In many modern Pagan traditions, amulets must be consecrated before their use. We do this because of two main reasons:
- It cleanses and purifies the amulet, removing any residual energies from whoever handled it before you.
- It activates its Talismanic Power so it can interact and communicate with the Divine. 📿
This is especially useful if you don’t know who owned the amulet/talisman before you, or if the person who sold it to you was in contact with it, unintentionally passing their energies, good and bad.
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This ritual works just like the consecration of your tools. It’s a small ceremony in which you invite the object to become a part of your identity and your spiritual path. By consecrating and blessing it, we are giving life to the tool, recognizing its Talismanic Power to change our life. Let’s see how to activate an amulet with a simple Wiccan ritual.
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Ritual Consecration of an Amulet or Talisman
By offering the amulet or talisman to the Four Elements, it is consecrated and blessed from all directions.
The preparation of a sacred space is important. You will need a quiet place, an altar or table, and enough time to perform the ceremony without rushing.
Think clearly about the reason why you want to consecrate this talisman or amulet. What is it that you want to bring to your life. It’s a good idea to write it down, even if it’s just a line or two on a piece of paper.
Each ingredient corresponds to one of the cardinal elements and directions. Place them on your altar each facing their corresponding direction. Learn more about this setup clicking here.
- The salt represents Earth and faces North.
- The incense represents Air and faces East.
- The candle represents Fire and faces South.
- The chalice with water represents Water and faces West.
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How to Bless an Amulet for Protection
What do I do with the ingredients after the ritual?
Let the incense and candle burn out while you meditate. If you’re leaving the room, blow out the candle for safety. Blowing out a candle doesn’t cancel the spell, it releases your intention back to the Universe as the smoke rises.
Depending on your tradition, you will either bury the leftovers (candlewax, water, salt) on soil, such as in your backyard, a churchyard, or you can throw them in your compost. Others prefer to keep it simple and throw the remains in the trash since they will go to a landfill and be buried anyway.
When doing this, remember that it’s still part of the ritual and a sacred act, so you could say a prayer as you do it, or just give thanks to the Elements for their help.
“Thank you for your help in this ritual”
How do you wear the amulet?
Carry the amulet in a pocket, a wallet, as a bracelet, pendant, necklace, keychain or in any other way you can think of. It is now a sacred piece of jewelry that will help you attract what you want, such as love, money or other things. Never doubt its Power. If after wearing it for some time you don’t feel comfortable wearing it, try doing the consecration again.
What is the difference between an Amulet and a Talisman?
- Amulets generally offer protection by different means, for example attracting good luck, removing negative energies, bad spirits, preventing psychic attacks, anxiety and illness. Amulets are worn by people as a spiritual mechanism of defense, to act as a shield that blocks evil that surrounds them.
- Talismans attract a more specific energy. You could create or consecrate a talisman to attract wealth, or a new job, or to improve your relationship. If you’re struggling with any particular aspect of your life, whatever it is, you can charge a talisman with the frequencies you want to attract and then wear it.
What objects can I use to make an amulet?
You can make an amulet or talisman from any object that you can carry with you. It could be a ring, a stuffed animal, a coin, a prayer card, even a piece of paper. However, the more meaning the object has, the stronger its Power will be. The best talisman or amulet is something that has real value to you and you can understand its personal meaning and symbolism.
A simple way to make an amulet with a clear quartz and bless it following an Elemental Cleansing ritual.
11 Common Amulets and their Meanings
Also known as the Turkish Eye or Nazar, this eye is a traditional amulet of Assyrian origin which spread all around the world. It is usually worn around the neck and it offers protection against negative energies and envy (such as those caused by the Malocchio, Mal de Ojo, or “Evil Eye”) as well as attracting luck. Keep it close to you by wearing it as a necklace, bracelet, or keychain. To bring good luck to your home, hang it near the front door.
The Hamsa or Hand of Fatima (after the daughter of the prophet Muhammad) is a very popular amulet in the Middle East. Hamsa means “five” in Arabic, symbolizing the five fingers of a hand. It is also worn to ward off the Evil Eye and other negative influences. It attracts happiness, luck, and fortune. The open hand is present in several Eastern doctrines and its meaning varies according to each religion. In Buddhism, for example, it bears the name of Abhayamudrā and serves as a talisman against fear.
This tradition comes from India, where elephants are venerated and considered wise and strong animals. An elephant represents strength, dignity, balance and perseverance. It’s common to have an elephant ornament at home or on the office desk, with its back facing the front door. The red version of the elephant also brings protection against the Evil Eye.
Triple Moon / Goddess
The Goddess is the Universal Mother. She is the source of fertility, of infinite wisdom and love. The Goddess, while representing the feminine character of creation, also represents the states of life as the Triple Goddess. It is also associated with feminine energy, mystery and psychic abilities. The symbol of the Triple Goddess ☽✪☾ is often seen in crowns or other parts of the head, especially.
They were originally used by the Ojibwe people, one of the native tribes of North America. For the Ojibwe, dream catchers were able to filter dreams by letting only good dreams through, while bad dreams would get caught in the net and disappear with the first light of dawn.
Some people give it a different meaning, taking the word “dreams” in the sense of “aspirations” and “goals”, so they believe that the dream catchers help to achieve a goal in life.
The yin yang is a principle of Chinese philosophy, where two opposite energies need and complement each other. The yin and yang are concepts from Taoism, which displays the duality of everything that exists in the Universe. Yang is a luminous, positive energy that presents itself intensely, whereas yin is a passive, negative light..The yin and yang is a symbol of harmony due to the balance produced by the interaction of the two energies.
Considered a sacred bird of Japan, the Orizuru (or Crane) has become a symbol of health, good luck, happiness, longevity and fortune. It is also associated with eternal love and fidelity, since cranes are monogamous birds. According to the Japanese legend, if a person makes 1000 origami tsurus while visualizing their wish, it will be fulfilled.
The pentagram or five-pointed star was already used by Pythagoras around 554 BCE as a symbol of health and wholeness. For modern Wiccans, the pentagram has many meanings: The five points correspond to the elements of Air, Earth, Fire and Water, with the top corresponding to Spirit. It can also reference Universal Wisdom, or humanity in union with its environment.
This phase of the moon is the archetype of the Maiden (Diana/Artemis), a young virgin who is receptive to new experiences, enthusiastic and joyful. The crescent moon phase is considered a moment of creation and manifestation. It’s the alchemical symbol for silver, and it means new beginnings, strength, and seeds being planting both in reality and symbolically. It can help you increase self-esteem, develop motivation, and move forward.
The cross was the method of execution of Jesus Christ. It represents the victory of Christ over death and sin, because according to these beliefs, Jesus overcame death in itself and rescued humanity from condemnation. Some mystical interpretations interpret that the vertical portion represents the divinity in Jesus and the horizontal portion his humanity.
The ankh is an Egyptian hieroglyph meaning “life”. It is also called the “key of life” or the “Egyptian cross”. In Ancient Egypt, it was a symbol of the search for immortality, but also of rebirth and an early concept of life after death. The goddess Isis usually carries an ankh. She is the sister and wife of Osiris, and represents the mother, queen, and goddess of all Egyptian gods.
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