JH writes: “This site is so informative but alarming. I had no idea so much we see today is occult. I love Southwestern style including Indian jewelry. Is Indian jewelry occult? I like the workmanship and colors but do not know if there is a meaning behind designs. Thank you for considering my question.”
Southwestern style jewelry in general would not be considered occult, but this depends on what the jewelry represents. If it’s just unique clusters of turquoise, you’re probably safe. But beware of some of those Indian symbols you enjoy!
Native American tribes are considered to be animistic, which means they believe that spirits inhabit everyone and everything. Their shamans (witchdoctors) call upon these spirits to harness their power which is used in their various rituals.
Indian jewelry, with its various symbols, can be imbued with “blessings” from the shamans who produce it. As this maker of “sacred jewelry”, who is also a shaman, states on her website: ” Ancient Cultures have always revered jewelry as tools of magic, or Talismans…medicine bundles that carry a specific power, alchemy, story or intention.”
She claims her pieces are “imbued with intention for Men and Women. Adorn yourself with the mystical elegance of an absolutely one of a kind piece of spirit-magic. . . ”
This shamanic jeweler promises to work with both the customer and “my spirit guides” to “create a custom-made necklace or bracelet to bring you balance, harmony, healing, and whatever else you need into your life.”
So yes, jewelry can be a lot more than just a harmless trinket.
In fact, it’s not at all unusual for occult-oriented manufacturers of jewelry to put “blessings” upon their pieces as they are being made or just prior to shipping.
For instance, this jeweler promises that “each piece of jewelry sold here will have a powerful and unique spell placed upon it.”
This is how she describes the process: “A ritual is performed with these items at the correct moon phase and with the correct astrological correspondences, and this is what creates the energy that raises the spell. Along with physical ingredients for a spell, certain gods/goddesses may be invoked, chants spoken, music sang, affirmations repeated…it all comes together to raise the necessary energy that creates magick.”
The makers of the popular Alex and Ani bracelets are another example of the kind of magic that often directs the production of jewelry. As this article in Business Week states, ” . . . (T)he company uses numerology to choose the most auspicious dates for store openings and occasionally employs shamans to bless its workplaces.”
As a rule, beware of any jewelry that contains non-Christian symbols and whenever possible, check the origins of your favorite trinkets for any hint of occult activity at the manufacturing level.