Amulets and Symbols of Protection
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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.