"LIVE THE MOMENT" FANCY JASPER BRACELET WITH TIBETAN TURQUOISE SKULLThe human skull has long been used as a symbol, but for many different things. It has different meaning in different cultures and perhaps not only in the ways you might imagine. Yes, it is fair to say that a skull is often a symbol of death and sometimes as a warning such as on toxic products. However it does have multiple meaning across history and in cultures today.

The Celts were powerful in Europe from 750-12 BC and the skull is thought to be considered by them as the house of the soul. They placed skulls into wells perhaps to cleanse the soul. The meaning of skulls for the Celts is thought to include divinity, gateway and concentration. In England during the Elizabethan times, the skulls head was the symbol of prostitutes, rakes and bawds. They wore rings with a skull on to advertise their profession or leaning. However, these rings could be turned to hide the skull on the inside for more polite company as required, as this was not a positive symbol generally.

The Mexican day of the dead is a celebration of the death of your ancestors and of rebirth. The symbol of this is the skeleton and often just the skull. A skull and a snake is now a symbol of Gothic subculture. It typically appears through the eyes as if the snake now has the knowledge and power. In a different depiction, Vajrayana Buddhism symbolises skulls to illustrate dakinis and angry gods.

Skull amulets are worn frequently in relation to belief in the particular gods in India. They are used by the Tibetans and Nepalese in relation to their gods and this may be the form of amulets, necklaces or prayer beads. Shamans have traditionally used skulls to communicate with those from the past and with animals.

Skulls symbolism is everywhere and can be a spiritually connected and uplifting symbol.