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Maoshan Daoist Talismans

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Source: Magical Tools and the Daoist Altar by Professor Jerry Alan Johnson

 

 

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"The word talisman is derived from Telesma. Talismans work by corresponding to their prototype, and by making a "‘condensation', on the subtle plane, of a spiritual state. This explains the similarity between the talisman, as the bearer of an invisible influence, and the alchemical elixir, as the ‘ferment' of metallic transformation".

 

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Talismans must be empowered - otherwise they’re pretty pictures. (‘Pretty’ might be a bit of an exaggeration :)

 

The more a talisman is displayed to the public without further empowerment the more it loses its potency.

 

Some traditions will have a sacred talisman that is only ever revealed to students on the day that they become disciples. This talisman will have been produced by the founder or the most attained master of this tradition - usually centuries ago. This way their power is preserved.

 

Some talismans generate power from being seen and revered by as many people as possible (the cross for example)… but if it is seen often enough without the associated reverence it will start to lose its potency.

 

Its the same with rituals and certain types of mantras. 

 

That’s why talismans and rituals that are found in books have little effect. 

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