Good luck charms come in a variety of ways. Some may have
a penny in each loafer, like I did in the sixties. Some
may pick up every penny they see on the ground. Some may
study it, as they bend down. Since, if it is facing up,
then you will have good luck. If it is facing down, the
‘omen’ may be that you won’t have any luck. Just as when
you hang a horse shoe, don’t ever hang it facing down! This
means your luck will be ‘draining out.’
Every culture that I can think of has some kind of tradition
or superstition that some members of it, follow. Now, I have
met many people who feel no fears of walking under a ladder,
opening their umbrella, in the house as they step out into
a torrent of rain or don’t worry a bit, if a black cat passes
in front of them.
I have a picture of my Dad in a little pocket of my car, by
the dashboard. I also have a Las Vegas poker chip (given to
me by a friend who has been there and won big stakes) stored
in another part of my car. I have yet to travel there, but
have a cousin, Heather, who I could stay with, when I go. I
also have a little silver ladybug, who is in my luggage, to
keep me ‘safe’ and give me ‘safe travel mercies.’ My parents
had a St. Christopher medal hanging on their rearview mirror.
I never store a purse, sell one or give one away without a
penny stuck in each one of them. I particularly save the years
of my three children’s birthdays. I suppose, for me, “Pennies
from Heaven” would explain this purse tradition.
I was very excited when someone gave me a list of talisman for
many different areas of the world. It is not the sum of all of
them, I am sure! This will, at least, get you started.
Here is the lovely list given to me:
1. Bumble Bee- for luck and prosperity.
2. Anchor- for hope and optimism.
3. Egyptian Ankh- for health, wealth and longer life.
4. Mushroom- good things to come.
Are we sure this didn’t just come from the ‘stoners’
in the sixties and seventies? Party on!
5. Pig- for wealth.
6. Owl- for wisdom and truth
Now, I understand why people collect owls and pigs!
7. Grecian key- for knowledge and opportunity.
You see on Greek sororities and fraternities, a symbol
of a key. Now, you know what the significance behind
this. We had Key Club in high school, where students who
were wishing to be prepared to become leaders, joined.
8. Horseshoe- for protection and luck.
9. Rooster- for good fortune and justice.
10. Thor’s Hammer- for success in adversity.
11. Pole Star- for guidance and safety.
12. Japanese Frog- for safe travel.
13. Four leaf clover- for luck and happiness.
This goes hand in hand, with shamrocks, which is an
Irish tradition for good luck, too. Happy St. Patrick’s
Day, to you all!
14. Buddha’s Shell- for fortune and sanctity.
15. Elephant- for luck.
I always thought this should include the trait of
memory? Like an elephant never forgets. But this was
not included in this talismans’ list of qualities.
16. Turtle- for wisdom.
17. Lion- for a long life.
18. Horse- for achievement and happiness.
This also I thought would include some kind of racing
reference… like being quick?
19. Eye of Horus- for health and wealth.
20. Sun- for awareness and enlightenment.
21. Dolphin- for friendship.
I feel we, as humans, have an affinity for animals. I
can definitely understand why we would show respect for
the creatures of the world.
Hope that this list will have given you something to
think about. If you have a special token or charm that
you carry around with you, please let us know. I would
like to hear about the significance, if there is a
culture or tradition tied to it, or any other details.
I was surprised that the list that was given to me, did
not include a rabbit. As in a rabbit’s foot used to be
put on key chains and by rubbing one, you were supposed
to get good luck. Probably the whole idea of it seems
horrifying, nowadays, since we have the prevention of
cruelty to animals. But, my uncle, who was a hunter and
a high school biology teacher, would have said,
“What’s the big deal? You have to cut the feet off and
skin it, to be able to have rabbit stew!”
Good luck and “May the Road Rise Up to Greet You!”
Last year’s post around this time, I had a nice St. Patrick’s
Day blessing included, you may wish to check out.