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Jewelry not only complements our appearance but also tells about our personality, beliefs, and style. Wearing jewelry because of superstitions or spiritual reasons is also part of people’s lifestyle since ancient times.
Many of us probably own at least one piece of jewelry with an owl, four-leaf clover, or feather on it. But do we know what these symbols mean and where they originate?
Most of them, of course, are worn for good luck and prosperity, and some are already so popular in the fashion industry that we rarely think about their meaning.
The infinity symbol is a trendy idea for a tattoo, a print on clothing, and a pendant on a necklace. Beyond the infinity, it depicts a balance of opposites: day and night, man and woman.
Triangles provide stability to various buildings and structures. Adherents of ancient religions saw mystical meaning in this symbol and often wore amulets depicting it. They also believed that triangles represented the life cycle: birth, maturity, and death. Furthermore, the triangle signified harmony between humans and the gods. It was blasphemy to break a triangle and disrupt its integrity.
Triangles were present in ancient Egypt. Pyramids were the base of three-dimensional triangles. Even though pyramids are the mausoleums of dead pharaohs, many today consider them symbols of good luck. The architects who erected the pyramids invested symbolic meaning into their countries. They represent the forces of earth and heaven held together.
The key is one of the most auspicious symbols of luck. At the same time, it is among the oldest talismans to this day. Couples in love give each other keys to symbolize the doors to their hearts. Persons who gift such a key to their paramour will find ultimate happiness.
The Greeks and Romans believed that the key was the key to life. Its power is to open the doors to the gods for those who pray. It also helps to recall the past and foresee the future. The most auspicious key talismans were made of silver, the sacred metal of the goddess Diana. She was the guardian of doors and thresholds. She was also the patroness of mothers.
Three keys linked together were the symbol of good luck in Japan. They were supposed to help the user open doors leading to love, health, and wealth.
The Gypsies of Eastern Europe believed that house keys attached to a metal ring and hung above the bed helped people sleep soundly and chased away nightmares.
We all know that a horseshoe attracts good luck. As well, it scares away evil spirits and presents the gift of fertility. If you place a horseshoe on its side, it will symbolize the moon. If you turn it down, it will become a symbol of the womb. There is a belief in the ancient cultures that the horseshoe was a forerunner of wealth, as it was associated with a horse, and only rich people could afford it. Our ancestors believed that a horseshoe found on the street would bring success and happiness.
Horseshoes were powerful talismans that protected the home and land, as well as kept away intruders. If a horseshoe is hung on the wall or above the front door with its ends up, it will attract good luck to that house like a magnet. Evil spirits will never enter a home because they fear a horseshoe.
Along with the Dragon, Koi carps are of the most beloved symbols in Asian countries. In China, for example, people believe that paintings depicting Koi carps bring good luck and abundance.
Koi carp is also known as the king of all fish. It symbolizes the pursuit of ambitious goals and is a glorious example of success through hard work and overcoming obstacles. Since Koi carp swim against the upstream, they personify perseverance, strength, and willpower.
Before choosing a piece of jewelry as an amulet or talisman, we should have a clear idea of why we need them – for protection, luck, love, health. We should get to know the characteristics of the “totem” and feel it as our own. We should trust our intuition, resonate with the symbol as our one and accept its energy.