What are the meanings of folk charms called Milagros?
You may have seen these tiny charms nailed to painted hearts, on tiny wall shrines, on bracelets or in the prayer candles of the Angels and Sages catalogue as seen below, but what are they -- and what do the symbols represent?
These folk charms act to help petition Spirit and act as votive offerings, and/or are carried for luck.
Each has a different meaning. Below is a quick explanation of some of the most common charms and what they mean, outside of an illness specific to that body part (These are also used to pray for the body part):
Arm: Strength, Work, Embrace, Hold
Bull: Anger, Strength
Dog: Loyalty, Dog, Protection
Eyes: Insight, Creativity, Vision
Girl or Boy: Innocence, Child, Pregnancy
Heart: Love, Longing, Passion, Concern
Hand: Help, Work, Strength, Creativity
House: Home, Family, Protection
Horse: Work, Travel
Leg: Travel, Support, Strength
Mule: Work, Stubbornness, Steadfast
Praying woman or man: Faith, Humility, Saint
Pig: Abundance, Food, Eating
Sheep: Fidelity, Faithfulness, Community
Woman’s/man’s head: Wisdom, Mind, Thought
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