The Symbolic Meaning of Wearings Rings on Each Finger

Most of us know that a ring on a certain finger means engagement or marriage, but were you aware that every finger has special symbolism attached to it?

Some people believe that wearing rings—or simply painting nail polish—on certain fingers allows the wearer to channel certain energies in or out to create a better balance in their life. It's all about understanding the meaning of each finger and setting intentions to live better. Keep reading to find out which fingers you should be wearing your rings upon.

Right Hand vs. Left Hand

Before we dive into the meanings of each specific finger, it's best that we understand the meaning of each hand that we can wear rings on. Typically, the dominant hand—the one you write with—is the one that symbolizes action, progress and providing energy to the world around you. The non-dominant hand then signifies thought, imagination and receiving energy from others. If you're ambidextrous, and you can use both of your hands equally well, then both hands are capable of both giving and receiving, and you may need to do further exploration on your own to find out what works for you.

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The Thumb

Rings on the thumb symbolize your personal independence and the strength of your personality and are also associated with enhancing your relationships, whether they're with family, friends or a romantic interest. By wearing a ring on your dominant thumb, you're asserting your individuality and strength, as well as investing positive energy into your relationships. On the other hand, a ring on the non-dominant thumb will help invite energy that may help you be truer to yourself, and to seek reciprocation in your relationships.


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The Index Finger

The index finger is closely associated with confidence and ability to lead a group. It makes sense that it's the pointer finger, because it indicates the ability to point out truths, succinctly share ideas and communicate with others. Wear a ring on your dominant hand's index finger when you're working with a team, and your leadership abilities will funnel out to everyone in the group. When you're having a tough time speaking up, wear a ring on your non-dominant hand's index finger to open yourself to the idea that you, too, can be a leader.

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The Middle Finger

The middle finger rests right in the middle of the hand and symbolizes balance and harmony. It means never swaying too far to one side or the other and always keeping an even head. Wearing rings on the dominant middle finger can help you spread this sense of stability to others when people start to lose their cool, while wearing them on your non-dominant middle finger can help you find clarity when you're being torn in two directions or gravitate back toward the center when you're feeling either too reckless or too reserved.

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The Ring Finger

You're probably already aware that the ring finger signifies love, but it's also said to have the power to enhance the wearer's natural charm and beauty. Engagement rings, wedding rings and promise rings are worn on the left hand's ring finger because it's typically the non-dominant hand,  symbolizing the receipt of love from someone other than the wearer. You can also wear a ring on your dominant hand's ring finger to let the love flow forth from yourself and spread positivity to the people you care about most.

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The Little Finger

Last but certainly not least, the little finger indicates emotion, intuition and trust—which might explain why we make pinky promises with one another. It's also tied in with creativity and open-mindedness. That's why it can be a good idea to wear a ring on your dominant little finger whenever you're working on something artistic, so that you can let all of that emotion and artistry out into the world. On the other hand (no pun intended) you should wear a ring on your non-dominant little finger if you're feeling any kind of creative block. Open yourself up to a little inspiration and it might give you the boost you need to finish that great project.

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