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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Good Luck Charm

Throughout history every culture and religion has had symbols, talismans, amulets and charms they believed to hold, or call, good luck to the owner.  The belief in the good luck charm is deeply rooted in the human psyche. The subconscious effect of warding off the negative and pulling the positive to us impacts daily life even today.

Being superstitious is part of being human, it's an elemental part of our genes to think about the future, to wonder about risky choices and grab onto a "blessing" if we can. We see it in the sports figures who don't shave or wear the same socks when on a winning streak.

Legends of The Star symbol being used for good luck date back to the time of Pythagoras who is said to have created the symbol to mean "perfection." Ancient people believed the stars could tell your fate, and by wearing a star charm you would be blessed with good luck and fortune.

The Horseshoe is another old symbol of good luck that was used to prevent the "evil eye" from entering a person's life or home. Placing the horseshoe over a doorway with the ends facing up is meant to keep all well under its arch. Although I don't consider myself a very superstitious person, when I designed my diamond wedding ring, I made it in the shape of a horseshoe and my engagement ring fits inside. I wear it with the opening to me, so all that good luck stays inside when my hand in down at my side and the good vibes flow toward me! (I'll be married 26 years this November...I guess the design didn't hurt!)

From the Old Celtic belief that finding a four-leaf clover will bring fame, wealth, health and love, to carrying an acorn in your pocket to make you attractive to the opposite sex, all these good luck symbols are a part of who we are as humans. (Although I'll never understand how a Rabbit's foot makes the list of lucky charms, it certainly wasn't lucky for the rabbit!)

Never being one to turn down the idea of bringing a little good luck into my life, I was instantly drawn to a display of these Voodoo Talismans on my vacation last week. I thought these little keychains were fun and quirky and just the kind of thing I need right now. Of course, I was drawn to the purple one, and "lucky" for me, this one is to "whip" away the negative and give the owner self-confidence, the power to move forward and good luck. Yup, that's what I need!

How about you? Do you have a good luck penny in your wallet? A medallion on your dashboard?


  1. No, but I sure could use one. lol.

    I love the way you designed your wedding ring. That's very cool! And it works. :)

  2. I don't have one. My mom just passed down her wedding rings to me since they have fit her in years and my grandmother had told her it was always better to pass on heirlooms when you could remember and make the memories. I'm hoping they become my good luck charm. I don't imagine I will be seen without them around my neck except when I am sleeping or showering.

    I think we all want to believe in the power of magic and charms. I know I sure do!

  3. I absolutely believe that we can surround ourselves with "things" that have meaning to us and inspire us. Mine are usually in the form of coffee cups. And pens. And journals.

    My daughters love those voodoo dolls. When we went on vacation last week, I think they acquired 3 all together. I didn't mind so much--I loved the little messages on them about how they could inspire them.

    It's a tough world sometimes--I think we all need to take inspiration where we can find it.


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