From the early cross to the evil eye, we have been using symbols for centuries to protect our bodies, our homes and our health. We attach cosmic associations to our minerals, gemstones and metals. We worship icons, deities and retell their stories of birth, death and enlightenment.
The cicada is a symbol of immortality and good fortune. They represent the soul and spirit as told in the greek myth of the Goddess Eos. The chirping sounds made by the insect was a melodious message for farmers that their fields were flourishing.
Coral is a powerful protector specifically for women and children. This connection is due to its association with the Mother Goddess. The color of coral is also said to hold significance. Red and pink protects from the evil eye. Darker colored coral has the opposite effect and attracts evil spirits. Coral that fades is said to represent the failing health of the wearer. It was also used as a pain reliever for teething babies.
The cowrie shell is both a fertility symbol and a protection token. It is said to bring health and good fortune to new mothers and young and offer protection from infertility. It is also a symbol of the eye and used to "outstare" the evil eye.
The deer is symbolic as guide into the afterlife and the keeper of knowledge. The Celts believed the deer was an otherworldly animal with great power. The Hindu Goddess of Learning often appeared as a deer. The antlers of a mature stag represent the tree of life and nature's vitality.
The lucky elephant is based on the Hindu god Ganesha. The elephant promises success, prosperity, good luck and inner peace. It is a symbol that can remove all obstacles. The elephant's posture has meaning for an elephant has to be standing with a raised trunk to bring the wearer good fortune.
The fish is a protection and fertility symbol. It is a early Christian sign for Jesus Christ and protects wearers from evil forces. The fish symbol shape also represents the womb and protects from infertility.
Horns were used as tokens of protection against intruders and evil forces. They were collected and hung outside dwellings. They are also a symbol of power, masculinity and potency.
The owl is a symbol of the occult, second sight and true wisdom. The nocturnal nature of the owl alongside its strange physical features connects the animal to witchcraft, sorcery and and magic.
The Scarab is known as a symbol of protection against death, reflective wisdom and the power of creation. Inspired by the humble dung beetle, Early Egyptians believed the beetles behaviour mimicked the sun god rolling the sun across the sky. They also believed the beetle possessed powers of immorality and represented the rebirth and the cycle of life.
TEETH & CLAW
The "lucky break" symbol popularized in Western culture by making a wish and snapping a dried poultry collar bone. The shape remains a well known symbol of luck and good fortune.
SACRED STONES, MINERALS & METALS
Amber is associated with revitalization, bravery, optimism and joy. It's bright color and sharp inclusions were believed to be similar to sun rays and helped create a symbolic link between the two. Amber can be electrically charged when rubbed and is said to improve the overall wellbeing of the wearer. It was used to cure a variety of ailments including allergies and infection.
Amethyst is a protective stone that wards off evil and intoxication. It was used by the Ancient Greeks to neutralize drunkenness and the Egyptians used it a sacred protective stone. Amethyst is from the quartz family and is said to carry the same properties as crystal including the ability to calm and heal.
Copper has the ability to conduct and direct electricity. This effect categorized copper as a protector against evil forces. Copper is said to have healing powers and helps ease body aches and pains. Copper discs were placed in Egyptian tombs to protect in the afterlife and the metals ability to retain heat was said to keep the body warm.
Gold is associated with fire and the Sun and is a symbol of purity. Ancient myths tell the tale of gold being sunbeams that were buried in the ground. Gold retains its color and lustre under all conditions making it a symbol of immortality.
The name kyanite derives from the Greek word Kyanos, meaning blue. The stone has a fibrous nature to it, meaning it contains stacked growth lines that run lengthwise. Kyanite was often used as a powerful healing stone that drew out negative energy. It is also a neutral stone, meaning it does not retain energy or require cleansing.
Labradorite is a powerful healing stone with psychic and protective qualities. It was discovered in Canada in the 1770's and became a popular stone for travelling missionaries. The aurora borealis flashing inside the stone is said to represent the northern lights, the soul and the natural energy within. The flashing is a reflective sheen and not an actual color within the stone.
Moonstone helps with focusing the mind and intuition. It is named after its milky moon like appearance and how the inclusion waxes and wanes across the stone. It was used by travellers as protection and as a love token when wore on the night of a full moon.
Opals are linked to psychic ability and second sight. This sensitivity is also physical, for opals contain a relatively high percentage of water. This allows for them to respond to changes in their environment. The opal also represents the eye making it a symbol of protection.
Pearls are linked to female fertility, purity and health. Its birth from the mollusk represents the miracle of creation. It's lustre mirrors the moon. Pearls are sensitive to temperature changes, perfumes and chemicals making it a barometer for the wearer's health. A dull pearl is said to represent ill health.
Peridot protects against negative energy such as jealousy and melancholy thoughts. It was used by the Egyptians and Romas as a powerful amulet and often carved with protective inscriptions. It shields the wearer from nightmares and was used in the Middle Ages for muscle aches and liver problems.
Rock Crystal represents vision and clairvoyance. It historically was a sacred stone used by hunters, medicine men, shamans and fortune tellers. It's clear composition associates the stone with true understanding and foresight. When charged with electricity, quartz will vibrate.
This precious stone has a history as a protective powerful stone. It's color connects it to the circulatory system and curing ailments related to the blood and heart. It is also associated with passion and the ability to control emotions. It is one of the hardest gemstones , only second to the diamond.
Blue sapphire is said to disperse feelings of sadness and melancholy. It's colour symbolizes the sky, making it a spiritual symbol and celestial stone. Star sapphires contain a natural inclusion of a star burst within the stone. Star sapphires are said to be very powerful for protection and good fortune.
Silver is associated with the moon and linked to psychic ability and intuition. It has an illustrious history a material used for coins, tableware and even as a protector against dark forces.
Steel is an alloy made primarily of iron and carbon. Iron was a metal said to be ruled by Mars, thus attributing "masculine"qualities and symbolism. The alloy is connected to physical strength, growth, and protection. It was said to evoke emotions such as lust, confidence, courage, strength, stamina, and such as lust, confidence, courage, strength, stamina, and resilience.
Tourmaline represents harmony and balance. Tourmaline has both electrical and magnetic properties when heated and maintains a positive and negative charge on each end of the stone. This property quickly gave the stone the symbolism of balance. The rainbow of colors banded throughout the stone also represent harmony.
Turquoise is a protector against the evil eye and can make friends of enemies. The Mayans believed that turquoise was so scared that it could only be owned by the Gods.
EARLY SYMBOLS & THE BODY
The ankh is an Egyptian hieroglyph that means "life". It is said to represent the union of masculinity and femininity and visually represent a connection between heaven and earth. It has been interpreted as a key to the afterlife and a symbol of the sun.
The circle symbolizes the inner spirit and the universe by two areas defined by a continuous line. It was an early symbol of the sun and moon and was used in magic rituals to cast spells. It represents a harmonic connection between the physical world and the spiritual.
The crescent is one of the most recognizable depictions of the moon and its changing phases. It is categorized as a "feminine" symbol and linked to virtues such as beauty and purity. It represents the Moon Goddess and spirituality.
In its simplest form, the cross represents two intersecting points. This intersection symbolizes a union between the physical and spiritual world. Variations of the cross can be found throughout religions and various cultures as a powerful protective symbol.
The diamond shape represents a sacred doorway between the natural and spiritual world. It also symbolized a deconstructed depiction of the female genitalia hence representing rebirth.
The eye is a powerful protective symbol that is said to protect against ill health, theft and misfortune. It is represented in various forms including the iconic "blue eye" , the hand of Fatima and the eye of Horus. It's influence as a protective symbol is popular throughout the Middle East, Europe and the Mediterranean.
The heart, not surprisingly, is a symbol of life and was worn to protect the wearer from a failing heart. It was also worn to protect against evil forces determined to steal the soul. Originally anatomically shaped, the modern heart symbol represents two halves coming together as a whole.
One of the key symbols in sacred geometry, the hexagon can be found throughout nature. It is a key design feature in religious and contemporary architecture due to it's strength and perfect symmetry. The six sides represent divinity and creative power.
The square symbolizes the Earth and four elements. It represents the boundaries of the physical world, the number four and the power of human discovery and creativity.
In geometry, the triangle is considered one of the strongest forms. Because of this, it is considered a symbol of strength. It's position also has meaning, for when positioned on point, it represents a chalice, meaning water. On its base it a fire symbol. It represents the all seeing eye, the holy trinity and the number three.
The direction of this line symbolizes a connection between all domains of the existence, the heavens, the earth and the underworld. It also symbolizes a marker for a moment in time, a reminder to live in each moment with purpose.