Kabbalah Symbols Often Used in Magical Jewelry, Amulets, and Talismans
The meanings and uses of amulets, talismans and other items of mystical adornment began to develop during prehistory, differing significantly in relation to their time and site of origin. Magical and religious associations often accompany talismans, a word tracing its source from the Hebrew form tallis (plural, talleisim), the prayer shawl worn to distinguish Jews from pagans. Judaic law and custom forbid the worship/representation of idols; thus, Kabbalah symbols used in magical jewelry, amulets and talismans emphasize mystical or religious text, or the names of sacred personages. Several of the more prominent Kabbalah decorative objects used to symbolically provide the wearer good luck, protection from harm, success or healing. are discussed below.
The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life is perhaps the most significant of the Kabbalah symbols used for magical jewelry. As explained in the Kabbalah – "Book of Creation," Sefer Yetzira – the Tree of Life represents the process of creation. It symbolically constitutes the 32 paths of secret wisdom, comprised of the seifirot, God's ten divine numbers, arranged in conjunction with the Hebrew alphabet's 22 letters. Its objective is to demonstrate the diverse physical and spiritual planes of human life, as embodied by the different branches of this kabbalistic Tree. The Tree of Life serves as a schematic signifier purposefully clarifying the unseen (mystical) aspects of human existence, in combination with the material perceptions we readily recognize. In both illustrations, the Tree's 10 spiritual spheres are connected by the 22 physical pathways.
The Hamsa Hand
The Hamsa Hand is a talisman used for personal security, averting the evil eye through a representation of the Hand of God for protection. Also known as Hamesh hand or the hand of Miriam, Hamsa represents God's hand symbolically as a hand with three fingers raised, often with two thumbs arranged symmetrically.
Figure 6: Hamsa Hand