A talisman is something which allegedly holds certain magical properties that protect us from harm, provide good luck, or communicate something we need to know. Or all of the above. I suppose we might call it a superstition. But when a particular pattern related to this talisman recurs again and again, we call it synchronicity: the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that is meaningful to the observer and that can’t be explained by cause and effect.
A talisman can be anything – an animal, a song, a book, a phrase, an object. My talisman is Frog. When a live frog appears in our home, it’s a signal that something big is coming. Whether the event is positive, negative or something in between seems to depend on the frog’s health, the room in which it’s found, and whether we can free it without hurting it.
For our friend Mike Perry of the UK, white feathers are a talisman that usually indicate spirit communication and a positive affirmation that the soul lives on. For our daughter, a dragonfly means communication and good luck. For other people, it might be the traditional rabbit’s foot, a ladybug, a shamrock. In fact, here are 50 good luck signs.
This evening, we received a neat story from David Wilson of Crossroad Press about his talisman. (Or is it talismen??)
It was a normal day, nothing special going on.
I stopped to get my dry-cleaning, and as I got out of the car, I found a shiny, face-up 1983 penny right beside my car. I’m not really superstitious, but sometimes… anyway, I picked it up.
That same day:
I got an unexpected check for $900.
I got an e-mail from Clive Barker offering crazy-good help on a writing project. He now is offering us some of his books.
I met the trustee of the estate of a dear, departed friend, Hugh Cave, and became the publisher for all of that great man’s works.
I collect lucky pennies now and hand them out. If I find one face down, I turn it. If I have a penny, I place it face up where it can be found…
…by you or me!