Magical KeysThis essay gives but a brief introduction on the use of magical talismans as keys where direction is encouraged and interest is stimulated.
written by David Bersson
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law
The best example of how symbols become keys where communication, previously impossible can unlock secret portals is to emphasized by showing the most simple of all magical keys. It is called Morse code. As everybody knows, SOS which is the most common distress call on planet earth which is three dots, three slashes, and another three dots. I give the example of Morse code showing that it no different than the symbols that represent the forces that give, once again, communication previously impossible.
Morse code is a relatively new invention which was developed from a means of communication that made nearly instantaneous communication between persons at long distances.
No one knows when the first seals, symbols and talismans were invented. For all we know they come from a civilization that no longer exists prior to the ice age. We do, as magicians & exorcists know that they are real keys which involve a sophisticated form of magick where we mean to use the force of the accumulated symbol for our operation.
Morse code has no issues with the learning curve if we have a volition to master the phonetic alphabet, the dots and slashes which represent a letter and so forth we have what amounts to a brand new language of communication.
Clearly, it is not such a leap to compare the use of symbols drawn on talisman that create a link to communicate with spirits, Gods, Angels and demons. Morse code was created along the same lines of logic that an ancient magician had when he created the first talisman to communicate with the spirits. A means of communication was needed and the magician found a byway. In a sense, the talisman became the standarized means of communication for magicians who knew they needed a method of bringing symbols together for communication, evocation, manifestation of magical energy and those various magical gestures that exist on the path of the magician.
If you insist on using an ancient talisman rather than creating one of your own you should begin with a careful researched outline written down about what the symbols mean. For some of these old talismans they are tough to see the writing on the outermost rim so you might need a magnifiying glass. Sometimes you mistake a coptic symbol for a Hebrew symbol depending on how sloppy the old magician was. Research carefully the outer most rim first and work your way into the symbol to the centralized symbol. It all will means something to you, and that is what is important when you analyze it. The John Dee Talismans are done very well but you will need to analyze everything that is written with accuracy prior to whatever magick you are going to attempt with Enochian magic. The Lesser Key has symbols, for instance, in the Goetia where you might very well have to change a symbol rather than proceed with the operation with symbolism that isn't clear to you.
We have no issue if we create a Talisman from scratch where we choose symbols that are consistent with the force we would awaken or the portal we need to create or the spirit to evoke into the triangle. That is still another use for Liber 777 to pick corresponding symbols for the new talisman.
If you are novice to intermediate in skill with magick insisting upon using ancient magical symbols you will have to know what the symbols means to create a corresponding ritual. If you are an Adept or a Master, of course, you need only partake of the essence & force of the talisman proceeding to build the ritual from the energy that it has manifested.
Rather than go into advanced work with talismans I would insist that you know every detail of the ancient talisman before you use it for magick. In some cases, the ancient talisman was done by an amateur magician centuries ago and will need to be corrected so the force flows properly.
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