Birthmark Meaning, Location, Shape, Pictures, Past Lives, Spiritual, Myths & Superstitions

Is there special meaning to birthmarks? This post explores the various meanings ascribed to birthmarks based on their location on the body, color, form or shape. It also highlights the myths, spiritual and superstitious meanings given to these birthmarks. Pictures of these beauty spots are also included at various sections in the post. Read on to discover much more about birthmark meanings.

What Do Birthmarks Mean?

What does a birthmark mean? Birthmarks have many meanings which differ from one community to another, depending on the different cultural backgrounds in the world. The meanings of birthmark have a bearing on the teachings and experiences of a certain community. These teachings and experiences range from myths and tradition to religion and superstition. There are assumptions that birthmarks represent wounds that were inflicted in a past life, or how a person died in a past life. Other assumptions claim that birthmarks indicate luck or omens. Furthermore, it is also assumed that birthmarks are just a result of what the mother did or ate during pregnancy. The curiosity about birthmarks never ends. To best understand what birthmarks mean in life, let us begin with the definition of a birthmark, the various types of birthmarks and their causes.

What Is a Birthmark

A birthmark is an unusual permanent mark on the skin which is usually present at birth or occurs a few weeks after birth. Birthmarks are also referred to as beauty spots or beauty marks. Birthmarks can occur anywhere on the body.

Types of Birthmarks and Their Causes

There are many types of birthmarks. Dermatologists classify birthmarks into two broad categories: vascular birthmarks and pigmented birthmarks.

  1. Vascular Birthmarks include Salmon patches, strawberry hemangiomas, and port-wine stains. They are as result of increased blood vessels in the area that is affected.
  2. Pigmented birthmarks include moles, cafe au lait spots and Mongolian spots. These birthmark types occur as result of excess skin pigment cells in the affected area.

Dermatologists do not exactly know what causes birthmarks. However, it is widely thought that some birthmarks are caused by hereditary factors although most birthmarks are not actually hereditary. Another possible cause of birthmarks is the “imbalance in factors controlling development and migration of skin cells” [wikipeadia].

Much as the actual cause of birthmarks may not be known, various meanings of birthmarks have been described over the years. Some of the meanings ascribed to birthmarks are based on the location, shapes, color, size form and appearance of the birthmarks. Others relate to past lives and re-incarnation of human beings. They are usually explained in terms of spirituality, myths, and superstition.

Birthmark Location Meanings

The location or placement of a birthmark on the body is said to have a particular meaning. Here, we highlight the common birthmark location meanings. Note that the meanings may be the same for both genders or may be different for men and women.

Birthmark on Forehead Meaning

birthmark on forehead meaning
A birthmark at the center of forehead means a person is attractive

There are many meanings of birthmarks on the forehead depending on their exact placement on the forehead. A birthmark on the right side of the forehead means that the person has great brains. It means the person is very knowledgeable and can excel in his or her endeavors like education and career. If the birthmark is on the left side of the forehead, it means that the person is extravagant and irresponsible. The birthmark may also lie at the center of the forehead. Here, it means that the person is very attractive and will have so many relationships in life.

Birthmark on neck meaning

birthmark on neck meaning
A birthmark on neck

What does a birthmark on your neck mean? If you have a dark mark on the neck, on the back of the neck or on the throat, it means that you will be very successful in life. However, for you to get this success, you have to part from the ones you love and go away. Also, you have to bear responsibility of these loved ones. Otherwise, you will not succeed in life.

Birthmark on Buttocks Meaning

birthmark on buttocks meaning
A birthmark on buttocks meanings relate to love ans lifestyle

What does a birthmark on your bottom mean? Birthmarks on buttocks may be of different colors which include green and brown birthmarks. These birthmarks found on buttocks have meanings that usually point to love and lifestyles of the individuals having them. The meanings are different in men and women. The meanings also depend on whether the birthmark is located on the left or right buttock.

  • A man who has a birthmark on the right buttock has a difficult background. His character is full of negativity. He is not serious and tends to go for the easier options. He is not the marring type and chooses to stay with his parents who he hopes will take care of him. In contrast, a man who has a birthmark on the left buttock is endowed with great personality and charisma. This guy understands well the meaning of true love. He is serious, caring and gentle in character. He is a very devoted husband who loves his wife and family. He is also dedicated to care and encourage the less fortunate in the community.
  • A lady who has a birthmark on the right buttock is outwardly stylish and attractive to men. She is the so called “gold digger” as she easily gets offers from men. However, she is actually lazy, selfish and malicious. She is definitely not a wife material as she allows many men to revolve around her without settling on any of them. On the other hand, a lady with a birthmark on the left buttock is sincere and genuine. She is a humble and diligent girl who does not want to be a bother to others. Sadly, despite her financial success and good reputation, she finds it hard to get a man to marry her because suitors get scared of her strong personality traits.

Birthmark on Back Meaning

If your birthmark is located on the back, it means that you are frank and open to new ideas. You take other peoples suggestions and you are willing to change your stand for better suggestions from others.

Birthmark on Leg Meaning

birthmark on leg meaning
birthmark on leg means you are not independent

If your birthmark is on any of your legs, it means that you are not independent. You always want other people, for example your friends, to make decisions for you.

Other location birthmark meanings are as follows:

  1. Birthmark on Foot Meaning: You may also have a birthmark on your right or left foot. For men, it means that you like travelling and visiting new places. For women, it means that you believe in action than words.
  2. Birthmark on Toes Meaning: Birthmarks on toes have the same meaning as those on feet for men and for women.
  3. Birthmark on Stomach Meaning: If your birthmark located on the stomach or abdomen, then this means that you are a greedy and egocentric individual. This affects both men and women in the same way.
  4. Birthmark on Thigh Meaning: Whether you are a man or a woman, having a birthmark on your right or left thigh is a good sign. It means that you will take pleasure in a wealthy, prosperous and happy life.
  5. Birthmark on Chest Meaning: A birthmark located at the center of your chest is bad news. It means that you will not be lucky at all. You will be miserable throughout your life.
  6. Birthmark on Eye Meaning: A birthmark in, on or under the right eye means that you will make easy money, even without having to work very hard. A birthmark on the left eye is a sign of a womanizer for men. This type of man will have many illicit relationships.
  7. Birthmark on Head Meaning: You may have a birthmark on the back of your head that represents weakness, especially in women. If the birthmark is on the right side of your head, you will enter politics and be successful. However, if located on the left side of the head, it means that you will be poor and might not marry at all.
  8. Birthmark on Breast Meaning: For both genders, a birthmark below or under your left breast is a sign that you will be triumphant in all your endeavors. The one located below, or under the right breast represents good luck in your life.
  9. Hair Birthmark Meaning: If you were born with grey or white hair birthmark, there is every reason why you should consider yourself great. A grey or white hair birthmark is a sign of wisdom. It means that you will lead your life wisely.
  10. Birthmark on Shoulder Meaning: For both men and women, a birthmark situated on your right shoulder indicate that you are lucky. These individuals lead happy and successful lives. On the other hand, a birthmark of your left shoulder indicates financial difficulties.
  11. Birthmark on Ear Meaning: A birthmark on the year is a good sign. It means that you are blessed with good luck. These individuals are happy and prosperous in their lives.
  12. Birthmark on Cheek Meaning: Do you have a birthmark on either of your cheeks? If you are a man, a birthmark on the right cheek means that you have very strong feelings and attachment in the activities you engage in. A birthmark on the left cheek suggests that you have financial problems. For women, a birthmark on your right cheek is an indicator that you will you will enjoy your marriage life with your husband. The one on the left will suggest secrete hopelessness.

    Birthmark on cheek meaning
    What is the meaning of a birthmark on cheek?
  13. Birthmark on Nose Meaning: People who have a birthmark on the nose tend to be creative and very diligent. They are successful in their careers and family lives. They are popular in the society because they extend their creativity and diligence to the community. However, such individuals have unpredictable characters.
  14. Birthmark on Lip Meaning: If a person has a birthmark on the lips, it generally means that he talks a lot and asks many questions. In case the birthmark is on the upper lip, it means that the person is full of charisma, charm and persuasion and is attractive especially to the opposite gender. When located on the lower lip, it means that the person is keen to study and also does his duties well and thoroughly. If the birthmark is at the left or right corner of the lips, it means that the person likes eating, especially on other people’s bills.
  15. Birthmark on Hand Meaning: Having birthmark on your hand, whether left or right hand, is a sign that you are talented and you will be very successful in life.
  16. Birthmark on Heel Meaning: If your birthmark is located on your heel, it means that you are predisposed to falling out with your friends easily. You will lose friends very readily and make many enemies in your life.
  17. Birthmark on Arms Meaning: For a man, it means that he loves his family and that he likes staying at home to take care of the children and teach them good discipline. If it is a woman, it indicates that she is an independent woman who loves and natures her career.
  18. Birthmark on Jaw Meaning: For both men and women, a birthmark on the jaw shows that they are not healthy and they live a bad lifestyle.
  19. Birthmark on Finger Meaning: For both the genders, the birthmarks mean that they strive to make good decisions and are independent individuals.
  20. Birthmark on Chin Meaning: A birthmark on the chin of a man means that he is very temperamental. For a woman, a birthmark on the chin indicates that you will be the one to support and provide for your family.

Birthmark Shape Meanings

The myths and superstitions regarding what birthmarks mean also delve into birthmark shape meanings. However, the shapes of birthmarks may have a particular meaning to some people and a different meaning to others. To some people, these shapes do not have any meaning at all. It all depends on the cultural teachings and religious backgrounds and beliefs, which vary across different societies.

Heart Shaped Birthmark Meaning

Heart-shaped birthmark on a baby's forehead
Heart-shaped birthmark on a baby’s forehead

If you have a heart shaped birthmark, it means that you will live a life full of love and fulfillment. It means that you will fall in love with your soul mate and enjoy all your life together. Furthermore, it also means that you will love your friends so much and have lots of fun with them. In short, a heart shaped birthmark points to sincere and fulfilling love in your life.

Diamond Shaped Birthmark Meaning

Do you have a diamond shaped birthmark? It is an indication of wisdom, stability, harmony and togetherness. It means that the individual bearing it will have a good sense of wisdom and enjoy living together with his neighbors in harmony. Peace and tranquility will always prevail in his neighborhood.

Butterfly Birthmark Meaning

A butterfly shaped birthmark means that you are an individual who is always filled with hope. It means that you can always rely on the fulfillment of the things you hope for in life and that you are never pessimistic or anxious about the future.

Birthmarks and Past Lives

The relationship between birthmarks, past lives and reincarnation was first studied in detail in 1960s by Dr. Ian Stevenson. “Dr. Stevenson’s research lays in his discovery that many children who remembered their past lives bore birthmarks located on their bodies which correlated with the deaths they claimed to have experienced prior to being re-incarnated” [speakingtree.in].

There are two reasons that may explain why past-life damages manifest themselves as birthmarks in babies. One of the reasons could be that the period between death in a past life and re-incarnation is too short such that the wounds will have not healed before the ‘rebirth’ of the affected individual. The other one could be that, after re-incarnation, it is necessary for the individual to reconnect with the past wounds and trauma so that he/she can be healed and set free from it.

Birthmarks are where you were killed in your last, past or other life.

There is a common assumption the birthmarks are where you were killed in your past life. For example an online user comments, “I have a birthmark on my left calf that looks like the outline of Alaska…I suppose that means I died in Alaska” Another one says that  “[I have a]boat shaped birthmark on my stomach, with its own steam. So I assume a boat crashed in to me.” This shows that he might have died in a river, lake of the ocean, where boats are used.

Other common past-life birthmark meanings include the following:

  1. Torture Remnants: This represents a birthmark that resulted from torture in an individual’s past life. It is mainly as a result of a band tied tightly on the individual’s head in order to make him/her confess or suffer death. This was a very common method of ancient torture.
  2. Suicide Wound: This is a past-life birthmark which means that the individual with it committed suicide in his/her previous life by shooting himself in the head with a gun.
  3. Stab Wound: it is a birthmark on the body that is curved to some extent. It indicates a fatal wound that was caused by a knife of a similar weapon. It is a reminder of having been stabbed this way in a past life.
  4. Bullet Wound This represent a birthmark that was inflicted by a single bullet in a past life. The irregular dark sports around the birthmark represent the burns caused by the gun prouder after being short.
  5. Scattered Shots: These scattered dotted birthmarks on the body represent sprayed bullets. They remind the affected individual of having been sprayed by bullets in a past life.
  6. Plague Bubo: This is a past-life birthmark that resembles a wart. It reminds about the Black Death (Bubonic plague). It usually takes very many reincarnations to get fully healed.
  7. Leprosy patch: This is a past-life birthmark which looks like a patch on the skin. It reminds an individual about the spread of leprosy in the past life. The patch represents the spot where the leprosy first broke out. This birthmark also takes many lives to heal.
  8. Branding Mark: Chinese beauty mark legends describe meanings ascribed to birthmarks too. It was common in china to brand Chinese activists with a hot iron in order to mark them as enemies of the Chinese state. Such birthmarks manifest themselves as patches in the back of the neck. This was the location of the brands made on the state enemies in the ancient china.
  9. Failed Surgery: This birthmark represents botched primitive surgery in past life. Ancient surgeries were often fatal because of lack of adequate knowledge and experience about surgery.
  10. Poisoned Arrow: This past-life birthmark has a central patch that is surrounded by a discolored circular band. It looks like a poisoned arrow wound. It represents an arrow injury that the individual sustained without dying in a past life. The birthmark serves to remind the individual of the ordeal he underwent in that past life.
  11. The Scalped: This is a birthmark on the scalp where hair cannot grow. It represents a wound formed after a patch of hair was removed from the scalp with force. This birthmark reminds an individual how he/she was painfully scalped in his/her past life.
  12. Healed Burn Mark: It is a red birthmark on the body used to remind an individual of having been burnt by fire in a past life. The extent of healing is marked by the darkness of the wound. If the wound is very dark, it follows that the wound has not healed so much, meaning that it is from a recent past life.
  13. Healed Burn Mark: It is a bright birthmark on the body. It reminds the individual having it of having been burnt by fire in a past life. A more healed wound is marked by a brighter birthmark, meaning it is from an older past life.
  14. Speared Through
    Birthmark on eye
    Birthmark on eye

    Birthmarks located in the eye points to having been speared through the eye in a past life. This was a very popular way of assassination in the past. Such assassination would be carried out when the victims were asleep. It was considered as an effective means of assassination because the spear through the eye would go straight to the brain.

Birthmarks Spiritual Meaning

There are a number of spiritual meanings ascribed to birthmarks by different communities in the world. Examples of spiritual meanings of birthmarks which are common include the following:

  1. Angel kiss birthmarks: Birthmarks located on the face are sometimes called angel kiss birthmarks because they are believed to be angels’ kisses.
  2. Devil’s signature birthmarks: Sometime back, a birthmark was thought to be a devil’s signature. Due to this belief, people with birthmarks were stigmatized and secluded.
  3. Spiritual beating birthmarks: Some communities believed that Mongolian birthmarks were as a result of spiritual beating to drive the baby from the mother’s womb.

Red, White, Strawberry and Green Birthmark Meanings

Red Birthmark Meaning

If you have a red birthmark on body, it is a way of remembering that you were once burnt in a past life. The red birthmark may be located on chin, in neck or at the back of the neck. It may also appear on the forehead, eyelid, upper lip or between eyes.

White Birthmark Meaning

White birthmark on body
White birthmark on body

A white birthmark, especially on the stomach, is believed to have a connection with past live. It indicates a trauma suffered in past life when one was a criminal and was killed by bullet or by some other means.

Strawberry Birthmark Meaning

Strawberry birthmark on cheek
Strawberry birthmark on cheek

Depending on where they are located, strawberry birthmarks have various meanings. Those that are close to the mouth mean that the individual will have a lot of wealth, fulfillment and joy in life. If it appears on the forehead, it means that the individual will be attractive, especially to the opposite gender, and may have many love affairs. They may also occur on the chin in which case they mean that the person will be very successful in life.

Green Birthmark Meaning

In case you have a Mongolian green birthmark, then its meaning is to point you to the identity of your ancestry. It helps to determine your ancestral roots by tracing similar marks on the likely ancestral lineage.

Birthmark Meanings Astrology

Some birthmarks are used in birthmark astrology to foretell about an individual. The birthmarks are usually grouped in terms of the size, location color and form. The information is then used to reveal the personality or predict the future of the affected person.

Does Everyone Have a Birthmark?

There are very many questions and common remarks concerning birthmarks and their meanings. Some people wonder what it means when a person does not have a birthmark at all. Others may have two or more birthmark and still want to know what this means.

  1. Does everyone have a birthmark? Although very many people have birthmarks, not all people have them. Some people are understandably curious about meanings of birthmarks. If birthmarks really have meanings, what about those who do not have these birthmarks? Does it mean that nothing will happen to them or that they never had past lives?
  2. No birthmark meaning: Having no birthmark has different meanings to different people depending on their beliefs. For example, people who accept that birthmarks have past-life meanings believe that if you do not have a birthmark, then you did not have a past life. Those who accept birthmarks as indicators of fortune may think that an individual without birthmarks is not lucky. Those who regard certain birthmarks as omens may think that a certain bad thing will happen to you, deepening on the birthmark that you have. However, other people do not ascribe any meaning to not having a birthmark.

What does it mean when you have two birthmarks?

It is believed that when you have to similar birthmarks, the extent of the meaning of one of them is doubled. For example, if the birthmark mean you will be lucky, then two of them mean that you will be extremely lucky. However, if the birthmarks are different, then the distinct meanings apply to the individual who has them. To others, having a single, two or more birthmarks has no meaning at all.

Birthmark Myths and Superstitions

The birthmark meanings discussed in this post are just based on myths and superstitions of various communities around the world. The truth about the birthmark meanings is yet to be explored and determined. So if you have a birthmark that is ominous, you need not to worry yourself so much.

Lastly, in case you know other birthmark meanings which are not discussed in this post, kindly feel free to share them in the comment section below. It will surely be very helpful to those who are diligently looking for the meanings of their birthmarks. Also, fell free to ask birthmark meanings questions or answer the questions that may have been asked by others in the comment section. Thank you all in advance for participating responsibly.

Sources and References

  1. Notes Taken From Astro Uncle – Pawan Sinha’s Shows: https://www.astro-vani.com/blog/birthmarks/
  2. What Does Your Birthmark Mean: http://www.boldsky.com/yoga-spirituality/faith-mysticism/2013/what-does-birthmark-mean-034713.html#slide16207
  3. What does your birthmark say about you? http://www.speakingtree.in/allslides/what-does-your-birthmark-say-about-you
  4. Who were you in the past: http://www.healpastlives.com/future/rule/ruremark.htm

Strawberry Birthmark Meaning, Causes, Pictures & Myths: http://www.beautyzion.com/birthmarks/strawberry-birthmark-meaning-on-face-pictures-myths/

42 COMMENTS

  1. What is the meaning of being born withthe mark of a horseshoe on left hand i am also born with a horseshoe kidney

    • I do too!!! It’s like a huge oval the side of a mango and it has 30 plus dots in it. My mother said it’s a map of PuertoRico since that’s where we are from.

  2. I have a red colored birthmark on the top of my left thigh above my knee. It is the “exact” shape of the state of Alabama as it looks on the U.S. map.

    And the fact I was born in Alabama and live here now is even more odd

    I could send the author a picture if they want to publish it.

  3. what does it mean when you have a birthmark on your left hand gust below the shoulder that kinder looks like two lines with a gap in between them really confused now

  4. I have 9 very different birthmarks. One being what looks like and exclamation marks (!) if I look at it or a lowercase I (i) when others look at it. It scares my grandmother and my grandfather won’t look at it. And my mother made me cover it with a band aid for most of my life…😡

  5. This is bs. I have a birthmark on my left butt cheek. I am a very caring and loving woman :O and my life on evolves around my man

  6. This is a really amazing article i love it

    I have… around seven or more birthmarks (straight one right near my spine on my back, straight one on my right forearm, triangle shaped/bullet shaped on my left elbow, straight one below my right knee/shin, and one ‘O’ shaped near my right armpit). These are just the ones I know of, and I may have more. My friend and I have looked into my birth chart and saw that I have Lilith in Aquarius, so what does that mean? It seems as if i was shot or stabbed and seemed to die a lot.

    Thank you so much :DD

    ps my dad has the exact same triangle shaped birthmark on his left elbow, the same shape and position and all. We don’t know his birth chart and im tryin to figure that out XD

  7. I have a birthmark on my thigh every since the day I was born after my birth its big brown and round my mom said kind looks like a map but I had all it all throughout my life growing up as child a boy to adult for long long time in years through my ages I was growing up all I know I have one I could have another if I was reborn and was rebirth still will be born same year 1991 cause thats how long i had it so yeah it was it is always forever be then and now back to back but I did research of birthmarks they said on Wikipedia that birthmarks come from Blood Vessles and other stuff of what caused it to be on there for a reason or so so yeah I am going to get in touch my doctor to get more knowledge and research more about my birthmark so yeah a lot information my ears will open to learn about these birthmarks and where they come from I had mines many years throughout the 1990s and 2000s till now the 2010s its present of birth thing when I came out my mom womb during my time of birth 11:40PM I newborn infant I weighted which is my birthweight 6Ibs, 12oz after was first born during my birth back in 1991 but that on my birth certificate which I got 25 years since I had it but I love it cause I got a birthmark its good thing its been on there for many many years some have it just like I do that is similar just like there but its all myself all birth of how I was born so yeah thats the story of it all having a birthmark they have it on the spot I did which is the thigh just like mine the same thing.

  8. I have a birthmark in the shape of the number 11 on my right shoulder. I always hated it as a child because I was teased for it, but as an adult I realized it had a very spiritual meaning. I just wish I understood what it was.

    • Look into numberology. There’s a free website and program that reads your numberologu chart, and I know 11 is called a master number. I think that might help.

  9. I have a weirdly-shaped birth mark near my ankle, it kinda looks like dots scattered around and most are sticking together but some are just..meh.

  10. I have a lot of birthmarks scattered on my body they’re like a good medium brown just little dots, as if u got a brown marker and lightly dabbed ur skin. Not a mole or doesn’t stick out.. but I have this one that stands out of the rest it’s a bigger dot on my back (left side) my mom told me it’s the same exact one same exact spot as my dad’s birthmark. How ironic is that??? And to top it off I look more and is more alike him than my mom. I also have this lil strawberry birthmark on my nose that pops up when I start getting cold. And it’s very difficult for me to ever turn red but the strawberry one pops up easy
    Oh yeah I have the same strawberry birthmark as my dad as well we both have it on our nose.

  11. I have two. On the back of my left write is a skin tone raised blotch birthmark, and on my left forearm is a small brown turtle birthmark. Do you know what they mean?

    Also my sister has a rabbit on her arm, what does hers mean? Do our birthmarks correlate somehow?

  12. My baby girl has a heart-shaped birthmark on the right hand which is red in colour. She is 3 months old and the mark is gone

  13. I have 3 birthmark.. colour tan chocalate.. 1 on my knees look like a amerald gem,n the two shape likee clouds.. but if its have any past lives meaning then my past life got stabbed on the lower bad,knees,n idk i have 1 on my right side hips..

  14. I have a birthmark in the shape of a peacock on my left upper arm, can someone please tell me what does that mean?

  15. I have a birthmark on my chest and it looks just like Abraham Lincoln on a penny. Always wondered you I was born with it?

  16. I have a cats footprint on left hand (cat used to sleap on my mothers tummy when she was pregnant with me so can it be a bruise.

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