Good luck charms from around the world
. In Norse (Viking) culture, a single acorn is put on a windowsill to protect the home from lightning strikes. Since oak trees (where acorns come from) attract lightning, the Vikings saw them as having been spared the wrath of Thor, the Norse god who created thunder and lightning.
. Wearing the tooth of an alligator isn t just for Steve Irwin or Californian surfers some African cultures believe alligator teeth bring good luck while gambling.
. Commonly sold as lucky bamboo but more appropriately named friendship bamboo, giving a gift of this plant is said to bring the receiver good luck. Putting a friendship bamboo plant on the east part of a room will improve your chi (energy), according to Feng Shui.
. Triangles are centrally featured throughout history due to their strength as a structure and their three sides representing the life cycle: birth, maturity, and death. Triangles are often attributed to Egyptian pyramids and the symbol on the back of U.S. dollar.
. Crickets are a sign of good luck especially in Asian and Native American cultures. It is terrible luck to kill a cricket, even if accidentally. They are seen by some Asian cultures to act as a protector of the house, stopping their chirping whenever danger is near.
. Drawing on the strength and power of a horse, horseshoes are powerful good luck charms. A legend of Saint Dunstan from the 10th century says he trapped the devil in a horseshoe; thus, putting one above your door protects your home from evil. An upward facing horseshoe is said to gather luck and a downward facing one is said to cover you in good luck. (Though, we re not entirely sure what s the difference between those two.)
. Kachinas are dolls which represent the spirits of things in the real world to Native Americans in the American Southwest and Central America. The dolls are dressed up and often played with by children. Inviting the doll s spirit into one s home and family is said to bring a good harvest.
. Native American culture prominently features dream catchers to gather good dreams and do away with bad dreams. The reason comes from the story of Nokomis, the grandmother in Ojibwa folklore. Nokomis watched a spider weave its web day after day until one day her grandson came in and tried to kill the spider. She protected the spider and, in return, the spider went to the window and spun a fresh web in the moonlight. It told Nokomis: See how I spin. See and learn, for each web will snare bad dreams. Only good dreams will go through the small hole.
. Featuring prominently in Middle Eastern cultures, an Evil Eye amulet wards off the Evil Eye: a curse received from the malicious glance of another, often unbenounced to the one being glared at. The amulet protects the wearer from this evil glance and is one of the most popular tourist buys across the Middle East.
. Scarab beetle amulets were especially common in ancient Egypt. They represented the rising sun, warded off evil, and were associated with rebirth and transformation.
Imperial Guardian Lion
. Imperial Garden Lions, also called Fu dogs, are seen throughout Asia, especially China. The statues are generally placed in a pair outside one s home to ward off burglars and thieves (especially for the wealthy) which is why they re often seen outside of palaces and temples.
. Most bugs shouldn t be welcomed in your garden, but if a ladybug comes by, welcome it. This good luck charm is said to bring good luck and prosperity, especially if it lands on your hand. If a woman has been recently married, the spots on the back of a ladybug landing on her hand are said to indicate how many children she will have.
. The ankh is one of the most pervasive remnants of ancient Egyptian culture. Pharaohs often wore the amulets as symbols for eternal life. Many images show the gods holding an ankh to a mortal s lips, infusing them with the breath of life required to take someone through to the afterlife.
. From a lucky penny to lucky Chinese coins, these pieces of money are important good luck charms in many cultures. Rule has it that you only pick up a coin if it s face side up. You re supposed to increase your luck if you wear a bent coin around your neck or keep it in your left pocket. Many people also include a coin in a new coat, wallet, or pair of shoes.
. The power and regality of a dragon passes onto you when in possession of a dragon statue or charm. Especially useful if you re looking to advance career wise, a dragon charm is said to give you leadership skills and nourish your position in the company.
. Pigs represent wealth and prosperity throughout Europe (and in some parts of Asia). Chinese mythology also attributes honesty and diligence to the pig. It s easy to see why, then, a pig was chosen to hold money in the form of a piggy bank.
. A rabbit s foot is considered a good luck charm but only if it comes from the hind legs. The foot represents fertility due to rabbits incredibly high reproductive rate. If you wear a rabbit s foot, it s said you ll mother/father a child soon.
. Out of the many Buddha statues out there, the laughing Buddha is especially lucky because it uses his spiritual wealth to bring you material wealth. Feng Shui recommends placing one in the west part of your home to bring health and wealth.
. Cultures around the world are familiar with the throwing of a coin into a well or fountain. Occasionally tossing a coin into a well is said to placate the gods and keep the well from going dry. If you look at your reflection in a still pool, make a wish and toss in a coin for your wish to be granted.
Three Legged Toad
. Besides the laughing Buddha, the three legged toad is one of the most common good luck charms in some Asian cultures. Most statues come with a coin in the toad s mouth which must feature the Chinese characters pointing upwards. Never point the toad towards a door leading to the outside of your home.
. Many people believe walking under a ladder propped up against a wall brings bad luck. This is because walking under a ladder is said to break the unity of the three member unit represented by a triangle (#22) either the family (two parents and a child) or the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). If you do walk under a ladder, fix your luck by crossing your fingers and spitting through its rungs three times. (Bonus fact! Ancient Egyptians included ladders in dead peoples tombs to help them reach heaven.)
. The cat s eye is a special gemstone said to repel the Evil Eye and clear obstacles in one s life. Gamblers frequently wear or have them to prevent losses as they re said to prevent unseen potential losses.
. The main way to unlock anything from a heart to a door, the key has been a good luck charm for longer than most. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed a lucky key unlocked the door to the gods, allowing one s prayers to reach their ears. In Japanese culture, it s lucky to have three keys tied together as they will unlock the doors to health, wealth, and love.
. Elephants are good luck symbols any place they roam, especially in India where the god Ganesha is the remover of obstacles and bringer of luck. An image near one s front door of two elephants facing each other with their trunks facing up is said to welcome visitors to one s home. Due to their intelligence and long lives, they also represent wisdom and longevity.
Four Leaf Clover
. Four leaf clovers are firmly tied to the Irish and considered lucky anywhere you find them. St. Patrick originally used a three leaf clover to represent the Holy Trinity and Irish Druids used it as a good luck charm (due to its triangular shape) before Christianity came to the Emerald Isle. Your odds of finding a four leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000, but, if you do find one, the four leaves represent hope, faith, love, and luck.
. According to some, keeping a stick of cinnamon in your purse or wallet will bring you a steady income, or at least make your credit cards smell nice.
. Lentils are also said to be a financial good luck charm, and are often eaten as the first meal of the New Year in Brazil for that purpose.
. A goldfish kept in an aquarium in your house brings positivity and good luck. If you want to get really crazy, you can follow
. Spiders are supposed to be good luck in matters of trade (and also for weavers), but on the other hand, *screaming.*
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. Rubbing the head of a person with red hair is said to be good luck, but redheads themselves are also said to be terrible luck on certain specific occasions, like meet[ing] a redhead on the first morning in May.
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. OK so you might not already have this item (which is a ball of undigested hair and food fiber from the gut of an animal ) in your house already, and if so, ew? But if you can get one, it s lucky, and if you re Ron Weasley, it might save you someday.
. The nut of the Rudraksh tree that can be found in parts of the Himalayas, Indonesia and Malaysia. There are 38 different types. Rudraksh beads represent Lord Shiva, part of the divine Hindu trinity. This very powerful and auspicious charm bestows spiritual powers, good health, fame and material happiness. Rudraksh beads are used for making 108 bead rosaries for chanting Mantras, so as to increase the effect and power of the Mantra. Although these rosaries are a product of the ancient Vedic period, through modern science, we now know that the figure 108 is of particular relevance, as the distance between the Earth and the Sun is approximately 108 times the Sun s diameter. The Sun s diameter is about 108 times that of the Earth s. The distance between the Earth and the Moon is approximately 108 times the Moon s diameter. It is perhaps possible that the ancient sages determined that there 108 steps between our ordinary human awareness and our inner divinity. As to how they determined the distances between these celestial bodies, with such accuracy, remains a mystery.
LUCK CHARM BRACELETS
. Luck charm bracelets are very similar to lucky charm lockets. Very much in vogue nowadays, they are fashion accessories that serve a useful purpose.
. The feather is an ancient charm for good luck and represents the journey of the soul to the other realm.
. These type of talismans are usually very effective as the are prescribed according to the specifics of one s horoscope. That is, a talisman corresponding to a favourably or unfavourably placed planet in the horoscope of the concerned person, can be acquired to either strengthen or reduce that planet s effects.
. The sign that represents the Hindu Lord of good fortune, Ganesh . Swastik is a Sanskrit word that means, Purveyor of Good Fortune , it bestows luck and prosperity, but it must always be placed in a clock wise direction. This symbol of luck should not be confused with the Nazi Swastika , which is placed at an angle and does not produce any positive energy.
. In Hindu mythology, Om or AUM is believed to be the first sound to pervade through the Universe at the beginning of time. Almost all
. For seemingly no obvious reason at all, the number 7 is seen as a universally lucky number. If you Google meaning of lucky number 7, you will get a trillion million hits about astrology and your aura and other such things con artists make up and charge you money to hear. Google doesn t immediately come up with why 7 is lucky because people are infinitely more interested in figuring out what it means for their other superstitions.
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