Talismans are an interesting idea, I skimmed through the Regardie book. I have to look more into that.
[V] did you do a specific ritual to get enhanced learning abilities? I haven't read A Mind for Numbers but I took the Learning How to Learn course on Coursera based on the book. Do you have any notes or tricks you've found that work well? This has been my experience so far:
Mind Maps: I make a poster with all the information from a given course/course segment. I make it colorful and use pictures so I want to look at it. Related concepts get connected through lines. I get a lot of understanding and information consolidation doing this.
Affirmations: I write down every day "I learn quickly, efficiently and thoroughly," "I am skilled at math and physics," and "I am skilled at computer science" every day. The latter two affirmations help more than the learning one. After a couple of days doing them my thinking speed and confidence increased while doing the coursework I'm going through now.
Motivation: I got this from a Tony Robbins book, you visualize something you're motivated to do and notice how you're viewing this in your mind (image/video, bright/dark, focused/blurry, loud/quiet, etc). Then take those qualities and put them into the image of something you want to be motivated to do (doing coursework).
I'm trying to come up with a formula that will allow me to learn unconsciously so I can go about my day and have my unconscious mind working on the problems while I do other things. Mind maps have taken me furthest in this direction but are still not fast. I still need to put in the ~150 hours or so to get through a course.