There are many signs and symbols from around the world that are seen as Good Luck Symbols. Others are thought to bring good fortune to the people that possess them. Some believe these symbols can grant wishes or even heal the sick. There are also several symbols for warding off evil and curses.
Cultural 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 believe that “luck is mere luck” rather than a property of a person or thing. Lucky symbols are popular worldwide and take many forms.
Here are some of the most popular good luck symbols.
|Four 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-The 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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|Lucky Rabbit’s foot– 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 especially lucky.
|Lucky Penny-Lots of superstitions centers 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.”|
|Wishbones 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.||Fu – 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 upside down in Chinese sounds the same as the character for came.
|Lu – Prosperity
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 – Longevity
Shou also means life, age or birthday.
|Cai – 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.
|Ji – lucky, auspicious, propitious
Hope all is well.