Does anyones else feel that they could use a little more luck in their lives? DO any of you have that one thing that will boost your day, or the one thing you can rub and magically everything would get better? So do I, and I am going to list some objects and their histories on why they are purported to be lucky.
The first lucky charm is an object that is fairly well known, especially those who love asian food. The Maneki-Neko, or the Beckoning Cat. This cat originates in Japan, and is said to bring good fortune and wealth. This cat is modeled after the Calico Japanese Bobtail, and has either one or both hands up in a welcoming gesture; the paw is turned to the door of a home or business to bring in luck.
Believe it or not, Bert, from Mary Poppins, was telling the truth when he says chimney sweeps are lucky. And like Mary Poppins, this superstition resides in England. There was a rumor that King George III almost was killed in a carriage accident when one of his horses was spooked. The only person who had the gumption to stop the horses was a chimney sweep. King George was so impressed and grateful, he declared that sweeps were lucky!
This charm is one we all recognize as a symbol of hate and murder. But, before Adolf Hitler warped its meaning, the swastika was a sign of love, light, and luck in Eastern civilizations. The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit word “svastika,” and translates as ‘lucky or auspicious object.” It is still seen as lucky by people who practice Hinduism, Buddhism or Jainism.
In India, they say people who carry a Cat’s Eye stone will have their wealth protected for all time. This stone is usually light in color and has and even light line going down the stone, making the stone look lie a cat’s eye. Cat’s have always been see an lucky creatures, in Egypt, Byzantium, Thailand, and many more countries, soit’s now wonder having a cat’s eye with you would be seen as lucky.
Crocodile teeth are used in African cultures to bring luck when gambling because those teeth are said to bring wealth. These teeth also have a history of finding their way into voodoo, mojo bags to bring good fortune and luck to whoever hold it.
The last lucky charm is a Western tradition: knocking on wood. This practice goes back to pagan times; Tree spirits, or dryads, were said to live inside of trees and were believed to have the power to heal the sick and give out blessings of good fortune. If a person knocked on a dryad’s tree, and whispered their wish to it, then the dryad would be able to put the person’s wish in motion.