According to Taoist magic — a 4,000-year-old practice that traces back to Neolithic shamanism in China — we can use the life force, or Qi, within us to craft a talisman that will help achieve any aspiration. Traditional talisman crafting involves the integration of Eastern metaphysical concepts such as yin and yang, the Wu Xing (wood, fire, earth, metal, water), the I Ching trigrams, the traditional Chinese sexagenary lunisolar calendar, numerology, astrology, and martial arts.
This process of creating a talisman takes something intangible and packages it into an object you can hold in your hands. Then, this object serves as a constant reminder of your goals and intentions. Whether you call it magic or psychology, a personal talisman can help you channel your personal power toward achieving a set objective.
The Taoist paper talisman, called a Fu, is an esoteric craft that a priest or priestess might dedicate a lifetime to mastering, so the instructions provided here only skate on the surface of the ancient art. Yet even without the years of traditional, dedicated training, you can create powerful, effective Taoist paper talismans by harnessing the full power and potency of your mind and following these three steps: