Amulets and Symbols of Protection

Updated on December 15, 2014

What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it.

— Ezra Pound

The Power of Symbols

Omens, curses, and hexes that foretell the coming of dark forces are rooted in ancient superstition and folklore.

As a result, most of the world's cultures rely on various protective symbols to ward off evil and invite the positive forces of the universe. Here are a just a few of the most commonly seen magical protection amulets and sacred talismans with information about their historical origins.

The Evil Eye

The Evil Eye is one of the oldest world-wide superstitions. It dates back over 5,000 years, before civilizations such as the Egyptians and the Mesopotamians. It was widely believed by the ancients that certain evil or spiteful people could cause sickness and death merely by casting their eye on another person. Symptoms of an Evil Eye curse include:

  • Headache and neck pain and heavy eyelids.
  • An acute nagging fear or sense or dread; everything seems to go wrong.
  • Stomach pains with dizziness and nausea.

Throughout the years, many have called the Evil Eye a foolish superstition. However, it continues to influence many people around the world even today.

Ancient Talisman Objects

  • Arrowheads on a silver chain protect the wearer from illness and guards against the Evil Eye. In ancient times, it was believed that sleeping with an arrow that had been pulled from a human body would work as a love charm. American Indians believed that highly polished arrowheads symbolized male strength. They deflected negative energy, protected from enemies, and absorbed power. They also defended them after death.

  • Italian Horn (also called Unicorn’s Horn or Leprechaun’s Staff). This S-curved horn amulet introduced by the DruidsIntroduced by the Druids, the horn is associated with good luck and good fortune. It is also used to ward off "Maluka" or the Evil Eye.
  • Cat's eye. This gemstone removes obstacles and hindrances from your life and will ward off the evil forces of black magic, spirits, and protect from the Evil Eye.
  • Horseshoe. Some claim that a horseshoe pointing up protects against sorcery, bad luck, and the Evil Eye.

The Eye of Horus

The Eye of Horus, or All-Seeing Eye, is an ancient symbol. It was once associated with the occult, but it is used in modern witchcraft to grant wisdom, prosperity, spiritual protection, and good health. The Eye of Horus can also increase clairvoyant powers as well as protect against thieves and the Evil Eye.

Ancient Amulets for Protection

  • Four-Leaf Clover. Wear or carry a four-leafed clover for good fortune. It is believed to be one of the most powerful natural amulets. Sacred to the Trinity and used by the Druids as a charm against evil, four-leaf clovers are said to help the wearer obtain clairvoyant powers.
  • Seal of Solomon, or Star of David. This symbol dates back to the bronze age. Before becoming a prominent symbol of Judaism, the six-pointed star was used by alchemists and was said to have been used by Druid priests as protection against evil ghosts.
  • Sapphires. Use these gems to encourage harmony, peace, and contentment. Sapphires protect the wearer from misfortune, fraud, enemies, violence, the Evil Eye, and psychic attacks.
  • Snake. Wear a rattlesnake's rattle to increase wisdom and sexual power. Snake amulets also protect against the Evil Eye.

Hamsa, or Hand of Fatima

The Hamsa, or Hand of Fatima, depicts an eye centered on an open, five-fingered hand. This image attracts good luck and helps defend against bad luck. In Muslim cultures, the hand is made in honor of Fatima, the favorite daughter of the prophet Mohammad. Fatima was one of only three women worthy of entering heaven. The thumb represents the prophet himself, the first finger represents Fatima, the middle finger her husband, and the others symbolize her two sons.

Talismans for Protection

  • Pyramid. Wear or carry a pyramid-shaped amulet to improve work habits, increase energy, improve psychic awareness, and attract good luck. Pyramid-shaped crystals will balance emotions and bring wisdom. When placed under a bed, pyramids protect against psychic attacks, bad dreams, and evil spirits. They also speed healing, cure headaches and insomnia, and help break unhealthy habits.
  • Scarab Beetle. These amulets are symbolic of renewal. Wear the scarab beetle for good luck and for protection against evil forces.
  • Scorpion. These repel all evil and negative forces and guard against enemies.
  • Unicorn. These amulets are an ancient symbol of chastity and protection and were used to promote fertility and increase sexual magnetism. Unicorns are said to thwart an enemy's plan and keep the wearer safe from evil forces.

Gems for Protection

  • Amber strengthens the aura, balances the yin and yang. and attracts compassion. Amber also protects against evil influences and accidental injury.
  • Garnet balances yin and yang energies, boosts psychic sensitivity and sexual energy, and attracts soul mates. Place garnet under your pillow to ward off bad dreams and evil spirits. Garnets engraved with a lion's image attract good health and success, and protect the wearer when traveling. To attract a lover, wear a heart-shaped garnet in a red velvet charm bag over your heart.
  • Lapis Lazuli attracts love and friendship and facilitates meditations. Lapis is often used for love spells and to ward off negative energy and evil forces. It is sacred to the goddesses Aphrodite, Venus, and Isis.
  • Onyx. Wear or carry black onyx to avert danger and misfortune and to attract courage, strength, and spiritual wisdom. Onyx is said to dispel negative energy, defend against the Evil Eye, and control passionate desires.
  • Pearls are used for love charms, healing, to protect against fire, and to ward off evil.
  • Topaz stimulates the intellect and increases courage, happiness, longevity, beauty, and intelligence. Topaz protects against injury or attack. A topaz bracelet worn on the left wrist will keep away evil spirits and all forms of magic.
  • Turquoise is used as a protective charm for horses and their riders. Turquoise attracts good luck. To protect against evil influences, carry a piece of turquoise in a blue charm bag on a Wednesday. A carved piece brings good fortune into the house. It is often used as a counter-charm to the Evil Eye. Turquoise is known to absorb negative feelings and possess a strong healing vibration.

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        Udit 5 months ago

        Hey I feel something is like following a lady with white saree and feeling like baked meat , it's feels only for a minute but it always happens between 2:45 to 3:15 am what it's mean and some noise I heard like someone is crying , what it means will anybody help me out...

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        Bill Nez 15 months ago

        I have a question , what is a legit symbol that wards off demons? My stepdaughter seems to think I have a demon attached to me , ever since I told her about these scratches that show up on my body from time to time , always 3 scratch marks . Starts out with a burning sensation look at the area and their they are , 3 scratch marks. If you saw my nails you'd know its not me doing it in my sleep , I've been biting my nails for 35 years.

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        ogo 21 months ago

        Hi,can the eye of horus also be used to attract love,bring good luck,or manifest desires?

        Can it deflect harm on my enemies?

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        siobhanryan 4 years ago

        Lovely lens-I keep onyx and amber

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        brownee lm 5 years ago

        Thank you for this interesting and informative lens!

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        imagelist lm 5 years ago

        Cool lens... Thumbs Up!

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        Nightcat 5 years ago

        Extremely wel done,blessed! :)

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        nathanpoole 5 years ago

        Great Stuff.

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        Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

        Awesome lens!

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        Deadicated LM 5 years ago

        Cool Lens!

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        psychoshamanix 5 years ago

        Cool stuff. I've briefly dabbled in Qabalistic talismans. Very informative lens!

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        MostInteresting 5 years ago

        Interesting! I think these protection symbols make awesome gifts. They not only look cool, but have a lot of character. I don't personally believe in them, but if they help people feel better and have confidence, I'm all for them.

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        Rowangaia 5 years ago

        Very informative and interesting: thanks and Blessed Be!

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        Blackcat9 5 years ago

        Thanks for the info! Very helpful, I especially liked the the 'Evil eye Symptoms' I had not seen them before!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        I have an ember ring; I notice it makes me feel good to wear it.

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        andrasnm lm 5 years ago

        Great lens! I would only ad that when you BUY a talisman or amulet it is usually not charged or charged with unknown, often nefarious intent. Hence it is useful to banish unwanted energies from it, and charge it yourself or have someone who you know or trust to do this for you.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Just stopped by to reread some of your info for a friend who had a question. :)

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        steph-naylor 5 years ago

        This Lens was just what I was looking for! Thanks for the useful info!

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        Denise M Alvarado 5 years ago from Southwest

        great lens...Blessed:)

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        natashaely 5 years ago

        Such a lovely page, very beautiful. I wear a pentagram and a tree of life and they offer me protection. As with anything it is the faith of the person who wears it that gives the amulet the power although some things are easier to project onto.

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        winter aconite 5 years ago

        I personally wear an arrowhead and pentagram around my neck at all times. I also have a special protection sachet I made which I carry in my handbag with me all the time. I love my amulets and talismans, couldn't live without them. Love your lens by the way!!!!

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        ismeedee 6 years ago

        I was recently given the gift of some Topaz during a visualisation under hypnosis. I don't know why exactly but I am on the search now for the perfect Topaz amulet. That's what led me to this lens. I enjoyed this lens very much!

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        Dana Marie 6 years ago from St. Peters, MO

        I consider the crucifix I wear daily the best protection available! Good lens and was fun to read.

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        satto76 6 years ago

        The evil eye concept seems universal. In very remote villages where the folks are not in communication with the modern world also use amulets and herbs for the protection from the evil eye.

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        lexxsweet 6 years ago

        Oh, that was a fun read, and it's given some more ideas for jewelry! Thank you.

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        Beadsnresin 6 years ago

        Really good lens, thanks.

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        kimark421 6 years ago

        I have a dragon necklace that I wear. I've had it so long that I can't remember why I thought it was lucky, but apparently I have convinced myself that it is.

        Great lens!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        I should wear my turquoise more often!

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        mattchapdelaine 6 years ago

        Hey, great lens! I made a similar one, but you elaborate awesomely! Great job!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Thanks for taking the mystery out of what some of the symbols mean, we see them at fairs and such but I never knew exactly what they meant. Thanks !!!

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        ananimoss2 6 years ago

        I don't know if I really believe this stuff, but still quite fascinating!

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        Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

        Really a very interesting read. There's a lot here I didn't know. I'm not the superstitious type but certainly don't mock those who do. After all what is religion but a faith based on the unknown.

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        Domique21 6 years ago

        I had a friend who has an amulet because her grandfather is a "babaylan".

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        jamesnodturft 6 years ago

        Very nice lens. It is my understanding that the purpose of the horseshoe is not to protect from evil but to "collect" good luck and so to bless the person who owns it.

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        JayPicklo 6 years ago

        Is is really superstition? I don't believe it is.

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        anonymous 7 years ago

        Thank you very much for your sharing and I love all amulets. You can visit me in my lens about amulets from Thailand. Nice to meet U...((^ . ^))

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        Genesis Davies 7 years ago from Guatemala

        Very interesting lens! I live in Guatemala and here they use red beaded bracelets on the babies to ward off the evil eye. My Russian friend ties a red thread around her son's little ankle for the same reason. I find it fascinating to see what is popular around the world.

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        anonymous 7 years ago

        This is a really informative lens. Thanks.

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        Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

        Back to leave a blessing on this wonderful lens - have a Cupid's Kiss from the Pagan SquidAngel!

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        tealmermaid 7 years ago

        Excellent and informative lens!

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        surgimesh lm 7 years ago

        Nice post

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        anonymous 7 years ago

        Beautifully done and wonderfully informative!

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        Susanne Iles 7 years ago from Canada

        As someone who is passionately driven by symbology, I'm finding your lenses to be extra special. I love adventuring through them and uncovering their mysteries. Such gorgeous work!

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        sustainableartist 7 years ago

        Gorgeous lens! :)

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        Robert T Gasperson 7 years ago from South Carolina

        When I first began to drive, somehow a little toy superman ended up in my glove box. It stayed there till I sold the car. I moved it directly to the new car and into the center storage box in the Sunfire I owned. It stayed there for the 8 years I owned it. Now it is in the Focus I drive now. I refuse to take it out of any car I drive regularly. It has become a good luck charm. It has kept me out of any real accidents over the years. As long as I am driving, it will stay in the glove box.

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        kougar lm 7 years ago

        Great lens. I learned so much. Thanks

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        C A Chancellor 7 years ago from US/TN

        Great lens! Blessed.

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        anonymous 7 years ago

        Since ancient days , people believes about the charms, even in Asian beliefs, "Swastika" sign is considered to bring good luck.

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        anonymous 7 years ago

        Some days I need all the help I can get! Really interesting lens.

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        greenlife17 7 years ago

        I have read this for the fourth times now (but can't comment because I forgot my password..haha..), and I've started purchasing the above for protection..thanks and thumbs up!

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        missbat 7 years ago

        Really fascinating, some of these I didn't know the meaning behind. Great job!

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        Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

        Beautiful and fascinating lens! Favourited

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        WriterBuzz 7 years ago

        Hi there, I just found your lens and it looks good. I gave it a thumbs-up and liked it. Thanks for putting this one up, and keep on lensing . . . I just did one on Migraine Headaches that might interest you.

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        Tiffany3 7 years ago

        Another awesome lens!

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        ShamanicShift 7 years ago

        Oops! I meant Featured, not lensrolled. I cannot lensroll for that one because it isn't out of WIP yet, even though it has lots of modules, maybe because it is brand new, or maybe because of the name (LOL).

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        ShamanicShift 7 years ago

        I just liked, favorited and lensrolled this excellent lens on my evil-spirits lens (about one shamanic view and other views).

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        MSBeltran1 8 years ago

        Nice work, great info!

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        anonymous 8 years ago

        Thank you so much for sharing, 5 stars!

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        religions7 8 years ago

        Great lens, but you knew that :) Just wanted to remind you that this is featured on the Religious and spiritual gifts Headquarters:

        It's now transformed into a lensography and I would love it if you could feature it here, or lensroll it or something.

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        sandralynnsparks 8 years ago

        Wonderful! 5* and I have lensrolled this to all my psychic and magic lenses...

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        BestAmulets 8 years ago

        Great information about amulets. I love using natural gemstones and crystals to generate good luck and get protection powers, as it is natural way.

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        roysumit 8 years ago

        Awesome lens. Informative and interesting. Although science can't prove, peoples are having faith in these for ages because of the results they got. Thanks for sharing and five stars from me.

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        GhostWalker LM 8 years ago

        Great lens...I enjoyed reading it.

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        anonymous 8 years ago

        I use agates for protection from harm.

        I find it really helps. People that would normally be mean to me would be nice or at least act normal.

        The best information I've found about crystals is by lazaris. Here's a link Metaphysical Properties of Crystals

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        Bellezza-Decor 8 years ago from Canada

        Great lens - these amulets will be perfect to protect my Dragon Slayers and Knights - 5* and lensrolled into my Dragon Masks and Hats.

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        Spitfire70 8 years ago

        Very interesting lens and great products offered, too! I've rated it a 5, added to my favs and lensrolled this into several of my related lenses. Great job!

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        Mastergreed 8 years ago

        Honestly, everything works as amulet or talisman as long as the owner believe in this. That is why my best protection is my own mind :).

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        MSBeltran1 9 years ago

        Beautiful lens-- interesting and well done. 5* and lensrolled to

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        Julia M S Pearce 9 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

        Hi,I love your lens and believe that different stones and amulets do protect us like in the days of old.Very interesting too.

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        Robin S 9 years ago from USA

        greetings from gothic temptations

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        religions7 9 years ago

        Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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        Heather Burns 9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

        Very interesting lens. Some beautiful ancient symbols too.5*

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        dowylyte 9 years ago

        This is certainly a very interesting. Thanks.

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        anonymous 9 years ago

        Found this through your blog. Great lens!

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        neneman 9 years ago

        Very informative. Thanks.

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        andrasnm lm 9 years ago

        I make amulets using the synergies of numerology and amulet making. I love your lens, as it is very close to my passion. Please check out my lens (it is part1 of many to follow) and it is derived from my blog.

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        QueSea 9 years ago

        Thanks for creating this. Some interesting items and information here. I Digg your work (smile)