The Ancestral Power of Amulets, Talismans, and Mascots

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  • An illustrated exploration of the origins and history of amulets, lucky charms, talismans, and mascots Looks at the age-old spiritual principles, folklore, and esoteric traditions behind the creation of magical objects as well as the use of numbers, colors, sigils, geometric emblems, knots, crosses, pentagrams, and other symbols

  • Explores hundreds of artifacts, such as hagstones, Norse directional amulets, car hood mascots, objects made from bones and teeth, those connected with plants and animals, charms associated with gambling, and religious relics
  • Includes photos of artifacts from the author’s extensive collection
  • Offering an illustrated exploration of the origins and history of amulets, lucky charms, talismans, and mascots, including photos of unique and original artifacts from his extensive collection, Nigel Pennick examines these objects from a magical perspective, from ancient Egypt to the present. He looks at the age-old spiritual principles, folklore, and esoteric traditions behind their creation as well as the use of numbers, colors, sigils, geometric emblems, knots, crosses, pentagrams, and other symbols.

    Pennick explores magical charms and objects manufactured from bones, teeth, claws, and horns and those that include symbols of the human body. He also discusses religious relics as well as the combining of charms to make more powerful objects, from the bind runes of the Norse and the crowns of ancient Egypt to the Mojo hand and the medicine pouch.

    Revealing the lasting power of amulets, talismans, charms, and mascots, Pennick shows that these objects and symbols have retained their magic across the centuries.

    About the Author

    Nigel Pennick is an authority on ancient belief systems, traditions, runes, and geomancy and has traveled and lectured extensively in Europe and the United States. He is the author and illustrator of more than 50 books, including The Pagan Book of Days. The founder of the Institute of Geomantic Research and the Library of the European Tradition, he lives near Cambridge, England.

    About the Author

    Don Webb joined the Temple of Set in 1989, where he served as its High Priest for 6 years and is recognized as an Ipsissimus. He teaches horror writing at UCLA Extension School and has been published in Analog, Asimov's, Weird Tales, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Amazing, Interzone, and more than 40 anthologies. The author of several books on Left-Hand Path practice and philosophy, including Overthrowing the Old Gods, he lives in Austin, Texas.