"Also known as the Hamsa, this symbol, shaped like a right hand, is popular in Arabic and Middle Eastern countries. It is often worn as an amulet to keep harm at bay and protect the wearer from the Evil eye. In Islam, it is called the Hand of Fatima after the Prophet Muhammad's daughter. The five fingers are thought to represent the five pillars of Islam. The Hand of Fatima is one of the earliest symbols known to man. It was first used in ancient Mesopotamia as a general symbol of protection and was often worn as a charm or amulet. Some scholars believe that the hand is associated with a Middle Eastern goddess who used her hand to ward off evil. If you are feeling vulnerable and want to shield yourself from negativity, the Hand of Fatima could help.

Hand of Fatima Ritual

"Create your own Hand of Fatima amulet to protect yourself from negative influences. Light a white candle and find a nice piece of stone, preferably one from your own garden. Place the stone in a bowl of salt water to cleanse it of any residue energy and place it in front of the candle. Spend a few minutes breathing deeply and imagine drawing a cocoon of white energy around you. Remove and dry the stone, then take a permanent market pen and draw a small, palm-shaped hand with five digits on it. Place the stone in front of the candle again and say, 'By the sacred power of the Hand of Fatima, I am shielded from those who would do me harm. I am safe, I am strong, I move forward and move on.' Place the stone in a charm bag or a piece of silk and carry it with you at all times.

Magical Tip

"Activate your intuition when meeting someone new by spending a few minutes rubbing your palms together. Imagine a ball of bright light in the center of your right palm as you shake the person's hand."