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Lunula necklace — the most powerful pagan protection from evil eye

Lunula is one of the ancient protectors and amulets or good luck charms. The finds of lunula appeared across various periods and various cultures all over Europe. Lunula commonly was used a piece of jewelry. But the its pattern was often used in clothes and decorations of other tools.

What is lunula?

To start researching the protective power of this ancient jewelry, it is necessary to provide lunula definition. Lunula means a small moon. It is a female symbol dating back to the end of the Bronze Age. Women commonly wore lunula necklace and used the lunula elements in various ornaments presenting their devotion to moon which was a symbol of female fertility. The norse jewelry was of great popularity among Slavic and Viking women. Wearing this viking lunula symbol people hoped to attract luck, happiness and to protect themselves from evil forces, evil eye, demonic creatures.

It is a pagan ancient jewelry sign of femininity and fertility. Slavic women strongly believed in protective power of the symbol of crescent moon. This sign is an equivalent of the male symbol bulla given to a boy kid on the ninth day of birth. Lunula health sign was worn by both, women and men, kids and adults.

Lunula pendants were made of silver, lead, gold or copper. The lunula sign is often found among artifacts of Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures, alongside other slavic charms. The lunula pendant was often made flat and rounded. The sign proves nature worship by ancient people of various cultures.

Lunula ancient jewelry findings geography

Lunula signs and artifacts were commonly found in Ireland but there are moderate findings across the Europe from Great Britain to Atlantic coasts. Some artifacts were discovered on the territory of modern Ukraine (the geographic center of Europe).

The lunula symbols were commonly produced during the period of 2,200-2,000 BC. The signs were rarely found in graves. Though some artifacts were found in bogs, still most of the artifacts were found higher, under the stones. The lunula signs were commonly possessions of clans and groups rather than personal possessions. Lunula symbols were often plain, but some featured encryptions and various patterns.

Lunula symbols were of three main types:

  • Classical lunula signs – these were commonly found on the territory of modern Ireland. Peculiar features of the classical lunula signs are width and weight. The necklaces of this kind were commonly the widest and the heaviest though they were the thinnest. The necklaces were made very thin to be very flexible when worn in order not to hurt a person wearing the sign. The thickness of the item varied across the necklace. The inner edges were commonly three times thicker than the thinnest central part.

  • Unaccomplished lunula signs are the items which were also commonly find on the territory of modern Ireland. These were unfinished, narrower items with no patterns executed on them. Though looking similar to classical lunula signs, these unaccomplished symbols were made less skillfully. It seems that these lunulas were made not by professional goldsmiths, but by casual workers.

  • Provincial items – such lunula signs were rather rare, some of them were unique copies on the territory of modern Ireland. Such lunula items were rougher and thicker. The patterns which were executed on such symbols, varied much from traditional patterns of the symbols. The decorations on provincial items were mostly of two types. Dot-type decoration of lunula was commonly found on the artifacts detected on the territory of modern Wales and Scotland, while the second, line-type of decoration of a lunula symbol was commonly detected on the artifacts of modern Germany and Belgium. Both types of the ancient decoration were found on the coastline of France.

Until recently it was believed that the lunula symbols of these groups were handcrafted in the same chronological order as we presented the groups. But now this theory is much doubted.

The ornaments and semantics of norse jewelry

Lunula was made by initially hammering a piece of gold into a flat plate. Silver was used less frequently due to poorer plasticity of the material. When the plate was ready, a crescent shape was given to the piece.

The cut piece was decorated with zig-zag pattern. The design was cut directly in a front of a metal plate. Lunula collars were commonly worn on the neck.

Lunula pendants were widely used in Rus during 11th – 13th centuries. However the form of crescent pendant was one of the most popular and one of the most widely found among cultures and periods over all Europe. Moreover the jewelry varied in shape and form. In Rus culture the lunula was widely used with a cross in various decorations and ornaments.

Lunula was a genuine amulet and a great protector from evil forces in the early Christian and Paga period. The shape of the lunula varied through the periods. In the early Slav period two horned lunula pendants were not as common as three horned. Three horned lunula items were found in Koziivka hoards, Kharkiv region of Ukraine.

The discussion of Lunula semantics dates back to the early 19th century. The scientists noted frequent references of Lunula as a symbol of worshiping of lunar goddess - Ishtar, Astarte, Al-Lat, Mylitta, Tanit, Artemis, Aphrodite-Diana, Selena etc. Ancient people knew the power of influence of moon on the women's health and mental state. And don’t forget to get a good look at our pagan pendant for men.