CHARMS: Amulets & Talismans ~ Magical Symbols to Wear or Carry
Amulets and Talismans are often inscribed with magical markings. There is no real agreement on the differences, although talismans are typically more complicated, or designed. Both are items worn or carried to provide benefit to the bearer.
Acorn- An acorn anointed with musk oil and carried in your purse, pocket, or charm bag will help to attract the opposite sex to you. T0 increase your income, anoint an acorn with 3 drops of pine oil when the Moon is waxing, and then bury it in your yard as close as possible to the front door of your house. For Witches and Pagans who follow a Druid or Celtic tradition, 3 acorns placed on a Yule Sabbat altar will help increase magical or divination powers and also bring peace and protection to a Druid circle.
Adam and Eve Root- Carry a musk or rose oil-anointed Adam and Eve root in your pocket, purse, or charm bag to make any form of love magick more potent.
Amber- is a good-luck gemstone that strengthens the aura, and harmonizes and balances the yin/yang energies. It attracts compassion and can be worn as talisman jewelry to protect against evil influences and accidental injuries.
Amethyst- is a gemstone of power, peace, protection, and spirituality. It helps balance the aura, controls evil thoughts, eases tension, sharpens the intellect, and brings contentment and sincerity into the lives of those who use it. Amethyst is an amulet of exceptional good luck for all persons born in the month of February or under the astrological sign of Pisces. When held in the hand or placed over the Third Eye chakra, it aids spiritual and psychic development, and can be used as a powerful meditation stone. To guard against negativity, wear an amethyst pendant set in silver on a silver chain. When engraved with a Cupid, an amethyst ring attracts true love the wearer.
Ankh- The ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol resembling a cross with a loop at the top. It symbolizes the power of life and cosmic knowledge, and is the oldest and most popular amulet/religious symbol used by the Egyptians. When worn or carried, the ankh brings good health, promotes fertility, and strengthens the psychic powers.
Beryl- Known as both the “mystic stone” and the “Seer’s Stone,” yellow or golden beryl increases psychic abilities when placed over the Third Eye chakra or when held in the left hand during meditative rituals. When worn as talisman jewelry, beryl is said to banish fear, strengthen the intellect, protect against enemies, promote the love of married couples, and attract the affections of the opposite sex. Once used to make crystal balls, beryl has long been used by seers as a scrying stone and as a dowsing stone to help locate lost or hidden thins. To promote friendship or to reconcile enemies, engrave the image of a frog on a piece of beryl and carry it near to your heart or wear it on a gold necklace.
Dolphin Talisman- For protection against accidents when traveling by ship, wear or carry an amulet shaped like or bearing the image of a dolphin.
Dove Talisman- To bring peace into your home or workplace, wear a dove-shaped amulet on a chain around your neck. The symbol of the turtle dove protects the wearer against death, fire, and lightning. The dove is a bird sacred to Ishtar, Aphrodite and other Goddesses of love and fertility.
Eye of Horus- Also known as the “Udjat” or “All-Seeing Eye'” the Eye of Horus is an ancient symbol used in modern Witchcraft as an amulet for wisdom, prosperity, spiritual protection, good health, the increasing of clairvoyant powers and protection against thieves.
Fish Talisman- An amulet shaped like a pair of fish and made of gold or mother-of-pearl will increase fertility and virility, bring prosperity and offer you protection from people who hate you or have evil intentions. For persons born under the astrological sign of Pisces, the fish is an especially powerful amulet for luck in life.
Four Leaf Clover- Good fortune will smile on you if you carry a four leaf clover, or if you wear a pin, ring, or pendant shaped like one. The four leaf clover (a highly magickal plant and a powerful amulet of Irish origin) is believed to be the most powerful of all natural amulets and is especially favorable for persons born under the astrological signs of Cancer and Pisces. It was sacred to the Trinity, and was used by the ancient Druids as a charm against evil and to attain clairvoyant powers.
Garlic- Garlic is one of the oldest and most famous of natural protection amulets used throughout the world in a variety of ways. Witches and Shamans us it as a healing amulet. Garlic is said to be ruled by Mars and under the influence of Aries and Scorpio.
Garnet- Also known as the “Passion Stone,” the garnet is a balancer of the yin/yang energies. It increases psychic sensitivity and sexual energy. Garnet is an ideal gemstone to use during meditative rituals, and it can be worn as amuletic jewelry to attract sexual love and soul mates. When placed under a pillow or worn while sleeping, it wars off bad dreams and evil spirits of the night. A garnet engraved with the symbol of a lion is a powerful amulet for attracting good health and success. It also protects the wearer from all dangers when traveling. To attract a lover, wear a heart-shaped garnet amulet in a red velvet charm bag over your heart.(anoint it every Friday night with three drops of rose or patchouli oil.)
Goat Talisman- The symbol of the goat (sacred to Aphrodite and the Horned God) increases fertility when worn or carried as an amulet, and is especially favorable as a good luck charm for persons born under the astrological sign of Capricorn.
Horseshoe- The horseshoe is a well known good luck symbol in many parts of the world. According to superstition, nail an iron horseshoe with the convex side up for protection against sorcery and bad luck. For good luck, nail it over your door with the convex side pointing down. Wear any type of horseshoe shaped jewelry or carry a miniature horseshoe charm in a mojo charm bag to promote fertility, guard against evil, and attract good luck. To ward off bad luck and negativity, wear a ring made of horseshoe nails.
Jacinth- Aids in astral projection and increases psychic powers. It is often worn or carried as an amulet for the attainment of honor, prudence and wisdom. It is also reputed to protect against poisonings, lightning, injuries and wounds. In Italy, jacinth is used as the birthstone for persons born in the month of January.
Jade- Jade is a mystical gemstone sacred to the Chinese Goddess of healing mercy. It is the symbol of tranquillity and wisdom. It is said to possess yang (the vital masculine principal), and in China it was believed to impart immortality. When worn as amuletic jewelry, jade prevents nightmares and prolongs life. Wear a jade butterfly as an amulet to attract love and good luck. A jade statue placed in the house near a window or in the garden to avert lightning.
Owl Talisman- To increase knowledge, wear an owl shaped pendant made of gold, silver or copper. The symbol of the owl (sacred to the Goddess Athena) also brings good luck, especially to all persons born under an Earth sign: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Ram Talisman- An amulet in the shape of a ram will increase fertility in women. It also brings exceptional good luck to those born under the astrological sign of Aries.
Scarab Beetle Talisman- One of the most famous of all Egyptian amulets, the sacred scarab is an emblem of the Great Creator of the Universe. It is a symbol of perpetual renewal of life and is sacred to the God Khepera. Wear scarab beetle jewelry for good luck and protection against all evil forces.
Shark’s Tooth- In Hawaii and other parts of the world, it is believed by some that wearing shark’s teeth on a necklace will bring good fortune, keep away evil spirits and protect surfers against accidents and shark attacks.
Sun Symbol- Carry a gold charm shaped like the Sun in a gold or yellow colored velvet charm bag if you wish to acquire wealth, good health, success and/or fame. This is also an effective amulet to use if you feel that others have been causing you trouble. The symbol of the Sun is sacred to all solar deities, and is especially powerful for people born under the astrological sign of Leo.
Tiger Talisman- According to ancient Chinese folklore, to attain physical strength, immortality or the ability to master the art of shape shifting, wear a silver or jade tiger amulet.
Turtle Talisman- For spiritual protection, compassion, stimulation of creativity and strengthening of divinatory powers, wear a gold turtle shaped charm on a chain as a necklace or carry it in a white mojo charm bag.
Unicorn Talisman- The unicorn is an ancient symbol of chastity and protection, and its fabled horn was said to be used in medieval times as an amulet to detect poisons in the food or drinks of Kings, Queens, Pontiffs and Popes. To promote fertility or increase sexual magnetism, wear any type of amuletic jewelry shaped like a unicorn.
Wishbone- Wear a wishbone shaped charm (or even an actual turkey or chicken wishbone on a necklace) as an amulet to attract good luck and to make wishes and dreams come true.