Ring is a traditional symbol of infinity or eternity, the transposition of the
magickal circle into the real world of tangible, functional objects.
In a magical sense,
wearing a ring binds you with power, with energy. The materials of which the
ring is constructed, plus your visualization, determine the nature of this energy.
The appearance or attractiveness of a ring, or its material value, are of little
importance in magic. The ring's design, the metals and stones used are the only
factors involved in selecting rings for magic. All rings were once magical or
sacred. Even goddesses and gods wore rings; Babylonian mythology is replete
with stories of the rings of Shamas and Marduk.
While the Greeks
and Romans did not usually wear rings on the middle finger, the Gauls and Britons
adorned it in this way. In the sixteenth century it was customary to assign
rings as follows, according to the quality of the wearer:
- To the thumb
- To the index
finger for merchants.
- To the middle
finger for fools.
- To the annular
finger for students.
- To the auricular
finger for lovers.
have been archers' thumb rings made by the Chinese, Manchus, Turks, and Persians.
They were worn on the thumb of the left hand to protect it from injury by the
bowstring after the discharge of the arrow. In China, they eventually became
the insignia of military rank, and were of jade or a glass imitation of jade.
The finger on which
a ring is worn has some significance. The index or ring finger was once thought
to be especially powerful. Herbal medicines were applied to the body with the
ring finger to strengthen the effectiveness of the cure. Thus, rings containing
stones which speed the body's healing are best worn on this finger.
willpower finger. The Venus Mount at the base of the thumb symbolizes vitality
and sexuality. The separation of the thumb from the rest of the fingers represents
mankind surrounded by the cosmos. Wearing a thumb ring emphasizes the insistance
of freedom of thought and action. The more prominently the thumbs are displayed,
the more important is independence and freedom. Insisting upon standing as a
unique individual, such a person will not allow any outside factors to influence
authority (index or pointing) finger. The Jupiter finger represents ego, leadership
qualities, and one's position or standing in the world. (Jupiter was the chief
god and ruler of the world.) A ring on the index finger emphasizes your assertiveness
and ambition, and your ability to make up your own mind.
The identity finger. The Saturn finger is associated with wisdom and dealing
with responsibility and our role in life. (Saturn was the father of Jupiter.)
This is the finger with the most strength and balance. Wearing a ring on this
finger announces "I am" and governs the way we see ourselves, our
potentials, and our limitations. It is an effort to enhance willpower with the
support of total ego.
creativity (annular) finger. The Apollo finger reflects your creativity and
sense of well-being. (Apollo was the sun god, and is traditionally associated
with music and poetry.) This is the finger for most rings, and is associated
with affections, optimism, and artistic appreciation. The ring finger on the
left hand is the only one with a direct connection to the heart, which is why
it has become the traditional finger for wedding rings. It is a self-imposed
restriction on the subconscious desires to share the self with others. A wedding,
friendship, or engagement ring announces that the person's creative fantasies
are limited to the donor of that ring.
The relationship (pinky or auricular) finger. The Mercury finger reveals your
powers of self-expression and communication. (Mercury was the messenger of the
gods.) This finger expresses attitudes toward personal and sexual relationships.
Wearing a ring on this finger tells others how appealing you consider yourself,
and how well and easily you can express yourself to others.