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.
- Acorn--for youth, renewal, and love.
- Arrowhead--for protection from the evil eye and curses, and strength in contests or battle.
- Bee--for efficiency, energy, and business success.
- Cat--for cunning, and a safe trip.
- Coin--for luck, wishes, and wealth.
- Corn--for prosperity.
- Coral beads--for safety and good health, especially for children.
- Egg--for protection from misfortune, health, and a fertility charm.
- Fish--for spirituality and affluence.
- Four-leaf clover--for good luck, love, and affluence.
- Glass beads--for avoiding known danger. (Use color symbolism to make the charm more specific.)
- Hearts--for keeping a loved one close and devoted.
- Horseshoe--for protection, and luck.
- Key--for opening figurative doors, and for good judgments and keeping your wits.
- Knot--for unity, harmony, and devotion.
- Lyre--for bringing out talents and best qualities.
- Penny--for good luck.
- Ring--for promises and eternal love.
- Shoe--for good fortune.
Also, try using different materials for charms, in conjunction with whatever symbolism you choose:
||Olive or rowan|
|Love and Sex
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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