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What is the meaning of each finger for rings ?

When were first asked this question, other than a wedding ring we had no idea. But it ate at us for awhile so we decided to ask for some help from our irregular e-letter readers as we were sure we find answer. Our many thanks to those that have contributed to this answer.

Please note these answers are not in any order of importance or relevancy but simply in order of receipt.

Hi, I design a ton of rings and people always ask me this question!!!... so glad you emailed me about this......Here we go:

Jupiter  (Index Finger)  Leadership, Executive Ability, Self-Esteem, Ambition for Power, Money, Spiritual/Religious Authority (Amethyst Lapis Lazuli Blue Topaz) In the Jupiter finger we focus on the most outer aspects of life, our relationships with others and the power sharing balance that takes place there. Any emphasis on the finger of Jupiter will tend to bring out the qualities of leadership, executive ability, ambition, and self-confidence. The Jupiterian personality is strongly driven and find themselves placed in executive roles often in spite of themselves. This is also the place to find the energy for material and financial motivation and gain.

Saturn  (Middle Finger) Responsibility, the Law both Universal and Human, Justice, Sense of Right and Wrong, (Rose Quartz, Coral)
Stones that feel soft, soothing. Aturn has been called "the balance wheel" of the hand or the personality. It is here that we find the qualities relating to universal and human law and justice and our relationship to them. To emphasize the role of Saturn is to emphasize the sense of what is right and wrong, what is proper in any given situation. Other qualities related to Saturn are a certain tendency toward introspection. Saurn in its extreme can develop into a tendency to secretiveness. Saturn  carried too far tends to be weighty, heavy and sad. My own palmistry teacher used to say that "everybody has more than enough of the qualities of Saturn."  It would be rare that a person would want to bring greater emphasis to this particular aspect.

Apollo  (Ring Finger) Love of Beauty, Creativity, Expression of self, Relationship with Others (Jade, Turquoise, Moonstone, Amethyst) Apollo is called the "ring finger" for good reason. Its qualities are some of those which are best emphasized and which most benefit from the the wearing of a ring to emphasize those qualities. Apollo represents, above all, creativity. It is creativity in artistic expression, in craftsmanship, indeed creativity in every endeavor of life. Apollo is the cultivation of the love of beauty in all its forms but especially of the natural world. Apollo represents the "tree-hugger" in all of us. Apollo is that energy within each of us which gives rise to expression of self on every level It is supportive of all other energy and lends them grace, beauty and compassion.

Mercury  (Small Finger) 
Intuition, Communication, Quick Intelligence (Amber Moonstone Citrine) Mercury is the energy of communication. Think of Mercury as your antenna both receiving and transmitting. Mercury is your communication skills not just verbally but in every way. Receptively, Mercury is your intuition, way you receive all information, all data, and with what sensitivity you receive that data. Strong Mercury skill manifest as what we see in our times as bright intelligence. Easily carried away with itself, Mercury can turn into the con artist quite easily and this not only towards others but towards one's self. Be wary of what filters you might want to place on these important functions. Picture the giant diamond sparkler on the hand of the Mafioso.

Thumb  The Will, Personal and Universal. Self-Assertion  (Garnet Carnelian Ruby) 
The thumb is the only finger not named for one of the Greek gods. It's just the thumb, but it is all-important because it represents the quality of will, both personal and universal. We all need this quality but the thumb is so emphasized in the hand by the very nature of our anatomy that it would be unusual for a person to need to emphasize the quality of will except on a fairly temporary basis. Be careful of wearing rings here and be attentive to any changes that occur in the time you are wearing such a ring.

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I did a paper years ago in Anthropology about wedding and marriage traditions...
Ancient Romans believed that there was a vein that led from the third finger of the left hand directly to the heart and thus wore their wedding rings there.  Ah, romance...

I always heard that you wear your wedding ring on the 3rd finger of your left hand because - supposedly - there's a vein/artery/blood thingy that runs from it directly to your heart.

It is common for widows to move their wedding ring from ring finger to middle finger. This information is from the 1500s according to the Tyler-Adam web site.  

Thumb means you are a doctor 
Index means you are a merchant 
Middle finger means you're a fool (or to hindus it means you will be bitten by a scorpion)
Ring finger is for students
Pinky is for lovers 

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This question is intriguing -- I could not find anything much about that in any amulet and talisman type books -- just about stones and metals etc there -- but then I came across an old picture of the palm of the hand showing which planet rules which part of the hand-- and each finger is ruled by a different planet ( In astrology different parts of the body are "ruled" by different signs/planets)

So I got to thinking, why do people wear rings ? Status---social, financial, familial /Communication of......./social and work affiliations/ sign of an accomplishment and/or affiliation and of course for adornment---- among other reasons so how do these reasons fit in with the astrological ruler of each finger ? Rings here often worn to "make a statement"

Thumb---- --Venus  =Love -- beauty--- adornment--attention

First finger-- Jupiter  = Leadership, self esteem .strength of will and  mental energy, prudence, optimism, expansion .Signet rings and Seal rings traditionally worn here denoting the status/power of the wearer.

Second finger-Saturn = Hard work leading to success , perseverance, "establishment" the corporate world .Rings not often worn here as they can block the flow of energy.

Third finger----Sun = The right hand ring symbolizes these attributes; Independence, freedom ,honor, pride, wisdom,creativity and eloquence. The left hand Marriage, engagement, class rings are also often worn on this finger.

Fourth finger---Mercury = The planet of communication--rings on this finger said to have been used to signal messages in e.g. Roman times. Birthstone rings are often worn here. Also smaller unobtrusive rings can be easily noticed on this finger. 

A fun puzzle to think about ! Hope all is well with you ! I saw some of your stampings making up jewelry in Vogue magazine recently ..Neat stuff!! 


The Meaning of Rings and Fingers 
6/2/2008 This is a public story. 

Rings are circles. In all cultures the circle is a symbol of unity and eternity, encompassing all. In early cultures, rings were considered magical or sacred through their association with the sun, moon and gods, thus giving protection to the wearer by binding one with power and energy. 

Some of the magical mythology of ancient times still influences how and why we wear rings. Kings, priests and healers wore rings on the index finger because that finger was thought to be especially powerful. Medicines were applied to the body with the index finger to give speed and power to their effect. Even today, wearers of healing gemstones wear the rings on the index finger to take the best advantage of the curing energies. 

The strongest magical tradition that still holds fast today is the one about the third or ring finger. The ring finger was thought to contain a nerve that went directly to the heart. Wearing a wedding or engagement ring on the ring finger still symbolizes the binding commitment and union of hearts. 

The Meaning of Fingers When Wearing Rings: 

Right Hand vs. Left Hand 

In the dual nature of man, the right and left hands are part of his whole being yet represent his twofold conscious and subconscious mind. The left hand (the subconscious) is a reflection of his deeply buried instinct, beliefs and attitudes. The right hand (the conscious) reflects his logic and his awareness. Wearing rings on your left hand could symbolize your unknowing wish to strengthen the powers associated with the finger that wears the ring. Rings on the right hand reflect your desire to control your life and actions. 

The Thumb: Will Power 

The thumb represents the self. Set apart from other fingers but working in unison with them to give strength to the hand that the others cannot, the thumb symbolized our self in our world. It is associated with logic and will power which govern our actions. Rings on the thumb symbolize freedom and independence of thought and action. 

The Index Finger: Authority & Ambition 

This finger reflects our need to enhance our ego. The forefinger, throughout history, has represented authority and power. It is associated with leadership and ambition. Kings, priests and healers wore rings on the index finger because that finger was thought to be especially powerful. Nowadays, people wear rings on the index finger as a show of assertiveness. 

The Middle Finger: Identity & Materialism 

The middle finger is associated with our role in life. Being in the center of the hand, it symbolizes personal identity and those things that are at central to our world. Those wearing rings on the middle fingers are well balanced yet wish to be at the center of attention. 

The Ring Finger: Emotion & Creativity 

The third finger is associated with affections because it is the one with a direct connection to the heart. It also represents our creativity and artistic self. A wedding or engagement ring on this finger proclaims to the world that the wearer emotions and creative goals are committed to the giver of the ring. If the ring is acquired by the wearer instead of a mate, it symbolizes self worth and a commitment to one personal skills and talents. 

Little Finger: Relationships 

The little finger is at the opposite end from the thumb. While the thumb symbolizes the inner self, the little finger is associated with others outside of ourselves. It sits on the outside of our hands, facing the world. It is the relationship finger, expressing our attitudes towards other people, sex, and the material world. Rings on the little finger represent confidence and independence in personal and business relationships. Rings here can also express a person's attitude about sexuality and how appealing they consider themselves to be.

Not sure it it is the case but someone once told me you are not supposed to wear rings on your middle fingers . . . something about it blocking energy??? 

Thought I would throw it out there! :)

All these sites provide some answers:
Lots of interesting info! 
This is a really good website that goes in detail about placement of rings on which hand. JoAnne (Amuzemee)

I have to represent the Irish in me!! Of course, I had to take this from Wikipedia I'm no writer. Hahaha. "The way that a Claddagh ring is worn on the hand is usually intended to convey the wearer's romantic availability, or lack thereof. Traditionally, if the ring is on the right hand with the design facing outward and away from the body, this indicates that the person wearing the ring is not in any serious relationship, and may in fact be single and looking for a relationship. When worn on the right hand but with the design facing inward toward the body, this indicates the person wearing the ring is in a relationship, or that "someone has captured their heart". A Claddagh worn on the left hand ring finger, facing outward away from the body, generally indicates that the wearer is engaged. When the ring is on the left hand ring finger and facing inward toward the body, it generally means that the person wearing the ring is married." 
Autumn Wells

In Europe in the Middle Ages it was believe that the ring finger of the left hand had a direct connection to the heart and thus, when a woman was married a ring was placed in that finger to symbolize that her heart ( and her dowry of course) belong to her husband.


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