The Binding Talisman can be used for several different purposes, all of which, as can be guessed from the title, will deal with uniting forces of some kind. I originally created this as a Love talisman, that which can be consecrated for healing and repairing a broken relationship, but it could also be used to forge or reconnect healthy friendships of any kind. Aside from its use on a personal level between loved ones, or even professional relationships, it can also be used in a more abstract way to establish connectivity and flow between forces or concepts.
Consider the situation that you are having trouble finding the motivations for the correct goals, while you may find you make time and expend enough energy on other things less important. This is a common issue and I frequently find myself in this position as well. You might want to use this talisman to combine the appropriate drive and the corresponding goal that you need to focus on. This may be a more abstract connection, but if you find yourself with misdirected energy or misappropriated priorities, as we all often do, this may be the focus of a good ritual meditation to use.
The talismanic imagery used here is nothing new, but I encourage the meditation upon its aspects so that a more practical use can be made of the concepts revealed in the layers of its symbolism. In this way, you may just as well use it as a mandala or meditation focus instead of, or in addition to, using it as a tablet upon which to burn incense or candle offerings (I also encourage it to be placed upon the Manifestation Tablet if you are going to use it in this manner, layering the qabalistic symbolism).
The central device is the table of the 12 Banners, understood as the 12 permutations of the Tetragrammaton. According to Jacobus Swart, this table has been generally understood to provide “great pleasure and joviality; strengthening of virility; and special protection against injurious forces”.
Upon the central 12 banners may you place your written petition and/or Tarot card that represents your main goal. For example, if used as a general Love talisman, you may place the two Significator cards representing both parties, or even just the Lovers card here. Upon this, place a candle, carved with your intention or sigils, or your censer. As usual, these represent your prayers rising to the heavens and is an appropriate placement.
Looking at the rest of the talisman, we see the Name “Yahdonhi” bordering the 12 Banners. This is a special combination of the 2 Divine Names YHVH and ADNI, the Names of Tiphareth and Malkuth, respectfully (according to the more traditional Qabalistic sources that may differ from the Golden Dawn lists, which are still similar enough to be of potent use between each current). That which resides in Divine balance is brought into Malkuth in the ultimate manifestation. According to Mark Verman, this Name “would be used to represent the unification of these sefirot and that it is indicative of Harmony in the intra-Divine realm”.
Connecting this name to the word ‘Amen’ via its gematria of 91, Gnostic News describes its relationship thusly: “The Zohar exhorts to meditate on this combined Name every time we say Amen (אמן) of numerical value 91. In so doing we elevate the blessing from our world to the upper world. In so doing, we also bestow blessings on the reciter of the blessing and on ourselves as well, as we become the channels of elevation.”
So we see here an important conjunction is created via qabalistic methodology that we can immediately use in both meditation as a mantra and also in our magical imagery as a talismanic device of binding forces, ideas, or even people, together. It is recommended in your consecration to vibrate the Names found hereon to activate these forces.
I’ve also incorporated some color magic in here as well. Note that the four quarters in red squares spell out the word Ahava; “Love”. This Divine expression of Love does not only refer to our human conception of love, but that of unity that is beyond most of our comprehension. In its qabalistic understanding, the root of the word implies ‘giving’, which is integral to Love’s expression of selflessness and far beyond ego-driven attraction or materialistic obsession. So we see the imagery here is quartered by Divine Love.
Notice that these red squares, combined with the expressions of the 12 Blue Banners of HaShem, produce a Purple background, upon which is expressed by Yahdonhi, representing the balancing of forces that we are effecting on the material plane.
Now, usually I do not support diving too far into the realm of gematria, more so especially for beginners, as you can go nuts making never-ending connections that may or may not have much of anything to do with each other, but in this case we can draw out some healthy speculations without overdoing it. One can do some simple online research into the Name of יאהדונהי and can dive headfirst into the deep end if you wish, there are numerous connections to be made if you like. But for our purposes, this is more than enough to understand the talisman in its basic principles and it is ready for consecration.
Upon the back of this talisman you may write the names of the 2 things you wish to unite (or more, though I recommend to keep things simple), or you can use appropriately colored candles based on Elemental, Planetary, or Zodiacal symbolism to represent these parties. It would be helpful to envision the unification of these things while vibrating the Names upon the talisman, creating a special meditation that you can repeat without resorting a overdrawn consecration ceremony, though I heartily recommend using the Z2 formula to empower it as well.