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Birthmark Meanings – Shapes, Location on Body and Spiritual Meanings

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Birthmarks are a common phenomenon during and after birth. They differ in sizes with some people having tiny ones and others having some big ones. Some types of birthmarks are inherited while others just happen by chance. Given these diversities, it is usual for those bearing them to wonder what does my birthmark mean.

If you are one of them, you will get the answers in this post. In it we discuss if there is more to these marks than the normal scientific explanations we get about their occurrence. Read on to learn more about birthmark meanings, shapes, location on body and spiritual meanings.

What Do Birthmarks Mean

From a medical perspective, birthmarks develop due to the formation of some skin pigment that does not make it to the surface of the skin but gets lodged in the deeper layers. Another group of birthmarks is formed as a result of faulty blood vessels under the skin.

While this is how modern knowledge portrays birthmarks, traditional knowledge about them has always been passed from one generation to the next. According to various superstitious beliefs, they can be a sign of good luck, bad omen or a mark of the devil. Here are some of these that cut across most cultures.

There are three main subdivisions as to how birthmarks meanings are derived:

  • They could be an omen that determines a person’s traits or characteristics.
  • They could occur as a result of an action taken by the mother or something that happened to her while she was carrying the baby.
  • The last source of meaning is an event in a person’s past-life.
Birthmark on the right foot
Birthmark on the right foot

Birthmarks as an omen

The part of the body on which the birthmark is placed could signify a particular character trait that the child will have when they grow up. For example, if the birthmark is on the right foot the person will travel and explore the world while if it occurs on the left foot it could mean that the person will be very intelligent.

Birthmarks and the pregnant mother

Some folklore suggests that birthmarks are indicative of a mothers craving and consumption of certain foods when she was pregnant. For example, strawberry birthmarks are said to form if a mother ate too many strawberries. Myths have it that the strong feelings a mother had during pregnancy could result in the formation of a birthmark on the child. For example, if a mother fell and was frightened during pregnancy this could cause formation of a mole on the child.

Birthmarks and past-lives

Birthmarks are also associated with a person’s past life or reincarnation. For people who believe to have come from another life, the birthmarks indicate some trauma they may have faced during or before their death.

Birthmark Location Meanings

The location of a birthmark on the body is said to have a certain meaning. Below we explore some of the birthmark location meanings.

Birthmark on the stomack
Birthmark on the stomach means one is greedy and self centered
  • Stomach/abdomen: If you have a birthmark on your stomach this is taken to mean that you are greedy and self-centered.
  • Middle of chest: Birthmarks in the middle of the chest indicate that one will have good luck and acquire great fortunes in life.
  • On the Jaw: one that is situated here shows that one will have a poor health and a bad lifestyle.
  • The back: Birthmarks on the back mean that you are truthful and open-minded.
  • Legs: People with birthmarks on the legs are said to be dependent. They can make no decision on their own.
  • Shoulders: A birthmark on the left shoulder means that you will have money problems while a birthmark on the right shoulder means that you will have good wealth.
  • Fingers: Birthmarks on the fingers mean that you enjoy making decisions and that you like to be independent.
  • Arms: For men, a birthmark on the arm means that he is a home maker. He likes to stay at home and take care of the children while. While found on a woman, it means that she puts her career first.

Birthmark Shape Meanings

Superstitions and myths that surround birthmarks do not stop their interpretations at location. They also extend it to birthmark shape meanings. For example a round mole is taken to mean that the person is good. An oblong mole means that the person will acquire some wealth while an angular mole means that the person suffers from double personality traits and as such is both good and bad at the same time.

The shapes of the birthmarks may or may not mean anything to different individuals. It is all dependent on our cultural experiences and teachings.

Heart Shaped Birthmark Meaning

While one gets a heart shaped birthmark, it is taken to mean that one will have a life full of love. The individual will be lucky enough to fall in love with their soul mate. They will also be fun loving persons in their life.

Heart-shaped birthmark on chest
Heart-shaped birthmark on chest
Heart-shaped birthmark on neck
Heart-shaped birthmark on neck
Heart-shaped birthmark on stomach
Heart-shaped birthmark on stomach
Heart-shaped birthmark on behind of a child
Heart-shaped birthmark on behind of a child

Birthmarks Meaning on Body

Birthmarks meaning on body are different. A birthmark on face meaning varies depending on its location on the face. One near the mouth for men means that they will have great wealth while for women it means that they are very talkative. A birthmark on the right cheek for men means that they are quite passionate while for women it means that they will have a fulfilling love life.

One on the chin for men shows that have a short temper while for women it means that they are the bread winners in the family. A birthmark on the nose means that you are a creative thinker. Mongolian green birthmark meaning is taken to be an indicator of one’s ancestry.

Birthmark on Forehead Meaning

Birthmark on the centre of the forehead
Birthmark on the centre of the forehead

Birthmark on the forehead meaning varies depending on the location. A birthmark on the centre of the forehead means that the person is very attractive and will have a number of relationships. A birthmark on the left side of the forehead means that the person is a spendthrift. If the birthmark is on the right side of the forehead, this means that the person has great mind power.

Spiritual Meaning of Birthmarks

There are a number of spiritual meanings of birthmarks. Years ago, birthmarks were believed to be the devil’s signature and people who had birthmarks on their bodies were secluded. Birthmarks found on the faces are believed to be angel’s kisses. For Mongolian birthmarks, there are communities that believe they are as a result of spiritual beating to eject a baby from their mother’s womb.

Most of the meanings discussed are only superstitious. The extent to how true they are is yet to be proven.

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  1. I have a small birthmark on my left shoulder and a large one on my right shoulder. On the left means i will have money problems. On the right is good wealth. Does that mean I will get rich but will have money problems?

  2. Under my rib cage are 3 freckles
    Going down and two freckles one on each side of the three.
    It’s a cross. Does this mean

  3. I have a heart shaped birthmark on my right side and when I was 10 or 11 years old a wolf came to me which I believe is known as a BLACK SHUCK and like many others CASHNTAZ. I’ve had this spirit like feel on my shoulders like something is with me at all times protecting me

    • ave a heart shaped mole, ever since 10 yrs old a wolf came to me and said dnt worry i will always be here for u it scared the hell out of me but it didnt seem like it wanted to hurt me it came to me in the middle of a thunder storm. ever since then i have had an evil spirit or something following me it feels like it wants to take me over its scary and i cannot walk thru hallways or up stairs without feeling seriously scared. i have a feeling of something hovering right above my face it intrusive rude and feels very evil. but i also feel something good around me it started to do things to my partner too sometimes good but also mimicking mine and my daughter it seems there are quite a few things that have followed me thru my life and some that sound like goblins or gremlins. i have a weird thing where if i think i want to watch a certain film it will b on tv shortly and if i wish something to happen to some1 it happens quite often but only bad things then i feel terrible. and everytime i look at a clock or watch its always weird like 13:13 or 09:09 u get the jyst lol any ideas i would really love to be able to get rid of wateva follows me
      cashntazcashntaz 26-30 Nov 27, 2015 Reply


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