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Term: Amulet


Amulet: A magical device used for protection. Although often used synonymously with talisman, amulets are made to keep things away (such as illness) while talismans are used to bring things to you (such as good luck).
source: The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, by John MIchael Greer

Amulet: A device of some sort worn to protect the wearer from some specific evil or malady. The term amulet seems to be derived from the Latin word amulteum, a “means of defense.” Amulets are Barrier and Guardian talismans.
source: The Seven Secrets of Crystal Talismans, Henry M. Mason (Llewellyn Publications)


Usually a physical object of metal or stone that has been deliberately crafted to represent and be additionally charged with particular energies believed to inspire or stimulate corresponding energies in a person carrying or wearing the amulet. Most often, the material is associated by traditional correspondences, and then is shaped or inscribed with symbols likewise derived from correspondences. The amulet may be activated and its energies transferred by prayer, manipulation, or magical use

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A magical device for general protection and good fortune. An amulet differs from a talisman in that talismans are made and ritually consecrated for specific tightly focused purposes, while amulets are more general, and are often not formally ...
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Creating a rune amulet
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Quartz Crystals
Why use quartz crystals? What is it about them above all other stones that makes them so special? Quartz crystals have been used since ancient times as powerful healing objects and meditation tools, and to make medicinal elixirs. Wise adepts have ...
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Witchcraft: Death and Resurrection
Soon the leaders of the new religion, determined to wield absolute control over all aspects of human life, sought to stamp out such crimes of heresy as foretelling the future, psychic healing, spiritualism, the creation of protective amulets and ...
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Uses of Crystals
Perhaps the greatest value of crystals is their use in healing. They have long been known for their curative effects when used in the preparation of tinctures; for their protective characteristics when worn as amulets and talismans; and for their ...
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What Makes Runes Powerful?
Runes are the manifest symbols through which rune magic is worked. They can be employed for all of the magical purposes that other magical systems serve, but they possess unique aspects that make them superior for certain uses. Because they were ...
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Review of the Golden Dawn Magical Tarot
Summary: A brilliant deck that is ideal for practitioners of ceremonial magick and for those following the system of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Will also interest those researching the link between earlier traditional Tarot decks and the ...
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Review of the Tarot of the Silicon Dawn
Summary:  The Tarot of the Silicon Dawn stretches the very bounds of Tarot by swapping elemental associations, adding entire suits (but of only a few cards), mixing Roman and Arabic numerals with the Majors, adding strangely named new Major ...
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Readers familiar with the writings of Aleister Crowley will recognize the somewhat unusual spelling of the word "MAGICK." Crowley did this to distinguish Occult "Magick" from the "magic" of legerdemain, and also to separate the new Occult Magick ...
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