In the organic virtues of Kalhous spring
from nature and the colours of the elements of which they are composed, their
efficiency on a "supernatural" level are the product of "magical" rites. A
talisman (from Greek "telesma" meaning rite) is, infact, an oject subjected to
ritual and, according to the pratical Taoist doctrines referred to by Meyling
HO, this ritual consists of precise magic formulae which energise the amulet.
More important still, perhaps, the mental and spiritual
process surrounding the creatuon of a talisman. In the same way that the art of
calligraphy needs meditation and concentation before letting the hand proceed
with an action, Chinese talismanic art demands an important psychic preparation
which leads to, among other objectives, the visualisation of the "Ideas" to be
materialised. In some cases the initial intention of the creator is essential
but the talismanic artist must endow this intention with a state of benevolent
neutrality in accordance with her function as a therapist.
In western tradition,
it is a matter of four elements - Fire, water, air and earth -; Chine thought
speaks about five elments - wood, fire, earth, metal andwater - what is it
Chine medicine speaks abouts 5 elements
because the figure 5 is the figure of incarnation, what tradition calls the
Air (or rather Aether) "materializes" by
parting and becomes two: matal and wood that is the space time.
In fact, the 5 elements are the 5 "movements";
elements being a wrong translation. Movement is
generative of evolution while all that is congealed
The principle threfore these "5elements
in movement" is to balance, and to circulate energy that is to create Life.