Lucky charms: some people swear by them, and others think that they’re silly. But regardless of whether it’s possible to influence Lady Luck with a rabbit’s foot or a cuddly pig, lucky charms can affect your attitude and can be a lot of fun. And if you are having fun and feeling more positive, your attitude can make you luckier, too! So if you don’t have a favorite lucky charm already, check out these popular symbols to see if any inspire you.
Lucky Four-Leaf Clover Charms
Four-leaf clovers are an ancient Irish symbol of luck. The Celts believed that a four-leaf clover could help them see fairies and avoid their mischief, which was believed to be a common source of bad luck.
The four leaves were supposed to have mystical powers representing faith, hope, love, and luck. Another legend has them standing for fame, wealth, health and faithful love.
There are many variations of clover that have four leaves as a matter of course, but the lucky ones come from the white clover plant, also called Trifolium repens.
True four-leaf clovers are rare, with only about one in 10,000 plants carrying the lucky leaves. A Scientific America video on finding four-leaf clovers offers proven ways to improve your odds.
To know you’ve found a true four-leaf clover, look out for one leaflet that is smaller than the other three. If all four leaflets are the same size, you are probably looking at the wrong variety of clover.
If you’d like to have a four-leafed lucky charm, you don’t have to spend a lot of time trekking through fields of clover. There are a lot of fun crafts that let you make them yourself.
Lucky Horseshoe Charms
Horseshoes are one of the most popular lucky superstitions, with various legends attributed to giving them their lucky powers.
One legend says that horseshoes are lucky because they were traditionally made of iron. Mischievous fairies could not stand the touch of iron, so they shied away from houses that were adorned with it.
Another legend attributes lucky horseshoes to Saint Dunstan, a historical figure who died in 988 AD. According to the legend, Dunstan, who was a blacksmith, was commanded by the devil to shoe his horse. Instead, Dunstan nailed a horseshoe to the devil’s foot and refused to remove it and ease the devil’s pain until he received a guarantee that the devil would stay away from any house with a horseshoe on the door. Thus, any house with a horseshoe was guaranteed to be lucky.
Whatever the legend’s background, horseshoes make a fun lucky symbol to hang on the door of your home or computer room (just make sure that the points face up so that the horseshoe can fill with luck). Or use horseshoe stickers to decorate your computer (making sure you don’t cover the ventilation slats).
Lucky Dice (Fuzzy or Otherwise) Charms
Considering how many games of chance are played with dice, it’s no surprise that they have become a symbol of luck. But compared to some of the lucky charms on this list, fuzzy dice are a relatively recent invention.
During World War II, fighter pilots would fly missions with terrible odds of coming home again. They would bring their own lucky charms with them in the hopes of tipping the odds of a safe return in their favor. Gambling items like cards and, yes, dice were popular aboard the fighter planes.
Knowing the WWII tradition, Deccofelt Corp started marketing fuzzy dice to hang on the rearview mirrors of cars in 1959, and a fad was born.
If you want to use fuzzy dice as your talisman, you could sew yourself a pair or buy a bunch of brightly-colored dice and hot-glue them to your monitor or the edge of your desk.
Ladybugs as Good Luck Charms
Ladybugs are popular insects worldwide and many cultures believe that they bring luck. In German-speaking countries, they are literally called lucky bugs: “Glueckskaefer”
How can a ladybug make you luckier? Some cultures say that if a ladybug lands on you and you don’t brush it off, your luck will improve. Others say that if a man and a woman see a ladybug at the same time, they’ll fall in love. in Belgium, a ladybug crawling across a maiden’s hand was a sign that she would be married soon. A large number of ladybugs in the spring was an indication to farmers that there would be a good harvest.
And all ladybugs are not created equal in the luck department; the deeper red their color and the more spots they have, the luckier you’ll be!
If you want to be luckier, be careful around these cheerful-looking insects, since killing a ladybug can bring you misfortune.
Ladybugs are cute, and they can make excellent lucky symbols. Some ideas for ladybug charms include creating a cute ladybug pot for your computer desk, painting rocks to look like ladybugs, or having fun with other ladybug crafts.
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