A talisman is an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck.
I am participating in the Illustration Friday Challenge
with my take on the theme Talisman.
Drawing of Lascaux Art, Prehistoric Art, Shaman Art,
Lionman Statute & Venus of Willendorf
At Etsy & http://www.paulaartshop.com
Do you believe in the magical properties of a talisman? I think that we all do that; certainly not only those who visit Catholic Cathedrals and churches were we keep bones (or mummified parts) of saints. We touch stone slabs of tombs, why? Is there energy inside such stones that with which we long to reconnect? We have a history of kissing rings to plead loyalty. We collect charms for our bracelets; Dublin has two Pandora stores in its high street! We keep memorabilia of our grandparents as if they continue to life in these objects. We feel as if we bury our ancestors twice over when we discard their old furniture, clothing or letters.
Do I have a talisman? Sure, I have. It is an object that belonged to my grandfather who died in a German concentration camp at the end of 1944. The fact that I have it, after my mother, my grandfather’s oldest daughter, kept it safe, surely shows magic powers because not many personal possessions were kept in concentration camps and made it back home to family members (as a death certificate) by post at the end of WWII.
About the quality of a talisman to bring of good luck, I am not sure. We, modern Facebook drama peoples, are terribly short-sighted. Many things would bring us good luck, wouldn’t they? Like cars, nuclear arm race, and social media. Well did they? We often think that when all seems to fall apart that we experience bad luck. Closer and wiser thinking shows us that many small personal dramas are just transition periods. Therefore, I leave the ‘good luck’ up to historians, gods or angels as they aren’t caught up in typical human, short-sighted and dramatic perspectives.
Just refuse to grow disappointed in your talisman. Its best magic of it is making you doubt what good luck actually is. Is it clinging on to the wrong things? Is it personal growth (that also comes with growing pains), is it spiritual growth that comes with hard earned wisdom?
Perhaps you had a talisman and you discarded it because you mistook its magic? Perhaps you have discarded magic along with it? Perhaps a tiny pebble in your drive way is a talisman, but you would never know because we are opinionated what is good and bad luck and have lost our faith in magic. Perhaps the best thing about a talisman is to believe in magic that is larger than our limited thinking skills and to test our definitions of ‘good luck’.