I was going through an old jewelry box the other day and came across a rabbit’s foot that I’ve had for I don’t know how long–at least a couple of decades. I can’t even remember how I ended up with it. Finding the foot reminded me that I had a lucky horseshoe somewhere in the house and a lucky penny in my wallet. I remember being told as a kid that these things brought good luck but no one had ever explained what they meant.
Lucky Rabbit’s foot– Rabbits and hares were considered very lucky animals as they were associated with spring and the return of flowers and other plants. Spring was also a time of fertility and so rabbits were considered good luck to be seen running through the fields. To see a rabbit running through your yard meant that it would be a good year to have children or that your garden would be especially fertile this year.
Four-Leaf Clover-is a symbol that means good luck to the person who finds one. What do the leaves symbolize?
One leaf is for FAITH…The second for HOPE… The third for LOVE… And the fourth for LUCK!
Horseshoe-The horseshoe is considered very lucky and used to be hung in many homes to protect and attract good fortune for the family residing inside. Horseshoes were also considered lucky because they were made by blacksmiths, which is also considered a very lucky trade. Because they worked with elemental fire and magical iron, they were thought to have special powers.
Lucky Penny-Lots of superstitions center around money. Almost all forms of currency have at least one superstition associated with them. The most common superstition heard today, with respect to the penny, is the rhyming verse: “Find a penny, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck.”
Goldfish – Throughout the different cultures all over the world, goldfish are considered the harbingers of prosperity, growth, wealth, power, long life, wisdom and peace. They are kept in bowls or ponds to bring good luck in homes and work places. As one of the 8 sacred symbols of Buddha, goldfish are symbolic of abundance, fertility and harmony in life. The ancient Egyptians believed them to be lucky omens that brought positivity in domestic situations, while the ancient Greek domesticated them to enhance good luck in relationships and marriages. The Chinese and Japanese also associate goldfish with growth and preservation of wealth and success.
Do you have a good luck….something that you’ve hung onto all these years?