Many Western Folks who are interested in Taoism or keen to practice Taoism only know about the philosophical side of Taoism.
Most Taoist Books and Information are often written in Chinese. The educated and knowledgeable Taoist Masters/Sorcerers/Magicians, who willingly share their knowledge to the public , are also broadcast in Mandarin/Cantonese/Hokkien but not much of these texts/books are translated into English.
The Taoist Masters of the Overseas Chinese in Malaysia, Indonesia are also only good in Chinese Language and not English.
The greatest collections of Taoist Magic Books are kept in Taiwan and Hong Kong and yet again, the Taoist Masters of these 2 countries are not well versed in English.
In Singapore, it is a sad fact that the bilingual( English and Chinese) Singapore Youngsters have no interest in Taoism and Taoist Sorcery/Magic, therefore ,yet again, not much translation work is done on Taoist Books of Magic. The left over Taoist Masters in Singapore are Chinese Educated.
This article will reveal to the Western Folks and English Educated Singaporeans and other Oversea Chinese who only read English... on the Taoist Sects that focus on Talisman Magic..
Folks on the Street may only heard of Mao Shan Pai (茅山派). Anytime when they hear about Taoist Sorcery , Ghost Catching, Black Magic etc , they can only think of Mao Shan Pai (茅山派). The truth is there are few Taoist Sects that are more deadly than Mao Shan Pai (茅山派). Due to the Hong Kong Movies of the 80s, they only mention Mao Shan Pai (茅山派),which make Mao Shan notorious for their Magical Skill.
Below are the 11 Popular Talismanic Sects Of Taoism (道教符咒门派）. Take note there are many more Taoist Talismanic Sects (Taoist Groups that rely on talismans), which are not listed here.
1) MaoShan Sect(茅山派)
2) Lǘ Shān Sect(闾山派)
3) Lǚ Shān Sect(吕山派)
4） Feng Yang Sect(凤阳派)
5） Tian Shi Sect(天师派)
6) Yin Shan Sect(阴山派)
7) Wu Shan Sect(巫山派)
8) Bai Lian Sect(白莲派)
9) Wu Lei Sect(五雷派)
10) Tie Gong Sect(铁公派)
11) San Mao Sect(散毛派)
Within these several Talismanic Sects of Taoism, they can be categorized into two groups: Either the Gods they invoked are mostly from Heaven ( Yang Gods) or Gods mostly from Hells (Yin Gods) and also summoning Ghosts to work for them.
Taoist Sects that only call upon the power from Heavenly Gods are always White Magic.
Taoist Sects that may call upon the power from Hell Gods/Ghosts/Demons/Animal Spirits/Insects Spirits can be Black or White Magic, depend on how it is applied.
The TAOIST BLACK MAGICIANS are always from these Yin ( Negative) Side of Taoist Sects. These Taoist Sects that worship Hell Gods are considered the most insidious and their magic cast upon always bring fast results. The 3 well known Taoist Sects of Hell are Feng Yang Sect(凤阳派), San Mao Sect(散毛派) and Yin Shan Sect(阴山派).