The word milagro means 'miracle'. Milagros are religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico, they are also carried for protection and good luck. Milagros they are as unique as the cultures that produce them.
12.5 x 10 cm
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Small Wooden Milagros Cross
Milagros and their meanings |
Hearts, sacred hearts, hearts with swords: These can represent the human heart and the love that one person feels for another.
Eyes, double eyes, glasses: The milagro of the eyes is often connected with the popular Mexican saint Santa Lucia, who is depicted with a tray with two eyes on it. The eyes can also represent the concept of watching. One practice is to attach the milagro to the frame of an image of someone who has passed away, in the belief that the spirit of that person is watching over us, and helping to defend us from spirits from the land of the dead, or pleading our case before the saints and the angels.
Body parts (lungs, ears, kidneys, etc.): Various body parts, such as kidneys, livers, lungs, ears, noses, lips/mouth as well as the better known arms and legs are usually used when asking for help with a particular ailment of the identified part.
Praying female or male figures: This popular milagro can represent a man or woman, such as a mother, wife, father, husband, or any other man or woman who is perceived as being faithful.
Woman or man’s head: A milagro of the head might represent the man or woman’s mind & spirit.
Arms: The milagro of the arm could also represent one’s strength, one’s ability to work. It might represent an embrace, and physical demonstrations of affection that involve embracing.
Legs and feet: This might represent one’s leg and represent's one’s strength, and the concept of travel, such as, not only walking, but a journey, or even the idea that one might be safe driving back and forth from work every day.
Houses: Represent, normally, one’s own home, and the blessings that might be made on it, and on the family that dwells there. It can also represent the hope of having one’s home, or it can represent someone else’s home. It might also represent one’s workplace, or school. When traveling, it can be a charm to insure that one will arrive safely home again, or it can establish a connection between the traveler and the loved ones at home.
Hens, roosters and chickens: The hen is actually a very powerful symbol, as are all of the animal milagros. This one might represent one’s own hen, seeking blessings so that she might always lay good eggs. Or, it might symbolize human qualities like those of a mother hen - the concept of mothering.
Bulls, cows: The bull might symbolize strength, protection, stamina, endurance.
Horses: The horse might symbolize travel and be involved in a prayer about a journey.
Mules: Like the horse might symbolize travel, and be involved in a prayer about a journey. It might also be involved in a prayer or a charm to overcome stubbornness, in either in oneself or in another.
Sheep, lambs, goats: The sheep could symbolize any of the Bible verses about sheep. It could also symbolize the concept of togetherness, the fealty one feels for one’s groups, or family. It might also be used a charm to try and erase the effects of behavior that is typically described in a negative way as being like that of a sheep - such as giving into peer pressure with negative results.
Dogs: The family dog milagros could symbolize loyalty. It could also symbolize protection, such as what a sheep dog affords the herd.
Pigs: The pig could symbolize nourishment.