The making of a talisman, Filipino style, traditionally goes through four stages:
1. Making or casting of the medallion (Paghubog)
2. Consecration (Pagkonsagra)
3. Animating (Pagbubuhay)
4. Baptism (Pagbibinyag)
Making or casting the medallion is self-explanatory. It is the physical process of shaping a piece of metal (the most popular material used) or any other material like wood, into a desired shape that is then inscribed with the appropriate prayers, symbols, and any other appropriate inscriptions. In itself, the medallion acquires no real power unless it goes through the succeeding procedures or rituals.
Consecration is the process or procedure of cleansing the medallion of all negative vibrations in preparation for making it a talisman or anting-anting.
Animating or pagbubuhay is the process of breathing life into the object so that as far as the talisman holder (antingero) is concerned, the medallion acquires its own “life” and is now ready to do the task it is intended to do like protecting the owner or attracting luck.
Baptism or pagbibinyag is an option that the owner may decide for his anting-anting. It means giving more focus or dedicating the anting-anting to do a very specific task. For example, in the case of the anting-anting called Infinito Dios, which is intended as an all-purpose protection talisman for the owner, the owner may make the protection more specific such as dedicating it for protection against bullets.
A modern analogy of the above sequence might be the buying of a cellphone. In itself the cellphone has no power to be tool for communication much like a newly minted medallion. You need to prepare it to accept power by inserting a SIM card (analogous to consecration). But the cellphone plus the SIM card, like a medallion that has been consecrated, will still not function properly unless you buy a load from a service provider (analogous to pagbubuhay).
Filipino anting-antings have specific prayers or rituals for pagbubuhay. The formula for animating an Infinito Dios is different from the formula intended to a Sator medallion, for example. However, the ritual for consecrating a talisman is an all-purpose ritual that can be done for any anting-anting. You can find the ritual for consecration here.
It is your first ritual vital to transforming that piece of metal you have into a real talisman.
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