Talismans, Rings, Pendulum's, Pendant's,
Pentacle's, Pentagram's, Censer's & Incense, Candle's
Even full-fledged witches do not
agree on the exact difference between amulets and talismans. (So much of
witchcraft is based on tradition that some rules are a bit blurry.)
However, everyone versed in the occult agrees on one thing: Whether they
are called amulets or talismans, these objects are basic necessities in
the practice of witchcraft. Familiarize yourself with the amulets and
talismans mentioned in this section. When linked with an
appropriate spell, they greatly increase its strength. However, they can
also be used alone, for their magic is powerful.
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Almost everyone agrees that
amulets are small objects, worn to benefit their owners in some way. Some
are used for a specific purpose to prevent colds, bring money, etc. Others
simply bring general good luck. Usually, an amulet is placed around the
neck. It can be worn as an ordinary necklace or pendant; or it can be put
into a small silk or leather bag along with several other amulets if you
like. Amulets can be worn anywhere pins, cuff links, etc. For secrecy,
they can even be pinned to an undergarment. (A single red garter worn on
the left leg and bulging with amulets is a popular witch adornment.)
Wherever an amulet is worn, the closer it is to the body, the more
powerful its magic.
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Talismans are also used to
benefit their owners in general or specific ways. Usually they are more
complicated affairs than amulets carved or engraved figures, inscriptions
in gold, etc. 0 Generally, talismans are not worn. Most often they're
carried in a pocket or purse; sometimes they're kept near the object
they're intended to benefit, for instance, tacked over a child's bed.
Right now, controversy rages
over when an object is an amulet and when it's a talisman. For example,
it's undisputed that black agate worn around the neck is an amulet for the
protection of travelers. If the agate is engraved with an anchor (lucky
for sailors) and carried, it becomes a talisman. However, suppose that
same anchor is worn. Is it an amulet or a talisman? The best a beginner
can do is forget about what it's called, and get one before climbing on
The pages that follow list many
objects traditionally regarded as good amulets or talismans. The power of
each varies from person to person. Keep experimenting until you find the
objects that work best for you.
You are not limited to the
objects listed here. An amulet or talisman can be made of, and look like
anything. The only rule is that the item must give off good vibrations. If
you find something that sends waves of well being and peace in your
direction, grab it! It's probably the best all around good luck charm for
& SEMIPRECIOUS STONE
To generate power, the
stones listed below must be authentic, but they needn't be flawless or
expensive. Unpolished semiprecious stones are available for a few
cents each; un-faceted stones can be bought for a dollar or two. (Rock
and craft shops are good places to find these gems.)
|Amber beads are a
strong protection against rheumatism. In any form, the stone
wards off evil spirits, especially from children.
|Worn in earrings, it
brings love. Worn or carried anywhere else, it brings hope to
the oppressed and protects travelers.
|Engrave a frog on a
piece of beryl and set the stone in gold. Anyone who touches
the engraving will find its owner irresistible.
|Coral loses its color
when a friend is dying. It's also another protector of
|Worn on the left
hand, a diamond repels wild beasts and evil men. It's also a
generally lucky gem, and insures fidelity in a lover.
|An emerald set in
gold helps its owner see into the future. Alone, it
strengthens the memory and prevents possession by evil
|This stone brings
good health and is a powerful protection against nightmares.
from nightmares, as well as the bearer of general good
|Worn as beads, it
protects against black magic (as do all blue stones). In any
form, it wards off melancholy and insomnia.
|If a woman in love
places a moonstone in her mouth during the full moon, she can
see what the future holds for her and her beloved.
|This stone protects a
marriage from intruders; however, it can cause friends to
|While pearls improve
the skin, cure fevers and bring tranquility; black pearls
carry bad luck.
|One of witchcraft's
favorite stones, sapphires are reputed to bring peace,
happiness, and to protect the eyes.
|To cure a chest or
rheumatic complaint, wear a topaz around the neck. Worn or
carried anyplace else, it helps to locate buried treasure.
|To patch up a quarrel
between a husband and wife, give either spouse something made
of turquoise; it brings peace to married life.
The items below have magic
powers because of their shapes or symbolism. (Bear in mind that the
animals and insects listed refer to images of these creatures not the real
thing!) You may buy any object (hat strikes your fancy However, try to
make it and add a little of your own power to it. Unless a material is
specified, use any natural substance wax, clay, etc.
|A dried acorn
is excellent for keeping a youthful appearance. Though not so
powerful, an acorn made of silver, copper or gold will do.
arrowhead the older the better is a powerful force against evil
spirits. However, a metal arrowhead (or arrow) might bring bad
luck if given as a gift.
|When cast in
silver or gold, the shape of a bee brings success in business.
|A beetle made
of jet is a strong protection against black magic. Made of any
other material, it attracts money to its owner.
popular superstition, a black cat is one of the best all around
good luck charms known to witchcraft (and has been highly regarded
by European sorcerers for centuries).
any coin that you find brings good luck. A coin with a leap year
date is especially lucky and a coin with your birth date on it is
dynamite. However, if a coin, with any date, was cursed and
deliberately left in your path by an enemy, it can bring bad luck.
shaped brings good luck. However, eggs are also a powerful
fertility charm; they should not be used indiscriminately.
|A fish in any
material brings a large family. If cast in gold or mother of
pearl, its magic is especially powerful
|The shape of
a hand, in any material, is another powerful charm against evil
good luck, hang a horseshoe over your bed (with the points down!).
|The oak is a
sacred tree in witchcraft. (Technically, when you "knock on
wood," it should be oak.) Thus, anything in the shape of an
oak tree or a piece of oak itself is lucky.
shape is a potent bearer of fertility. A boar protects its owner
amulet or talisman in the form of a serpent brings long life and
wisdom (especially lucky for doctors and teachers).
SQUARES AND TRIANGLES
Many amulets and talismans are
made from letters or numbers that seem meaningless; however, the figures
themselves and the shapes into which they're arranged give off excellent
The squares and triangle that
follow can be carved on wood or metal and used as talismans. Or, they can
be written on paper or cloth and worn in an amulet bag or a locket. For
writing, use red ink and add to it a pinch of salt, nutmeg and a drop of
If you're a city dweller, this
is the square for you. Notice that the words read the same backwards and
forwards, up and down and sideways. They bring general good luck, and
protection from the trials and tribulations of urban living.
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R E L A P
A L U L A
P A L E R
S P A R T
The arrangement given below is
the most celebrated of letter squares. It also reads the same in every
direction. The words are Latin and they make no sense, even when
translated. However, their magic is considered very strong.
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A R E P O
T E N E T
O P E R A
R O T A S
Inscribed in the usual way, it
protects against misfortune and illness. Written in blood on parchment and
carried in the left hand, it is said to grant the owner's every whim or
The letters below are arranged
according to an ancient Hebrew formula. For general good luck, write them
on a round piece of paper. (Written in green ink, the spell protects the
H E B R I R I
S H E B R I R
S H E B R I
S H E B R
S H E B
S H E
Here's a simple little square
that uses numbers instead of letters. The numbers add up to 15 a very
lucky combination in every direction.
These numbers protect from evil
forces generally. However, if you fear a particular enemy, write his name
under the numbers. As long as you carry or wear the charm, he will be
unable to you, you, or anyone dear to you.