negative talisman deliberately.
History is full of examples of talismans at work.
Catherine de Medici, for instance, wore a specially made
talisman that gave her power and the gift of clairvoyance.
It was formed from several metals mixed together at auspicious
astrological times. One side of this talisman depicted
the god Jupiter, the eagle of Ganymede, and a
demon with the head of Anubis, an Egyptian god. The
other side contained a picture of Venus, flanked by
demons. It is believed that the Venus is actually a portrait
of Catherine de Medici, because many talismans are in
the form of a disc, one side of which depicts the owner,
while the other illustrates whatever it is that he or she de-
sires. Catherine de Medici’s talisman was destroyed when
she died, but a copy can be found in the Bibliothèque nationale
de France in Paris.
Talismans are common even today―even if their
users don’t acknowledge them as such. People engaged in
competitive activities frequently use items of clothing as
a talismans to improve their performances. Vida Blue is
an excellent example. Blue was a famous baseball pitcher
in the 1970s and 80s. He believed that his cap brought
him luck and made him pitch better. Consequently, for
several seasons, he never went to the mound without
that exact cap. After a number of years, the hat finally became
so filthy and faded that league officials told Blue
that he would be suspended if he did not change hats.
Blue agreed and held a pregame ceremony to burn his
old hat before putting on the new one. (Blue probably
didn’t know it, but he was using an ancient rite to say
goodbye to his talisman.)
In Hong Kong, I have seen people who keep photographs
and drawings of books and computers in their
wallets and purses to help them become more academic.
I also know someone who keeps a photograph of Jesus in
his wallet. He has frequent eye problems, and carries the
picture, even though he is not a Christian, because Jesus
was known to heal the blind.
Talismans have also come in various natural forms.
The earliest talismans were natural. Primitive people frequently
used objects made from parts of animals. An
eagle’s feather, a shark’s tooth, or a leopard’s claw provided
power and prestige to the wearer. A necklace made
from the teeth of a predatory animal is another good example.
This was intended to provide not only protection,
but also to give the wearer some of the qualities of the
animal the teeth originally belonged to. Someone wearing
a necklace made from a beaver’s teeth would become
industrious, while someone wearing a shark’s tooth
would become strong, fierce, and energetic, for example.
Amulets
Unlike talismans, amulets are intended for more general
purposes and usually provide protection from danger.
They can also ward off illness and ill fortune.While talismans
are active, amulets are passive, reacting to events in
the wearer’s life rather than specifically creating something.
(We expect amulets to provide protection, but occasionally
the opposite occurs, and the amulet actually
makes life more dangerous. The most famous example
of this is the Hope Diamond, which caused misery and
grief to everyone who owned it.)
Originally, amulets consisted of natural objects.
“Lucky” rabbits’ feet and four-leaf clovers are examples
of such amulets. It wasn’t long, though, before manmade
objects became amulets, especially in the forms of various
body adornments. Jewelry is still frequently used as
an amulet.
An amulet can also be a specially made object you
carry with you for protection. For example, St. Jude is
considered the patron saint of policemen, and in the
early twentieth century, many police officers in New York
carried St. Jude medals with them to provide protection.
Lucky Charms
Lucky charms combine the qualities of both amulets and
talismans. They are active like talismans and generalized
like amulets. Charms are intended to attract good luck
and good fortune to whoever owns them.
Originally, charms consisted of words that were either
spoken or sung. The word “charm” itself is derived from
the French word charme, meaning “song.” The blessing
that a priest gives at the end of a church service is an excellent
example of a traditional charm. When people
began writing the words down rather than saying them,
charms became associated with magical objects like
amulets and talismans.
People have used lucky charms to provide protection
and attract success for things other than themselves. In
1968, contractors working on the Vanguard rocket project
for the United States Navy said a succession of failures
was caused by the absence of St. Christopher medals
on the rockets. St. Christopher is widely considered to be
the patron saint of travelers, and medals imprinted with
his image are thought to protect people as they travel. A
medal was attached to the next rocket, and it performed
perfectly.1
John’s horseshoe ring mentioned in the introduction
is also a good example of what I mean by lucky charm. It
protected him, but it also brought good luck to him. (Incidentally,
though it is not easy to find a blacksmith these
days, it is well worth the effort.When you find one, ask
the blacksmith to make you a ring from a horseshoe nail.
You will then own an unusual object that will attract
good luck and provide protection against evil. A ring of
this sort is the most effective lucky charm I have ever
come across.)
As you can see, it is sometimes difficult to say if a certain
magical object is an amulet, lucky charm, or talisman. In
fact, it is not at all unusual to find one object performing
all three functions depending on the beliefs of its owner.
Essentially, though, talismans provide active power;
amulets provide passive protection; and charms attract
good luck and provide protection from bad. It probably
makes no difference, in the end, what you call them, just
as long as you choose the correct object for your specific
needs.What follows will help you do just that.
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