Amulets, Talismans, and Charms!

Published September 23, 2016 by jptan2012

Today allow me to share with you a short post explaining the difference between an amulet, a talisman, and a charm or better known as Feng Shui charm.

An amulet is basically an object that has protective power ascribed to it. Note the key word here protective power, so the main purpose of the object is to protect the wearer from danger or harm.

A talisman is an object that contains some special prayer or magical energies that may bring about some luck to the one who possess it. However, it also has the power to protect.

A charm of a Feng Shui charm is basically an ordinary object that represents or symbolizes a certain aspect of our life. Basically a charm uses the power of symbolism and subconscious.

A charm or Feng Shui charm is usually used in Feng Shui. Sometimes a religious image is use as a charm. A charm can also be called as a Feng Shui cure. And depending on the charm use, it may have the capability to protect and or induce or bring about good luck to a person.

An amulet is usually use by Buddhist. Moat Buddhist items whether man – made or naturally occurring are considered as an amulet, meaning it’s primary purpose to protect the possessor from harm, either from physical, esoteric harm or even health, wealth harm. Again, Buddhist mostly makes an amulet rather than a talisman. However, it doesn’t mean that the power is limited to protective powers. A lot of Buddhist amulets also bring about a lot of other miraculous energies. The Vajrapani Ruel, which is considered as the world’s most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon and enjoys a lot of personal testimonies from readers who acquired it is an example of an amulet (although strictly speaking it is above an amulet), The Surangama Mantra Amulet and the Illness Suppression Amulet are other examples of the amulets that may offer other miraculous energies to the one who possess it. An amulet usually follows certain religious rule for one to make it.

A talisman is mostly used in Taoism. There are a lot of talismans that offers different purposes for its wearer. A talisman is usually made by a Taoist priest and has no ‘universal’ guidelines in doing it.


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