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A talisman of St. Benedict, believed to ward off evil. The mysterious inscription represents Vade retro, Satanas: "get thee behind me, Satan".
As performed by
Tim the Enchanter

By the powers of woo
Marshmallow power, double me luck!
—Lucky the Leprechaun

Amulets and talismans are objects believed to hold magical properties, such as bringing good luck, repelling evil, curing illnesses, or attracting the opposite sex. These amulets were used by keeping near the person or object they were supposed to influence.[1]

Non-exhaustive list of amulets[edit]

Non-exhaustive list of talismans[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Gonzalez-Wippler, Migene. Complete Book Of Amulets & Talismans. (Llewellyn, 2001; ISBN 0-87542-287-X).



  1. Fun fact: the word "amethyst" literally means "not drunk". Yes, people seriously believed that carrying an amethyst around would let you drink infinite amounts of booze without getting shitfaced or succumbing to alcohol poisoning.