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.
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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
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