Friday the 13th is considered by many as one of the unluckiest days of the year. If you feel worried about the unpleasant surprises the day has for you, there’s one easy way to protect yourself from those bad vibes: wear a lucky charm. We’ve listed down 13 popular charms known to inspire positivity and attract good luck.
1. Four-leaf clovers
Considered as an ancient Irish symbol of good fortune, four-leaf clovers were supposed to have mystical powers, with each leaf representing faith, hope, love, and luck. Some say the four leaves stand for fame, wealth, love, and health. Chances of finding a four-leaf clover are 1 to 10,000.
Horseshoes are one of the most popular good luck symbols of the Western world, with a long history of being a protective charm. The horseshoe has always been an auspicious symbol that’s quite common in Egyptian iconography, as well as Islamic art. It is believed that an old horseshoe found by chance is more powerful than a newly-purchased one.
3. Rabbit’s Foot
Lucky rabbit’s foot keychains, whether real or faux, are popular symbols for luck and protection. This belief traditionally came from hoodoo magic. Strong believers of this superstition say it has to be the left hind foot of the rabbit, carried in the left pocket. This good luck charm was particularly popular among gamblers.
4. Daruma Doll
This strange looking Japanese doll with blank eyes is believed to be very auspicious. When you receive or purchase a Daruma doll, you need to make a specific wish or set a clear goal. Concentrate on your wish or goal as you fill its right eye with black ink. When your wish comes true or your goal is attained, you full in its left eye with black ink.
5. Lucky Cat (Maneki Neko)
Maneki Neko, also known as the “beckoning cat”, is the famous Japanese lucky cat with its raised right paw representing good luck and wealth. It is believed to bring riches and good fortune to its owner and has become somewhat of a phenomenon in the Western world. Aside from statues, it’s not uncommon to find coin banks, key chains, and tattoos of this lovable auspicious cat.
6. Hamsa Hand
Also known as the Hand of Fatima, the Hamsa Hand has become one a popular good luck symbol worldwide. A common symbol in both Jewish and Muslim cultures, it is known to protect the owner from the evil eye, bring happiness to the household, and prosperity to places of business.
Dreamcatchers come from Native American traditions. It looks like a web of strings stretched over a loop, and decorated with beads and feathers. They are believed to attract all dreams and trap nightmares. Good dreams pass through it and slide through the feathers to go to the person sleeping. The bad ones dissolve and disappear when daylight comes.
8. Laughing Buddha
The Laughing Buddha is a popular symbol of abundance and happiness that’s cherished all over the world. He is commonly found in homes, restaurants, and places of businesses. Known as the “Buddha of Wealth”, it is believed that he will bring wealth and prosperity to a household or business.
Also known as the Egyptian Cross, the Ankh is a symbol of life itself. It represents eternal life and signifies wisdom and profound insight. It is also regarded as a sacred symbol of fertility and creation that’s widely used as an amulet in Ancient Egypt.
In the olden days, the English used to carry dry acorns for protection during the Norman Conquest. Acorns were considered by many to be a symbol of luck, prosperity, and power.
Various cultures regard eggs as a symbol of fertility, purity, and rebirth. It is considered lucky to give an egg as a gift. A brown egg is associated with not just good luck but also happiness. In ancient times, eggs are used to encourage the growth of crops, protect cattle, and also ward off the evil eye.
Due to their high levels of intelligence and memory, many regard elephants as representations of wisdom and are considered auspicious. In many Asian cultures, elephants are associated with longevity and strength, aside from wisdom. In India, the elephant-headed god Ganesh is the remover of obstacles and bringer of luck.
Across time and cultures, many people including Egyptians, Chinese, and Native Americans have utilized various crystals to focus energy, bring good luck, attract love, and for protection against bad luck. It is thought that crystals emit energy fields that can encourage positive physical and mental health.
Whether you’re a firm believer or not, everyone can use a bit of good luck, so there’s no harm in carrying around a lucky charm in your pocket or putting a fortune-bringing cat in your home. Got a lucky idea to share? We’d love to hear them in the comments section below.by