The term hex comes from early American folk belief, and implies the use of magick for our families or properties. There is much lore around Hex signs and some could use it for not the highest good but in this process hexing can be used in a positive manner to bring about good luck, heal the sick and bring good fortune upon us. A good example of using the hex process to bring about favorable results still thrives in this country. Sometimes extraordinary magick develops from the daily activities and needs of ordinary people the Pennsylvania Dutch culture, which flourishes near the Susquehanna and Delaware rivers, represents a uniquely American example of this phenomenon. Groups of people that settled the area were noted for both their spiritual and industrious qualities. Beginning in the eighteenth century, refugees, from Eastern Europe merged and combined the ideals of the Quakers, Amish, Swiss, Germans, Lutherans, French Huguenots and others.

They called the new land “Pennsylvania,” a combination of William Penn’s name with “sylvan” for the forest. “Dutch” derives not from Holland but the Deutsch, “German.” The term “Pennsylvania Dutch” comprises of melting pot of culture and lore. Yet local dialects use distinctive words, while recipes, arts and crafts and other traditions may be traced to their original roots. These are colorful charms arranged in a perfect circle-hearts, birds, stars, rosettes, tear drops, acorns, leaves and flowers. Big geometric designs may adorn barns; smaller ones decorate hope chests, linens, ceramics, and even tombstones. The images glorify nature through the vehicle of the subconscious, creating a glimpse of paradise on Earth. A porthole of wonder and representation of what is hoped for and sought after.

The Distlefink, or thistle-finch bird, is one of the most popular of the motifs, representing good luck. The illustration combines it with a heart to assure love, and tulips for faith, hope and charity. The scallops are for smooth sailing through the storms of life. The design can be transferred to your altar or what you wish to create a powerful unique amulet.

The Pennsylvania Dutch have been using a form of a hex-craft for centuries. For many, Pennsylvania Dutch hex-craft may seem a bit odd. But to early Germanic people, magick was tantamount to survival. The early pioneers of this country did not have it easy. If they did not maintain a strict vigilance over loved ones and make the best of what Mother Nature had to offer, they never would have endured. The most noticeable aspects of the Pennsylvania Dutch magickal system are the elaborate symbols, or hex signs, that they use to decorate their barns, homes, and village stores. These colorful signs represent hundreds of years of tradition and come in many patterns and sizes.

How to make a Hex Sign

Be sure you have all the tools you will need to complete the sign you have designed or found. If you are doing an original drawing, plan it out first on a blank piece of paper. Be sure that the picture will represent the result you desire. On a round disk of wood or metal, draw out the hex sign. As you draw, ask for a blessing. For example: “This is the universe that surrounds me. It is blessed with the universal power of the almighty forces of creation.”

After the initial drawing is completed, paint the sign with colors selected for their symbolic harmony with the aims of the sign. For example, a design featuring a rooster, representing watchfulness and spiritual vigilance, might be painted red and white for power and protection.

Once the hex sign has been painted, it should be blessed and consecrated to the purpose for which it was made. This is done by holding your hands over the sign and charging it with personal energy and power. If the hex sign is for protection, you will want to recite a simple chant or prayer that will convey your thoughts verbally as you focus on the sign. For example: if the hex sign was made for protection, you might want to say:

Powers of the present and the past

There is none beside thee.

Be now and guard, remain steadfast

In perfect love and purity.

As soon as the sign has been blessed, you will want to hang it outside of the house in a place for all to see. If the sign is for protection, you might want to place it over or next to a bedroom window. If the sign is for love, hang it over the kitchen door or window. If the sign is for prosperity, fertility, good fortune, and hang it over the front entrance of your home.

Many Blessings!

Rev. Heather DeLusso 

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