GOOD LUCK TRINKETS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Added on: 18th Mar 2016
Out of the many Buddha statues out there, the laughing Buddha
is especially lucky because it uses his spiritual wealth to bring
you material wealth. Feng Shui recommends placing one in the
west part of your home to bring health and wealth.
Cultures around the world are familiar with the throwing of a coin
into a well or fountain. Occasionally tossing a coin into a well
is said to placate the gods and keep the well from going dry.
If you look at your reflection in a still pool, make a wish and
toss in a coin for your wish to be granted.
Besides the laughing Buddha, the three-legged toad is one of
the most common good luck charms in some Asian cultures.
Most statues come with a coin in the toad’s mouth which must
feature the Chinese characters pointing upwards. Never point
the toad towards a door leading to the outside of your home.
Many people believe walking under a ladder propped up against
a wall brings bad luck. This is because walking under a ladder is
said to break the unity of the three-member unit represented
by a triangle, either the family (two parents and a child) or the
Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). If you do walk under a ladder,
fix your luck by crossing your fingers and spitting through its
rungs three times. (Bonus fact! Ancient Egyptians included
ladders in dead peoples’ tombs to help them reach heaven.)
The cat’s eye is a special gemstone said to repel the Evil Eye and
clear obstacles in one’s life. Gamblers frequently wear or have
them to prevent losses as they’re said to prevent unseen
The main way to unlock anything from a heart to a door, the key
has been a good luck charm for longer than most. Ancient Greeks
and Romans believed a lucky key unlocked the door to the gods,
allowing one’s prayers to reach their ears. In Japanese culture,
it’s lucky to have three keys tied together as they will unlock
the doors to health, wealth, and love.
Elephants are good luck symbols any place they roam, especially
in India where the god Ganesha is the remover of obstacles and
bringer of luck. An image near one’s front door of two elephants
facing each other with their trunks facing up is said to welcome
visitors to one’s home. Due to their intelligence and long-lives,
they also represent wisdom and longevity.
Four-leaf clovers are firmly tied to the Irish and considered
lucky anywhere you find them. St. Patrick originally used
a three-leaf clover to represent the Holy Trinity and Irish Druids
used it as a good luck charm (due to its triangular shape)
before Christianity came to the Emerald Isle. Your odds of
finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000, but, if you
do find one, the four leaves represent hope, faith, love, and luck.