or fortuity is good or bad fortune in life caused by accident or
chance, and attributed by some to reasons of faith or superstition,
which happens beyond a person's control.
are many signs and symbols from around the world that are seen as
lucky. Others are thought to bring good fortune to the people that
posess them. Some believe these symbols can grant wishes or even heal
the sick. There are also several symbols for warding off evil and
views of luck vary from perceiving luck as a matter of random chance to
attributing to luck explanations of faith or superstition. For example,
the Romans believed in the embodiment of luck as the goddess Fortuna,
while the atheist and philosopher Daniel Dennett believes that "luck is
mere luck" rather than a property of a person or thing.
symbols are popular worldwide and take many forms.
are some of the most popular good luck symbols.
Leaf Clover-is a
renown symbol that means good luck to the person who finds one. What do
the leaves symbolize?
One leaf is for FAITH...The second for HOPE... The third for LOVE...
And the fourth for LUCK! In Irish tradition the Shamrock or Three-leaf
Clover represents the Holy Trinity: one leaf for the Father, one for
the Son and one for the Holy Spirit. When a Shamrock is found with the
fourth leaf, it represents God's Grace.
horseshoe is considered
very lucky and used to be hung in many homes to protect and attract
good fortune for the family residing inside. Horseshoes were also
considered lucky because they were made by blacksmiths, which is also
considered a very lucky trade. Because they worked with elemental fire
and magical iron, they were thought to have special powers.
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Rabbits and hares were considered very lucky animals as they were
associated with spring and the return of flowers and other plants.
Spring was also a time of fertility and so rabbits were considered good
luck to be seen running through the fields. To see a rabbit running
through your yard meant that it would be a good year to have children
or that your garden would be especially fertile this year.
The manner in which
rabbits run gave birth to the superstition about rabbit's feet.
Apparently their unusual stride makes the back feet touch the ground
ahead of their front feet and so the back feet were considered
Penny-Lots of superstitions
around money. Almost all forms of currency have at least one
superstition associated with them. The most common superstition heard
today, with respect to the penny, is the rhyming verse: "Find a penny,
pick it up, and all day long you'll have good luck."
have become a common tradition
at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners. The general rule is that
the wishbone is saved from the turkey or chicken dinner and dried
overnight. The next day, two people snap it while making a wish. Each
person uses their pinky finger to pull on an end. After the bone has
broken, the one with the larger bit is granted their wish.
- Blessing, Good Fortune, Good Luck
Fu is one of the most popular Chinese characters used in Chinese New
Year. It is often posted upside down on the front door of a house or an
apartment. The upside down fu means good luck came since the character
for upsite down in Chinese sounds the same as the character for came.
It used to mean official's salary in feudal China. Fengshui is believed
to be the Chinese way to health, wealth and happiness. If you are
interested in Fengshui, you may check out the book 'The Feng Shui Kit.'
Shou also means life, age or birthday.
- wealth, money
Chinese often say money can make a ghost turn a millstone. It is to say
money really can do a lot of things.
- lucky, auspicious, propitious
Hope all is well.
Goldfish - Throughout the different cultures all over the world, goldfish are considered the harbingers of prosperity, growth, wealth, power, long life, wisdom and peace. They are kept in bowls or ponds to bring good luck in homes and work places. As one of the 8 sacred symbols of Buddha, goldfish are symbolic of abundance, fertility and harmony in life. The ancient Egyptians believed them to be lucky omens that brought positivity in domestic situations, while the ancient Greek domesticated them to enhance good luck in relationships and marriages. The Chinese and Japanese also associate goldfish with growth and preservation of wealth and success.
|Acorn luck symbol
- The acorn is
considered to be an emblem of good luck, prosperity, youthfulness and
power, the acorn is a good luck symbol. The acorn may often also
represent spiritual growth. The Norse believed that acorns displayed on
a windowsill would protect a house from lightening. This may seem
somewhat trivial to many of us today but back in the day it was a
widely accepted idea.
|Keys - Three keys
worn together symbolise the unlocking of the doors to health, wealth
|Rainbow - Rainbows
are considered lucky by many people, because most people know that if
we find the end of the rainbow, we will find a nice big pot of gold.
mursunsydan ("heart of the walrus") is an ancient symbol used in
Northern Europe. It was especially popular in Lapland. Some say it was
used on Lappish shaman drums. The symbol originates from prehistoric
times and incorporates a swastika.
tursaansydÃ¤n was believed to bring good luck and
protect from curses, and was used as a decorative motif on wooden
furniture and buildings in Finland. During the 18th century the simple
swastika became more popular in Finnish wood decoration than the more
considered lucky by many peoples around the world, including the
Ancient cultures of Greece, Sumer, Egypt, and Rome. For Christians and
Native Americans, the dolphin is a symbol of protection, and it`s image
is said to bring good luck. The belief comes from the known fact that
ancient sailors who spent several months or years away from land, found
that seeing dolphins swimming around their ships to be the first clear
sign that land was near.
|Feathers are an
ancient charm for bringing good luck and they represent the journey of
the soul to the other realm.
have long been
considered lucky in chinese astrology. The tiger is also considered a
protector against several evils, including being robbed and fires.
the Native American culture, are considered to be good luck, because
they catch the negative parts of our dreams.
the aura, and also balances the yin and yang. It attracts compassion,
protects against evil influences, accidental injury and brings good
- The Hand has been a good luck symbol in a number of cultures all over the world,
including the Incas, Native Americans, Israelis, Greeks and Arabs. Charms shaped as the human
hand have been considered to be very potent heralders of good fortune. The symbol is seen
as representative of domination, strength, protection and spiritual power. Ancient Europeans
believed that holding hand up could protect against the evil eye (leading to the popular
adage ‘talk to my hand’). In Islam, The Hand of Fatima (daughter of Muhammad) is a good luck
charm, with the five fingers symbolic of faith, pilgrimage, prayer, fasting and charity. The Jews
believe that The Hand of Miriam charm would bring good fortune to the wearer.
Ladybug is a universal emblem of good luck and different cultures all over the world have long considered it to be a harbinger of prosperity. It is believed that landing of a live ladybug on you or wearing a ladybug talisman will free you from all problems and make your wishes come true. Moreover, it is said that bad luck befalls the one who kills a ladybug.
In the days of yore, farmers especially regarded the ladybug as a lucky omen and symbol of protection because it helped control the harmful pest population.