Designed right at the end of December 2019, Emblems was one that I felt I needed to design as a form of spiritual protection for the year ahead. It included my love for Hamsa Hands and all they stand for, along with 6 other different elements to make this piece so spiritually empowering, and it was one of my first full colour pieces too - done by hand!
It was a weird time because as up and down as 2019 was and the better middle section of it I had, for the fact that it slowly started becoming unnerving towards the end of the year for personal reasons, I felt as though for the upcoming year ahead I needed to put something into existence (aside from the already growing collection of Hamsa Hands, crystals and such I already have to hand) which would kind of aid the next steps of whatever 2020 was to bring. It was an experience, not putting too much thought towards exactly what elements I wanted to represent in advance but just working with what came to mind along the way, it was unique, reassuring and an element of growth within me to even pull off a piece like this using so much colour and by hand too! (For those who have kept up with the blogs, you already know colour isn't really my forte or strong point!)
So, ready for the original caption on social & the meanings behind?:
Entering 2020 and putting this year and decade to rest, I wanted to design something that offered protection in addition to being a meditation piece.
Designed to combine so many spiritual elements in one piece, I present "EMBLEMS".
Focusing on each element, they all hold their own meanings, but combined it brings a piece I feel offers guidance, protection and the hope of bringing good luck, health, wealth and wisdom for the new year and decade. As this piece contains so much within it, I broke down the elements combined and what they represent:
Hamsa Hand - known to ward off the evil eye and protect those who wear it or keep it close by. In Buddhism it symbolises the 5 senses, elements and the chakra flow:
- Pinky finger - first chakra, tailbone, legs & feet, earth
- Ring finger - second chakra, pelvis, water
- Thumb - third chakra, solar plexus, fire
- Forefinger - fourth chakra, heart, air
- Middle finger - fifth chakra, throat, sound
The hand facing up is a powerful symbol to protect against evil, jealousy and insecurities. Often the fingers are spread apart to ward off evil.
Lotus Flower - highlights growth, development, personal progress and process to reach self-realisation and spiritual enlightenment.
In Buddhism it follows the symbolism of purity of the mind, body and spirit as the flower (or soul) blossoms above and moves freely over murky waters symbolizing the growth through the struggles of life (murky water), attachment and desire.
The ancient Egyptians believed this symbolised rebirth as the flower would close its petals at night and rebloom in the morning, for them symbolizing the dead entering the underworld to be reborn.
Dreamcatchers - hold the symbolism of protecting sleepers from nightmares and bad dreams. Following the Native American belief that dreams are always in the air, only good dreams filter through the dreamcatchers feathers onto the sleeper whilst bad dreams get caught in the protective web and burn throughout the days light.
Cats Eyes - being one of the most spiritual animals known, cats hold multiple meanings but are commonly known for their balance of opposites - good and bad, light and dark, etc. It is a symbol for patience, independence, courage and curiosity.
Mandala - everything in the universe is connected, we are simply part of the puzzle recognising we are but part of a bigger picture, finding our own place within this matrix.
Elements - Defining nature, crossing with one another, representing a state of matter, representing different structures in our body, associated with our star signs to determine our beings, traits and personalities. Each element in our astrology sign has a yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) energy, but all work in harmony to provide balance.
- Fire is the element of fullness and life closely associated with the sun. It is a symbol of creation, energy and passion.
- Earth is associated with midnight, winter and the new moon - representative of potential and transformation, the point where old gives way to the new. It is a symbol of abundance, stability and solidity.
- Water is the element of emotion and wisdom, particularly the wisdom of age. It is a symbol of emotion, dreams, healing, intuition, and the universal realm.
- Air is the element of new beginnings, youth, increase and creativity. It is a symbol of communication, intelligence, and versatility
Third Eye or All Seeing Eye - refers to the gate that leads to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. In Hinduism and Buddhism, the third eye is said to be located around the middle of the forehead, slightly above the junction of the eyebrows, representing the enlightenment one achieves through meditation.
Positioning the feathers above the eye felt so symbolic to me, how we feed our minds and souls with our dreams striving the achieve the best - we should want nothing but pure positivity to enter our minds and grow us.
It was a piece I felt super proud of creating, mainly because of the colour element but more so because I felt so spiritually guided in doing this one, it was just raw free-flow of elements and designing what felt right, not putting too much thought into what things should sit like and as usual with combination pieces like Emblems, I had no idea what I wanted the end result to even look like either!
It was actually quite a fun one to upload to my social because I heard some great comments back when I asked people to let me know what they first saw within the piece, and they picked up on elements I hadn't even noticed came across as that first!:
- It gives that earth vibe, like looking at the entire world. Which then if you look at it all together, The Eye of Fatima is about protection of like evil so where you've done the earth eye vibe (to me), it means protection against the evil in the world.
- Aite so I see a eye, a triangle, a cable bridge with 2 peaks, 2 corns or maybe 2 flames I think?, blue and green leaves, flower, you got the alignment of chakras/elements (from top wind, fire, water and earth at the bottom), few feathers as well, star within the eye I think, mandala.... went mad with all the guessing
- Definitely feel powerful protection from it.
So why the name "Emblems"? Well, aside from it feeling so fitting with how many different elements are in there, the key focus to me was the talisman style elements and the triangle in the middle. To me, those 5 central pieces held the weight of the Hamsa, even with emblems overall meaning significance of a piece that is recognisable - it's about the power within that one symbol of a Hamsa. We look at Hamsa's as pretty and decorative, but within them they signify so much, including if the Hamsa is upside down which promotes abundance and goodness of the universe, as well as fertility and answers to prayers and manifestations (which is why I have 2 Hamsa's on my vision board facing both directions). With the way of the design incorporating so many different spiritually powerful elements, I've found each person who looks at it will always have their eye drawn to what resonates most to them at that moment in time - it happens to me quite often. But for whatever your eye is drawn to, know that this piece was designed with the intention to help protect against negativity and nazar in that area of your life, the same way it assists in protecting me with elements of mine.
For those who wish to, you can shop Emblems here.
(Oh, and you can see the original Instagram upload here)
Thank you for reading & keep your eyes peeled for future piece meanings being shared across the blog and also socials. Feel free to share your thoughts, comments and even your own interpretations in the comments below or if you wish to let me know privately - I'm always social on emails and my social media channels.
One love - Simmy. x