Friday, February 22, 2013

Talismans & art journals...

So I've been reading Regardie's book on the How to Make and Use Talismans and have been thinking about his proposal of making more modern talismans using the Golden Dawn symbols/frames of reference.

Regardie - How to Make and Use Talismans
image from pinterest


For example he suggests combining:

Elements: "Water: Pleasure, marriage, fertility, happiness, parties, etc" (Regardie 30). 

Tattvas: (used by the Golden Dawn but taken from Hinduism)  "Water: Apas, a silver crescent. Heh of Tetragrammaton" (Regardie 31). 

Pinned Image
from pinterest


Tarot:  "Some of the symbols on the Tarot cards could be reproduced to great advantage on the talismans, if the student wishes. For instance, if he were making a talisman to produce pleasure and joy, the Ace of Cups in any of the conventional packs is a beautiful symbol to be copied in ink or painted on to the silver crescent of Apas" (Regardie 34).

Ace of Cups - Thoth deck
also taken from pinterest


Now of course because I'm particularly interested in art journaling, I started to think about what it would be like to infuse an art journal page with a talismanic image. And then, if we were to take it a step further, could we turn our art journal pages, with practice and belief, into spells of their own? I don't know about you, but damn I find this to be an intriguing idea.

My magical spell casting isn't honed enough yet for me to trust my ability to do this, but I'm definitely fascinated by the potential of this idea!

One thing that I wonder about though is the ramifications of sharing this on the web. If you ascribe to the notion that talismans are connected to their maker and drawn energy from their maker, then would putting this up on the web mean that the talismanic art journal page would draw more form the maker.

I like to think that the maker could create a limited bond that cannot become vampiric, but this bears contemplation. I'll keep you posted!


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