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Difference Between Amulets and Talismans

Amulets vs Talismans

Amulets and talismans are magic charms that are worn to ensure spiritual power or to ward off evil. The belief in the  magical powers of amulets and talismans is as old as human civilization and still going strong.

Amulets are believed to have the power to ward off negative energy or evil spirits or even illness. Crucifixes, garlic, coal, runes, lucky coins and horseshoes are some of the amulets that have been used for centuries. Amulets are worn by people as protection and defense from the evil around them.

A talisman is just the opposite of an amulet. They are believed to give more power to the person wearing one. A talisman is thought to give positive energy to the person who possesses one. Excallibur (King Arthur’s sword), Aladdin’s Magic Lamp, a magic rod , or a magic hat are examples of talismans. These magical objects are worn to instill power, confidence and power into those who wear one. Talismans are also believed to enhance personal power in those who wear them. They are generally made of crystals and gemstones.

Talismans are seen as natural amplifiers that lead a person to right thoughts.

A talisman is usually a single piece, like a pedant. An amulet, on the other hand, can be a bag filled with stones, herbs and other magical things.

The word ‘talisman’ was derived from the Greek ‘telesma’, which means consecration ceremony.  The word ‘amulet’ was derived from the Latin ‘amuletum’.

In a comparison of the two magical objects, it is seen that amulets come in natural form whereas talismans are manmade objects that can be either natural or non-natural.

Summary

  1. Amulets are believed to have the power to ward off negative energy or evil spirits or even illness. Amulets are worn by people as protection and defense against the evil around them.
  2. Talismans are thought to give more power to those who wear them. Talismans are believed to give positive energy to the person who possesses one.
  3. Crucifixes, garlic, coal, runes, lucky coins and horseshoes are some of the amulets that have been used for centuries. Generally, talismans are made of crystals and gemstones.
  4. Talismans are seen as natural amplifiers that lead a person to right thoughts.
  5. In a comparison of the two magical objects, it is seen that amulets come in natural form whereas talismans are manmade objects that are either natural or non-natural.
  6. The word ‘talisman’ was derived from the Greek ‘telesma’, which means consecration ceremony.  The word ‘amulet’ was derived from the Latin ‘amuletum’.

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