LARGE Hand of Fatima Charm / Hamsa Amulet / Against the Evil Eye / Protection Charm / Amulet Pendant / Promoter of Blessings and Fertility

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While I don't plan to carry a lot charms in my shop, I came across  these in my travels and could not pass up the opportunity to share them!

The Hamsa or the Hand of Fatima is named after Fatima Zahra, daughter of the Prophet Muhammad. This powerful amulet is often associated with the number 5. "Hamsah" is an Arabic word that means "five". ​ Some say this represents the five Pillars of Islam. Of course, there are significances of the number five in many other traditions as well, such as the five pointed star and pentacle which represents the balance of humans and nature. 

In numerology the number 5 is the number of humans, it represents the four limbs and one head. It is a vibrant, exciting number of the senses, which makes sense because it is said that The Hamsa reminds devotees to worship with all five senses. The number 5 is also the number of Earth, Nature & the Occult. This number has a sexual element to it as well, signifying the addition of the male genitals to the female genitals.

Although Qu'ran law prohibits the wearing of charms and amulets, the Hand of Fatima is often depicted in and associated with Islamic cultures. This palm shaped amulet is popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The most common depictions are in jewelry and wall hangings. 

This image has been used as a sign of protection for centuries throughout history. The Hand of Fatima is believed to have originated in modern-day Tunisia (ancient Punic Carthage) and​ is said to provide defense against the evil eye. It is believed to have been originally associated with the Phoenician Goddess Tanit, who was the chief Deity of Carthage and a Mother Goddess ruling fertility as well as the Sun, Moon and Stars. 

Early use of The Hamsa has also been traced to ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq). A universal sign of protection, the image of the open right hand is seen in Mesopotamian artifacts and in the amulets of Ishtar / Inanna. Other symbols of divine protection based around the hand include the Hand-of-Venus (or Aphrodite), and the Hand-of-Mary. These symbols were used to protect women from the evil eye, boost fertility and lactation, promote healthy pregnancies and strengthen the weak. The hand symbol can also be seen in the Buddha's gesture of teaching and protection. 

One theory proposes a connection between The Hamsa and the Hand-of-the-All-Goddess, an amulet known to ancient Egyptians as the Two Fingers. In this amulet, the Two Fingers represent Isis and Osiris and the thumb is their child Horus. It was used to invoke the protection of children. 

The Hamsa's path into Jewish culture can be traced through its use in Islam. Many Jewish people believe that the five fingers of the Hamsa remind its wearer to use their five senses to praise God. The symbol of the hand appears in Kabbalistic manuscripts and amulets, doubling as the Hebrew letter "Shin", the first letter of "Shaddai", one of the names referring to God.

Levatine Christians call this amulet The Hand of Mary. 

The Hand of Fatima, particularly the open right hand, is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power and strength. It is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye. It is often painted in red (sometimes using the blood of a sacrificed animal) on the walls of houses for protection, and also painted or hung in the doorways of the rooms of an expectant mother or new baby. The Hamsa can be depicted with the fingers spread apart to ward off evil, or as closed together to bring good luck.

Depictions of the hand, the eye or the number five in Arabic (and Berber) traditions are related to warding off the evil eye. 

As you can see, this charm has been used in many cultures throughout history to protect from evil, jealousy and harm. It is also associated with children and many believe it to be especially effective in protecting them and in promoting fertility. The amulet has been said to promote blessings, power and good luck! 

These Amulets will be kept on my altar until they are posted to you. They have been spiritually cleansed and are being blessed and imbued with the energy from my Workings each day. 

Please take note that my current shipping and packaging is no frills. Items will be packaged well and shipped appropriately, but you will not see a lot of excess bows & bells! 

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