Making and Charging Magical Talismans
Talismans acquire the power through ceremonies of consecration. But before consecrating a talisman, we must first decide what its function is. Firstly, we need to decide why we feel that we need it, and what we intend it to do for us. Should the talisman function as a weapon or as a shield (should it be magically active or passive)? Should it attract good fortune, or ward off harm? If it is to protect me, should the protection come from invisibility, so that it works unnoticed, or should it be visible, appearing fearsome? What is the talisman to be called? These are important considerations to contemplate, for they affect the style and content of the proposed talisman.
When we make or charge a talisman, we must have the right magical attitude from the beginning to the end of the ceremony. Proper mental preparation is essential. Natural magic should never be performed as a game, for entertainment or as a joke. Performing natural magic is primarily a means to inner spiritual development, and this is even more important than the results on the outer level. In any case, magical processes will not work properly unless we are mindful at every part of the entire operation, no matter how long it takes to finish.
During a magical action like this, however long or difficult the procedure may turn out to be, it is essential to remain concentrated throughout. We must first rid ourselves of any negative attitudes, emotions or thoughts. We must remain clear-sighted, mindful of our task. Because consecration focuses our concentrated willpower into the object, every action we take must be in accord. Any departure from this means failure.
It is customary to give talismans personal names. Like everything made by hand, a talisman is unique. It is made by a specific individual, at a specific time for a specific purpose. It is as individual as the person who made it, and ensouled with that person’s main. Even if the individual has made many similar ones before, they were made at other times with other materials. Each talisman thus has its own personality, and it is fitting to name it when we empower it. The name should reflect the function intended for the talisman.
As well as our personal attitude, timing is important. When we want to promote growth or expansion, we make our talisman during the waxing Moon. Conversely, those connected with decline and diminution are made during the waning Moon. Astrologers can recommend exact moments that are best suited to the purpose.
When we have everything we need, and the time is right, we can make and empower our talisman. Firstly, collect together everything necessary, decide on the talisman’s name, and create a psychic enclosure. This is a temporary magical barrier that protects the worker and his or her materials from psychic interference at this critical time. Once in the correct state of mind, let nothing distract you from the procedure. Everything necessary must be done with full concentration, visualizing the appropriate energies flowing into the talisman as you proceed.
Talismans are named with a naming ceremony, which may be used for anything that needs to be named. Once the talisman is finished, it should be enclosed in darkness. You can put it in a box, a lightproof bag, or wrap it in black cloth. Then rotate the container and the talisman within it nine times, calling upon the power that you intend it to have. When you have completed this, bring out the talisman into the light once more. This moment of re-emergence from darkness is its symbolic birth. To name it, first pass the talisman three times over a burning candle or other flame. As you do so, call upon the powers of light and life to empower the talisman with their full strength. Then, sprinkle sea-water or water with salt over it, whilst chanting:
As I sprinkle water over you
I name you (name of talisman).
By air and water, earth and fire.
Once this is over, the final infusing of its necessary energy is done. A spell stating the function is needed, such as:
(Name of talisman), who bears my will,
I charge you to do as commanded,
For the purpose of (state what it will do and where it will do it).
May this talisman work my will
In accordance with eternal laws.
Finally, visualize three interlinked circles over and around the talisman, and close down the psychic enclosure. It is a fundamental principle of natural magic always to remove any psychic construct that we have made, once we no longer need it. Close the working down with an ending spell such as:
Now the work is finished,
Where (name of talisman)
Has been brought out of the
Into this world,
In the name of the elements (or another appropriate deity or power).
The talisman is now ready, fully empowered.