HOW TO GET LUCKY!
Good Luck Charms From Around the World
| ||Is it any coincidence that celebrities (think Madonna) and sports superstars alike are great believers in good luck charms? Whether it’s a bracelet made from crystals, a Saint Christopher medal, or a Chinese lucky cat pendant, every culture has followed a belief in good luck symbols since ancient times. And with today’s topsy-turvy economy, everyone can use a little good fortune right now! |
A WEALTH OF LUCKY CHARMS
According to Richard Webster, author of more than 75 titles on New Age subjects including Spirit Guides & Angel Guardians and Creative Visualization for Beginners, lucky charms were originally spoken or sung, like the blessing a priest gives at the end of a service. But gradually, people came to believe that a solid object was more permanent.
Charms are worn to attract good luck, and almost anything can and has been used as a charm, from buttons and coins to four-leaf clovers from Ireland. Many charms have religious significance, such as fish, which have come to symbolize the Christian church. According to Webster, fish charms bring wealth and abundance. The ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol for everlasting life; it offers not only good luck but wards off disease, meaning that is can also be used as an amulet as well as a charm.
AMULETS AND TALISMANS: WARDING OFF THE EVIL EYE
People have worn amulets, an object that protects a person from trouble (Wikipedia), for thousands of years to protect them from bad luck. An amulet was originally a natural item such as an animal’s tooth or a semi-precious stone, but it can be any object intended to bring good luck to its owner and ward off the “evil eye.” Today’s amulets include medals, gems, statues, rings, bells, and medals; St. Jude is said to be the patron saint of police officers, and many wear or carry St. Jude medals.
According to William Callaway, - a retired American who spends his time in Thailand investigating and purchasing unique Buddhist amulets and lucky charms - in India, small bells are said to make demons flee by their sound in the wind or when a door or window opens. People in Thailand often wear more than one Buddha around their necks. Knots also make good amulets because they are believed to catch evil spirits.
Talismans are another form of lucky symbols that are intended to provide power, energy, and of course, good luck. Richard Webster writes that the most famous talisman is a six-pointed star, made from two overlapping triangles. According to Webster, the upward pointing triangle symbolizes fire, the sky, and male energy, and the downward facing triangle symbolizes, water, earth, and female energy. The Star of David is a talisman that represents both the Jewish culture and the nation of Israel.
THE AMAZING POWERS OF GEMSTONES AND CRYSTALS
People have been wearing or carrying gems and crystals as good luck charms for thousands of years. According to those who believe, each type of gemstone represents a different type of healing power, energy, or luck. Many people believe that their birthstones are their lucky charms, but experts recommend you pick a crystal or gem that appeals to you because of its color, shape, and beauty. Some crystals to consider: amber, which absorbs negativity and transforms it to positive energy; cat’s eye, which is said to bring happiness, luck, and serenity; garnet, which symbolizes love, devotion, commitment, and helps get rid of feelings of abandonment; and rose quartz, which attracts love and heals emotional wounds.
To find the lucky charms, amulets, or gems that will bring you good fortune, you can visit one of several websites devoted to alternative health and healing such as SelfGrowth.com, Llewellynjournal, and the California Astrology Society. While there will always be skeptics out there, lucky charms have been around for thousands of years in every country, culture, and religion, so why not give one a try? After all, it never hurts to get lucky!
Article Written By: Julie Mitchell; Julie is an accomplished writer from San Francisco who loves ballet, yoga, walking, cooking and reading. Her experience as a wife and mother of two lend to her articles and blogs for DivaVillage.com and VillageMAMA.com in the areas of wellness, fitness, beauty, parenting and food.