One of my friends wears thick, chunky rings on four of his fingers. I’d once heard that in Japan each of the fingers represents different members in your family, and I wondered if he knew about that. He didn’t, but he said that they each had a special, more abstract meaning for him. I was jealous. I wanted meaning!
So I started researching the meaning of rings, and treated myself to some retail therapy after a pretty emotionally exhausting/enlightening few weeks. What I found was that the language of ring placement is fairly universal, kind of like mathematics. In all cultures, the circle is a symbol of the all-encompassing eternity. Rings simbolize unity and life. In ancient cultures, rings were considered to bind the wearer with power and energy, bestowing protection on them. Priests and shamans wear rings on their pointer fingers for spiritual guidance and leadership, and couples bind themselves together by placing them on their ring fingers.
I have bought six new rings this month, and made three— I’m a little obsessed. It has become my morning ritual to decide who I am for the day, what I need spiritually, and I project my intentions. Even if the rings are not harnessing extra energy from the universe, my mini-ceremony is in no doubt changing my life with the law of attraction.
Here’s what I found…
Fingers, Planets and the Yin & Yang
Your hands are essentially an energy map of consciousness, with each finger having a quality that it represents and stimulates. Rings act as a filter, enhancing or decreasing our innate energetic characteristics.
The Two Hands
Based on the age-old art of Palmistry, your right and left hands hold distinct energies— the yin and the yang. The passive hand holds the yin energy, the active hand holds the yang. For right-handed people, the left is considered the passive hand, the active hand will be the right. With the left hand we receive energy, and with the right we give.
Placing a ring on the left hand aligns in to our bodies and our lives with the qualities associated with that particular finger. When we place a ring on the right hand, that ring channels the giving/creating qualities associated with that particular finger. The hands/energies are opposite for left-handed people.
The will, both personal and universal, and Self-assertion
Leadership, Executive Ability, Self-esteem, Power, Money, Spiritual/Religious Authority
Responsibility, Universal & Human Law, Justice, Sense of Right & Wrong, Self-Analysis
Love of Beauty, Creativity, Expression of Self, Relationship with Others
Intuition, Communication, Quick Intelligence
The Greek Gods
Mercury (pinky finger)
Mercury was the messenger of the gods. He symbolizes intellectual capacity, thought process, comprehension, and all intellectual activities in general. He is the planet of communication and exchanges.
Sun (ring finger)
The Sun is a star of warmth, life, and light. He emphasizes courage, loyalty, nobleness and generosity, but also pride and self-centredness. He represents the source of life itself, and therefore, creation and creativity.
Saturn (middle finger)
Saturn is a sign of ambition, maturity, wisdom and asceticism. He is associated with the elderly, the wise, and all people who can help others overcome an ordeal such as priests, medical practitioners, etc.
Jupiter (index finger)
Jupiter is associated with wealth, glory and honours, and he also is a success factor. He symbolizes abundance, warmth, blossoming, good luck and self-confidence.
The five elements of the body have a close relationship, with each finger representing a specific element. The meanings of each finger in relation to the elements are key in understanding the power of Hindu/Buddhist mudras. It is interesting to note the relationship between the planets (above) and the elements (below), and observe how the power of the mudras correlates with planetary descriptions. For example, the Varun Mudra is the mudra for the higher mind, or mental clarity, to symbolize openness and fluid concentration. It is formed with the thumb (universal will) and pinky (intuition). What better way to find mental clarity than connecting your intuition to the universe?! Mudras are effective through reflexology, as putting light pressure on specific areas on your hands triggers certain areas in the brain to activate.
Water (pinky finger)
Water characterizes change and represents the liquid state.
Earth (ring finger)
Earth represents the solid state of matter. It manifests stability, permanence and rigidity.
Ether (middle finger)
Ether is the subtlest of all elements, which is everywhere and touches everything. It is a vessel in the mind which receives all impressions, and in the heart space accepts love. Ether is receptivity and non-resistant to what is true.
Air (index finger)
Air is the gaseous form of matter, which is mobile and dynamic. It is a key element required for fire to burn. Air is existence without form.
Fire has the power to transform the state of any substance: to transform solids into liquids or gas, and back again. It is the universal force in nature that produces heat and radiates light. Fire removes doubt from the mother-substance of human heart and replaces it with joy.
With all of this laid out to enjoy and contemplate, our fundamental intuition is truly the best guide of all. What matters most is what feels right to the ring wearer.