The Tao of Craft explores the rich historical and cultural context of Chinese Taoist-based Taoist-based Talisman Crafting. Let our histories help us to incorporate Old World magic into modern day life.


BERKELEY (California), September 27, 2016 – Discover the rich history and practice of Taoist ceremonial magickal magicians and witchcraft dating back to the Neolithic shamans in China. The mythic imperial historian Cangjie, who was based on the footprints of birds, reigned over writing. Demons howled in terror upon the discovery of writing. Writing allowed humans to connect with Heaven, send prayers to the Divine and exercise control over the netherworld.

Now, we are living in a time when the same writings of Neolithic Shamans can be revived for spiritual benefit. Discover the art of making Fu talismans to help you with your personal empowerment, self-help and spiritual connections. You can also add divinely-invoked metaphysical powers to your quest for aspirations.

Writing, or the earliest form Fu talismans, prehistoric alchemists, then alchemists in the Qin Dynasty and, later, the priestesses and priestesses on the Jin, developed a magic art of spell-crafting using sigils. This enabled communion between the metaphysical and the physical world. The Tao of Craft describes the history of Fu talismans and how they were used by the various Taoist lineages. The book then shows how modern practitioners can use such talismans to personal empowerment.

Fu talismans can be used to practice metaphysical science outside or in conjunction with any religion or spiritual path. The Tao of Craft will be fascinating to both mystery tradition practitioners and pagans. Benebell Wen is the author of Holistic Trot and recipient of four book prizes. She is a metaphysician as well as a corporate lawyer in California, New York. She is of Taiwanese heritage and currently resides in Northern California.

Book Description

Benebell Wen, a Chinese Taoist scholar, reveals the rich history of the ancient practice and the theoretical principles that underlie the creation of Fu talismans (or magical sigils) in Chinese Taoist traditions. She also provides detailed instructions for practitioners who want to create their own Fu. Fu talismans can be described as ideograms or writings that are usually written on paper. They can be empowered through invocations, rituals, and the transference of energy (or Qi) Many purposes can be achieved with talismans, including strengthening or weakening personality traits, finding love, increasing income, and easing home emotional tensions. The Tao of Craftshows you how metaphysical energy can also be harnessed to amplify, strengthen, weaken or dispel other energy as well as to correct perceived imbalances in material plane. This book is accompanied by a wealth of images and charts that provide a guideline for crafting Fu talismans to personal empowerment.

Holistic Tarot author Wen delves into historical and cultural contexts of Fu, starting with the Neolithic period in Chinese history, to current practices of esoteric Taoism. She provides a solid foundation on the principles of Eastern spellcrafting and highlights the blending and integration of Taoist metaphysical techniques with Western approaches to magic.

Fu talismans have been used historically by the medieval Chinese to alleviate illness, prevent misfortunes, magic attacks and curses, as well as to defend against assaults and avoid poverty. This book demonstrates to western practitioners that they still have the ability to interact with spirit realms. It also serves as a practical guide for how to collect Qi energy from the environment and channel it into their Fu talismans.