The Hannunvaakuna symbol first originated in Northern Europe in prehistoric times. As a pagan Finnish symbol, it was believed to ward off the unwanted effects of evil spirits and bad luck. The meaning of its name literally translates into English as “Hannu’s arms’’.

History Of The Hannunvaakuna Good Luck Charm

The Hannunvaakuna has been around since ancient times, although in more recent years it has been given a new Christian name – the St John’s Arms. In the old Pagan religion of the Finnish people, it was believed to represent the arms of Hannu and was thought to offer protection. More recently it has appeared on the reverse side of the old Finnish penni.

Why The Hannunvaakuna Charm Brings Luck

This charm is believed to bring good luck thanks to its power to ward off evil spirits and to protect the owner.

How To Use The Hannunvaakuna Charm

This charm can be found on jewellery which is then worn, usually around the neck as a pendant. It may also be painted onto a wall to keep a home safe from evil.

How The Hannunvaakuna Charm Is Made

This charm takes the shape of a looped square. The square has a circle looping around all four of its corners. When found on jewellery, it is usually fashioned from wood or metal. It may also be carved into a wall or painted onto its surface to protect a property from harm.

How To Make The Hannunvaakuna Charm At Home

You can make a Hannunvaakuna charm at home by carving the symbol into a piece of wood, putting a hole through its top and then putting a cord or chain through it to wear it around your neck. Alternatively, you could paint it onto the wall of your home for widespread protection for your property and family.

Interesting And Fun Facts About The Hannunvaakuna Charm

  • Another name for this good luck charm is Kapalikko.
  • The precise meaning of this symbol remains unknown. It is thought that it could represent four cardinal spirits which are responsible for holding the sky up.
  • This symbol can also be seen in other areas of northern Europe.