An amulet (from Lat. Amuletum - "giving strength") is an object that is most often worn on the body and protects a person from disasters, and also brings happiness.
In ancient times, it was believed that wearing the teeth or claws of killed animals on the body can help the hunter to get some of their strength, and some minerals, plants (sandalwood, garlic, incense) or stones (pearls, amber, rock crystal) can protect them from the effects of evil entities.
Also, amulets were hung in houses, in barns, on various household items, etc. Somewhat later, the protective properties began to be attributed to some metals, both non-ferrous (copper, brass) and noble (silver, gold).
Myths about amulets
Knots are one of the varieties of amulets. In the old days, an amulet in the form of a knot (nauz), made of leather or woolen threads, was often used by pagan Slavs for protection from various disasters. Moreover, to enhance the impact, prisoners and forges (people who were professionally engaged in the manufacture of nauz) weaved various kinds of symbolic objects into knots (stones, figurines of animals or birds, carved from wood or made of metal, images of weapons or tools, etc.).
Amulets knots were used by many peoples. For example, in Ancient Egypt the most significant symbol was the ankh ("knot of life", "bow of life") - a cross topped with a noose. He was depicted on the walls of temples (both by himself and in the hands of gods or pharaohs), symbolized life and performed a protective function. Also amulets were knots "bant sa" - one of the attributes of the goddess Tueris, and "tet" ("blood of Isis").
The ancient Greeks endowed the knots with the ability to prevent something, therefore, for example, to facilitate childbirth, all the knots were untied on the clothes and in the house of the woman in labor (in addition, all household members were forbidden to take positions with crossed legs or arms).
In Tibet and Mongolia, in order to protect themselves from the evil eye, they tie the so-called "endless knot", in addition, which is a symbol of the acquisition of the Primordial Wisdom. Such a knot, called the "knot of happiness", is considered a talisman that brings good luck and protects from everything bad in China. In many countries, knots were often used as an element of love magic.
It is best to choose precious and semi-precious stones as an amulet. If you are going to seek help from a person versed in this kind of business, you can really give preference to stones. Moreover, it is advisable to first ask a specialist which stone should be preferred to you personally. After all, only those who were born under the sign of Libra can choose any stone they like - not a single stone can harm the representative of this sign, however, one should not expect much help from the amulet. But people born under other signs of the Zodiac should be very selective when choosing a precious or semi-precious stone for both an amulet and a regular decoration. This takes into account the day on which the person was born. For example, Aries born between March 21st and 31st should give preference to agate, hematite, rock crystal, from April 1st to April 11th - heliotrope, pearls, coral, amber, from April 12th to 20th - diamond, garnet, sapphire. It also matters what kind of influence the amulet will be "tuned to" (topaz and sapphire will protect against slander, agate and pearls protect from deception, turquoise helps to increase money, etc.) and to whom it is intended. For example, men should in no case use pearls as an amulet, since this will ensure their weakness and vulnerability, and a pearl necklace presented to a bride for a wedding will bring many problems in family life, in particular, it can cause aggression from the spouse. If you plan to "charge" the amulet yourself, but you have no experience with stones, it is better to choose another item.
The amulet can be of any shape. According to experts, ring-shaped, round and cylindrical objects (rings, pendants, especially made of single crystals - for example, diamonds) are best suited for this purpose, since they are easily "impregnated" with the energy-information program and come into contact with the owner's energy (with prolonged wearing ).
Many different amulets are sold in stores. It remains only to choose the one that you like the most - and you will be protected. This is not entirely true. Talismans and amulets sold in stores are just blanks that, without activation (certain magical rituals), are very weak. In fact, in this case, the force of influence of a thing depends only on how much its owner believes in it. In the event that the subject combines metals and precious or semi-precious stones that are suitable for a given person according to the sign of the Zodiac and astrological indicators, the effect of the amulet is enhanced. But it should be remembered that only after a ceremony performed by a professional, you can get at your disposal a really effective amulet item, and not just a well-chosen original decoration.
The amulet can be charged by yourself. Yes, but it should be borne in mind that the effect of such an object will be many times weaker than the effect of an amulet created by an experienced magician. Before you start charging an item, you need to clean it. To do this, first it is recommended to put the future amulet in salt and place it in the freezer of the refrigerator for 2-3 days, then rinse it with water, then place it on the palm of one hand, place the other over it, and imagine a stream of purple-gold light pouring in into an object and displacing any other energy and information. Further, you should clearly decide in which situations this thing will operate and in all details present the course and resolution of the situation that suit you. This chain of events must be imagined over and over again, increasing the pace until the visual images disappear - only a certain sensation remains, which must be "pumped" into the object. Moreover, experts say that when there is a feeling that the energy "does not fit" in the amulet, one should break the resistance that has arisen and continue filling the thing. Only in this case will the amulet be effective.
The amulet should always be with you - only in this case it will work. More often than not, this is true. However, some types of amulets are worn only for a fairly short time, after which they part with them. But this state of affairs does not weaken, but on the contrary, enhances the effect of the amulet. For example, martisor ("martenitsa") is a very popular amulet in the territory of Moldova, Bulgaria and Romania, made in the form of red and white hearts, little men, balls, beads, flowers, etc., on the first day of spring, people give each other and worn only for a month. After this period, the amulet (a symbol of spring, fertility, happiness and well-being) is tied to the branch of a fruit tree (preferably flowering), making a wish. Such a ceremony not only promises the fulfillment of desire, but also bestows happiness, love and rich harvests. Also, the martisor is hung on windows and doors to protect the house from the evil spirits of winter.
Jewelry, according to our ancestors, had a protective effect, and also served as a certain indicator of social and marital status, nationality, etc. Yes it is. Since ancient times, rings have symbolized a circle that is irresistible for evil forces. Therefore, for example, to protect the child from the evil eye and damage, a silver ring was thrown into the water for bathing the newborn, and a ring was placed under the pillow to protect against diseases. It was also believed that a spouse could be returned by looking at him through a wedding ring. But in some cases, this decoration served as a symbol of the social status of its owner. For example, in ancient Rome, a slave wore a ring engraved with the name of the master. Free citizens had the right to wear iron rings, while gold jewelry was only allowed for senators. Rings decorated with coats of arms and special signs were used as a symbol of power (in Ancient Egypt and European countries) and as proof of belonging to secret societies or monastic orders.
Earrings, initially positioned as exclusively male jewelry, served as a certain sign of belonging to a particular nation (for example, a gypsy - and the only son in a family or a boy born after the death of a previous child wore an earring in his ear), a stratum of the population (in some countries, say , in ancient Israel and Rome - ears were pierced to slaves, in others - for example, in Greece and the countries of the East, as well as in Egypt - they were worn only by wealthy townspeople) or professions. For example, Caesar's centurions wore earrings in their nipples - this symbolized military prowess. The sailors had the right to put on the earring only if they rounded the Cape of Good Hope, the pirates - after the capture of the ship. Cossacks also wore earrings, but not all (for example, only the only son could wear an earring in the left ear, the last man in the family in the right, etc.). Thieves, however, putting an earring in the ear, demonstrated the absence of fear of the court of the church.
Quite often, earrings served as an indicator of a person's well-being. In Russia, earrings adorned with precious stones could only be worn by members of the princely family, silver jewelry was reserved for the wives of wealthy merchants, and commoners were content with products made of wood or copper. Some magical properties were also attributed to earrings. According to the beliefs of the Russians, an earring presented by a girl is capable of protecting a soldier in battle from a stray bullet. A small child (boy) was put an earring in his left ear, believing that this could protect him from hernia. Bracelets (worn on the arms and legs), decorated with bells, rang when walking and every movement, thereby frightening off evil spirits.
The Christian Church opposed the wearing of amulets. Officially, yes. However, according to written sources, in 1295, there were 15 fossil shark teeth in the treasury of the Holy See. Amulets made from such teeth were considered very effective protection against the evil eye and smallpox. The Maltese knights believed that such a tooth, worn on a chain or leather strap, could neutralize the poison sprinkled by ill-wishers in food or drink, and tied to the horse's mane gives the animal frantic courage in battle. The higher clergy did not neglect amulets either. For example, a plate of brass tin with a pentagram and spells engraved on it was found on the chest of Archbishop Anselm Franz von Würzburg, who died suddenly in 1749.
Also among Christians, serpentine amulets were very popular, on the obverse of which the face of one of the saints was depicted, and on the seamy side was the head of a Gorgon, which protected from evil forces. Since antiquity, this pagan symbol ("gorgoneion"), sculpted in the form of a mask depicting the head of a woman with snakes instead of hair, was placed on the walls of buildings, household items, shields, armor (elbow pads and knee pads that protected the most vulnerable parts of the body to evil forces) and coins, and was a recognized amulet that protects from evil.
The best choice is proven amulets. Yes, but it should be remembered that an amulet is an individual thing, therefore a magical object created to protect one person and perfectly showing itself in a certain situation may work weaker or not work at all if another person takes possession of it.
Amulets that were in the possession of a seriously ill person must be cleaned first, and only then used. According to experts, both amulets and ordinary jewelry that were on the body of a seriously ill or dying person can absorb a lot of negative energy, which they are later able to "share" with the next owner. Therefore, if a thing has fallen into your hands, the history of which is unknown, or there is information that it belonged to a person who was ill for a long time or who suddenly died, it must be cleaned. To do this, it is enough to place the object under a stream of running water for several hours, or for a day - in water, over which the spells necessary in such cases were previously pronounced. At the same time, it should be remembered that things of a round shape, especially with diamonds, need to be subjected to a longer cleansing procedure, since they absorb information about their owner very actively, and subsequently part with it very reluctantly.