Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Barn stars

Today stars are usually crafted of metal, but originally they were painted onto the barns. According to legend, they were a hex sign used by German immigrants in America, which included the Amish/Mennonite communities as well as the Pennsylvania Dutch folks. Different colors had different meanings. Green barn stars symbolize growth, fertility, success in things and ideas that grow.

While the stars gained popularity outdoors, they have been brought inside as well. Barn stars were supposed to bring good fortune, offer protection against fires, hope, love, fertility, energy and harmony. Seems like a good symbol to put next to the bed! White barn stars also specifically represent purity, the power of the moon, and allowing energy to flow freely.

The medium-sized star is a fun accent in this mostly white kitchen. Black symbolized protection, also used to blend or bind elements together.

 A blue star was said to bring protection, peace, calmness and spirituality.

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  1. I think that i would want a blue barn star for peace and protection. Thanks for this interesting history of barn stars.

  2. Great information :) Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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