Magickal-Charms

  CONCERNING
TALISMANIC MAGICK


Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

We shall now venture to instruct you all concerning a very practical,
effective and powerful type of hermetic science, called "Talismanic
Magick". This science is unlimited in its practical application to
accomplish the Magical Will of the Magician. There are various
creative aspects to this practical science or various constructive
means of applying its magical formulae to create necessary changes in
accordance with the Will of the Magician.

A Talisman is, to all intents and purposes, a "charged" or
"consecrated" magical object with symbols and/or words inscribed on it
which are intended to represent particular cosmic energies which the
Magician is applying in the practical operations of his holy Magick,
to accomplish a particular goal. It is used by the Magician as a
magical link with the particular type of force which is invoked or
evoked by him to accomplish his Will. A Talisman is basically any
object which one ritually charges or consecrates with an occult force
or energy which the Talisman itself is intended to represent, and this
must only be done with strict magical intent.

Let us all impress upon our minds Aleister Crowley's proper definition
of Magick. He stated that "Magick is the Science and Art of causing
Change to occur in conformity with Will." Let us also impress upon our
minds his definition of a magical act. He stated that "All intentional
acts are magical acts. By intentional I mean willed." Before we can
perform Magick proper we must formulate our Will, we must cultivate
intent. Talismanic Magick is a scientific method of causing Change to
occur in conformity with Will, but we must know our Will before we can
apply this practical method of our Royal Art of Magick. Therefore the
first and greatest injunction of Talismanic Magick, as of all other
branches of the Magick Art, is "KNOW THY WILL."

The words and symbols used on a Talisman are very important. By the
scientific use of magical words and symbols the Magician can transform
a so-called dead material substance into an outward sign of an
invisible grace. Divine words and symbols are drawn on Talismans as
magical links with the spiritual energies that they are intended to
represent; they indicate a definite connection with the magical
energies which the Magician seeks to invoke or evoke for purposes of
doing his Will. The Hebrew Alphabet, also called the Magical Alphabet,
is used by most Magicians to compose significant magical words on
their Talismans. But Latin, Greek, Arabic, and English can also be
used. The Enochian language is, of course, used for Talismans which
are created from that system.

Symbols, like words, indicate something significantly magical, and
they impress upon the mind of the Magician the nature of his intent
and the nature of the force or energy which the Talisman
represents. The Talisman becomes linked, through the mind of the
Magician, with the force or energy which the symbols are intended to
signify. There are many types of symbols that can be used to inspire
the imagination of the Magician with the appropriate force. You can
draw the symbol of the Planet or symbols related to that
Planet. Eliphas Levi suggested inscribing a Pentagram on one side of
the Talisman and the Hexagram on the other side. This statement can be
applied in all cases, whether you are making a Talisman of Jupiter,
Mercury or any other Planet. Sigils are appropriate symbols by which
to properly charge Talismans and impress upon the mind of the Magician
the nature of the force or energy of his intent. Sigils are signatures
of invisible beings - - such as angels -- that are invoked or evoked
for the purpose of charging Talismans. Sigils can be created using the
well-known Magick Squares (Kameas) or Rose Cross symbol. Sigils are,
to all intents and purposes, magical symbols that represent the nature
and power of certain ideas or beings that correspond with the force or
energy of one's Will.

A Talisman can be a symbol of the influences of a Planet, made from a
sympathetic stone or metal or from parchment paper. Such a Talisman
would be constructed on the day of the week which corresponds to the
Planet. To each Planet is assigned an Intelligence or Angel and a
Demon. Each Planet, Intelligence and Demon have their own special
Seals or Sigils. Demonic Seals should never be inscribed on Talismans
except to perform an act of Black Magic. Their Seals would be written
on a Talisman made of the opposite metal or colored paper to that
which corresponds to their Planet, since the Demons represent forces
contrary thereto. But members of the New Order of the Golden Dawn are
obligated to never perform acts of Black Magic, which tend to obstruct
the Will of the Magician. The Magician of Thelema has no right but to
do his own Will. All true acts of Magick are acts of Will, and all
acts of Will are acts of Love. It is written in our Most Holy Book of
the New Aeon, that "Love is the law, love under will." Black Magic is
contrary to the Ways of Love; it is a false attempt to master and
misuse the laws of Nature. Let us here keep in mind those enlightening
words of the Old French Magus Eliphas Levi: "To affirm and will that
which ought to be is to create; to affirm and will that which ought
not to be is to destroy."

If you make your Planetary Talisman with parchment paper, the color of
the ink by which you draw the corresponding words and symbols thereon
should correspond with the Planet. If you are using simple paper, it
should be in the color that corresponds with the Planet. The Talisman
should be ritually anointed with the proper oil and/or ritually
consecrated with the proper incense. The Talisman should, in all
cases, be prepared by oneself. The cultivation of the proper mental
attitude is of vital importance in the construction of the Talisman
and one needs to concentrate with complete attention on the intent or
nature of the force which the Talisman is intended to represent. It
is therefore most suitable to employ the proper Colors, Metals, and
Perfumes on the proper Days of the Week, and to assume the proper
God-forms to charge the Talismans, since these directly indicate to
the mind of the Magician his magical intent and its corresponding
Planetary force or energy.

From a psychological point of view, the Planets are objects of
classification in the mind of man. We may classify under the
presidency of the Seven Ancient Planets various human and spiritual
influences, attributes or qualities of man. Any proper book on
Astrology can direct you in this fundamental knowledge. The basic
idea is to understand which Planet you will classify your intent under
to make effective your Magical Talisman. For instance, if your intent
is to cultivate better health, then you would classify this intent
under the presidency of the Sun. You would therefore make a Talisman
of the Sun and assume the God Form of Ra to properly charge it with
the energies of the Sun. If your intent is to find a lover, then you
would classify this intent under the presidency of Venus. You would
therefore make a Talisman of Venus and assume the God-form of Hathoor
to properly charge it with the energies of Venus.

The assumption of God-forms is a most essential part of magical
operations proper. Students should most earnestly study and practice
the principles of this matter outlined in Liber 0 contained in Gems
from the Equinox, by Aleister Crowley (Published by Falcon
Press). Listed below are seven Egyptian God- forms. You may, however,
assume other God-forms from other Pantheons. But the Egyptian Gods are
the most useful to assume for operations of Magick. (Note: For other
God-forms which correspond with the Seven Ancient Planets, consult 777
and other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley.) To properly assume
a God-form, and to assume that God's particular type of cosmic
consciousness, you would study and meditate on its ancient image and
mythological characteristics. In this manner you assimilate that God
into your consciousness, allowing for the free fulfillment of its
energy or force as represented by its corresponding Ancient
Planet. This is most vital to the work.

In the centre of each Talisman, it is an appropriate and effective
idea to write One Word which signifies your single intent or One
Will. It is said that "The Word is the Will." If your intent is Love
you would write this word in the centre of the Talisman. This One Word
may be written in Hebrew, English, Enochian or in any other language;
but it is a suitable idea to write it in the particular language you
are most familiar with. However, Sigils may be formed by the use of
One Word, and these Sigils may be used instead of writing an actual
word on the Talisman. But concerning this we shall communicate more
later, regarding the use of the Rose-Cross symbol of the Golden Dawn.

Talismans should be constructed in the shape of a Circle. For the
Circle is a most powerful magical symbol, representing the powers of
the Infinite. But the Talisman may be constructed in other meaningful
shapes. For instance, if Love is your intent you could construct your
Talisman in the shape of a heart. Use your imagination and you will
see the many possibilities of this practical method of creating
Magical Talismans.

Listed below are the various correspondences of the so-called Seven
Ancient Planets. If you wanted to make a Talisman of the Sun, you
would construct it of Gold or on Yellow paper or with Yellow Paint, on
a Sunday, assuming the God-form of Ra, using the Oil or Incense of
Cinnamon. Note that Oils and Incenses are both listed under the same
title of Perfumes.

TABLE OF CORRESPONDENCES

PLANETS GODS DAYS COLORS METALS PERFUMES
Sun Ra Sunday Yellow Gold Cinnamon
Moon Isis Monday Violet Silver Jasmine
Mars Horus Tuesday Red Iron Dragons Blood
Mercury Thoth Wednesday Orange Mercury Musk
Jupiter Amun Thursday Blue Tin Cedar
Venus Hathoor Friday Green Copper Sandalwood
Saturn Set Saturday Black Lead Myrrh

What is to follow are eleven ritual steps by which to effectively
charge a Talisman to accomplish your Will. These are simple steps and
can be easily performed by all members of the New Order of the Golden
Dawn. Let all make the simple attempt at completing the simple task of
making and charging at least one Talisman after reading this
lesson. It should further be suggested that all members make Seven
Talismans to correspond with the Seven Ancient Planets. In this way
you will have Seven Sacred Talismans which you can use at any time to
accomplish any goal. For such Talismans, the One Word in the centre
could be the name of the Planet or God of which your Talisman is a
material symbol.

ELEVEN RITUAL STEPS

1. Perform the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram or the
Banishing Ritual of the Star Ruby (Liber XXV).

2. Perform the Middle Pillar Ritual and equilibrate the Light by
performing the Qabalistic Cross.

3. Light the appropriate Planetary incense.

4. Assume the God-form. Become the God as you breathe in through
your nostrils the smoke of the incense, as if it were the
spirit of the god entering your nostrils.

5. Vibrate the Divine Name of the God as many times necessary to
concentrate your entire attention on that God-form.

6. Recite an invocation appropriate to the God or Planet, or just
keep vibrating the Divine Name of the God until you achieve
total identification with it.

7. In the consciousness of the God, hold the Talisman in the
palms of your hands. Concentrate on it. Fix your eyes in its
centre, on the One Word or Sigil in the centre of your
Talisman.

8. Vibrate that One Word as many times necessary to concentrate
your entire attention on your single magical intent
represented by that One Word. Use your One Word as if it were
a Mantra. The vibrations of the Word will act upon and modify
the Magical Agent (Astral Light) or Subconscious Mind.

9. Visualize your intent coming to pass. See the realization of
your Will. Then vitalize your imagination with force and fire,
enflaming your mind with power, to accomplish your One Will.

10. Place the Talisman in the palms of your hands at the
appropriate Chakra which corresponds with the Planet of the
God of your invocation. (Note: In Lesson Number XIII you will
find this information about the Chakras. Each Chakra is
listed with its corresponding Planet.) From this Chakra, see
there emanate a great power which charges the Talisman with
the force of the God of your invocation. Create in your
mind's eye an astral stream of energy emanating from the
Chakra and pervading the Talisman with its divine
energy. This astral stream of energy should be visualized in
the appropriate color, as listed above under the Table of
Correspondences.

11. Do whatever else your intuition dictates. This is where your
own creative genius should arise and work its own power to
manifest your Will. Continue in this until you are totally
certain of the manifestation of your power to realize your
single intent. Create a magical climax to this
realization. Know that your Will is done. Then strike the
battery 3-5-3, and say:
ABRAHADABRA.

It is best if the Magician performs a Lesser Banishing Ritual of the
Pentagram or the Banishing Ritual of the Star Ruby to close. He/She
should then place the Talisman in an appropriate secret place (that
is, in a concealed wallet, bag, box, or etc.).

Magicians of the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn, if it be their
Will, can write upon their Talismans the Law of Thelema or the sacred
number 93 which indicates that Law. In the former case, you could
write "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law" on the front
of the Talisman and "Love is the law, love under will" on the back. In
the latter case, use your imagination as best you can. By writing the
Law of Thelema or the number 93 on your Talisman you properly charge
it with the Current of your own Will, since the Law of Thelema
indicates your power to do your Will in freedom. It is therefore a
proper affirmation of your Will, and it seals your Talisman with the
energies of this New Aeon of Horus, making it a dynamic magical link
with the 93 Current and thus enhancing its power to accomplish your
Will. (Note: 93 is the numerical value of the Greek word Thelema
which means Will. The Law of Thelema is the Law of Will.)

The best Talisman to construct and use, for performing a specific
magical operation related to your one True Will, is a personal
Talisman of some sort. It should be constructed with One Word in its
centre representing your one True Will and any symbols that you have a
personal affinity for and that represent the force that the Talisman
will be charged with. On such a Talisman of this type, you could write
your own Magical Motto if the object of the Talisman corresponds with
your initiatory work in the New Order of the Golden Dawn. This gives
the Talisman even more power to accomplish your one True Will, since
it can evoke definite psychological responses from within you which
will be charged with the spiritual power which your initiation
bestowed upon you.

The Rose-Cross is one of the principal occult symbols of the Golden
Dawn. It is one of the symbols of the Second Order of the Rose of
Ruby and the Cross of Gold (Rosae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis), and it
indicates the Great Work of the Adept. It is called "The Key of Sigils
and Rituals." The Rose on the Cross has 22 petals in three rings, with
another symbol of a Rose-Cross in its centre. The central Rose-Cross
has a Golden Cross made of six squares, with a five petaled Red Rose
in its centre. The three central petals of the 22 petaled Rose
correspond to the magical elements of fire, water and air, and they
have written on them the Hebrew letters that correspond to them. The
second row of petals correspond to the Seven Planets, and they have
written on them the Hebrew letters that correspond to them. The outer
petals correspond to the Twelve Zodiacal Signs, and they have written
on them the Hebrew letters that correspond to them. The petals are
colored in the King Scale that is attributed to the twenty-two Paths
of the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The Rose in the centre of the Cross
represents the sixth Sephira of the Tree of Life called Tiphareth
which is the receptacle of the Sephirotic forces of the Tree. You can
use the Rose to form a Sigil as you do with the Magick Squares. The
general method for doing this is to start at the first letter of the
name you are using, draw a small circle, and then draw a line from
letter to letter used in the name. When you get to the last letter,
end with a small perpendicular line. Although it is best to use words
in Hebrew to form Talismans in this way, you can also transliterate
(i.e. substitute Hebrew letters for the English ones) any name you
want to use. This magical method may be extended to the creation of a
Sigil from a single word signifying your One Will. You can leave the
unused letters blank, and put the Rose on the Talisman, or you can
just copy the Sigil unto the Talisman. If your Talisman is made from
colored paper, it is a most powerful idea to draw your Sigil in the
complementary color to that of the paper. (See the Complete Golden
Dawn System of Magic, by Israel Regardie, published by New Falcon
Publications, for the symbol of the Rose and Cross and also for
further practical information concerning the proper means of using
this divine Rosicrucian symbol to make the appropriate Sigils for
Talismans.)

It is very important to keep in mind, when charging your Talisman,
that THE ONLY POWER OF THE TALISMAN IS IN THE IMAGINATION AND WILL OF
THE MAGICIAN. Without the practical application of these two vital
powers of the human mind, there is no possibility for success in the
scientific operations of Talismanic Magick. All works of Magick, human
or divine, depend upon the practical application of these two vital
powers.

Concerning the essential power of imagination, Eliphas Levi stated the
following: "Imagination exalts the Will and gives it power over the
Universal Agent" and "Imagination applied to reason is genius." The
Universal Agent is the Astral Light or Magical Agent through which all
Magick is accomplished by the Imagination and Will of the
Magician. This Universal Agent is symbolized by the Serpent, and is
called the Kundalini in the Philosophy of Yoga. It is a Universal
Force which is controlled and projected by the powers of the
Imagination and Will of the Magician. It is the instrument of
Initiation, the Grand Secret of All Power, called the Soul of the
World and the Perpetual Fire of terrestrial life. (Note: In Lesson
No. XIII, there is much information concerning the Kundalini or
Serpent Force. Also see the New Golden Dawn Flying Roll No. IV.)

Here ends our New Golden Dawn Correspondence Lesson concerning the
Sacred Art of Talismanic Magick. May this Royal Art bestow upon you
all its magical splendours of practical power, assisting you all in
the attainment of the Great Work, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and
Perfect Happiness. In nomine Novus Ordo Aureae Aurora, Sic sit vobis!

Love is the law, love under will.