A Guide to Birthmark Superstitions

There are various theories about the significance of birthmarks

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Birthmarks have quite the reputation, both good and bad. They have been called Angel Kisses as well as Marks of the Devil. There have long been differing viewpoints about the spiritual significance of skin blemishes.

Throughout history, birthmarks were feared by superstitious, paranoid, and religious fanatics. But in the present day, many believe birthmarks are lucky omens with special meanings indicating reincarnation, life purpose, or destiny. 

Of course, all of this speculation should be taken with a grain of salt; there's no scientific evidence that birthmarks are anything other than skin anomalies. And if you have a mole or freckle that's oddly shaped, keep an eye on it: if it changes shape or size, that may be an indication of melanoma, a kind of skin cancer.

Birthmarks and Previous Lives

Some people believe that birthmarks are clues to the cause of injury or death from the previous lifetime. In this case, the location of a birthmark on the body could indicate a wound. In addition, the shape of the birthmark could be even more telling.

For example, a sword or dagger could indicate a stabbing. A flame or torch shape could mean a prior death by fire. A circular marking could indicate a bullet hole. And some people believe that someone who does not have any birthmarks died of natural causes in their past life.

More Past Life Markings

Aside from a sword birthmark possibly being a past life death indicator, a sword could also signal a past life of a being a warrior, or having lived with great strength or bravery. It has been speculated that certain birthmark shapes might indicate a specific trade or ethnic group from a former incarnation. 

Some believe that birthmarks imprint upon the soul a memory, or a reminder of a lesson learned in a previous incarnation, so as to avoid a similar path or conflict in the present day.

Animal Spirits as Birthmarks

Animal shaped birthmarks can indicate a special connection with the animal kingdom, and specific to the spirit animal teachings. Common animal markings resemble cats, rabbits, birds, a snake, or fish. You might have a birthmark that looks like an animal paw, a feather, or wings. Any of these indicates a connection to animals; look to them for insight or enlightenment.

Favorable birthmarks are those that resemble protective symbols such as a rabbit's foot, a four-leaf clover, horseshoe, angel wings, etc.

Hearts and Signs for Identification

Birthmarks have also been thought to be forms of identification, helping twin flames or soul mates to reunite. Heart-shaped birthmarks are especially beloved—a symbol of universal love. Families have sometimes have reported that the same birthmarks show up on their relatives or through the generations.

Astrological Symbols and Connection to the Cosmos

Crescent moon, shooting stars, and sunbursts are favored birthmarks. Some people with such birthmarks often will feel a strong connection to the cosmos, looking to the skies during introspective periods. Others have reported birthmark shapes that align with their zodiac signs, such as an archer, scorpion, or Libra scales.

Sacred Geometry

Sacred or spiritual symbols as birthmarks are interesting too, giving pause along with a questioning mind and heart, These shapes include pyramids, diamonds, circles, Star of David, or the rare merkaba.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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