Amulets

  • Wearing or carrying amulets to protect oneself is possibly the earliest known form of folk magic in history; the belief in their power has endured for thousands of years up to the present day.
  • “Prayers, sacrifices and offerings induced the good spirits to grant blessings; amulets prevented the evil spirits from taking them away” (Guiley 9)*.
  • Statues, symbols, rings, necklaces, and plaques, for example, were used as amulets.
  • Inscribed with spells or words with intent behind them, amulets become charms.
  • They granted protection from adversity, bodily harm, witchcraft, and the evil eye.
  • They also brought good luck, good health, and fertility (on a person or crops).
  • Bells are considered amulets against evil spirits.
  • Eyes and phallic symbols are historically universal amulet symbols; eyes protect against evil spirits, and phallic symbols (sometimes represented by horns or hands) protect against the evil eye.
  • Holy books such as the Bible, Torah, and Koran are considered to have protective powers.
  • The neo-Pagan pentacle is used as an amulet today; usually silver, when traced in the air or worn, it’s believed to protect the person or their home.

 

*”The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft” by Rosemary Ellen Guiley, 1st Edition

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