What is a Talisman?

What is a Talisman?

Are you curious about what a talisman is and how it works?

Talisman comes from the Greek teleo, which means primarily “to accomplish” or “to bring into effect.” A talisman is an item imbued with magical meaning through signs and symbols. Small decorative objects with various healing, protection, and success-related purposes have been offered to followers of virtually every faith or religion in human history.

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Traditions from which the idea of a talisman emerged first in cosmology and ancient metaphysical traditions.

The basic premise was that there was a higher plane of existence reflected in the ‘lower’ plane. Our ancient forebears believed that a person could intentionally craft images that reflect much higher degrees of existence and realities, and with these images, the different powers and virtues present in the higher plane. In psychology, we call these “archetypes.”

Selecting the best times to use talismans is done through astrological methods. Electional astrology is a subfield of astrology that analyzes the stars to determine the most auspicious dates for a wide range of events and activities, from the timing of a war or the coronation of a monarch to the launch of a new business or the publication of a book or even the celebration of a wedding.

What is a Talisman: Examples from All Over the World

The symbols used in talismans are frequently drawn from esoteric geometry. Archaeologists, anthropologists, and geometricians all use the term “sacred geometry” to refer to the various religious, philosophical, and spiritual beliefs that have developed with geometry.

Both Pythagorean geometry and neo-Platonic geometry fall under this umbrella term. In addition, many people believe that sacred geometry is a divine language.

Using sacred geometry symbols, one can bring abstract, internal concepts into clear, concrete form. In addition, certain symbols, such as the lotus rising pristinely from the murky water, have universal relevance and power because they represent aspects of the fundamental unity of consciousness.

Buddhistic Images

Images of the Buddha can be comforting reminders of core Buddhist beliefs. The Buddhist image is used for a wide variety of ritual purposes. It has different meanings for different people, just as there are many ways to practice Buddhism. Buddhas have the potential to be endowed with a vast quantity of data, connotation, and life. The human form of Buddha is used to convey a sense of peace and tranquility.

Tying the Tibetan Knot

One of Tibetan Buddhism’s eight symbols is a knot, known as the Srivatsa or endless knot. Something happens on the other if you pull on one end of the Tibetan knot. It serves as a fitting emblem for Vajrayana practices: When trying to undo a knot, pulling on one end can tighten the other. To undo a knot, you must cooperate with it. Its seemingly endless configuration brings to mind karmic bonds and the cyclical nature of rebirth.


The Tibetans use colored sand to create their stunning Mandalas, and if you cover a metal plate with sand and vibrate it with different sounds, you’ll see structures formed in the sand that are strikingly similar to the sand Mandalas. After a few weeks, when the Mandalas are complete, the sand is swept away to symbolize not getting too attached to the external world of illusion and to highlight the cycle of life and death.

The Hamsa

The Hamsa is also called the Hamesh hand or the hand of Miriam. The Hamsa is a traditional talisman believed to protect its owner from harm and ward off the evil eye. As a symbol, the Hamsa is frequently depicted as a stylized hand with three extended fingers and, at times, two thumbs placed symmetrically.

The Dalet or Star of David

Dalet, Vav, and Dalet are the three letters that make up the name David in ancient Hebrew (during the reign of King David). In ancient Hebrew, the letter Dalet was a triangle. To authenticate his signature, King David adopted the six-pointed star (the two triangles of his name). Six, or the six-pointed star, is represented by the middle letter “Vav.” The compass points in six directions to show that God watches over us from every angle. The Shield of God was a divine omen that King David carried into battle with him.

Sacred Fabled “Tree of Life”

One of the most well-known examples of sacred geometry is the Tree of Life. The Jewish Kabbalah’s sacred teachings are woven into the fabric of the Tree of Life’s design. Sefer Yetzira is where the story of the Tree of Life is told (“Book of Creation”). 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet and 10 divine numbers (sefirot) are central to the book’s explanation of creation. The “32 paths of secret wisdom” are the 10 sefirot and the 22 letters.

The Scarab

Scarab beetle larvae emerged from their nesting burrows on their own accord. That’s why “Khepera,” which means “the one who came forth,” became a name of worship for them. Khepera, the scarab beetle god, was believed to have pushed the setting sun across the sky with his dung ball. Numerous artifacts show a scarab propelling the sun across the sky.


Symbolically, the Ankh represents both earthly and heavenly longevity. Known as the “Original Cross,” this potent symbol originated in Ancient Egypt.

The Gods are frequently depicted with an ankh in their hands, and the Ankh is commonly associated with the elements of nature, such as water, air, and the sun.

In ancient Egyptian culture, the heart was replaced after being removed during the mummification process. This amulet, sometimes confused with the Bennu, “Soul of Râ,” bestows Osiris’s and Râ’s protection.

The Cross/Crucifix

The cross represents a Christian’s commitment to their faith. Several early church fathers opposed its use because they thought it was pagan. It is believed that Christ defeated death itself through His sacrifice on the cross, making it a symbol of Christ’s triumph over sin and death.


The first documented use of the fish as a Christian religious symbol dates back to the first three centuries AD. The Greek word “fish” eventually became an abbreviation for “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior” among Christians. The name for Christians, derived from the Latin word for “fish,” was Pisciculi.

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