This past New Moon , as I decided what to share in this week’s Witchy Challenge, I found myself mostly drawing.
I have been reading a lot about signs and symbols, and some of them stayed with me.
I decided to share the symbols that I connected with the most. I realized that all of them had something to do with protection in one way or another.
Magical Symbols for Protection Amulets
Historically, amulets and other magical charms were used for protection because police and alarm systems weren’t as developed as they are today!
Walls and entryways were decorated with these symbols to protect the homes. Occult symbols of protection were even graffitied on the walls of the cities to keep them safe and protected.
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Magic Symbols of Protection & Meanings
I made this topic as a continuation of the post on Spells8: Wiccan Symbols and Their Meanings
The horns are a hand sign used as protection against evil or bad luck. Where I am from it is used to ward off the evil eye, “el mal de ojo”. It has been used to symbolize the devil, but this depends on context. Satanists may use it to represent the inverted pentagram which Eliphas Levi said to symbolize the triumph of matter over spirit because “it overturns the proper order of things”.
However, according to Cirlot, all primitive traditions prove that the horn is a symbol of strength and power. Battle-helmets were adorned with horns from prehistoric times right up to the Middle Ages. In Egyptian times, the sign of the horn indicates ‘what is above the head’ and, by extension, ‘to open up a path for oneself’.
2. Seven-Pointed Star or Septagram
The seven pointed star also known as a septagram, is used for long-life and protection. (Buckland)
It is drawn with seven straight strokes. Seven was considered special because it consisted of the union of the physical (number 4) with the spiritual (number 3). Think of the seven classical planets, the seven days in a week, seven kings of Rome, seven colors in the rainbow, seven stages of enlightenment, and so on.
The reconciliation of the square with the triangle can be the sky over the earth.
3. Lunate Cross
Also called a Moon Cross, it features four crescents with their horns facing outward, protecting the cross from evil which might approach from any direction.
The four crescents also remind us of the four stages of the Moon: New, Waxing, Full and Waning, symbolising protection throughout the entire cycle.
A cross with equal arms ✚ is an ancient symbol found in many cultures to represent the sun, so this could also be a symbol of the combined power of the Sun and Moon.
The anchor also features a cross, which was used by early Christians as a way to disguise their cross, a symbol of salvation and hope. ✞
The anchor symbolizes stability, strength and order as it holds us steady through the storms of life. It often appears in the coats of arms of maritime institutions such as the navy, and of course in tattoos.
The Epistle to the Hebrews in the New Testament says “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul”. - Hebrews 6:19
In cultures ranging from the Japanese to those of the Mediterranean, the crane is an allegory of justice, longevity and the good and diligent soul.
The crane’s careful movements represent tact and vigilance. It is an auspicious symbol to the Chinese as a spirit which can be summoned for blessings.
The crane is associated with the symbolism of the stork and heron, which in Ancient Egypt was a symbol of the morning sun and regeneration. 𓅂
In Japan, the paper crane or Orizuru is often used as a ceremonial decoration. It is said that if someone folds a thousand cranes, they are granted one wish.
During medieval times, the star Vega was associated with magic and used for protection against evil. This is the sigil for Vega from the thirteenth century.
If you live in the northern hemisphere like I do now, you’ve definitely seen this star. Look up and it’s there, the second-brightest star after Arcturus.
Vega is part of the constellation Lyra and it has been called “the next most important star in the sky after the Sun”. Gulliver, Austin F.; et al.
7. Magic Squares
These squares of talismanic magic date back centuries. Numbers and geometry were believed to hold within them the keys to Nature as expressions of a Divine Mind or Universal Architect.
This is an example of a Roman square. They used letters instead of numbers as protective amulets. The Sator square is a super palindrome that can be read right to left, lef to right and vertically up and down.
There are many possible translations of its meaning, one of them being: “The sower, with his plough holds the wheels with care”
This particular square was posted on doors, engraved in drinking cups, walls and amulets. It acted as a magnet for protective spiritual forces.
Do you have any personal symbols that you consider to be for protection?