Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lucky Charms

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Thirteen Lucky Charms
1- Acorns
In Norse folklore, both the Acorn and its bearer, the oak tree, bring good fortune.
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Thor, the god who created thunder and lightning with his great anvil and hammer. Because the oak tree attracted lightning, it was sacred to Thor. Thus they believed that the Acorn, the fruit of the oak tree, was always spared the god's wrath, and so they began putting a lone Acorn on their windowsills to protect their houses from lightning's wrath.
2- Rainbows
Rainbows are considered lucky, because we all know, if we find the end of the Rainbow, there will be a pot of gold
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3- Dolphins
Dolphins are considered lucky in many different cultures, including the Ancient cultures of Greece, Sumer, Egypt, and Rome.
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For Christians and Native Americans, the Dolphin is a symbol of protection, and its image is said to bring good luck. Ancient sailors who spent months or even years out of sight of land, found the sight of Dolphins swimming around their ships to be the first sign that land was near.
4- Turtles are believed to have Power over all kinds of Bad Magic.
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A Turtle symbolizes mother and Mother Earth. Turtles are also said to symbolize Longevity and one's Hope and Wish for a long life.
5- A Buddha charm or statue is thought of as being lucky, especially if you rub the Buddha's belly.
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6- Dream Catchers
Dream catchers, from Native American culture, are considered good luck, because they catch the negative images from dreams.
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The Legend of the Dream Catcher
A spider was quietly spinning his web in his own space. It was beside the sleeping space of Nokomis, the grandmother. Each day, Nokomis watched the spider at work, quietly spinning away. One day as she was watching him, her grandson came in. "Nokomis-iya!" he shouted, glancing at the spider. He stomped over to the spider, picked up a shoe and went to hit it. "No-keegwa," the old lady whispered, "don't hurt him."
"Nokomis, why do you protect the spider" asked the little boy. The old lady smiled, but did not answer.
When the boy left, the spider went to the old woman and thanked her for saving his life. He said to her, "For many days you have watched me spin and weave my web. You have admired my work. In return for saving my life, I will give you a gift." He smiled his special spider smile and moved away, spinning as he went. Soon the moon glistened on a magical silvery web moving gently in the window. "See how I spin" he said. "See and learn, for each web will snare bad dreams. Only good dreams will go through the small hole. This is my gift to you. Use it so that only good dreams will be remembered. The bad dreams will become hopelessly entangled in the web."
7- The Number Seven
The number Seven is considered lucky by many different cultures and religions.
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In Christianity- *Seven represents self-sacrifice and higher virtue. It appears repeatedly in Scripture in such things as the seven lamps of the temple, seven wise and seven foolish virgins, and Christ's feeding of the multitude with five loaves and two fishes. The early church taught that belief in God brings seven gifts: wisdom, understanding, honor, glory, blessings, strength, and godliness. 
*It is believed that the seventh son of a seventh son has the power of healing and that the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter has the gift of interpreting dreams. 
 *In the mythology of Japan, there are also Seven Gods of Fortune.
8- Horseshoe
PhotobucketA Horseshoe symbolizes good luck, power of evil, good fortune and fertility.


Some legends say, that a Horseshoe "'Pointing Up" will gather your Luck, whereas "Pointing Down" it will shower you with Luck.


9- Four Leaf Clover
PhotobucketThe Four Leaf Clover is a popular Western symbol of luck, probably due to its association with St. Patrick's Day
Four-leaf clovers do exist, they just are not as common as the three-leaf variety. If you find one, it's considered good luck. Legend goes that when Eve had to leave paradise she took a four-leafed Clover along for Good Luck.

10- A Wishing Well
A wishing well is a place where you toss a coin (another symbol of good luck) and make a wish.
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*The ancients believed that a token gift to the gods would keep the wells from running dry. Many believed that the gods of the sea could be kept happy if a few coins were occasionally thrown their way. *A custom observed all over the world, says that if you look for your reflection in the water and then make a wish after throwing a coin into it, the wish will be granted. But when in Rome, remember that their sea gods will accept no less than three coins.




11- Sapphire
The sapphire has been a symbol of good luck since the most ancient of times.
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* The Greeks believed that to wear the sapphire was to invite the favor of the gods. * In the ancient Middle East, this blue stone was believed to have supernatural powers. It was said to have been the centerpiece of King Solomon's ring. * In India, it has the power to bring health and wealth. * Among its other powers in other parts of the world are the ability to repel spiders, to protect virgins and to turn away envy.

12- Cat's Eye
PhotobucketThe Cat's Eye clears all obstacles and helps one to move ahead in life. It also wards off the Evil Eye, Ghosts, Spirits and negative planetary influences.


*In India, if one carries a cat's-eye stone, fortune will never diminish. Among gamblers, it is thought to bring luck in games of chance. * It protects one from unforeseen losses in business or profession, and ensures financial stability, by guarding the owner's wealth.

13- Ladybugs
The Ladybug is considered a harbinger of good luck and prosperity. It shall free you from day to day problems.
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*Wearing a Ladybug amulet or having a live one land on you will brighten your day, give you patience with those around you, and most importantly, lessen your burdens. *Killing a Ladybug is considered bad luck. *If one lands on you when you are ill, it takes any illness away. *If a Ladybug lands on your hand and then flies away, it said to be good weather on the following Sunday.

20 comments:

Heather said...

And now I have the four-leaf clover song in my head--which is not one of those I included in my list today. Great post, Adelle!

Rogue said...

#5 has always been good for me :) Happy T13!

Shelley Munro said...

I hadn't heard of some of these, but I could do with a ladybird or two to visit me today :)

The Long and the Short of It Reviews said...

We get thousands of ladybugs here in the fall ... maybe THAT is when I should buy my lottery tickets? *G*

Our TT is here: LASR Thursday 13

Hazel said...

Wish on a four-leaf clover... Foolish Beat beats in my head right now. I used to chase ladybugs when I was a little girl because of the stories around it that my Mom told me.

CountryDew said...

Wow, I was in bed this morning thinking I needed a good luck charm to change some bad things in my life and here you offer me a list of 13! Thank you!

Jennifer Leeland said...

See, you always have cool stuff I've never heard about on your blog.
I didn't know that about the acorn. What a great myth!
And I'd heard the dream catcher story but it's been a while. Nice to be reminded.
Happy St. Paddy's day, my friend.

colleen said...

Gross, but I remember as a kid people thought a rabbits foot was good luck! I remember seeing one on a key chain and asking why.

I have 3 four leaf clovers but none of those were "found." Cheating, I know.

allstarme said...

Cool list!

I am Harriet said...

Love the lady bug :)

Enjoy your Thursday!
http://harrietandfriends.com/2011/03/going-green-while-going-green/

Darla M Sands said...

There are some really fascinating ideas here. Thanks for sharing!

Alice Audrey said...

Cats eyes are good luck? I'd heard they were bad luck.

Paige Tyler said...

Great TT!

*hugs*
Paige

My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

Holly said...

Very interesting list! I really enjoyed reading about these lucky charms. Happy Thursday!

alphawoman said...

Great list! loved reading it. I have a shapphire engagement ring.

A. Catherine Noon said...

I love the ladybug in a dog suit! Or... Yeah.

:)

Happy TT!

Maddy Barone said...

I had a trotten day today. Guess I shoulda stawshed a few of these in my pockets, huh?

Xakara said...

The rainbows, dolphins, ladybugs and dreamcatchers flashed me back to my gradeschool bedroom. Now that I look back, I'd say I was awfully lucky!

Come check out the St. Patrick's Day blog hop. I have a "13 Page Free Read" *wink* and the link to the end of the hop were you can enter to win a Kindle 3. I'm not eligible but it would rock to have a T13er win!

Happy TT,

~Xakara
Free Read/Kindle 3 Contest

Kimberly Menozzi said...

I'm surprised by how many of these I've had at one point or another (sometimes simultaneously) in my life. LOL!

The ladybug thing is one of my favorites, because they land on me all the time. That's good, right? Or does it mean they sense I need extra help?

Uh-oh...

Bratty said...

I love the ladybug outfit! So cute!