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Birthmarks – Spiritual Meanings & Superstitions

Birthmarks – Spiritual Meanings & Superstitions

Hated, despised, and even feared in the dark times of the Middle Ages, birthmarks have been the source of many superstitions and fabulous myths.

Old sayings say they speak of the mother’s unfulfilled desires, but also about the child’s future.

Spaniards and Arabs believed birthmarks are lucky, and if you touch them, they will fulfill your desires.

On the other hand, in medieval France, people believed they were the signs of the devil, and the child touched by demons had to be exorcised.

The Arabs linked the baby’s birthmark to the moon phases or eclipses.

If the pregnant woman had touched a certain part of her body while she was looking at the eclipse, her child would have been marked for life.

From one culture to the other, strange signs appearing on the body of children, often ugly and fearful, have gained various and difficult to explain meanings.

Past Life Memories

In the Orient and in India, where belief in the soul’s journey from one life to another is a true religion, birthmarks have been linked to experiences from past lives.

Shapeless spots that are strongly colored were associated with past sins, which the soul must expiate in this life.

Superstitions say the marks may be scars of the body from the previous life, but also the signs of great spiritual suffering.

Instead, beautiful moles, that give a special charm to facial features, are signs of long life, prosperity, and happy marriage.

In Indian culture, women adorn their forehead with fake moles of golden or henna dust.

Tips For Future Mothersbirthmark on baby foot

Superstitions related to birthmarks have been preserved for centuries, and have even been enriched in modern times with new symbols.

In Bulgaria, the warning was explicit: no stealing or touching the face, otherwise, the child will wear the mark of the stolen item on the face. The pregnant woman must look away if hump-backed or deformed people cross her path.

If the mother looks at that person’s physical flaw for too long, the baby will get an ugly mark on the body.

Also, it wasn’t recommended to take a bite from someone’s apple either since it may cause a birthmark in the shape of a bite on the child’s face.

In the West, it is believed that babies get café au lait spots on their face because their mothers consumed too much coffee or chocolate during pregnancy.

In German folklore, there is a belief that all pregnant women should take into account: no matter how much they crave fruit or something sweet, they mustn’t steal it, otherwise, their children will be wrongly “marked.”

Good and Bad Predictions

The East is the source of “new” superstitions that have spread in other parts of the world.

They are related to the hidden messages carried by birthmarks.

It is said that the spots on the left side of the body speak of a changing destiny, with many chances and material gains, but also with soul loss.

In contrast, the marks on the right side of the body speak of a quiet and lucky life, with great achievements later in life.

Regardless of the birthmarks’ significance described in the folklore, specialists claim that birthmarks are linked neither to the destiny of the child nor the mother’s desires.

In very rare cases, they may be the sign of a tumor, but most often they are just intensely pigmented areas or clustered blood vessels that have not developed normally.

Types of BirthmarksBirthmark Meanings – Shapes

Birthmarks are harmless and can rarely signal danger to the child’s health.

They occur frequently, over 80% of babies being born with particular marks on the body, but most disappear in the first year of life.

Each mark has a unique shape, and the color can vary from pink to crimson and brown.

The “stork bite” appears on the neck and has pink or purple hues. Usually, this type of mark stays for life.

Angel Kiss

angel kiss birthmark meaning

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“Angel kiss” is a purple or red spot on the baby’s face, commonly found on the cheeks, forehead, or eyelids. They disappear until the child reaches age 3. Angel Kisses may become darker when the child cries. They don’t cause pain or itching. There are some beliefs that Angel Kiss is a gift from heavenly powers. 

Café au lait spots can appear anywhere on the body but they fade with age. They are light brown in color, however, café au lait spots can darken with sun exposure.

Port-wine stains often appear on the head and upper body, on the arms, or on the back. These types of birthmarks rarely disappear over time; most of them become bigger and their color intensifies with age.

Hemangiomas are vascularized excrescences, which increase in the first years of life but withdraw in most cases. Rarely, surgery is required for their removal.

Animal Shapes

Animal-shaped birthmarks may indicate a special connection with the animal kingdom.

The most common marks resemble snakes, cats, rabbits, or birds.

Other birthmarks may resemble an animal’s paw, a feather, or even wings. Each of these indicates a certain connection with the spirituality of that animal.

Other Meanings Of Birthmarks Depending On Their Location:birthmark on baby head


passion for travel (men), determination (women)


fear of making decisions (both sexes)

In the middle of the forehead

attractive and courteous

The left side of the forehead


The right side of the foreheadbirthmark on The right side of the forehead

extremely intelligent

Note – the holder of a birthmark on the forehead can become a great statesman, a wise politician, reformer, and diplomat. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev had such a birthmark and his actions speak for themselves and have made him famous worldwide.


great health and happiness (both sexes)


left – financial crises; right – good fate (both sexes)

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Near the lipsbirthmark Near the lips

prosperity and happiness

On the back

honesty (both sexes)

Neckbirthmark on the neck

Difficult romantic relationships

Left cheek

financial losses and difficulties 

Right cheek

happy marriage


fear of being under control (both sexes)


professionally successful

Armsbirthmark on the arm

independence (women); family (men)

In the middle of the chest

poverty and misfortune

Under the left breast

successes in everything you do, a great sense of humor (both sexes)

Under the right breast

good fate (both sexes)

The jawline

erratic lifestyle, health problems (both sexes)

Nosebirthmark on nose

creative thinking, unpredictable characteristics (both sexes)


greed and selfishness (both sexes)

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Saturday 6th of March 2021

I born with 3 birthmarks. However, my parents where able to remove 2 birthmarks arm and forehead. However I have 1 birthmark on my left side that they were unable to remove. the location of this birthmark is on my butt on the left side. Can you please tell me what this means? I am bad luck or good luck. Please tell me truth I can handle it. By the way I am Female.

Monday 18th of January 2021

I have big birthmark.From back to right arm and in below my left chest.the use to tease me it looks like a map.i have point birthmark in my toes birthmark is color light brown.

Jerry L Lowe

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

My "BIRTHMARK" is on the left cheek, right under the cheek bone. The weird thing is that it almost looks like my initials (jl) with an (o), and I rarely remember it until I come across something like this, that reminds me I have one. Especially since when I wear a beard, it is completely covered.

April Wright

Friday 19th of March 2021

@Jerry L Lowe, Wow... [email protected]

April Wright

Friday 19th of March 2021

@Jerry L Lowe, i have the same one as u.. Hit me back exchange photos.. Wow im blown back... My other half? Literally??


Thursday 10th of December 2020

I have a light brown birth mark above my belly button and im not sure what it means. but I have a lot of beauty mark I have 2 bunches, 1 looks like a smiley face and the 2nd is the little dipper

what do they mean?

Mary Jo Verissimo

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

I think birthmarks are from past lives. We were probably branded. I know if you were intuitive or had one of the Clairs you were considered a witch, so they branded to show you are a witch... a good witch that is :)