Are you looking for housewarming gifts? Want to buy a lucky charm for a friends new home? How about giving a traditional housewarming gift and present for a loved one?
In this article we offer ideas for items that bring good luck and peace to the house, including their origins and use.
So first, a short background
A housewarming gifts, items to bring luck and ward off curses are common at every place where humans live, and were in use throughout all history.
Each culture had different items that were believed to hold powers against evil (beings such as ghosts, demons,) curses and people’s bad intentions.
There’s an ancient belief called “Evil eye”.
This belief has several subtle meanings in different cultures, and in general it’s about a person intending to harm someone else, usually innocent, with his/her ill intentions, casting an evil eye. An evil eye is believed to cause misfortunes, illnesses and even death.
The term “evil eye” used because the harming person uses his glare to cast the evil eye, usually when the affected innocent victim isn’t aware of it. Not all cultures interpret the need the strict physical evil eye glare, in some traditions the glare is just a metaphor.
It is also believed that you can reflect back the evil eye with a mirror, so (throughout all those areas (especially in the middle east)) there are a lot of talismans and amulets with an eye symbol on them, usually of blue color and surrounded by circles or squares of white, dark and light blue.
The eye acts as a mirror and its purpose is to reflect back the evil eye (and other bad omens) to the caster.
One of the most famous amulets is hamsa.
Hamsa is a palm shaped amulet used to protect against evil eye and also to bring luck, strength, happiness, power, health, peace etc… It’s been in use for thousands years
The word Hamsa comes from Arabic, meaning 5 referring to the five fingers of the hand.
It’s a meaningful amulet in the jewish and arabic traditions, often times used by family members, especially the parents, to protect the young children.
The hamsa comes in a lot of shapes and variations: when the fingers are closed together, it’s to bring luck and peace, when they are spread – it’s to protect.
When the fingers are up it’s used to protect against evil eye, when down is to bless and for peace and luck.
More often than not, the fingers are symmetric – the thumb and the little finger are at the same size and height, and the other 3 fingers are higher and also at the same height.
It can also be a painting, and even not necessarily resemble the hand palms. It’s usually colored in shades of blue, but can be colored in other colors as well.
Often times, there’s an eye in the middle of the palm that deflects the evil eye and protects.
Hamsa There are a lot of possibilities to use it.
Often times it’s hung on the door or near the entrance area, because it’s believed that when bad omens are approaching they’d come through the door. You can also hang it on and near the other doors in the house.
Often times it’s also hung on the walls, at a visible and central place.
Another use is on jewelry. In fact, a lot of women have jewelry with hamsa, whether on bracelets, rings, necklaces etc.. It can also be carried in the purse or wallet or on a keychain.
a very common act is to hang hamsa in the room of a mother to be or a newborn baby, and also to give it as a housewarming gift.
Hamsa Housewarming Gifts
Pass The Buck & Get Some Luck
Every purchase includes a crisp dollar bill, Good Luck Buck (“good deed money”) empowering the recipient to be your agent of a good deed to donate charity (the dollar) to a worthy cause. Who knows, maybe your dollar will be the one that changes the world.
Giving others the opportunity to perform a good deed is the ultimate act of paying it forward.