Ancient power mudras & hand symbolism in witchcraft.
Our hands are gateways to power. They connect to every major energy pathway in our body. These energy channels are called “Nadis”. The Sanskrit term ‘Nadi’ comes from the root ‘Nad,’ which means “flow, motion, or vibration”. In ancient Indian medicine, it is believed that Nadis are the energy pathways that carry Prana or “life force” throughout the body and they are connected to our chakras.
So why you should learn Mudras?
During meditation, your hands and fingers can be used in a way to awaken certain energetic qualities and hidden powers within you. The subtle hand and finger movements make important connections in your nervous system and stimulate specific energy pathways or nadis/meridians.
With different finger combinations, you will stimulate the different parts of your body and brain. Mudras are also very powerful in summoning different spirits, entities, elements, forces, etc.
We as human beings are mainly electromagnetic beings and our entire nervous system, our physical- and energy body runs on electromagnetic vibrations and impulses. This electromagnet energy, our Life Force (Chi, Ki, Prana, Önd, etc.) is what permeates and penetrates the entire Universe and everything in it.
As human beings, we are constantly interacting with our environment with our energetic impulses, and what makes us special, is the fact that we can harvest that energy and control it in altered states of consciousness.
Ancient Power Mudras & Hand Symbolism In Witchcraft
With Mudras, you can awaken within yourself any specific energetic quality that then starts to resonate at a specific frequency. Mudras are like energetic keys to different energetic locks of power. When you change the vibration and resonance of your energy body, it will have ripple effects in the energetic web of reality matrix, and this will cause a change in your physical reality and what you attract into your life. In altered states, when changing your frequency, you are awakening your “higher self”, the “sleeping god” within you that is more powerful and stronger than your physical self. This the core essence of magick, sorcery, and witchcraft – the manipulation of physical reality through non-physical and spiritual means.
Our hands hold energetic points for the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, and space), and thus with the use of mudras, you can manipulate these elements.
Pinky Finger: Earth
Ring Finger: Water
Middle Finger: Fire
Index Finger: Air
*Note* Some element/finger correspondence variations do exist within different esoteric traditions. There are hundreds of Mudras out there and next, I will teach you a few you can start using in your daily life and magickal operations.
You should study them and practice them regularly. I also highly recommend studying different traditions and learning several different Mudras for different purposes, goals, and powers. Always keep a journal and make notes of your experiences, so that you can later go back and see how you have progressed in your practice.
1. Earth Energy Mudra
Earth energy mudra © Photo by Ráven Myrkwoód
The Earth Element Mudra – Connect your pinky fingertip to the tip of your thumb (both hands), while holding your other fingers straight.
This Mudra will ground you and awaken earth energy and earth qualities within you. It will bring and manifest financial- and physical security and stability.
This mudra also calms your mind and eases insecurity and stress states.
2. Water Energy Mudra
Water energy mudra © Photo by Ráven Myrkwoód
The Water Element Mudra – Connect your ring finger fingertip to the tip of your thumb (both hands), while holding your other fingers straight.
This Mudra will awaken watery energy and watery qualities within you. Harmony between individuals and general harmony within yourself. Emotional balance, glamour magick, attractiveness, psychic persuasion, and manipulation. Also helps with sexual problems.
3. Fire Energy Mudra
Fire energy mudra © Photo by Ráven Myrkwoód
The Fire Element Mudra – Connect your middle fingertip to the tip of your thumb (both hands), while holding your other fingers straight.
This Mudra will awaken fire energy and fire qualities within you. It will help you to become more active, prevents procrastination, and will help you to get things done. Awakens your fearless warrior spirit.
This Mudra will make you energetically stronger, improves alertness, and will manifest more power and control in your life.
4. Air Energy Mudra
Air energy mudra © Photo by Ráven Myrkwoód
The Air Element Mudra – Connect your index fingertip to the tip of your thumb (both hands), while holding your other fingers straight.
This Mudra will awaken airy energy and airy qualities within you. Empowers your psychic powers and intuition. Can be used for influencing and thought control of yourself and others. Improves your concentration and sharpens your memory. Powerful mudra to use when seeking to gain knowledge.
*Pro-Tip* The concept of hand mudras can be incorporated with different traditions, for example, Norse Runes as well. That’s something I personally do and experiment with.