The Power of the Hamsa

Nov 19, 2013  |  By Arik Barel

Jerusalem-Yair-Emanuel-Hand-Large-Hand-Painted-Laser-Cut-Metal-Hamsa_smallA Hamsa is the classic ancient symbol of protection. While its origins remains shrouded in mystery, it is recognized today as a popular decorative motif in Jewish art and jewelry. Let’s take a deeper look:

Origin

This symbol shaped like a hand, with three extended fingers in the middle and a curved thumb or pinky finger on either side has for thousands of years been used by the peoples of various cultures and religions to protect themselves against evil forces.

Symbolism

The fear of the evil eye has been ongoing since ancient times. It represents the fear of those destructive energies that arise from negative emotions, such as jealousy, hatred and envy that has the potential to cause bad luck for the person at whom it is directed.

Along with the Hamsa hand, the symbol of the evil eye itself throughout the centuries ironically also became a popular icon for protection, a form of spiritual homeopathy. Therefore, the most popular universal variation became an open eye placed in the palm of the hand.

In addition, some have claimed the Hamsa to be a symbol of G-d’s hand, a sign of the presence of G-d throughout all of Creation, adding further credence to the perception of the Hamsa amulet as a symbol of holiness and miracles, which could neutralize the negative energies and the forces and protect the bearer from unseen dangers.

Modern Usage

Today, the most popular way to connect to the timeless protective powers of the Hamsa is as part of a stylish jewelry design or as displayed in the home as a beautiful decorative element, continuing its long history of bringing good luck and happiness to all who trust in her mysterious powers.

Category  : Home Decor, Jewish Jewelry   

Comments