The mystical powers of names and talismans actually carry many similarities. Today names are looked at as simply a way to identify someone. But there was a time that names were more than just words.
It’s said that Holy names should be spoken with great respect, while the names of demons should be spoken with great caution. Many times children’s names are chosen with a great deal of symbolism attached and many are given with special ceremony. Some believe that names have potential powers equal to that of a talismans.
Who was Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin is the figure of a well known German fairy tale. As the story goes, a young girls father led people to believe that his daughter could spin straw into gold. So marveled by this mystical power, the King takes her captive so that she may make him a fortune. Then magically a dwarf by the name of Rumpelstiltskin appears to her and creates this wonderful feat of spinning gold for her.
Rumpelstiltskin requested that she give up her first born child to him in exchange for his magical services. Ironically, the young woman and the King become married and do in fact have a child. At which point the young maiden begs the dwarf to release her from her promise of giving up her first born, the dwarf reluctantly agrees but under one condition. She must guess his name within a three day period.
Amazingly and with great luck I might add, one of the girls servants over hears Rumpelstiltskin singing a song about his name. So the servant runs to tell the girl what he discovered and her child was spared when she told Rumpelstiltskin his name.
Such an interesting fairy tale, the old ones were always the greatest.
Powers of Talismans
A talisman is an object that is said to hold a magical active force. There are also what’s called amulets, and these are supposed to be a more passive and protective object. An amulet may shield against a curse or the evil eye, while a talisman can bring you positive benefits such as good luck.
The Egyptian ankh, which is in the shape of a cross with a loop at the top, stands for long life and fertility. Then there’s the hammer of Thore, a Scandinavian object that promises it’s wielder strength and success. China is home to the legends of the dragon, which they see as a great sign of good luck, prosperity and life-giving rain. And of course the heart is symbolic of peace and love, which is a universal symbol.
The Wreck of the Titan
This short novel was published in 1898 by Morgan Robertson and is a fictional story about an ocean liner called the Titan, that hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Of course the ocean liner sinks and kills many people.
Then amazingly in 1912 the real ocean liner the Titanic actually did strike an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank taking many lives with it. Strangely enough many of the details about the incident and the ocean liner were predicted in Robertson’s novel which seemed like an act of premonition.
The Titanic was not the only coincidence related to the novel, The Wreck of the Titan. In 1935 a cargo vessel named Titanican became trapped in pack ice also in the North Atlantic and had to be freed by an icebreaker. Also followed by a passenger steamer, The Titan, that collided with a dock in Hamburg, Germany.
Some people just call these coincidences, but I think the similarities are a little too precise to be mere accident. Who can say for sure…
Names you Shouldn’t Call
It’s believed that if you call out the names “fairy” or “fairies” it can bring fierce consequences. So use something like The Little People or maybe The Good Neighbors if you have to refer to them. The Furies is another one to use caution with. The Furies are the three sisters from Greek Mythology, it’s more proper to refer to them as The Kindly Ones, in hopes they may appear as such if conjured.
It’s also good habit to take care when pronouncing anyone’s name. It is considered an insult to mispronounce someone’s name and is a sign of rudeness. By using a cruel nickname for someone, this can really damage their self esteem, but if you use an affectionate nickname, this can bring them warmth and love.
This is all a little mismatched info hitting you from both sides. But who knows when something like this may come in handy to know such things. Names, Talismans and Amulets have been the center of tradition, stories and superstition for many ages. By understanding them you may be armed with the information needed to effectively navigate through their realm, if faced with the opportunity.
If you have anything you’d like to add to the discussion, then please feel free to enlighten us all, all comments are welcome as long as their odd, random and are your own thoughts. 🙂