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Making Talismans: Living Entities of Power [Paperback]

Nick Farrell
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31 Aug 2001
Discover the secret keys and practical techniques to turn mundane objects into "living entities of power," bringing real change in your life. By pooling magical practices from shamanism, paganism, the Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn, and Dion Fortune, Making Talismans offers training and techniques for performing advanced magical talismanic operations.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (31 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738700045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738700045
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 19 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,315,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A talisman, amulet, or charm is any physical object that stores and radiates a magical energy to create change. Read the first page
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject available 9 Jan 2002
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The author gathers lots of material from a number of different systems ranging from Qabalah to Wicca. As well as giving detailed on constructing talismans he explains the theory behind how they work in a clear manner. In my opinion it is the best book on the subjext available
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Treatment of Complex Material 20 Dec 2001
By A Customer
One of the first books to demystify the complex Golden Dawn system. A step by step guide that anyone will be able to follow.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 19 Jan 2005
By Brother MOLOCH 969 - Published on Amazon.com
Gotta tell ya, if you enjoy crafting Magical items and talismans just happen to be one of them, then you'll want to get this book.

While I have been recently delving back into the pre-Rennaissance talisman making processes, I have to say I have great respect for the author of this work. Why? Well first off he's innovative. At least as for what he's penned in his book and where he obtained that knowledge, I can't say for certain. He's a member of the Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn (EOGD), the Society of Light (SOL) and Builders of the Adytum (BOTA). Thus he could have picked up varying levels of techniques from many sources and teachers and then again he may have invented much that is new.

One thing I highly dislike about Llewellyn authors is their need to always have to go back to the beginning. Chapter two is about "A Brief History of Talismans" - brief my eye! That lasted from page 13 all the way to page 44! Ugh! Just what everyone wants to learn, history lessons from yet "another" Llewellyn book author. Then his chapter three is "Names of Power" and we get more of that until page 60! You see, if Llewellyn wasn't worried about page count, they could trim off 36 pages!

The next chapter delves into something a little more meaty and that's "Neo-Pagan Talismans". Talk about something you just don't see everyday listed in a table of contents! And this is a terrific chapter up until Mr. Farrell get's to page 73 where he starts in with his own version of how the Gods from various pantheons line up to each of the seven major planets. Sorry folks but if you're just using it as a basis for talisman making, then fine adopt it but do NOT think that the Egyptian deity Ra equates exactly with the Greek Apollo or Norwegian Frey. This is typical new age author shoddy information giving! Each God/dess must be studied in its entirety and weighed on its own merits.

There are aspects between these three Gods that more than likely would cause them to openly war with one another should you introduce them. So just because they share a single planetary rulership does not mean they're exactly alike. If you doubt me, then do some research on your own and learn about the Gods from other non-Occult sources.

Chapter Five is weak because it's on "Angels and Talismans" and frankly most of the offered information here can be found most anywhere else in Ritual Magic literature.

Chapter Six is called "Snaring the Power of the Planets" and it too is somewhat weak. He does show you how to plot the seals of the Spirits and Intelligences of the Planets on the Magic Squares that belong to each Planetary power. If you've never seen this before, you may want to read that chapter pretty heavily. The last thing in this chapter is *yawn* Planetary Hours - again found in hundreds of other books too.

Chapters Seven and Eight are well worth your time to read. Here he gets into color and coloring thoughtforms. The section of Flashing Tablets should be read but again this information can be found in any number of other texts on Ritual Magic. Eight gets into drawing the talisman and here he really shines! He discusses shapes as well as new ideas such as layering the talisman and using the lightning bolt from the Four Worlds. Plus he offers up some traditional symbology you can make use of for your own talisman.

Finally chapter Nine is about "Consecrating the Talisman" and it's standard Ritual Magic procedure though with a couple of fine twists to it. And Chapter ten is all about how to determine if your talisman is indeed working!
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clearest & most detailed book I found on the subject to date 10 Jun 2002
By JB - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not easy to do - not simple at all. There is no way a beginner is going to effectively make and charge one of these talismans. The back cover of the book says that you do not have to be an experienced magician or Wiccan to get positive results from the information in this book. I agree and disagree. I agree if this means that the reader or seeker comes away enlightened on the history, uses and process of making talismans. I disagree if its suggesting that one without experience can now go ahead and make talismans based on instructions in the book.
Clearly, making the talismans described here involves a disciplined and methodical process. To begin with, you must for example understand what divine names are, and what it means to vibrate them. What is vibrating a god name? As I went through the historical section of the book, I was right there with Mike Farrell up to page 52. At this point, I slowed down and was able to follow his instructions somewhat only because I have been using the Donald Michael Kraig book, "Modern Magic," and Israel Rigardie's "The Middle Pillar," for about 4-6 months. Otherwise, I would be lost. By the time I got to page 56, I could plod through for content, but in order to execute any of these instructions I would have to had practiced for some time, as well as relied on other sources with more detailed explanations of rituals. In this work, one sometimes gets the feeling of suddenly happening upon a ritual, instead of being gradually and methodically introduced to it.
Nevertheless, those with fairly decent exposure to Golden Dawn type rituals should, with practice, managed to master Farrell's instructions in a shorter time. And, the book is truly a gem as its the only one that I have found so far with as much detail and information. That makes it a five star book. I gave it four stars however, because I believe there are ways in which the author could make it more detailed and utilitarian for the less experienced among us who are trying hard to get there. More clarity and detail would help to make our journey a little easier.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Farrel Has Done All The Research For You. 21 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book. While it is quite in depth, it is also great for beginners. I started out trying to gather bits and pieces of information about the actual making of Talisman and found that many of the writers simply wrote very short sections without indepth detail as to how and why Talisman are made the way they are. The author thoroughly explains in this book how to create a Talisman from start to finish and how to 'charge' them. Great book on 'Making Talismans.'
The author not only gives the reader a plethora of different ideas to create Talisman, but goes on to teach the reader exactly what is needed so that the user can use the knowledge gained from this book to use outside sources to create other Talisman.
Great Book, highly recommended.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best 6 Dec 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I was quite impressed by the author's knowlege and insights into the often misunderstood art of talismanic magic.Even though I have many books on this subject this work is in a class of it's own.The author has drawn the best information from a varity of sources,combinded with his own experience and presented it altogether in a interesting and enjoyable to read volume.
This book should be of particular interest for those working in the Golden Dawn and Hermetic traditions.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST book on Talismans 22 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I recently bought Nick Farrell's book "Making talismans: living
entities of power" and I can assure anybody that this is the best
book on talismans that I have seen.
Everything you need to know is there and perfectly explained (a very rare thing in the occult world). It is a complete book that covers everything and deeply.
I have read many books on talismans, such as those written by
E.A.W. Budge, D. Ashcroft-Nowicki, Sepharial, I. Regardie, and
P. Zalewski, but Farrell's book is in a class of it's own and is
FAR above em all. You'll never need to buy another book on Talismans, and if you have already some books on the subject, and decide to buy this one, you'll know what I mean now.
Also, I would like to take this opportunity to recommend two other books on "Magick" for all the seekers out there.
"Encyclopedia of magical herbs" by S. Cunningham and "Modern magick" by D. Kraig.
What the hell those three books have in common?
Simple. They are filled with a lot of very useful informations and also, perfectly explained. Very respectful books.
So, have a good read all!
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