Have you ever tried to win an online competition based purely on luck? If so you might well have given some thought to a lucky charm. Many people rely on these to bring about some form of inspiration. Whether they work or not remains to be seen; however, this doesn’t prevent people from putting an element of faith or belief in them. In this blog we will take a look at some of the more common lucky charms and where they originate from.
Four Leaf Clover
Four leaf clovers originate from Ireland and is a variation from the more common three leaf clover. The earliest mention of this lucky charm dates back to around 1640. The Irish strongly believe that finding one of these would bring about varying amounts of good luck. Each of the four leaves represents love, luck, faith and hope. The four leaf clover is definitely very rare, being found in something close to one in ten-thousand plants. It is usual that one of the leaves are slightly smaller than the other three. Trinkets are often made to represent these, and people carry them around with them. Often, they will “call on them” to provide an element of luck in gambling situations.
There are a number of legends as to why people believe horseshoe charms are thought to bring good luck. One particular legend refers to fairies being scared off by the iron that horseshoes are made of. Which in turn brings about good luck. Another legend talks about the link between lucky horseshoes and St Dunstan. The devil had requested St Dunstan to re-shoe it’s cloven hoof. The legend continues that St Dunstan only agreed to remove the shoe and help the devil’s pain if he agreed never ever to enter a doorway that featured a horseshoe. Since that time horseshoes have become a symbol of good luck when hung on a door. The shoe itself needs to point upwards, enabling it to fill with good luck.
Different cultures around the world believe that the ladybug insect can bring good luck. Some people believe that if a ladybug lands on you that you shouldn’t remove it and you will be the recipient of good luck. Others insist that it can bring about true love, if a man and woman see the ladybug at the exact same time. Some farmers also believe in the power of ladybugs to influence the quality of their crops. Seeing a large number of the insects during spring months can mean that farms will have a great harvest that year. In general, the appearance of the ladybug also determines how much luck is bestowed. The darker red they are then it is suggested that more luck will come. In addition, the greater number of spots also the luckier a person will be. Commercially the ladybug is often re-created into a large number of lucky charms, including rocks, stones, children’s toys and other crafts.
We will look at some more luck charms in the next part to this blog post.