Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using well spoken words – this is good luck.
Human beings are very superstitious. There are a variety of lucky charms that are present in various cultures, but these lucky charms vary to a large extent from one place to the other. Here we bring to you some of the most popular good luck charms which most of us might not be aware of –
1 – Three-legged toads
Widely known as Jin Chan (or even as Chan Chu), or “money toad,” according to Chinese culture, these creatures are considered as a prosperity charm according to Feng Chui. It is believed that these animals have the ability to protect against bad luck and attract wealth.
2 – Fascina
It is believed that this lucky charm is capable of warding away “evil eye.” The fascinus—or the winged male penis—was always considered a good luck charm in the ancient Rome. Because it was considered as a divine embodiment of the phallus, the fascina was always associated with wings.
3 – Moles
Born in China, maculomancy is a form of art where the size, shape, as well as placement of the birthmarks along with the moles are considered to predict the future of a person. All the facial moles which are hidden in the eyebrows, beard or even hair are considered to be very lucky.
4 – Chimney sweeps
According to the legends, King George III ruling the British Empire during the 18th century once almost fell to the ground when the horses pulling his cart went out of control. He was saved only by the swift actions of a chimney sweep who ended up saving his life.
5 – Scarab beetles
Modeled after a dung beetle which has the exact same name, the scarab was a very popular amulet in ancient Egypt. The Egyptian people believe that Ra, who was their Sun god, rolled the entire sun across the heavens. The scarab beetle similarly had the habit of rolling dung which was pivotal to its gaining of a sacred status.
6 – Pigs
According to various European cultures, pigs are a symbol of prosperity and luck. During the period of Middle Ages, having lots of pigs symbolized that you were wealthy. This association is still present in our modern society where we tend to collect money in the piggy bank.
7 – Rudraksha nuts
The nut from the tree of Rudraksha is believed to be an ornament of the great Lord Shiva. It is believed that his tears which fell when he witnessed the pain and suffering in planet earth given rise to this tree. Worn in the form of earrings, necklaces and even bracelets, these nuts are believed to keep the person wearing it healthy as well as well-respected.
8 – Beckoning cats
The maneki-neko which is better known as the “beckoning cat,” is a Japanese lucky charm which is believed to bring a lot of wealth as well as good fortune. The cat which is traditionally known as a calico Japanese Bobtail has one or both of is paws raised to make the beckoning gesture.
9 – Swastikas
10 – Touching wood
Among many Western cultures, it is believed that touching or knocking on a piece of wood can attract a lot of good luck. This belief is known to be originated from the pagan times when people worshipped trees believing that they had various magical powers.