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8 Good Luck Charms From Around The World

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rainbow in a field
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Luck always plays a key role in every great story all throughout the world. In order to write your own, keep Lady Luck on your side by carrying a good luck charm. Which charm will you choose to hold on to when playing a round of poker or roulette on Cabaret Club online casino?

1. Rabbit’s Foot

A universally-known symbol, the rabbit’s foot originated as a good luck charm for the Celts. Their belief was that rabbits had a special connection with the spirits of the underworld due to them burrowing deep underground. For the foot to bring luck in North America it must be the left back foot of a rabbit killed in a cemetery under a new moon. Of course, fake rabbit’s feet work just as well as real ones!

2. Four-Leaf Clover

An Irish good luck charm, the four-leaf clover’s leaves symbolize luck, faith, hope, and love. The Celts believed that carrying one would help them see fairies and avoid their mischievous tricks. The odds of finding one is 1 in 10,000, so if you do find one, you are lucky indeed! Another legend says the four-leaf clover is a piece of the Garden of Eden or Paradise.

3. Horseshoe

A common good luck symbol in the United States, the horseshoe is hung over your home’s door to bring luck and protection. Make sure you hang it with the open end up though, or all the good luck captured will fall out! The good luck powers of a horseshoe are said to come from Saint Dunstan, a blacksmith who put a horseshoe on the devil’s hoof when the latter came to get his horses shod. The blacksmith only agreed to remove the painful shoe when the devil agreed to never enter a home with a horseshoe hung over the door. The fact that horseshoes are made with iron also made them ideal to keep fairies away as iron is fatal to the fey.

4. Dragons

In Western mythologies, dragons are often viewed as evil destructive creatures. However, in Feng Shui philosophy and Chinese folklore dragons are the most important and powerful symbol. Temples and shrines are found throughout China to honor these symbols of protection and success. They particularly are said to have control over water and bring harmony. The Dragon King is said to have had nine sons and they are used to decorate different items based on their nature. Nine is also a very special number in China as it is the number of the heaven and of the emperor.

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5. Lucky Dice

Since dice are used to play many games in which chance is needed, it isn’t surprising that they are a good luck symbol. There are even people today who have a pair of fuzzy dice on their car’s rearview mirror. This tradition only dates from 1959 though and comes from a tradition among World War II fighter pilots who would carry charms such as cards and dice along with them during their missions. They hoped that these items they played with in their down-time would bring them safely home.

6. Ladybugs

Ladybugs gained their status as a good luck symbol thanks to farmers. These little beetles protect crops from destructive insects such as aphids. When a ladybug lands on you she brings good luck with her. The number of spots and the stronger the color red on a ladybug, the luckier she is considered to be. In Belgium, a ladybug crawling across an unmarried girl’s hand means she will get married soon. The German word for ladybug “Glueckskaefer” literally translates to “lucky bugs.”

7. Goldfish

Feng Shui philosophy says that goldfish attract luck and prosperity. They are also one of the eight sacred symbols of Buddha, representing fertility, abundance, and harmony. Beginning in the Song dynasty (960-1279) goldfish were bred domestically before being introduced to Japan and Europe in the 17th century. Due to their metallic scales, they were highly regarded, and a tradition sprang up in which they were given by men to their wives on their first anniversary to symbolize the prosperous years to come.

8. Rainbows

Rainbows have been a powerful symbol in mythologies throughout history. Christians know it as the covenant God made to never again use a flood to destroy the world. The Norse had the rainbow bridge Bifröst that connected Midgard (Earth) to Asgard (the realm of the gods). It is the Irish legend of leprechauns hiding their pots of gold at the end of rainbows that is most commonly associated with rainbows being a good luck charm today.