When driving through the countryside, you might notice large five-point stars adorning the sides of many barns. Although these barn stars may look like decoration, they actually have a larger significance.
Barn stars, as they’re known, are common in farming settlements with German heritage and they’re believed to bring good luck.
Like the superstition of hanging a horseshoe on a barn, barn stars began as a attempt to ward off evil. German settlers sometimes painted elaborate star images on their barns that eventually came to be known as “hex signs.” The term was derived from the word “hexe,” which means “witch” in German. The original paintings resembled Amish quilt squares more so than what we classically think of as a star.