What Are Mexican Milagro Charms?

Traditionally, milagro charms were used for prayer.

But at Mexico In My Pocket, we like to see them as a way to attract good energy towards something you might be struggling with.

Whether you're looking to travel more, looking for romance, or struggling with an ailment, there's a milagro charm out there for you.

Traditionally, these unique charms, which in Spanish translate to “miracle charms” come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials.

They are often no bigger than half an inch and are often slipped into pockets so that the owners can reflect on their prayers and wishes.

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The use of these charms can be traced back to Spain and Catholicism and eventually, they were introduced to Mexico and other parts of Latin America.

Possessing a specific charm is often synonymous with a prayer or positive thought related to that specific charm.

For example, an individual who chooses a charm of the pregnant lady is wishing for help with fertility. While someone who chooses a charm of a leg, might be struggling with a broken bone or ailment and wishing for healing.

In Mexico these charms are also used to acknowledge a saint who has answered a prayer.

For example, if someone prays to a saint, they might make a pilgrimage to their statue and bring a milagro charm to adorn the sculpture as a way to say thank you.

Milagros can also be found in homes, on Day of the Dead altars, and on sacred objects in churches and cathedrals.

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How to Gift Milagro Charms

At Mexico In My Pocket, we love gifting milagro hearts and hands to friends and family.

Here’s the step-by-step process for choosing the best milagro hand or heart for your loved one:

  1. Pick your friend or loved one's favorite color or your favorite color (depending on who it’s for).

  2. Inspect each milagro hand and heart to see which “story” it tells.

  3. If you're purchasing a milagro online, you can add a note to your order with what you're wishing or praying for and we can personally pick one that matches you or the person you're gifting it to.

  4. Lastly, make sure to place your milagro hand or heart somewhere you can see it daily.

When it comes to choosing a milagro, there are no wrong answers! Milagros come in all shapes and sizes and can be interpreted differently. 

There are milagros of animals, body parts, objects, the list goes on. So feel free to include as much information in your notes so we can help you find the perfect milagro hand or heart charm for you! 

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Which milagro charm would you gift your loved one?

Let us know in the comments below!

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About the Author


Mexican-American journalist, former national news producer, and graduate of Boston College and Columbia University School of Journalism. Her mission is to shed more light on the beauty and traditions of Mexican culture. This website is dedicated to her grandmothers, Tita Susana and Tita Lupita, who taught her to be proud of her heritage and to always remember where her ancestors came from.

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