Humans have been superstitious from the beginning of civilization. Though we’ve come a long way from there, we still believe a supernatural force will protect us from everything evil. Good luck charms or good luck symbols or lucky amulets are believed to bring health, wealth and keep evil away from us. These 9 most powerful good luck charms are quite popular and we are sure you must have heard of the before.
#9 Dream Catcher
A dream catcher is hung on the window and works like a sifter. It is supposed to let good dreams pass and stop bad dreams. According to a Native American legend, when the grandson of an old woman named Nakomi tried to kill a spider, which was building its web in her house for a long time, Nakomi protected it. Grateful to Nakomi, the spider built a fresh web on her window, promising her it will keep the good dreams and will send away bad dreams. It is one of the most powerful good luck charms and also popular.
#8 Three Legged Toad
According to Chinese belief, the three-legged toad also known as Jin Chan brings wealth and prosperity. It is said if you put a Chinese coin in its mouth and put it in the corner of your room, you’ll be blessed with affluence and happiness. But, never face the frog towards a door which leads outside. It may result in the opposite.
#7 Beckoning Cat
Beckoning Cat or Maneki-neko is a popular Japanese good luck charm. A popular Japanese folktale says, a poor inn owner once saved a starving stray cat. Despite having very little food for himself, he fed the cat. In gratitude, the cat stations outside the inn and beckons new guests to the inn. This is why the beckoning cat is often placed at the entrance of the shop and it has one paw raised as if summoning people.
#6 Worry Dolls
These dolls are no more than 2 inches tall, are made of colorful wool and textile leftovers and dressed in Mayan style. It is believed that if you share your worry or sadness with the doll and sleep with it then the doll will take away your worry or unhappiness.
#5 Lady Bug
In many cultures, lady bug is considered a sign of good luck. If you ever see lady bug, then don’t kill it as it is said that killing a lady bug may bring bad luck. Not all lady bugs are considered as well. Lady bug in deeper red color with a lot of dots is considered luckier than a lady bug in lighter red color or with lesser dots.
Horseshoe is considered one of the most powerful good luck charms. According to an ancient belief, it is believed that fairies and devil are scared of iron touch. Placing a horseshoe at the entrance of your home wards of evil and brings prosperity. However, never place a horseshoe horns facing downwards.
#3 Laughing Buddha
According to Feng Shui, Laughing Buddha or Traveling Buddha is a good luck symbol that brings wealth to your home. While you may find Laughing Buddha in various sizes and materials, always buy a statue that has a height of 2-3 feet and is made of wood, metal or porcelain. Always place Laughing Buddha at the entrance of your home in west-facing position.
#2 Evil Eye
One of the most popular good luck charm found around the world is evil eye. Also known as Nazar Boncugu, it is believed in Turkey that wearing an evil eye can protect you from evil. You will notice evil eyes hanging just like chimes at home or office entrances in Turkey.
#1 Four-Leaf Clover Charms
The ancient Irish or the Celtics considered the Four-Leaf Clover as lucky and the belief still exists. The Celts believed that a four-leaf clover could help them see fairies and avoid their mischief, a common source of bad luck. They believed the four leaves stand for faith, hope, love, and luck.
These are just some of the most powerful good luck charms. Number 8, 7, rabbit hind legs and fuzzy dice are some more good luck symbols that can be added to our good luck charms list.
Have you carried any good luck charms for money, health or to ward off evil? Leave comment below.
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