Thursday 18 January 2024

Craft: Hamsa Amulet of Protection as Feminine Power

A traditional protection against the Evil Eye that’s popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, is the Hand of Fatima or the Hand of Miriam. The Evil Eye is basically people wishing you ill. One of the things I love about this protection amulet is that it’s an example of feminine power. 

It's also called the Hamsa, which means hand. The amulet shows a hand pointing up and out with the five fingers visible and often an eye drawn in the palm. It symbolises seeing the ill wishes and turning them away from you. Like a big "No!"

The symbol likely has ancient origins as similar things have been found on ancient Mesopotamian objects relating to the goddess Ishtar, Queen of Heaven. However, for a long while it has been a symbol of protection in both Jewish and Islamic cultures. Fatima is the name of the daughter of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed, while Miriam is the name of Moses’ sister. Both women are highly regarded in the related spiritual traditions.

I made my own Hamsa with pencils and paper using an idea from the book Protective Charms by Tania Ahsen. To make one like it:

  • Put your right hand on a sheet of paper or card and draw around it. 
  • Draw two circles, one within the other in the centre of the palm to represent an eye. 
  • Colour it in as you desire.
  • If you crafted it on card, you can cut it out. If you used paper you can frame it to hang on a wall.

This is also offered as a practical exercise in my workshops on Amulets, Talismans and Charms. The next one is on Saturday, 23 March at The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB. It runs from 1pm to 5pm. Tickets are: £80/£60. You can find out more here:

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