Your Very Own Hex Sign

Pennsylvania hex sign painting is a type of traditional folk art that is alternately viewed as a decorative tradition and as talisman fashioning. The symbols and designs on the signs may represent a family line or locality or they may have magical power to protect a barn from lightning or ensure a bountiful harvest. Check out these great images of Hex Signs and follow the links to eBay to find one of your own.

What the hex?


Joe Nolan was born under a bad sign on June 13th in Detroit, Michigan in the last Metal Year of the Dog. Polymath, provocateur, inter-media artist, his tell-tale signs have turned up in music, visual art, journalism, poetry, fiction, video and film. A double Gemini, his interests range from the pharmacology of phenomenology to fly fishing; from mysticism to mixed martial arts; from chaos science to chaos magick. Joe Nolan's Insomnia blog republishes to some of the most read counter-culture sites on the web and the Coincidence Control Network podcast which he hosts has been downloaded more than half-a-million times.He is recording his fourth CD in Nashville, Tennessee where he lives to the east of the Cumberland river on a little wooded lot dubbed Bohemian Walnut Grove.

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12 Comments on "Your Very Own Hex Sign"

  1. please learn the difference between “your” and “you're” before you post something on a website for people to read…terrible.

    • InternetGrammarFairy | Nov 9, 2009 at 1:28 am |

      LoL, “your” an asshole. Please learn the difference between tactlessness and good manners before engaging with other humans… thanks.

      • when did good manners ever have anything to do with the internet?

      • bad-mannered person | Nov 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |

        It got fixed! Anyway, if being disgusted at someone failing to remember their third grade english lesson makes me a tactless asshole, then I'll gladly embrace it. I'm glad you're so concerned about people's feelings getting hurt from random comments to their shitty posts. Now, go drive into a bridge abutment.

    • who cares! If that picky bet you are very difficult 2 live w/-feel bad 4 your relatives.

  2. girlmachine | Nov 9, 2009 at 1:22 am |

    I really like these. There are no more of the full-size signs on eBay right now, but there is a good amount of vintage hex sign jewelry. Very inexpensive, too.

  3. I like these too. Something very zen-like about them.

  4. joenolan | Nov 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm |

    I'm confused…

    Was there a typo in my post? Certainly wasn't trying to offend anyone if I let something slip through that wasn't perfect. These posts tend to be sort of impulsive in nature and I may not always be as careful as one could be.

    I was just excited about these great designs. I also posted one about a book of Pennsylvania Dutch folk magic that is on the main page currently.

    • Hi Joe, yes in the headline you wrote “you're” instead of “your” but I fixed it for you thanks to the comments above 🙂

  5. who cares! If that picky bet you are very difficult 2 live w/-feel bad 4 your relatives.

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