The hamsa is believed to have origins in Ancient Egyptian symbols, or perhaps in Carthaginian amulets representing the goddess Tanit’s hand. Buuut the open right hand is also seen in Mesopotamian amulets... and appears in Kabbalistic manuscripts and amulets… If you go right back, our Palaelothic ancestors painted open hands in cave art across different continents… It's hard to pin down when and where the open hand became such an important symbol, because it’s important to so many people!
When the hand faces downwards it’s normally a symbol of good luck, opening you up to the blessings of the universe, and helping you manifest your goals. Normally the fingers are closed when facing down.
Hung in windows, worn as jewellery, pinned to children's clothing, hung from car rear mirrors...
The hamsa is not going away any time soon - So which type will you wear?