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  • n. Any of various painted round signs incorporating designs, such as stylized stars, rosettes, or wheels, thought to be magical. These signs were painted on barns, especially by the Pennsylvania Dutch, to ward off misfortune or evil spells.

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  • n. A protective symbol used in Heathenry comprising of a six petaled flower or star set within a circle.


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  • A form of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art: a painted round sign incorporating designs such as stylized stars, rosettes, wheels, and birds. Thought by some to be talismanic.

    November 21, 2007