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Lucky Charms

Edited By: Sheldon O'Riley
 Whether it’s a charm, statue, or amulet, humans have been using good luck charms for thousands of years for anything from financial success to warding off evil. Some good luck charms are seen throughout many cultures while some are unique to a certain culture. Keep yourself safe and prosperous with these 15 good luck charms from around the world.
 
1. Acorn
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In Norse culture, a single acorn is put on a windowsill to protect the home from lightning strikes. Since oak trees attract lightning, the Vikings saw them as having been spared the wrath of Thor, the Norse god who created thunder and lightning.

2. Bamboo

Commonly sold as lucky bamboo, but more appropriately called 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, according to Feng Shui.

3. Crickets

Crickets are a sign of good luck, especially in Asian and Native American cultures. It’s terrible luck to kill a cricket, even if it’s accidental. They are seen by some Asian cultures as a protector of the house as they stop chirping whenever danger is near.

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4. Horseshoe
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Drawing on the strength and power of a horse, horseshoes are powerful good luck charms. According to legend, St. Dunstan trapped the devil in a horseshoe; thus, putting one above your door will protect your home from evil. An upward-facing horseshoe is said to gather luck, while a downward-facing one is said to cover you in good luck (though we’re not exactly sure what the difference is).

5. Scarabs

Scarab beetle amulets used to be really common in ancient Egypt. They represented the rising sun, warded off evil, and were associated with transformation and rebirth.

6. Ankh

The ankh is one of the most pervasive remnants of ancient Egyptian culture. Pharaohs often wore the amulets as symbols of eternal life. Many images show the gods holding an ankh to a mortal’s lips, infusing them with the “breath of life” that is required to take someone to the afterlife.

7. Ladybugs

Many bugs aren’t welcome in your garden, but if a ladybug comes along, welcome it with open arms. This good luck charm is said to bring luck and prosperity, especially if it lands on your hand. If a woman has been recently married, the number of spots on the back of a ladybug that has landed on her hand is said to indicate how many children she’ll have.

 
8. Rabbit’s Foot
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A rabbit’s foot is considered a good luck charm but only if it comes from the hind legs. It represents fertility due to their incredibly high reproductive rate. If you wear a rabbit’s foot, it’s said that you’ll become a parent soon.

9. Pigs

Pigs represent prosperity and wealth throughout Europe (and some parts of Asia). Chinese mythology also attributes diligence and honesty to the pig. Therefore, it’s easy to see why a pig was chosen to hold money in the form of a piggy bank.

10. Laughing Buddha

Out of all the Buddha statues out there, the laughing Buddha is especially lucky since it uses his spiritual wealth to bring you material wealth. Feng Shui recommends placing one in the west side of your home to bring health and wealth.

11. Three-Legged Toad

Besides the laughing Buddha, the three-legged toad is one of the most common good luck charms in Asian culture. Most statues come with a coin in the toad’s mouth which must feature the Chinese characters pointing upwards. You should never point the toad towards a door leading to the outside of your home.

12. Wishing Well
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Cultures all over the world are familiar with the throwing of a coin into a fountain or well. Occasionally tossing a coin into a well is said to placate the gods and keep the well from going dry.

13. Ladder

Many people believe that walking under a ladder is bad luck. This is because walking under a ladder is said to break the unity of three-member unit represented by a triangle – either the family (two parents and a child) or the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). If you do walk under a ladder, you can get rid of your incoming bad luck by crossing your fingers and spitting through its rungs three times (gross). However, the ancient Egyptians saw ladders as good luck charms and included them in dead peoples’ tombs to help them reach heaven.

14. Elephant

Elephants are good luck symbols any place they are found, especially in India where the god Ganesha is the remover of obstacles and bringer of luck. An image of two elephants facing each other with their trunks facing up near one’s front door is said to welcome visitors into one’s home.

15. Four-Leaf Clover

Four-leaf clovers are firmly tied to the Irish and are 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 before Christianity came to Ireland. Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000, but if you do, the four leaves represent hope, love, faith, and luck.

Source: list25
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