I make my symbolic charm items, including keyrings, bag charms and bookmarks, by first deciding on the qualities or energies I wish to represent or attract - for example, love, abundance, confidence or transformation. I then combine the carefully-chosen symbolic motifs with relevant gemstones and crystals to create charms which help attract positive energies and focus thoughts.  Everything we create begins with a thought, and by keeping our thoughts positive and focussed, we are more able to notice the opportunities which can help us to move forward.  My charms can be found on the Charms and Gifts Shop.

The Effect of Symbolism on the Subconscious Mind

Symbols, shapes, words and colours, all have the ability to connect with our subconscious minds on a deep level.  Often their meanings are affected by our own experiences and upbringing, yet many symbols have similar meanings across many cultures.

The following are general descriptions based on my own research and understanding, but they may have extra meanings for you.

 

Anchor

The Anchor is a symbol of hope.  Traditionally it has been used for protection against physical harm, especially during sea travel.  It is a symbol of stability and acts as a reminder to stay grounded when being buffeted around by the seas of change.

 

Ankh

The Ancient Egyptians viewed the Ankh as the key of life and used it as an amulet for health, prosperity, fertility and long life.  It symbolises the union of both the male and female energies, and the infinite creative power of the Universe.

 

Butterfly

The Butterfly is a symbol of transformation, inspiration, pleasure and celebration.  It is also symbolic of the continuous cycle of life, death and rebirth, and reminds us to keep faith during transitions in our lives, accepting and embracing change where it is needed.

 

Dove

The Dove is a symbol of love and peace.  Associated with the maternal love of Mother Mary in Christian traditions, and the Goddess Ishtar, the calming presence of the Dove brings a message of hope from the spirit world.

 

Eye of Horus

Horus, the Ancient Egyptian sky god was the son of Isis and Osiris.  The Eye of Horus symbolises protection, good health, strength, clarity of vision and wisdom, and for centuries has been worn as a protective amulet.

 

Four-Leaf Clover

The rare Four-Leaf Clover is a symbol of good luck, with each of the four leaves representing different qualities:  Fame, Wealth, Love and Health.  In Celtic mythology, it's revered for its vigorous growth and beautiful emerald-green hue.  In dreams, Clover symbolises satisfaction and contentment.

 

Green Man

The Green Man is a potent symbol of the forces of nature, fertility, rebirth and vibrant life energy.  It reflects both our reliance on - and our connection with - nature and reminds us that we too are part of the cycle of life.  In this, it also reflects the ebb and flow of our creative endeavours and emphasises the importance of nurturing new growth and ideas each spring.

 

Heart

The Heart is a symbol of true and enduring love, compassion and Divine protection.  The heart has been viewed over the ages as being the seat of the Soul.  This symbol is a reminder to listen to our hearts, or intuition, when making decisions.  By listening to our hearts, we can understand our true needs and realise our higher purpose.


 

Isis

Isis is the Ancient Egyptian mother goddess of fertility, healing and magic.  The outstretched wings of Isis represent protection and rebirth.

 

Key

The Key is a symbol of knowledge, mystery, curiosity and wisdom.  It can also signify freedom, opportunity and new beginnings, especially for those wishing to change their homes or jobs.  This symbol reminds us to learn from our past experiences, and to use the knowledge wisely to unlock the doors that will lead to a better future.

 

Kwan Yin

Kwan Yin is the Buddhist Goddess of compassion, mercy and grace.  On arriving at the gates of heaven, Kwan Yin heard the cries of humanity and returned to the earth to free all sentient beings from suffering.

 

Lotus Blossom

Kwan Yin is often portrayed sitting or standing on a Lotus Blossom, a Buddhist symbol of purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness.  The fully opened Lotus Blossom represents enlightenment and self-awareness.

 

Mermaid

The Mermaid is a symbol of beauty, passion and freedom.  She represents the confident, independent spirits who have the courage and self-belief to be unconventional and follow their own path.  In mythology, Mermaids were believed to possess strong intuitive and psychic powers.

 

Moon

The Moon is a symbol of intuition, mystery and imagination.  The Crescent Moon is also connected with transformation and new beginnings.  The energy of the Moon gently encourages us to spend time in reflection and connect with our inner knowledge.  With this understanding, we can live our lives to our full potential.

 

Mother Goddess

The Mother Goddess symbolises abundance, motherhood, fertility, creativity and wisdom, and is the guardian of new life.  As a representation of the nurturing and supportive energy of Mother Earth, it reminds us of our responsibility to protect and cherish her in return, for our own survival and that of all life.

 

Om

Om or Aum is said to be the primordial sound that was present at the creation of the Universe.  Often called 'The Mother of All Mantras', Aum is the sound of all life, the three syllables, A (aaa), U (oooo) and M (mmm) conveying the harmonic tone of all creation.  It symbolises Divine creation, manifestation and reverence for all life.

 

Owl

The Owl is a symbol of independence, knowledge and wisdom.  Its night vision enables it to see through the veil of darkness and find hidden truths.  In the Celtic tradition, it also represents clairvoyance, psychic abilities and courage.  In Native American culture, the Owl is a keeper of sacred knowledge and a symbol of protection, its feathers being worn during ceremonies to ward off negative spirits.  Today, the Owl is often used as a symbol of education, and used as a graduation mascot.

 

Peace

This widely-used symbol was originally designed by Gerald Holtom for the CND movement.  It was later adopted by the civil rights movement in the US and has since become known worldwide as a symbol for peace and non-violence.

 

Peacock

The Peacock is associated with Kwan Yin in Buddhism and is a symbol of openness, acceptance, integrity, compassion, renewal and wisdom.  The many eyes of the tail feathers represent watchfulness and protection.  The Peacock is also associated with Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of prosperity, love, compassion, kindness and patience.

 

Pentacle

The Pentacle, a Pentagram enclosed within a circle, is a protective symbol.  The five points of the Pentagram represent the four directions, or elements, of earth, air, water and fire, with the fifth point symbolising the sanctity of Spirit.  The circle represents protection, completeness and the interconnected nature of all things.

 

Seahorse

The Seahorse is a symbol of patience, contentment, imagination and generosity of spirit.  The message from the Seahorse is to stay true to yourself and stand your ground while still being open-minded and spontaneous.

 

Shell

The Shell is a symbol of pilgrimage, birth, regeneration, prosperity and happy relationships.  It is also a protective symbol - the Shell has a hard casing which serves to protect its contents from harm.  It reminds us that during trying times, or after difficult experiences, we may need to seek refuge inside our own shells to protect ourselves during the healing process.  Just as the irritating grit becomes a pearl inside the oyster, our painful experiences can be transformed into something more positive, making us stronger and wiser.

 

Star

The Star is a symbol of pure intent, mystery, imagination, ambition and achievement.  How many people over the centuries have wished upon a star, or gazed up at the night sky, wondering at the mysteries beyond?  The Star reminds us that our minds have no limitations.  Great things can be achieved by aiming high and using the power of your imagination.

 

Tree of Life

With its roots deep within the soil and branches reaching up to the sky, the Tree of Life represents the connection between the Earth and the Heavens.  Its symbolism varies between belief systems and cultures, but includes stability, protection, wisdom, abundance, fertility and spiritual growth.

 

Unicorn

The Unicorn symbolises purity, love, faith and peace.  The energy of the Unicorn assists those who have a strong desire to help others and make the world a better place, giving strength and courage to carry on in the face of adversity.

 

Yin Yang

The Yin Yang symbol represents unity, harmony and balance.  Yin and Yang are dependent opposing forces that flow in a natural cycle, always seeking balance.  Though they are opposing, they are not in opposition to one another, but are two aspects of a single reality.

 


 

Angels and Archangels

 

Angel

The Angel is a reminder that our Guardian Angels are always with us.  Guardian Angels love unconditionally, and are there to give encouragement, help and support.

Talk to your Guardian Angel, ask for help, and listen quietly for the answers.  These may come in your dreams, or simply as a sense of 'knowing'.

 

 

Archangel Michael

Michael is the Archangel of protection, strength, courage, justice, truth and integrity.  We can call upon Archangel Michael when we are feeling vulnerable or afraid, and in need of strength and protection.  We can also ask Michael to remove any negative attachments to other people and release us from unhelpful habits, ideas and emotions.

By giving us strength and protection, Archangel Michael helps us to realise our spiritual potential and follow our truth, without compromising our integrity.

Request:  Archangel Michael, keep me safe from harm and protect me from negative energy.

 


 

Archangel Raphael

Raphael is the Archangel of healing, abundance and travel.  We can call upon Archangel Raphael for healing, whether for ourselves or others, and to mend rifts in relationships.  Archangel Raphael can help us find ways to resolve situations through the medium of love and understanding.

Raphael opens our hearts to love and compassion, and helps us to use our talents and gifts for the Higher Good.

Request:  Archangel Raphael, send me healing and fill my heart with love and compassion.

 


 

Archangel Gabriel

Gabriel is the Archangel of clarity, guidance, intuition, transformation and purification.  We can call upon Archangel Gabriel to give us clarity and guidance regarding our spiritual path, and help us to make decisions.

Archangel Gabriel gives inspiration and assistance with all creative endeavours, and helps us to understand the underlying messages behind our dreams.

Request:  Archangel Gabriel, guide and inspire me along my spiritual path.

 


 

Archangel Uriel

Uriel is the Archangel of deep inner peace, wisdom, support and confidence.  We can call upon Archangel Uriel to release our feelings of anger, resentment and fear, and replace them with forgiveness, compassion and spiritual peace.

Archangel Uriel helps us to realise our own self-worth and to improve our relationships.

Request:  Archangel Uriel, release me from fear so that I may experience spiritual peace.