Do you believe in luck? Do you hold onto certain superstitions? If so, it’s OK. In fact, millions of people do. For example, President Roosevelt carried a rabbit’s foot in his jacket and Napoleon carried a lucky coin.
Even people who don’t necessarily believe in luck or superstition still will knock on wood to ward off bad luck. Why? It’s probably something they’ve been doing since they were a kid and, well, why tempt fate?
The question then becomes, where do these myths come from and why do we still believe that the supernatural intervenes in our everyday lives?
Top 7 Lucky Charms (not to be confused with the magically delicious kind)
- 7 – Seven is considered a significant number by nearly every religion, culture, and civilization. (Hint: Use PCHSearch&Win to learn more).
- Horseshoe – Legend has it that a blacksmith, St. Dunstan, once nailed a horseshoe to the hoof of the devil, causing him to flee. Now, it is said to ward off evil. It’s considered to be especially lucky if it’s hung with seven nails.
- Rabbit’s foot – Considered lucky by the Celts (but not by the rabbits) as long ago as 600 B.C.E., the rabbit’s foot must come from a rabbit that possessed good qualities.
- Ladybugs – This tiny beetle is said to bring good luck and prosperity, especially if it lands on your hand.
- Kachina – These dolls represent the spirits of things in the real world to Native Americans. Inviting the doll’s spirit into one’s home and family is said to bring a good harvest.
- Knocking on wood – This probably dates back to the ancient belief in tree spirits.
- Four-leaf clover – About one in 10,000 clovers have four leaves, which represent hope, faith, love, and luck.
Worldwide, there is no shortage of lucky charms, superstitions, and other rituals practiced every day to either bring good fortune or ward off evil spirits. So what brings you good luck? Do you wear a lucky jersey or hat every time your favorite team plays? Do you follow the same routine every day when entering PCH sweepstakes ?
Regardless of what it is, we hope it works for you and that luck will always be able to find you.
P.S. Please, tell us below about your lucky charms – what are they and why do you believe they’re lucky!