Everyone wants to lead a happy and contented life without any sadness and sufferings in life. No one wishes to be surrounded by pain, sorrow and misery all the time. Hence it is a common practice to enquire from the people around us as to what things can result in a good or a bad fortune. Good luck charms are meant for bringing in good fortune, good time and prosperity to an individual. Good luck charms take off negative energy from one’s life by acting as a protective force against all the bad influences that pose as a serious deterrent to one’s success in life. The use of good luck charms also depends upon a person’s self belief.
Following are some of the good luck charms that hep you in attracting good fortune towards you.
- The Rabbit’s Foot: This good luck charm is very famous in the American culture. There was a time in the past when this charm was considered a mere superstition, especially in the Afro-American origin. It was considered that the left hind foot of the rabbit should be rubbed so as to attract good luck to you because the people thought that when a rabbit ran, its left hind feet was the one that went ahead of the front ones. The hind foot was hence considered lucky and it is also considered as a source of protective magic.
- The Swastika: This good luck charm is a combination of four L’s that actually stands out for luck, light, love, and life. Indians used it earlier as a charm to repel the negative energy and for good luck. It is also said to bring prosperity, long life to the possessor. This charm is very much followed in the Hindu religion and will almost be found in every Hindu home in some form or the other. Its use by the Nazis in the Second World War caused some damage to its reputation in the west as a symbol of luck.
- The Horseshoe: This good luck charm has a reason to believe that the crescent shape of the horseshoe resembles somewhat to the Moon goddess of ancient Europe and so the horseshoe is said to be invoked by the goddess herself. People who use horseshoe by placing it in the upward direction believe that it must be put facing it upwards or the good luck will run out from your side. There are places and religions where the opposite happens and it is being placed downwards. The people in these religions say that the horseshoe must be pointed downwards so that it can pour down the good luck to you.
- Abracadabra: This good luck charm was used earlier in Rome where it was said to give benefit against diseases and death. People believed that the letters of the word which actually is magical triangle is used for aches and fever. The letters of this word are to be written on a piece of paper and then folded into the shape of a cross. It is then worn for nine days around the neck before the sun rises. This good luck charm was also used during the Great Plague in the year 1965.
- Four-Leaf Clover: This good luck charm has a leaf arrangement in sets of three. The four-leafed clover is found in very rare cases and is hence considered very lucky. This four-leafed clover must be plucked and kept in to bring continuous luck. A popular tradition states that an unwed woman looking for a husband should find and then eat a four leaf clover. The next man she sees will be her future husband.
- The Wishbone: The hen and the rooster were popular in ancient times. The hen crackled when she laid an egg and the cock crowed at the beginning of the day. This was the time when the fowls had special powers and could also answer human questions. After the hen oracle was performed, the fowl was sacrificed to a special god. Its collarbone was saved and hung in the sun to dry. The name was then given to it and hence named wishbone. There are two ends of this wishbone and then the person holding the longer end was believed to grant you the wish.