AS A GOOD LUCK CHARM
The anchor -- usually fouled in a length of line -- is a
symbol with disparate meanings, not all of them magical.
For obvious reasons, it is widely used as an emblem for various naval organizations, such as
the United States Marine Corps.
In the symbolism of Freemasonry,
it is typically displayed along with a book and clasped
hands or a heart, to represent a triumvirate of
Faith, Hope, and Charity. The book is Faith, the anchor Hope, and
the hands or heart are Charity.
As an amulet, the fouled anchor is carried to ensure safe travel.
The late 20th century American pewter key ring charm shown here
is a typical sample of that aspect of anchor imagery. It makes an
especially nice safe travel charm
because car keys are kept on such rings and thus the lucky anchor would
be carried with the owner on the road. Anchor milagros and ex-votos are also
placed in Catholic shrines, to ensure the safe return of a loved
ones, especially fishermen and sailors.
Another amuletic use for the fouled anchor is found in the
African-American hoodoo tradition.
Here, as an extension of the symbol's use as a safe travel charm,
it implies safe return to the home, and thus faithfulness and
marital fidelity. For this reason, mojo
bags created for the purpose of ensuring sexual fidelity
-- as well as those for safe travel -- are often embellished with
or contain a fouled anchor charm. Likewise, hoodoo seven day candles embellished with or cast in
the form of a anchor are sometimes used to "anchor" a lover to
one's side so that he or she will not stray.
Here is a quick link-list to the illustrated Lucky W pages containing key chain and key ring amulets:
keychains and key rings as lucky charms
anchor key ring charm
crucifix knife key ring charm
Gypsy mirror anti-evil eye key ring charm
horseshoe plastic key ring from Mexico
indescribable key ring charm
rabbit foot key chain
slot machine key ring charm
copyright © 1995-2003 catherine yronwode. All rights reserved.
Send your comments to: cat yronwode.
||Did you like what you read here? Find it useful?
Then please click on the Paypal Secure Server logo and make a
donation to catherine yronwode for the
creation and maintenance of this site.
OCCULTISM, MAGIC SPELLS, MYSTICISM, RELIGION, SYMBOLISM
LUCKY MOJO is a large domain that is organized into a number of
interlinked web sites, each with its own distinctive theme and look.
You are currently reading
THE LUCKY W AMULET ARCHIVE by cat yronwode.
Here are some other LUCKY MOJO web sites you can visit:
Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by cat yronwode:
an introduction to African-American rootwork
Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic by cat yronwode:
a materia magica of African-American conjure
Lucky W Amulet Archive by cat yronwode:
an online museum of worldwide talismans and charms
essays and articles on tantra yoga, neo-tantra, karezza, sex magic, and sex worship
essays and articles on archaeoastronomy and sacred geometry
Freemasonry for Women by cat yronwode:
a history of mixed-gender Freemasonic lodges
The Lucky Mojo Esoteric Archive:
captured internet text files on occult and spiritual topics
Lucky Mojo Usenet FAQ Archive:
FAQs and REFs for occult and magical usenet newsgroups
Aleister Crowley Text Archive:
a multitude of texts by an early 20th century occultist
Lucky Mojo Magic Spells Archives:
love spells, money spells, luck spells, protection spells, and more
Free Love Spell Archive
love spells, attraction spells, sex magick, romance spells, and lust spells
Free Money Spell Archive
money spells, prosperity spells, and wealth spells for job and business
Free Protection Spell Archive
protection spells against witchcraft, jinxes, hexes, and the evil eye
Free Gambling Luck Spell Archive
lucky gambling spells for the lottery, casinos, and races
Hoodoo and Blues Lyrics:
transcriptions of blues songs about African-American folk magic
EaRhEaD!'S Syd Barrett Lyrics Site:
lyrics by the founder of the Pink Floyd Sound
The Lesser Book of the Vishanti:
Dr. Strange Comics as a magical system, by cat yronwode
The Spirit Checklist:
a 1940s newspaper comic book by Will Eisner, indexed by cat yronwode
Fit to Print:
collected weekly columns about comics and pop culture by cat yronwode
Eclipse Comics Index:
a list of all Eclipse comics, albums, and trading cards
The Lucky Mojo Curio Co.:
spiritual supplies for hoodoo, magick, witchcraft, and conjure
Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course
with cat yronwode: 52 weekly lessons by email
back-issue catalogue of Claypool comics and albums
the eclectic and eccentric author of many of the above web pages
tyaginator, nigris (333), nocTifer, lorax666, boboroshi, !
Liselotte Erlanger Glozer:
illustrated articles on collectible vintage postcards
Jackie Payne: Shades of Blues:
a San Francisco Bay Area blues singer
Lucky Mojo Site Map:
the home page for the whole Lucky Mojo electron-pile
All the Pages:
descriptive named links to about 1,000 top-level Lucky Mojo web pages
How to Contact Us:
we welcome feedback and suggestions regarding maintenance of this site
Make a Donation:
please send us a small Paypal donation to keep us in bandwidth and macs!
SEARCH ALL OF LUCKY MOJO
There are 6,000 web pages at Lucky Mojo. You can search
for a single word (like mojo, hoodoo, pagan, or magick) or
an exact phrase (like love spells, witchcraft supplies, or rootwork course):
OTHER SITES OF INTEREST
www.yronwode.com, the home page for the Yronwode family
Garden of Joy Blues:
www.gardenofjoyblues.com, former hippie commune in the Missouri Ozarks
www.satanservice.org, theory, practice, and history of Satanism and Satanists