Saturday, March 15, 2008

The History of Barn Stars

I'm often asked by customers what is the meaning or significance of these "Stars" ~ Well, I've done some research . . . and here is what I found:

On many older American barns, particularly German farms, one could see a large decoration in the shape of a star mounted on the face of the barn. These were called Barn Stars. Sometimes they were just aesthetic, but sometimes they represented the trademark of a specific barn builder.

Although they go back to at least the 1820s in Pennsylvania, they were most popular after the American Civil War. In modern times, Barn Stars have come to be known as signs of good fortune and luck.

What do the various colors mean? The colors have significance with Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch barn paintings. These folk art designs, many of which were star shaped, were painted directly onto each end of the barn, and date back to the 1850’s.

Black: Protection, also used to blend or bind elements together.
Blue: Protection, peace, calmness and spirituality.
Brown: Mother earth, also can mean friendship and strength.
Green: Growth, fertility, success in things and ideas that grow.
Orange: Abundance in career, projects and matters needing an added push.
Red: Emotions, passion, charisma, lust and also creativity.
Violet: Things that are sacred.
White: Purity, power of the moon, allows energy to flow freely.
Yellow: Health in body and mind, love of man and the sun, connection to the God.

And history continues with the decorative star. These stars were featured in HGTV's Dreamhome 2005!

I have this information printed and available in the shop for your convenience.

Many Blessings!

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