The following instructables are supplements to The Tao of Craft. To ensure proper application and so you have adequate context, do not try to use these talismans without a copy of the book on hand. These instructables are intended to be guiding supplements to the book’s content.
These Fu talismans as instructed use the glyphs, symbols, and principles covered in The Tao of Craft to demonstrate the application of the book’s instruction in actual sigil crafting. Specific pagination references to the book are provided and it is presumed that you have read the book in the entirety prior to using and working with any of these talismans.
A Fu Talisman for Prosperity and Wealth
Using red cinnabar ink and paper of imperial yellow, this sigil scroll can be kept as a pocket charm or placed inside a decorative vase and positioned in the home to invite prosperity and wealth to its occupants. Red string and candle wax are used to seal the sigil scroll. Serves as a metaphysical battery to focus energies for gains in prosperity and wealth your way. Digital template provided for you to print out and use as-is, with your personal addition of the practitioner’s seal or signature.
A Fu Talisman for Gains in Money and Riches
A simple Fu talisman design comprised of a house and glyphs that is easy to draw. Incorporates traditional, historically used glyphs, the Ba Gua and its correspondences, and I Ching hexagram magic. You can either trace the sigil by hand or draw it freehand with black or red ink. This sigil can be posted on a wall or folded into a pocket charm. Use in the short-term, approximately a three month period, to bring small yet needed monetary and capital gains.
A Fu Talisman for Career Success
A simple Fu talisman design comprised of a house and glyphs that is easy to draw. Incorporates traditional, historically used glyphs, the Ba Gua and its correspondences, and I Ching hexagram magic. You can either trace the sigil by hand or draw it freehand with black or red ink. This sigil can be posted on a wall or folded into a pocket charm. Use to accomplish one specific career or professional objective, e.g., get a specific job offer you want, pass a professional certification exam, get a promotion or raise, etc.
A Fu Talisman for Compatible Romantic Love
A simple Fu talisman design comprised of a house and glyphs that is easy to draw. Incorporates traditional, historically used glyphs, the Ba Gua and its correspondences, and I Ching hexagram magic. You can either trace the sigil by hand or draw it freehand with black or red ink. Two copies of the talisman is prepared and will help you attractive a compatible, optimal romantic partner into your life.
A Fu Talisman for Academic Success
A double-sided square pocket charm. Print out the sigil template on a heavy, thick cardstock, preferably of imperial yellow, in the ink colors noted in the instructions. Since the times of medieval China when scholars took imperial examinations, blessed Fu talismans have been used to help add luck for academic success, especially to pass difficult examinations. The folk practice can still be found today among modern East Asian students. Place one such talisman in the soles of your shoes during a class presentation or while taking a test, or slip one into the textbook for a difficult course to help you earn your desired grade. Post one near your computer while you type a term paper. This Fu talisman helps support your achievement of academic success.
A Fu Talisman for Improving Physical Health
A paper sachet that you print out, fold as instructed, and fill with the noted dried herbs, this Fu talisman helps facilitate physical healing or recovery. Use to help attract stronger, more potent metaphysical energies to facilitate improvement of physical health, vigor, and wellness. Keep on a nightstand by the bed, slipped into a pillow cover, or slipped underneath bed sheets close to the mattress. Can also be kept on the person as a pocket charm. Digital template provided for you to print, cut out, and use as-is.
A Fu Talisman for Business and Commercial Success
An octagonal sigil to help bring about profit and success for a business or commercial venture. Once this Fu talisman is empowered properly, it can be framed and hung in an office as wall art or affixed discretely to office furniture. For a home business or a venture conducted primarily through technology and e-commerce, empower multiple copies of the octagonal sigil, cut out the octagons, and tape them to the bottom of your computer monitor and keyboard. Affix the sigil to the underside of your office desk, out of sight, and/or also to the underside of your office chair. The talisman can also be tucked into the bottom of a cash box drawn to the front interior cover of your accounting book. Note: To adjust sizing or to customize the sigil design, an image file is provided in the “Tao of Craft Downloads” page. Scroll down to “Supplemental Resources.” Digital template provided for you to print out and use as-is.
A Fu Talisman for Safe Journeys
The Tao of Craft covers the history and cultural practice of travel magic and the important role of Fu talismans for safe journeying to medieval Chinese alchemists. Inspired by the tradition of travel magic, this Fu talisman can be kept in the glove compartment of your motor vehicle or tucked in with your luggage when you travel. Alternatively, an energy transference can be performed so that the power of the talisman is absorbed into a motor vehicle accessory or charm. Note: To adjust sizing or to customize the sigil design, an image file is provided in the “Tao of Craft Downloads” page. Scroll down to “Supplemental Resources.” Although I recommend that you hand-draw the sigil design or at least trace it by hand, a printed version can still be effective. Digital template provided for you to print out and use as-is, with your personal addition of the practitioner’s seal or signature.
Eight Direction Home Protection Fu Talismans
Eight square Fu paper talismans are prepared, one for each of the eight directions–north, northeast, east, southeast, south, southwest, west, and northwest. A guardian animal totem is summoned for each direction to guard your home and hearth. If you own land, these can be buried outside, along the perimeter of your property. If you live in an apartment, these can be tucked discretely out of sight along the walls of the eight directions. These square paper talismans are double-sided. The practitioner’s seal or Chinese character representing the family name occupying the home is inscribed on the backs of each paper talisman. (Alternatively a sigil or glyph representing the occupants can be used.) The Eight Direction Home Protection Talismans are believed to help safeguard against hexes and curses, neutralize poison arrows (a feng shui concept), safeguard against hungry ghosts, and generally ward off malignant or malevolent energies. Digital templates for the eight sigils provided for you to print out and use as-is, with your personal addition of the practitioner’s seal or family name.
Casting a Fu Talisman in the Cloud Writing Style
The beginning of Chapter 3 gave historic context to crafting Fu talismans in the cloud writing style, a sigil crafting style that dates back to at least 400 AD (relevant pages: 61-63). Appendix F in the book further covers cloud writing as a talismanic style. In Chinese, essentially each Chinese character (representing a key idea or component to the objective to be achieved) that a practitioner might incorporate into a sigil design is assigned its own glyph, crafted by the practitioner and to resemble “the condensation of clouds” (see top of page 63). This PDF instructable is a supplement to the text and will guide you through one way of interpreting how to approach casting sigils in the cloud writing style when you’re a practitioner using Western languages rather than Chinese. This PDF instructable will guide you through how to cast a paper talisman to achieve a specific objective, anything from helping you curb an unwanted habit or increase mediumship or psychic ability to finding serenity and inner peace or improving your musical or athletic abilities.
Please understand that the purpose of sigil crafting here is to help support your exercises of willpower and physical, measurable efforts with metaphysical even divine assistance. Metaphysical or divine assistance alone does not usually achieve goals.
Credits & Important Links
The fictional practitioner seals used for demonstration purposes in these PDF instructables were generated by using an online Chinese seal generator, provided at Chinese-Tools.com. See “Chinese Seal Generator,” Chinese-Tools. For an incredible database of Chinese oracle bone scripts, categorized by dynasty (i.e., seal script, bronze script, and oracle bone script), I rely on Uncle Hanzi. See “Chinese Etymology.” (Sites last visited Sept. 28, 2016).
I encourage anyone who seeks to use these Fu talismans to first order a copy of The Tao of Craft. The instructions in these documents include page references to the book. Thus, use of the supplemental Fu talisman instructables provided here without first having purchased a copy of The Tao of Craft is not advised.