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The Book Of Talismans, Amulets And Zodiacal Gems | by William Thomas, Kate Pavitt



The subject of Talismans and Gems of the Zodiac covers a wide area, and the difficulty of arriving at a definite conclusion is increased because of the varying opinions between writers on these subjects as to the stones referred to, or intended by the Ancients, complicated still further by the different languages from which these records have been translated, and where Month or Zodiacal gems are referred to many of the writers are obviously unacquainted with Astrology or Astronomy.

TitleThe Book Of Talismans, Amulets And Zodiacal Gems
AuthorWilliam Thomas & Kate Pavitt
PublisherWilliam Rider & Son, Ltd.
Year1922
Copyright1922, William Rider & Son, Ltd.
AmazonThe book of talismans, amulets and zodiacal gems
The Book Of Talismans Amulets And Zodiacal Gems 1

Second And Revised Edition

With Coloured Frontispiece And Ten Plates

This Book Is Dedicated To Mrs. G. M. Walker With Grateful Thanks For Her Introduction To And Information On A Subject Which For Many Years Has Been A Source Of Much Interest And Pleasure

-Preface
The subject of Talismans and Gems of the Zodiac covers a wide area, and the difficulty of arriving at a definite conclusion is increased because of the varying opinions between writers on these subjec...
-Introduction. The Psychic And Magnetic Influence Of Talismans And Gems
FROM remotest times, back even to the birth of humanity, Precious Stones and Talismans have been held in high estimation by all nations; the former, primarily because of their beauty, and the latter o...
-The Precious Stones
The Precious Stones ascribed to the twelve months of the year were those worn in the breastplate of the High Priest, and it was believed that the Divine revelations obtained by the shining or dullness...
-Symbols
Symbols frequently of a religious nature, have formed the basis of Talismans and Charms from earliest times, holding a very important place in the affairs of humanity, for symbolism was a power before...
-Chapter II. Talismans Of Primitive Races - The Axe - The Interlaced Triangles
AMONGST primitive races the Axe was the symbol for Chief, God, or Divine Being, and had its origin in the Neolithic or later Stone Age, which ended in Europe about 2000 B.C. It was doubtless the ea...
-The Serpent
The Serpent throughout all ages has appealed to the imagination of man, to whom its various characteristics afforded opportunities for symbolic expression; from its length of life it has been used as ...
-Solomon's Seal
Solomon's Seal, also known as the Interlaced Triangle, is another ancient Talisman that has been universally used in every religion; but though it is said to have been the symbol by which the wise Kin...
-Chapter III. Ganesa The Elephant-Headed - The Eight Glorious Emblems Of Buddha
OF the many and various Symbols and Talismans which have come down to us through the ages, the Tau Cross is one of the most ancient, and is undoubtedly the prototype of all modern crosses; it probably...
-Aum. Om! Ah! Hum!
Aum Aum, the mystic emblem of the Deity, was first introduced into Europe by the translation of the Gita, in which we are told it is forbidden to be pronounced aloud, and in its complete expression...
-Ganesa The Elephant-Headed - The Eight Glorious Emblems Of Buddha. Part 3
Indian Talismans In India we find, as in most countries, that Talismans very frequently have religious origins, and representations of the Deities are in common use for the protection of their wear...
-Ganesa The Elephant-Headed - The Eight Glorious Emblems Of Buddha. Part 4
The Wheel Of Life The Wheel Of Life was drawn by Buddha in a rice field from grains of rice, to illustrate his teaching that the perpetual succession of cause and effect during life resembles the t...
-Chapter IV. Talisman For Wisdom - The Dorje - The Trigrams
Talisman For Wisdom - The Dorje - The Trigrams - The Five Bats - The Goose - Stork - Pine Tree - Peach - Lucky Sentence - Horse Hoof - Siva's Charm - Red In Talismans - The Lock - Pigs - The Black Cat...
-Talisman For Wisdom - The Dorje - The Trigrams. Part 2
Chinese Talismans The origin of the ancient religion of China is unknown, and the faith has been handed down from generation to generation from periods many centuries B.C. It is based on the belief...
-Talisman For Wisdom - The Dorje - The Trigrams. Part 3
The Phoenix The Phoenix, like the bird Feng, is a mystical bird said to live 500 or 600 years and then to build for itself in the desert a funeral pyre of dried grasses and sweet spices. To this it...
-Talisman For Wisdom - The Dorje - The Trigrams. Part 4
The Money Sword The Money Sword is regarded as all-powerful against ill-luck to the house and against the machinations of evil spirits, and it attracts cash to its fortunate possessor when suspende...
-Chapter V. The Pear Charm - "Show Fu" - The Blue Gown For Longevity
The Pear Charm - Show Fu - The Blue Gown For Longevity - The Tiger - Wolf - Fox - The Thunder, Fire, And Echo - Sacred Dog - Stork - Tortoise - Crane - Child's Hand - Mitsu-Domoe - The Keys - Leaf T...
-The Pear Charm - "Show Fu" - The Blue Gown For Longevity. Part 2
Japanese Buddhism Japanese Buddhism when it came to Japan about the sixth century was readily accepted and allowed to establish itself side by side with Shinto beliefs. A good many of its tenets an...
-The Pear Charm - "Show Fu" - The Blue Gown For Longevity. Part 3
The Dumpling The Dumpling is also regarded as a charm against the perils of wave and flood, it being the sacred bread of the Nation, and in its circular shape is the symbol of the Sun. The C...
-Chapter VI. Egyptian Beliefs - The Nefer - Aper
OF all civilisations known to us through history, that of ancient Egypt is the most marvellous, most fascinating, and most rich in occult significance; yet we have still much to discover, and although...
-Egyptian Beliefs - The Nefer - Aper. Part 2
The Book Of The Dead The Book Of The Dead was not only a guide to the life hereafter, wherein they would join their friends in the realms of eternal bliss, but gave detailed particulars of the nece...
-Egyptian Beliefs - The Nefer - Aper. Part 3
The Menat The Menat (Illustrations Nos. 50, 53, Plate IV) were specially dedicated to Hathor, who was a type of Isis, and was worn for conjugal happiness, as it gave power and strength to the organ...
-Egyptian Beliefs - The Nefer - Aper. Part 4
The Tat The Tat (Illustrations Nos. 63, 64, 65, Plate V) held a very important place in the religious services of the Egyptians, and formed the centre of the annual ceremony of the setting-up of th...
-Chapter VII. The Buckle Of The Girdle Of Isis - The Eye Of Osiris
The Buckle Of The Girdle Of Isis - The Eye Of Osiris - The Hawk - The Serpent - The Fish THE Buckle of the Girdle of Isis was worn to obtain the Good Will and Protection of this goddess, and symbol...
-The Buckle Of The Girdle Of Isis - The Eye Of Osiris. Part 2
The Talisman Of The Two Fingers The Talisman Of The Two Fingers (Illustration No. 82, Plate VI) was symbolical of Help, Assistance, and Benediction, typified by the two fingers extended by Horus to...
-The Buckle Of The Girdle Of Isis - The Eye Of Osiris. Part 3
The Sun's Disc Talismans The Sun's Disc Talismans (Illustrations No. 90, 92, Plate VII) are symbols of the god Ra, No. 92 being appropriately placed upon the head of a Ram, the symbol of the Zodiac...
-Chapter VIII. Abraxas - Sacred Names - Khnoubis - The Seven Vowels
Abraxas - Sacred Names - Khnoubis - The Seven Vowels - The Magic Symbols - The Archangels - Lion-Headed Serpent - The Ineffable Name - Horus - Osiris - Isis - The Crescent Symbol - The Horseshoe - Sta...
-Etruscan, Greek, And Roman
The Etruscans, Greeks And Romans were all familiar with and great believers in the virtues of Talismans and Amulets, a belief based not only on the symbols of their own faith but largely influenced by...
-Abraxas - Sacred Names - Khnoubis - The Seven Vowels. Part 3
The Single Horn, Or Tusk The Single Horn, Or Tusk, both singly, or as o a pendant to another Talisman, as Illustration No. 106, Plate VIII, in all probability had its origin in the double horns, or...
-Abraxas - Sacred Names - Khnoubis - The Seven Vowels. Part 4
Harpokrates Harpokrates, the god of eternal youth and fecundity, was typified by the figure of a boy holding his tongue, representing all that is ever fresh and young; he is the type of the Vernal ...
-Bulla. The Pine Cone. The Frog. The Skull Of An Ass
Bulla Bulla is the name given to a gold case, circular or heart-shaped, used in necklaces or worn separately as a pendant, sometimes attached as an ornament to a belt or badge which was placed over...
-The Key Talisman. Diana, Or Jana. Grylli, Or Chimerae. The Caduceus, The Wand Of Mercury
The Key Talisman The Key Talisman was a very important one with both Greeks and Romans. It is the joint symbol of Janus (or Apollo) and Jana, his wife (Diana, or the Moon), and was worn for Prudenc...
-The Rod
The Rod was given to Mercury by Apollo, and had the wonderful faculty of deciding all controversies and conferring irresistible eloquence on its owner. Its efficacy was proved, when one day whilst tra...
-The Hand. The Lizard And The Tortoise. The Spider. The Eagle. Snails
The Hand The Hand, aptly described by Aristotle as the Tool of Tools, was used in many forms as a Talisman against fascination, and similar specimens to Illustration No. 109, Plate VIII have been...
-Chapter X. The Orient - The Koran - Jochebed - Bead Necklaces
The Orient - The Koran - Jochebed - Bead Necklaces - Ma-Shallah - Hassan And Hussein - Five Principal Commandments - Zufur Tukiah - Nasiree - Gadiri - Mohammed - Merzoum - The Diamond - Cube Of Amber ...
-Paintings Of Hands
Paintings Of Hands are to be met with throughout Italy, Syria, and Turkey, Asia, and India as symbols of good luck and for protection from witchcraft, showing how widespread and universal is the idea ...
-Early Christian And Medieval Talismans
At the time of the founding of the Christian religion and onwards through the Middle Ages the symbols used during the services, certain texts, mottoes, and prayers were very popular as Talismans. They...
-The Palm Branch. The Ship. The Cross With Four Arms. The Irish Cross
The Palm Branch The Palm Branch was another popular Talisman used to symbolise triumph over sin and temptation; this undoubtedly was adapted from the pagan mythology, in which the Palm represented ...
-Chapter XI. The Agnus Dei - Abracadabra - The Table Of Jupiter
The Agnus Dei - Abracadabra - The Table Of Jupiter - The Planetary Angels - The Agla - Dr. Dee. THE Talisman known as the Agnus Dei came into use after the Christian religion had become general; an...
-The Ring
The Ring illustrated on Plate X, No. 132, is Byzantine, and was worn as an Amulet for protection against disease and accident, the grotesque head being against the Evil Eye; the seven radiating spirit...
-The Pentalpha, Pentacle, Pentagram. The Kabala
The Pentalpha, Pentacle, Pentagram The Pentalpha, Pentacle, Pentagram, or Five-pointed Star, has always had very mysterious powers ascribed to it, and Rennet, Bishop of Peterborough, says: When it...
-The Ten Names Of God
The Ten Names Of God were used to attract the virtues and powers they represent, or to accomplish some desire signified. The first is the name Eheia, the essence of Divinity, influencing the angeli...
-Chapter XII. Phylactery - Talismans Against All Mischiefs, The Magus
Phylactery - Talismans Against All Mischiefs, The Magus - Venus Talisman - Gargoyles - Blessing Of Rings - Musseltaub - Posie Rings - Zodiacal Rings - The Lee Penny - Crystal - Peacock - Juno - Fire T...
-Cramp Rings
Cramp Rings were another form of Talisman worn for the prevention or cure of cramp. These rings were at one time hallowed by the Kings and Queens of England, but the custom was discontinued in the rei...
-Phylactery - Talismans Against All Mischiefs, The Magus. Part 3
The Gemmel, Or Gemmow The Gemmel, Or Gemmow, rings were frequently double or even triply made, the word Gemmel denoting jointed hinges, or jimmers. At the time of the betrothal the parties concer...
-The Moon
The Moon is another symbol of importance in connection with the talismanic properties of water, upon which it has a vitalising influence. In Oudh a silver basin is filled with water by the people, who...
-Part II. The Gems Of The Zodiac. Chapter I. Aries - The Ram. Zodiacal And Calendar Months
Zodiacal And Calendar Months - The New Year - Hamal - The Passover - Gems Of Aries - Mars The Ruling Planet - Marbodeus Gallus - The Qualities Of The Diamond - Tavernier - The Regent - The Koh-I-Noor....
-The Bloodstone
The Bloodstone is a variety of green Jasper which derives its distinctive name from a number of blood-red specks formed by iron oxide with which it is impregnated. It is an opaque stone, but as its su...
-Rings Of Dark Green Jasper
Rings Of Dark Green Jasper flecked with red were favourite ornaments amongst the Egyptians, who frequently wore them upon the thumb, probably because the thumb is under Martian influence, Mars being t...
-The Diamond
Amongst the many precious crystallised stones the diamond stands pre-eminent for beauty, brilliancy, and strength. It is the hardest stone known, hence the name of Adamas, meaning the Indomitable, g...
-The Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond was originally owned by Tavernier, the French traveller, already mentioned. Born in Paris in 1605, he spent some years in the East, traded extensively in precious stones, and accumula...
-Chapter II. Taurus - The Bull. The Constellation - Aldebaran - The Chaldeans
The Constellation - Aldebaran - The Chaldeans - The Temples - Apis Bull - Aphrodite - Characteristics Of Taurus - Train Ing - Gems Of Taurus -Bishop's Ring - St. Jerome - Qualities Of The Sapphire - S...
-The Sapphire
The Sapphire, one of the earliest gems known to man, is found in river-beds and torrents, the force of the water washing the stones from their matrix ; and to this day are still found under these cond...
-The Turquoise
The Turquoise is universally recognised as a Venus stone, though sometimes erroneously attributed to the Zodiacal House of Capricorn, which is ruled by the planet Saturn. It responds to the vibrations...
-Chapter III. Gemini - The House Of The Twins. Period - The Twins, Castor And Pollux
Period - The Twins, Castor And Pollux - The Argonauts - King Solomon's Pillars - Maia - Ovid And Wedding Of Mary Queen Of Scots - Gemini Number - Characteristics - Orpheus - Alexander The Great - Virt...
-The Agate
The Agate is a variety of quartz found in different colours, often with alternate layers of red and white known as ribbon Agate, also of a milky white. The latter can be artificially coloured and, i...
-The Chrysoprase
The Chrysoprase, like the Agate, is a variety of quartz and takes its name from two Greek words meaning golden leek, in reference to its colour, which varies from an opaque yellowish green to a very...
-Chapter IV. Cancer - The House Of The Crab. The Dark Sign - Its Duration
The Dark Sign - Its Duration - Origins - Summer Solstice - Hercules And The Crab - Characteristics - Blue Moon - Crystal Gazing - Virtues Of The Crystal. Cancer Cancer, the fourth sign of th...
-The Emerald
The Emerald held a very high place in the esteem of the Ancients, and no other precious stone has probably been the subject of so much regard and admiration, one of its principal charms being its bril...
-The Moonstone
The Moonstone is a variety of Feldspar and, as its name suggests, is considered to be in close affinity with the Moon, because its pale lustrous blue colour resembles moonlight, which is believed by t...
-Pearls
Amongst all nations Pearls have ever been considered the most beautiful products of Nature, but having their origin in a living organism cannot be called a precious stone. Most scientists are agreed t...
-Chapter V. Leo - The House Of The Lion. Period - Constellation - The Fiery Sign
Period - Constellation - The Fiery Sign - Hercules And The Lion - Characteristics - Personal Magnetism Of The Type - Disposition - Money - Makers - Entertainers - Health Defects - Marriage And Love Af...
-Leo - The House Of The Lion. Period - Constellation - The Fiery Sign. Part 2
The Sardonyx The Sardonyx is a rich red-brown stone, the top part of which is formed of a layer of white Chalcedony, or Sard, through which the lower part of the stone shows as a pale flesh colour;...
-Leo - The House Of The Lion. Period - Constellation - The Fiery Sign. Part 3
The Cat's Eye The Cat's Eye, a semi-transparent stone of the Chrysoberyl family, has a distinct ray of light running across it, which ray has been compared to a drop of water enclosing a beam of li...
-Amber
Amber has from the most remote ages been familiar to humanity, ornaments in this material having come down to us, shaped by men of the Stone Age, thus proving its antiquity. Many fanciful theories wer...
-Chapter VI. Virgo - The House Of The Virgin. Period - Constellation - Mythology - Symbols
Period - Constellation - Mythology - Symbols - Paris Under Virgo - Reflecting Qualities Of The Sign - Characteristics - Marriage - Professions - Ailments - Harmonious Types - Gems Of The House - Napol...
-The Cornelian
Cornelians are a variety of Chalcedony, and are found of a bright red, yellow, and white colour, in varying tones, and frequently with two or all the colours combined in one stone. On exposure to the ...
-Jade
Jade, or Nephrite, is a very hard stone which varies from white to a rich green, some specimens being translucent and some (particularly the New Zealand variety) being opaque. It is very highly esteem...
-Chapter VII. Libra - The House Of The Balance. Period - Constellation - Origin Of The Sign
Period - Constellation - Origin Of The Sign - The Yoke - The Altar - Characteristics Of The Type - Influence Of Saturn - Inclination For Companionship - Marriage - Moods - Partnership - Professions - ...
-The Opal
The Opal is the most beautiful and mysterious of all gems, containing as it does all the colours of the rainbow, which flash and glow in sparks and minute flames as the light plays over the surface, c...
-Coral
Coral has been classed amongst gems from time immemorial by all nations, although, as is well known, it is the product of a marine insect. It is found in various colours, the pink, red, and white, ...
-Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli is a deep blue stone well known to all ancient nations, and is most probably the stone mentioned in early writings as the Sapphire, the Tables of the Law stated in the Bible as being of t...
-Chapter VIII. Scorpio - The House Of The Scorpion. Period - Ruling Planet - Mythology
Period - Ruling Planet - Mythology - Symbology - Characteristics Of The Type - Effect Of The Malefic Aspects - Health Defects - Professions - Religion - Marriage - The Gems Of The House - Clairvoyant ...
-The Beryl
The Beryl and Aquamarine are practically the same stone, differing only in colour, the Beryl varying from a bright blue to white, and the Aquamarine, as its name implies, coinciding with Pliny's descr...
-The Carbuncle
The Carbuncle belongs to the same species of stone as the Garnet, the latter being cut with facets, while the former is cut en cabochon, or with a rounded surface. It is found in India, Ceylon, Brazil...
-The Lodestone
The Lodestone is composed of proto-oxide and peroxide of iron, and from its magnetic qualities is known as Magnetite. This quality induced Dinocrates, a celebrated architect in the employ of Ptolemy P...
-Chapter IX. Sagittarius - The House Of The Archer. Period - The Constellation - The Bow In The Cloud
Period - The Constellation - The Bow In The Cloud - Mythology - Characteristics Of The Type - Appropriateness Of The Symbol - Fresh Air A Necessity - Professions - Ailments - Marriage Relations - Gem ...
-The Topaz
The Topaz is found in various colours - white, yellow, pink, green, and black; but it is in the first three colours that they are familiar in general use as gems. The best stones come from Brazil a...
-Chapter X. Capricorn - The House Of The Goat. Constellation - Period - Ruling Planet Saturn
Constellation - Period - Ruling Planet Saturn - Mythology - Characteristics - Constitution And Health Defects - India Under The Rule Of Capricorn - Professions - Marriage - Saturn Favourable For The E...
-The Ruby
The Ruby is one of the most precious of gems, when of a good size, free from flaws, and of the true pigeons'-blood colour, being more valuable than a diamond of the same size. The finest rubies com...
-The Malachite
Malachite is an opaque stone, its principal composition being carbonate of copper, which gives it a beautiful green colour. The name is derived from the Greek Malaku, signifying the Mallow plant, a...
-Black Onyx
The Onyx generally has been treated in the chapter on Leo when writing of the Sardonyx; but the stone peculiar to Capricorn is the black, or dark brown, which is generally marked with a decided white ...
-Jet
Jet is of vegetable origin, being fossil wood, a variety of, but very much harder than ordinary coal, and capable of taking a very high polish. The finest is the well-known Whitby jet which was first ...
-Chapter XI. Aquarius - The House Of The Water-Bearer. Constellation - Period - Symbol - Early Religious Teachings
Constellation - Period - Symbol - Early Religious Teachings - The Glyph - Rulers Of The House - Saturn And Uranus - Characteristics Of The Type - Temper - Professions - Health Defects - Marriage And F...
-The Garnet
Garnets are found in many varieties, each being described by a special name; the Bohemian Garnet is a deep red, whilst the Cinnamon stone usually has its colour varied by a tinge of orange; Almandines...
-The Zircon
The Zircon includes Jacinth, or Hyacinth, and Jargoons, which, though differing in colour, are actually the same material species. As a rule amongst modern dealers in Precious Stones the White Zircon ...
-Chapter XII. Pisces - The House Of The Fishes. Period - Constellation - Precession Of The Equinoxes
Period - Constellation - Precession Of The Equinoxes - Icthyes, The Fishes - Mythology - Symbol - The Rulers Of The House - Characteristics - Ailments Of The Type - Professions - Friendship And Marria...
-The Amethyst
The Amethyst has always been associated with ecclesiastical decorations, its frequent use in episcopal rings giving rise to its description as the Bishop's Stone, and rosaries of Amethyst beads were...
-Real And Artificial Gems And How To Test And Select Them
THE following notes are written in the hope that they may put readers upon their guard against some common deceptions and prevent disappointment which with a little knowledge can be avoided. The qu...
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Aston, Wm. Geo. . . Shinto. The Ways of the Gods. Aynsley, H. Murray . Symbolism of the East and West. Barerra, Madame de . Gems and Jewels. Barrett, Francis . . The Magus. Black, G. F. . ...







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