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What is a Talisman & How It’s Used in Magick

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

A talisman is an object specially made and charged to embody a specific energy or force. It is then used to represent or attract the energy in ritual or to attract or radiate that energy for the person who carries or wears it.


A talisman is an object, typically an amulet or charm, that is believed to hold magical properties and is used to bring about specific positive outcomes or provide protection.

Talismans are often inscribed with symbols, words, or images that are thought to harness mystical or supernatural forces.

People carry or wear talismans with the belief that they can influence their lives, attract good fortune, ward off negative energies, or assist in achieving particular goals.

The power of a talisman is often tied to the intentions of the person using it, and they can vary in form and material, from stones and pendants to symbols and written words.

Talismans in Rituals

The word talisman derives from the Greek verb teleō (τελέω); “to complete a ritual”. Talismans are often created as part of a ritual or ceremony using prescribed materials at designated times.

These may be highly formal; the creation of a Sun talisman working during the planetary hour of the Sun when the sun is in Leo using gold and gems that correspond to the element of the sun and inscribing it with symbols that represent the sun in order to allow the wearer to raise their consciousness, all while burning appropriate incense and candles and chanting the appropriate prayers.

Creating a Talisman

Or the creation of a talisman may be less formal;  the weaving of Brigid’s Cross out of straw at Imbolc to be hung in the home to invite Brigid’s protection against fire damage.  Some talismans are simply words, often prayers, written on a piece of paper.

Whether complex or simple, the act of creating the talisman is the spell. This is why some traditions hold that a talisman only works if the person who is going to use it is also the person who creates it.

Others believe that magick users can create talismans for the use of others, but the person for whom it is created must be taken into account during the creation.

Yet other schools of thought allow for the creation of a talisman by a stranger to be charged by the intended user after it has been obtained, and fully assembled.

About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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