As a child I’d always associate horseshoes with unicorns because my fascination was that horses actually wore “shoes” (I was a weird kid!). Not to also mention that the symbol of the horseshoe was the charm that stood out to me most out of all the charms in the Lucky Charms cereal. Despite my vast imagination, horseshoes have a lot of history behind them being used as charms, amulets and talismans for luck & protection.
In this post I will share with you a quick and easy way to make your own charm similar to the one I shared here, this time using a horseshoe. But first, a little background on the horseshoe and its magical purposes.
History of the Horseshoe
Iron is associated with the energy of the planet Mars and activates the masculine energy of strength, battles and new beginnings. Mars is closely related to the element of fire which is spontaneous, projective energy and charged. Iron’s association with life, death and rebirth is connected to its transformation process via corrosion.
Throughout European mythology horseshoes were used as Talismans and believed to repel and protect the home’s entryway of evil spirits. In certain parts it was custom that if a horseshoe is hung on a door with the two ends pointing upwards it promoted good luck as energy from the heavens was pouring into the home. On the other hand it was considered bad luck, if the two ends point downwards.
Regardless of the culture and belief, the horse shoe is very sacred and known throughout many ancient cultures and traditions. On another interesting historical note, the horseshoe is closely linked with the female yoni which represents portals, entrances and exits and placed in the entrances of many temples to represent such. The last letter of the Greek alphabet , Omega, is shaped like a horseshoe and represents the end.
How to make your own Horseshoe Talisman
What you will need:
• Horseshoe (Available at my shop)
• Cinnamon Sticks
• Red string or ribbon
• Garlic Clove
• Sewing Pin
• Aloe Vera Stem
• Sea Salt (Optional)
• Chamomile (Optional)
- Pick your horseshoe. Rarely will you find a horseshoe in the woods, so check out the shop to purchase an ideal one for you. I’ve even seen some at Marshall’s and other home decor stores, so just shop around and see what you find.
- Bind with Ribbon. Cut your ribbon to size depending on the size of your horseshoe’s nail holes. You can use them as guides to help wrap and loop your ingredients around the horseshoe. Ribbons can be used to represent a number of things such as here red to represent fire, and passion and wrapping it a number of times (her 4 to represent the 4 elements). And finally the ribbons help represent the binding webs that brings everything together.
- Spice it up. Cinnamon helps protect against negative energy and thoughts. It also promotes success and prosperity. I used two stick and tied one to each side.
- Aloe Garnish. It took some time to figure out the placement of the piece of Aloe I cut from my plant. I decided to add some ribbon across the lowest part of the horseshoe and pinned it while I got some garlic. Aloe represents nature, prevents against accidents and represents healing energy.
- Garlic Knots. Finally, pin your garlic clove where convenient on your horseshoe. I strategically place mine on the aloe since it seems to be where I could get the most grip.
How to use & where to place
- Place above your front door to protect against negative or evil energy people may bring with them, especially above the threshold of a high traffic area.
- Keep in the trunk of your car to prevent and protect against accidents with other cars,
- Use during money drawing and luck drawing rituals.
- There are many different types of placements and uses for talismans, charms and amulets. Use them as needed so long as your intent is clear.