It is a protection from the evil
eye. Many cultures throughout the world have long-standing legends
about the evil eye and amulets, spells, talismans and other traditions
to protect oneself from it.
The Hand of Fatima is one of many
traditional symbols throughout most of the world to protect oneself
from this phenomena. Eyes are often used for protection because
they are supposed to deter the person giving the evil eye from
focusing on the real object. This design in the hand is a distraction
from the real object.
Fatima was, the Muslim prophet Mohammed's daughter, and was often
called upon for protection and compassion. The hand is a healing
symbol and healing truth, as many people heal through their hands.
The snakes along the fingers and moon and spiral have long been
symbols of the Goddess.
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