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Talisman or Amulet? What's the difference?

Updated on November 5, 2016

What's the difference?

Present in all cultures, traditions and religions, these two words have a slightly different meaning.

While Amulet is always created against something in order to protect from disease, danger or any harm, Talisman is meant to bring lucky coincidences, desired qualities or just good fortune, a positive influence.


You can see them in different forms, such as gems, statues, coins, drawings, pendants, rings, plants, animals, etc. The material though is secondary. What counts more is the intention while the process of making them and then applying in life by the owner.

They both draw from rich traditions using knowledge about symbolism.

Do they really work and how?

They probably have something to do with using a collective subconscious of people, where for example the symbol of heart will always be connected with love. We are subconsciously drawn to people, objects that represent something precious to us, what we like to have in life or the way we like to feel.

Some people believe that talisman should be created by the person who will use it. However it is recommended that this person is familiar with symbols and relation between them.

They can also be connected with a specific color, shape that may allow to impress our subconscious mind.

How to choose the right shape and pattern for yourself?

I would address that by asking you a few questions:

* First of all what are your beliefs? If you are catholic, protestant and you are very much drawn to religion the belief in most popular cross will be probably a good choice. However if you are drawn to a particular culture, folklore, like history, you have a lot of options. Before choosing anything, I would be very careful with unknown source. Not all so called artifacts are compatible with your rooted beliefs therefore they can be even harmful, not mentioning not all of them were created with good intentions.

* To what materials you are drawn mostly: stones, wood, paintings, drawings, carved or colorful. If colors, then which ones?

* What is your first impression, feeling when you look at certain artifact created for the purpose of protecting you or assisting in achieving your goal?

I am looking forward to hear about your experience.

Used images of paintings are combination of Runes, drawn from Vikings beliefs.


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