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CHARM SYMBOLISM

Charms are often made as decorative jewelry, such as bracelets, necklaces, even keychains. As well as being a fashion statement, these charms can also be used for symbolic reasons, as charms to bring luck or other desirable things, or to keep at bay undesirable occurrences. These charm symbols (listed below) are based on ancient archetypes and legends, though they first began to be used as charms in the current way back in the 1800s. Use any one of these on a charm bracelet for yourself or for a gift to attain desired results.

This list of charm symbolism was taken and expanded from page 6 of Patricia Telesco's The Magick of Folk Wisdom, 1995.

Also, try using different materials for charms, in conjunction with whatever symbolism you choose:

Intent Metal Wood
Serenity Silver Willow
Healing Copper Olive or rowan
Attack Iron Ash
Luck Tin Locust
Love and Sex Platinum Heather
Protection Steel Yew
Wealth Gold Teak

This list of materials for intents was taken from page 60 of Gavin and Yvonne Frost's A Witch's Grimoire of Ancient Omens, Portends, Talismans, Amulets, and Charms, 1979. One intent included in their original table, for gaining desire by deception, was omitted for purposes of this Web site.

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