While some people believe that objects are inanimate and do not have an essence, magicians, witches, sorcerers, alchemists, mystery schools, artists, and athletes know otherwise. Objects, like talismans and amulets, can help you harness magic, power, and protection.

Talismans and amulets may arrive in your life in a variety of ways. They may speak to you in a crystal store or show up in your intuitive dreams, sending you on a quest for finding an object carrying the symbol. These objects carry symbols.

They carry magical, powerful, protective symbols that inspire or invoke certain elements or qualities, depending on your life’s purpose or the stage of your journey on this planet.

Some of these symbols, such as the rose or ouroboros, are ancient and deeply embedded in the psyche. They may have protected your passage in past lives, guided you through astral planes, or inspired creative works of genius. Some symbols are assigned to you at birth: for example, astrological talismans harness the “spiritual and magical power of the heavens.” When it comes to talismans and amulets, the symbolic world is your oyster.

Talismans Versus Amulets

Talismans and amulets are objects, such as ornaments, jewelry (pendant or ring), or even inscribed stones. They are generally small and inconspicuous. While they are sometimes ornate and detailed, they do not desire the attention of the greedy or coveting. A simple stone makes a wonderful talisman.

A talisman has magical powers and brings luck; an amulet protects against evil, disease, and danger.

Amulet and talisman energy are slightly different in their purpose. A talisman invokes a quality or power, say your ability to see auras or speak with plants. An amulet provides protection. They are both tools to guide and aid you on your mystical journey.

Power Objects

Power objects, also known as relics, expand beyond the realm of talismans and amulets: they may include larger objects, such as staffs, wands, or even clothing. You can infuse power objects with an essence, such as courage or creativity. Sorcerers associate them with certain superpowers: think of Dr. Strange’s sling ring, which grants him access to other realms and planes. A certain ring or symbol may aid your focus or your ability to access your own intuition.

How to Find Your Talisman, Amulet, or Power Object

There are many ways to find your talisman, amulet, or relic. The symbols, appearing in object form, are connected to your essence and your life journey. Sometimes a symbol arrives before an object; sometimes the object arrives of its own free will. So, stay open to the possibilities.

Employ one or a combination of the methods below to uncover a symbol for your talisman, amulet, or power object.

1. Let It Choose You

Talismans, amulets, and power objects sometimes choose you. The Cloak of Levitation chose Dr. Strange. Symbols themselves may also choose you, presenting themselves boldly or quietly along your path. Just listen. While your power object may not arrive in the most glamorous format, remember that sometimes an inconspicuous object provides the most freedom for the practice of magic.

2. Watch for Patterns

Pay attention to reoccurring symbols that appear in your life. Perhaps you are intrinsically attracted to a particular symbol. If you drew pictures of Pegasus or scarab beetles as a child, resurrect this symbol in your search. Perhaps people consistently give you presents with arrows or cats. Or real arrows and cats continue to show up in your life. Again, listen with your heart to find the right symbol.

3. Research

Research may uncover your symbol. Spend time in a bookstore. Research your blood lineages. Perhaps Norse, Gnostic, or Egyptian philosophy and art interest you. Follow these paths and educate yourself on the meaning, use, and history of various symbols. As your educational journey unfolds, you may experience a symbolic or talismanic epiphany.

4. Use Your Intuition

Follow your intuition on your search for a symbol or object. Don’t overthink it. If it calls to you, you may find deeper meaning later in your journey. For example, perhaps Zeus’s lightning bold or Seshat’s crown arrive before you connect those symbols to their respective deities. Trust the process and know that meaning may arrive after form.

5. Ask Your Ancestors and Spirit Guides

Family members or ancient mystery school teachers often pass down talismans, amulets, or power objects. Ask your ancestors and spirit guides to lead you, through dreamwork or in this plane, to your symbol or object.

6. Ask Permission

Always ask permission of your symbol, talisman, amulet, or power object. Asking permission can help you narrow your search if many symbols and objects present themselves to you. When you encounter an object or symbols, meditate to ask permission or even try using a pendulum to guide you.

How to Treat Your Talisman, Amulet, or Power Object

Now that you’ve found your object, recognize that you’re embarking on a relationship. Your talisman, amulet, or power object responds to tenderness and gratitude. Here are a few guidelines for taking care of your object:

1. Quality Time

Spend time with your object. It thrives on being useful. Wear it against your bare skin or use it in some way every day. Its potency grows as you wield it. You may even meditate with your object: embark on a visualization journey with your object in tow and let it lead the way. Perhaps new insight will surface about the origin of your object or how you should work with it.

2. Cleanse

Just as moonlight and saltwater cleanse crystals, your object will need occasionally cleansing. Bathing in the moonlight or steeping in lukewarm saltwater (if water soluble) are effective ways to energetically cleanse your objects. Practice the power of intention and surround your object in light or the affirmation of your mantra as you cleanse.

3. Stay Secretive

Talismans, amulets, and power objects connect to individuals. Families and teachers of ancient knowledge pass them down, but they are always meant for one person. Don’t share them. It is best to keep them a secret, if possible.

4. Choose a Mantra

Carefully select a mantra, phrase, or quality for your talisman, amulet, or object. Choose a simple word, like “courage” or “intuition.” Create an invocation that you repeat, such as, “I invoke love and light as I heighten my power and understanding of my craft.”

A Note on Materialism

The debate on whether or not an object has an essence or life force is beyond the chosen scope of this article (intentionally). Yet, onsumption and materialism are important factors in your quest for a talisman or amulet. You need a few of these power objects (and probably only one). Do not hoard material objects or inflict damage on other beings and the Earth for the sake of mystical personal gain.

Try to find objects that are native to your surroundings, sourced ethically and sustainably, or allow these objects to find you naturally.

Mind location customs and traditions. In some countries, according to indigenous traditions, shells on the beach carry the souls of ancestors. Respect local beliefs when selecting a power object.

Remember that you are here to serve. May these objects guide and aid you on your path to serve.

You Are the Source

Pay attention, mystics, as this is the most poignant note on your search for a talisman, amulet, or power object. Material objects, such as talismans, amulets, and power objects, can give you a sense a magic, protection, and power. However, the source of those elements is always within you. Just as mala beads aid meditation and rosaries aid prayer, they are not essential or required for those activities.

You, your spirit, soul, and heart, are always the driving force behind these elements.

If you lose your object, talisman, or amulet, remember that you can live without it. In fact, you probably outgrew it and someone else is in need of its essence. Perhaps you are making room for new symbolism to arrive in your life.

When you find your talisman, amulet, or power object, use it with pride and integrity. Wield its force and together, exert a positive influence upon the world.