Most lottery players are more than likely slightly obsessed with the concept of luck. It’s not surprising as playing the lottery is a game of chance and luck plays a crucial part. So the question is, how can you stay lucky while playing the lottery?
The answer is simple. No matter where you go in the world, there are good luck charms that locals take pretty seriously.
We’ve gathered as many from all over the globe in this article in order to give you the biggest choice possible.
If you think it’s just another article about four-leaf clovers and horseshoes brace yourself. You’ll probably read about quite a few you've never heard about before and it may just tickle your fancy and give you that winning edge.
It may not be possible to effectively explain the complex relationship between luck, fate and human life but looking at the description, it reads: "An object, which upon possession delivers a positive influence to the fortunes of a person, or set of persons."
At some point in life and perhaps more during difficult times, we all wonder if there is an object that we can just pick up, which will change our luck for the better, right all wrongs and make all our problems disappear.
The word amulet comes from the Latin amuletum, meaning the 'object to be used for defence'.
A study conducted by a British University showed that more than 30% of those who carried good luck charms felt their luck had genuinely improved! Any object could fall into this category, it could be a lucky cap, a lucky handkerchief, your favourite pair of socks, to each his own.
It’s not your usual horseshoe or rabbit foot. The caduceus is an amulet used in Greece. It’s used to ward off disease, as well as appease any disagreements encountered by the wearer. It is also a symbol of prosperity and luck. You’ve probably seen it decorating pharmaceutical packaging and hospitals alike. It features two snakes winding around an often winged staff.
There are actually two versions of the symbol. The winged version is known as a caduceus, and the stick is actually a staff that was carried by the Olympian god Hermes. In Greek mythology, Hermes was a messenger between the gods and humans (which explains the wings) and a guide to the underworld (which explains the staff). Hermes was also the patron of travellers, which makes his connection to medicine appropriate because, in the olden days, doctors had to travel great distances by foot in order to visit their patients.
For lottery players who have won big, you might want to consider carrying a cat’s eye stone as it’s believed to protect your wealth.
This stone also assists in protecting unforeseen business losses and helps achieve financial stability. What’s more, the cat’s eye stone is also believed to enhance intuition. It’s aptly nicknamed, “a future predicting gemstone.” With that in mind, I think we should all have one in our lottery arsenal!
This symbol of an eye embedded in the palm of an open hand has had numerous other names throughout the ages, including the eye of Fatima, the hand of Fatima, and the hand of Miriam.
Hamsa is used not only as an amulet against the evil eye but also as a talisman that helps to dispel negative energies and bring happiness, luck and fortune.
Another odd lucky charm is the Tumi. It’s a sacrificial ceremonial axe from Peru. People commonly hang it on the wall as a good luck charm.
In Poland and certain other Central European cultures, the scales from a carp eaten for Christmas Eve dinner are carried as a good-luck charm for the rest of the year.
In Turkey and other nearby regions, people defend against the evil eye with eye-shaped amulets called nazars.
These round glass amulets are designed to look like lidless blue eyeballs. They protect you by meeting harmful gazes with their own unblinking stares. They are always watching. It is seen as a symbol of luck and prosperity.
In England, eggs represent fertility and rebirth. To give someone a white egg means to wish luck. But by doing the same with a brown egg, you will be wishing both luck and happiness.
Another lucky charm originating in England are dried acorns. During the war with Normandy, soldiers carried dried acorns to protect themselves against the brutalities that awaited them. These were considered symbols of luck, prosperity and power.
According to Feng Shui principles, the lucky bamboo plant attracts auspicious chi energy. It's a living example of Feng Shui elements water, wood, and earth. When placed in the correct pot, this easy care plant can introduce fire and metal for a complete balance of the five elements.
Much of the luck that is associated with bamboo comes from the number of bamboo stalks bunched together or woven together into an arrangement. The number of lucky bamboo stalks determines the kinds of energy the Chinese good luck plant attracts into your home and life. The more stalks in the planter, the greater the blessing of good fortune and luck.
By playing six stalks of lucky bamboo in your office you will encourage wealth and success.
Most of us might be shocked to find out a ladder is also considered as a lucky charm. After all, it is considered very unlucky to walk under a ladder.
However, Ancient Egyptians believed that by placing ladders in tombs, souls would find their way to heaven. For this reason, the ladder today represents a symbol of luck - just try to avoid walking underneath them!
Although the following lucky charms are more commonly known around the world, with most of the big international lotto games boasting huge jackpots at the moment, one can never have too many lucky charms.
4 Leaf clover
One of the most common lucky symbols is the 4-leaf clover and no article would be complete not mentioning it.
The leaves of four-leaf clovers are said to stand for faith, hope, love, and luck. Others say that four-leaf clovers granted the power to see fairies, or that they are related to St. Patrick's use of the shamrock to explain Christianity to the Irish.
Legend has it that when Eve was forced to leave paradise, she brought with her a 4-leaf clover to ensure good luck.
In addition, the number 4 is considered magical in many cultures, for several reasons. They are 4 cardinal points, seasons of the year, alchemical elements (earth, air, fire and water) and even the phases of the Moon.
With a little luck, you can find them in nearly any meadow or backyard.
Speaking of lucky numbers, number 8 is also considered lucky. The Chinese tend to use this number in choosing dates for important events and decisions. The reason being is that the Chinese word for "eight" and the word for "wealth" are very similar.
Dreams are influenced by both good and bad energies. The function of the dream catcher, (which is of Native American origin), is to drive away intrusive and negative energies that, trapped in the web, dissipate with the first rays of the sun.
When the Aboriginal people arrived in Australia they believed that frogs brought the thunder and rain necessary to grow their crops. The frogs soon became a symbol of prosperity, abundance, and good fortune.
The pig is a symbol of prosperity, fertility and lots of good luck. Swine farmers were known to always have food. Keeping pigs was a sure way of ensuring your family’s well-being.
As the old Irish saying goes; “The pig is the gentleman who pays the rent”.
In Germany, they say “Glücksschwein”, which translates to lucky pig.
Crickets seem to be an almost forgotten good luck symbol. They are a symbol of luck and are loved by many. The reason for this is because it is believed that crickets made us happy. Let’s face it, if while sitting in the garden, the cheerful chirp of a few crickets definitely does magical wonders to our mood.
With a long life comes a high level of intelligence. Therefore, elephants represent wisdom and longevity. They are considered to be especially lucky in India.
When it comes to symbols of long life, Red bats in China are considered lucky charms. The red bat is thought to ward off evil. Five red bats can also represent the "five good fortunes" of health, longevity, love, wealth and virtue.
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