Messing around with Talismans with moderate but not immediate success, have come to the/a conclusion that there has to be a certain management of expectation involved also that in managing expectation the SoI (Statement of intent) is of extreme importance. Aside from the obvious reason, the literal translation of words and phrases etc. The idea is that the devices open doors but do not at times bring a person to it, as most if not all problems in life are internal to craft a device for Wealth for example won't do much unless the person who is to receive it has removed all blockages to its acquisition, has stopped thinking like and manifesting the reality of a pauper. In that regard the SoI on a device should be effective at both bringing the subject to the door as well as opening it. Path & Portal. As well as a clear SoI it is often that IMO there is or perhaps should be a flip side to every coin so to speak, a complimentary energy to effectively balance what would otherwise have been considered as the 'main' device... the SoI on both should likely be the same to reflect their partnership and manifestation of the main goal... as two become one they make three.
For example, a man seeks to be desired by women, it **isn't** possible to create a device that will make women find him attractive as he is both weak and needy manifesting unattractive traits and repelling women fact is that they do not desire him, so to make manifest the intent a dualistic device might have to be created. One side would boost his prowess and confidence and the other bring him the desire of women, changing first his inner reality and then the outer. Likely Martian and Venusian.
The Golden Dawn uses the colour schemes of the paths as well as the symbolism of the spheres in the Tree of Life, this is just me waffling so I haven't investigated it yet but this way of working might do best at the above, bringing a subject to an intent or change in reality. Using metal cast devices it might be necessary to link two planetary forces with different devices. Justice needs force to impose itself. Love requires confidence. Success at business requires XYZ and so on.
Am going to veer off on this one for a while, is a shame Vagrant is away and Imperial isn't around so much.