Lucky charms, superstitions, and knots… oh my!

Shelly Beraza
Social Media and Web Manager

There are thousands of lucky charms from all around the world; they can be animals, plants, weather occurrences and more. There are also plenty of reasons for specific lucky charms that most would find odd or interesting.

In Feng Shui, a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy,  there are good luck charms that can be placed in a house for wealth, health, happiness and more. For example, a mystic knot is great for a happy life and great fortune. A mystic knot is made by tying six infinity knots together (a figure 8) and placing it in the southwest or southeast part of a home.

Feng Shui also considers wood or ceramic sculptures and paintings of turtles, pine trees, cranes and peaches placed in the eastern part of a home help to bring longevity and harmony to one’s life.

Some animals that bring good luck to people are turtles (ward away black magic), crickets (alert nearby danger), dolphins (protection), pigs (wealth), in America we consider black cats to be unlucky while in Japan they are lucky creatures and the red bat (long life). Mind you that none of these have to be live animals to bring luck, but small sculptures, charms or keychains.

Some plants like the four-leaved clover (luck), bamboo (friendship) and acorns (protects from lightning), do well placed within the home or by the front door.

Objects that can be considered lucky can include dream catchers (stave away nightmares), red lanterns (luck in the Chinese culture), horseshoes (power over evil), coins that are found heads up and placed in a left pocket. A pot of gold found at the end of a rainbow are extremely lucky if they can ever be found.

There are even insects, including spiders (good luck for weavers) that represent good charms for people if they’re found in or near a home.

While we can’t list the thousands of lucky charms throughout the world, it’s likely that somewhere in every home is a lucky charm that’s hidden away and brings luck to those that walk through the red doored (brings good fortune) entry.

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Lucky charms, superstitions, and knots… oh my!

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