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Amulets, Definition, Meaning,
Protection, Jewelry, Powerful and Good Luck
The usage of
amulets seems universal stemming from the human desire for protection. The
existence seems to extend from the cave dwellers to the present. As
objects they come and go with fashion, taking on different designs and
shapes, but their purpose remains the same. No matter how civilized a
culture may be, the amulets are present.
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The term amulet is derived from either the
Latin word amuletum or the old atin term amoletum which
means, "means of defense." Pliny, the Roman naturalist, described three
types of amulets: those which offered protection against trouble and
adversity; those which provided a medical or prophylatic treatment; and
substances used as medicine.
Romans have so much reverence for amulets as instruments of protection and
good luck. The idea of evil spell had been around for a very long
time, and it was prevalent in the ancient times. As a result, the Romans
were compelled to wear these amulets to ward off evil spells.
Amulets were not only made for good luck and protection; they were also
made for fertility purpose. Married couples who are unable to conceive
could be given amulets, which can help the woman to get pregnant.
Among ancient cultures such as the Egyptians,
Assyrians, Babylonians, Arabs, and Hebrews great importance was placed on
the use of amulets. The Egyptians employed them everywhere. The frog
protected fertility; ankhs symbolized everlasting life and generation; the udjat,
or eye, was for good health, comfort, and protection against evil; the
scarab beetle was for resurrection after death and protection against evil
magic. One of the most notable amulets of ancient Egypt is
Cylinder seals were used as amulets by the Assyrians and Babylonians.
Within them were embedded semiprecious and precious stones; each stone
supposedly possessed its own unique magical powers. There were various
animal shaped amulets; such as, the ram for virility; and the bull for
virility and strength.
The Arabs, too, had amulets protecting them against evil. Small sacks
containing dust from tombs were worn. They also wore pieces of paper on
which were written prayers, spells, magical names or the powerful
attributes of God such as "the compassionate" and "the forgiver."
The Hebrews wore crescent moons to ward off the evil
eye and they attached bells to their garments
to ward off evil spirits.
In Africa the natives were discovered having amulets too which the Western
explorers and missionaries called fetishes. The fetish
symbolized protection to the natives.
Historically the two most universal symbols of amulets have been the eye
and the phallic symbols. Eyes are thought to protect against evil spirits
and are found on tombs, walls, utensils, and jewelry. The phallic symbol,
represented by horns and hands, is protection against the evil eye.
The names of God and magical words and numbers have generally been thought
to provide protection and fashioned into amulets. These methods of gaining
protection extend back to antiquity and were extremely popular during the
Renaissance to the early 19th century. Accompanying these were the
grimoires, books of magical instruction written for and by magicians. In
magic, using the name of a deity is the same as drawing down divine power.
This is the reason why portions of grimoires resemble prayer books.
The Tetragrammation, the Hebrew personal name for God- -YHWH and
pronounced Yahweh"- - , is believed to be very powerful in magic
operations and has been fashioned into amulets by different spellings. It
is believed to help magicians in conjuring up demons and give him
protections from negative spirits.
The SATOR square (see Magic
Squares) has also been fashioned into
amulets. Throughout the centuries attempts have been made to decipher the
squire but it still remains unintelligible. It was discovered on walls and
vassals of ancient Rome. In amulet form it is considered to be protection
against sorcery, poisonous air, colic, pestilence, and for protecting
cow's milk against witchcraft.
Most all cultures hold the belief that sacred religious books such as the
Koran, Torah, and Bible possess protective powers. Bits of
parchment containing quotes from these books are carried in leather
pouches, silver boxes, or like containers as amulets. Ancient pagans wore
figurines of their gods as amulets. The remnant of this custom is still
seen in the Catholic religion where some members still wear scapulars and
medals of the saints.
Archaeological research has shown that these amulets took various shapes
in prehistorically periods, some of which were crystalline solids, teeth,
claws, and shells. Some of these amulets dated as far back as 25,000
b.c. They could be engraved with various symbols or have small holes
bored into them, which indicate that some of the amulets were worn as
necklaces. The Egyptians too were not left behind in the use of
amulet in ancient times. Many amulets were discovered by
archaeologists in Egypt and some dated as far back as 1370 b.c. Amulets in
Egypt were worn inform of jewellery, With jewels and gems attached to
them; these attachments do not, however, water down the potency and belief
in the amulets.
Aside from being used as for protection, the Egyptians also used the
amulets for personal adornments. The amulets were believed to have
religious and mystical powers.
Many ancient amulets have animals engraved into them. Even the
modern types also have animals engraved in them; one of the most recent
amulets have rabbit foot engraved in it. An amulet being rabbit foot
can bring good luck when rubbed. The wishbone gotten from the breast
of a bird is also used as an amulet in recent times. It is even believed
that holding the larger half when the wishbone is broken while two people
are holding it will bring your wishes to past if you hold the larger
broken part. Even today, this practice is done in the united states during
Thanksgiving Day dinners. Instead of using bird's wishbones or rabbit
foot, many amulet makers now make available the metal forms of these
objects. These metals forms are as popular as the original thing in
Many of the amulets being used today are in the form of crystals. Some are
also worn in the form of pieces of jewellery, which does not reduce the
belief that they have mystical powers.
The religious perspective
Many amulets in the past and present have strong religious
significance. Many of the ancient Jewish people would wear amulets
containing slips of parchments containing the laws of God around their
necks. The amulets can also contain extracts from the Torah, which
represents the first five books of the Old Testament. The Torah is also
part of the Koran of the Muslims, Vesdas of the Hindu and Avestar of the
Zoroastrians. Aside from drawing them closer to God, the Torah
extracts in the amulets are also believed to ward off evil. And bring good
Muslims also wear amulets around their neck bearing inscriptions of the
name of Allah. The amulets are also believed to ward off evil. The amulet
worn by Muslims can also contain miniature of the Koran, about a
square-inch in width, enclosed in a metal locket and worn around the neck.
They believe the amulet gives them power.
Christians too are not left behind in the use of amulet. The Christian
amulet can take various forms. At times, it can be in the form of a cross
to which a string is tied. It can be worn around the neck or the wrist.
The Catholic Church uses the rosary and scapula, both of which can be worn
around the neck. They are symbols of divine protection and purity.
As hinted earlier, amulets can bring good luck and protection. Once
you wear any of the amulets made for the good luck, you will find yourself
being successful in everything you do; you will also encounter good luck
everywhere you go. Amulets can render you fortunate and also bring
luck, positivity, good vibes and prosperity. The amulets contain
magical power no doubt. Many of the good luck pendants have been
tested and shown to work as desired.
Many pagans and witches presently wear jewelry
fashioned in amuletic designs with their protective purpose in mind.
How to buy original amulet
Not all the good luck amulets being sold around
today can have the desired effect. You can, however, get a good quality
amulet if you buy only from an approved outlet. Before you buy an amulet
from any outlet, take some time to read reviews about that outlet and only
buy from them if the reviews are positive. One of the benefits of buying
an amulet from an online outlet is that you can easily read reviews about
the outlet before buying from them; this may not be possible with brick
and mortar outlets. Genuine amulets are usually made in small
quantity. Such an amulet would have been blessed after making it. The
price of genuine amulets usually rises with time, the same way the price
of vintage cars rises.
You should think twice about buying that amulet if it is cheap; cheap
amulets are rarely original, and they rarely have the expected effects.
Consider how long the outlet had been selling amulets before you buy from
there. The long-standing outlets can be trusted to deliver original
amulets that will bring good luck and confer protection on the
wearer. One other reliable place where you can get original amulet
is at temples. Like Thai temples and the likes. Monks and priests are
responsible for selling the amulets in these temples; as a result, such
amulets can be trusted for originality.
You may have to rent the amulet instead of buying, as the priests or monks
may not be disposed to selling them to you. Just tell them what you
want to use the outlet for, and these monks will provide you with the
right one that will meet your purpose. Be that as it may, you should
keep in mind that the age of the amulet can determine its cost; same for
its origin. Instead of buying amulet for personal protection and good
luck, you can also buy it and resell; original amulet is a big business,
and you can make some cool money by buying and reselling
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