12 Lucky Charms to Attract Good Luck in Your Life

Use These Lucky Symbols to Feel More Positive

Lucky charms: some people swear by them, and others think that they're silly. But whether it's possible to influence Lady Luck with a rabbit's foot or a cuddly pig, lucky symbols can be a lot of fun. And if you are having fun and feeling more positive, your attitude can make you luckier, too! So if you don't have a favorite lucky charm already, here are some popular lucky symbols to inspire you.

Four Leaf Clovers

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Four leaf clovers are an ancient Irish symbol of luck. According to our Landscaping Guide's article, Four Leaf Clovers- The "Good Luck" Plants, the Celts believed the four leaves stand for "faith, hope, love, and luck."

True four-leaf clovers are rare, but luckily there are lots of ways to use them as lucky symbols.

For example, you can candlewick a shamrock bookmark or needlepoint pillow, or use colorful paper to make an origami four-leaf clover.

Lucky Horseshoes

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Horseshoes are one of the best-known lucky superstitions, although there are various reasons why people believe they bring luck.

Some people say that horseshoes are lucky because they were traditionally made of iron, which kept away mischievous fairies. Another legend says that Saint Dunstan, a blacksmith, nailed a horseshoe to the devil's foot, and received a guarantee that the devil would stay away from any house with a horseshoe on the door.

Whatever the reason for the legend, horseshoes make a fun lucky symbol to hang on the door of your home or computer room (just make sure that the points face up so that the horseshoe can fill with luck). Or use horseshoe stickers to decorate your computer (making sure you don't cover the ventilation holes).

Lucky Dice (Fuzzy or Otherwise)

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Considering how many games of chance are played with dice, it's no surprise that they have become a symbol of luck. So why not show how much you love to roll the dice and come up with big wins by using fuzzy dice as your lucky talisman.

Some ideas: you could sew yourself a pair of fuzzy dice, or line the edge of your monitor stand with brightly-colored dice for a cheery look.

Ladybugs are Bearers of Luck

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Ladybugs are popular insects worldwide, and many cultures believe that they bring luck. In Austria, they are actually called "Glueckskaefer" - "lucky bugs."

There are various rumors about how luck actually manifests with ladybugs. Some cultures say that if a ladybug lands on you and you don't brush it off, you will be lucky. Others say that if a man and a woman see a ladybug at the same time, they'll fall in love. And still others say that some ladybugs are luckier than others -- the deeper red their color and the more spots they have, the luckier you'll be!

Ladybugs are cute, and they can make excellent lucky symbols. Read about how to create a cute clay pot ladybug for your computer desk, paint rocks to look like ladybugs, or have fun with other ladybug crafts.

Lucky Number Seven

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Growing up, I heard that seven was the luckiest number, but I never knew why. But it does seem that the number seven has been connected with luck, with perfection, and with gaining knowledge in many cultures throughout history.

My best guess is that the focus on the number seven began due to its many interesting mathematical properties. The ancient Greeks called 7 "the perfect number," the sum of 3 (triangle) and 4 (square), which are perfect forms. Seven also crops up in a number of prominent places:

  • There are 7 days of the week.
  • There are 7 colors in the rainbow.
  • There are 7 planets visible to the naked eye.
  • The 7th son of a 7th son is supposed to be especially gifted and lucky.
  • 7 is a winning roll in many games of chance.

How can you adopt the lucky seven as a lucky charm? If the number itself doesn't excite you, how about making a grouping of seven lucky symbols: seven small crystals, for instance, or seven ladybugs charms.

... and the Lucky Number Eight

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Now, if I'd have grown up in China, I would probably be saying that the number 8 is the luckiest number, and the reason is much more clear than with the number 7. In Chinese, the word for the number 8 sounds a lot like the word for prosperity.

The number 8, with its two graceful curves, is also a balanced number. Balance and harmony are vital ingredients for a lucky life.

If the number 7 doesn't catch your fancy as a lucky symbol, then perhaps the number 8 would better fit your style.

Lucky Rabbit Foot

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Lucky rabbit foot keychains, whether real or faux, are popular symbols of luck. But did you know that the tradition actually comes from hoodoo magic?

The original legend says that the left hind foot of a rabbit that is captured in a cemetery at night can ward off evil magic.

Yikes. Personally, I think I prefer rabbits' feet when they're attached to the rabbit. But there are still lots of ways that you can use rabbits as your own personal symbol of luck. Try sewing a lucky felt bunny, or learn to draw your own lucky bunnies.

More Lucky Animals

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Rabbits aren't the only animals to be used as lucky symbols. For example:

  • In feng shui, goldfish are said to attract luck and prosperity. Dragons and horses are also considered lucky.
  • In Germany, Lucky Pigs ("Glücksschwein") are often given as tokens to wish friends and family a happy and lucky New Year.
  • Turtles and tortoises are also considered lucky, due to their long life-spans.
  • Ancient Egyptians considered the scarab beetle to be lucky.

Given such a wide range of choices, it's pretty easy to find a favorite animal to serve as a lucky symbol.

Rainbows and Luck

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Rainbows are considered lucky because of the legend that says that if you dig at the end of a rainbow, you'll find a pot of gold.

Rainbows are great lucky symbols for sweepstakes fans. Not only do they have a great story behind them, but they are also beautiful and cheery. If you need something to keep you motivated to enter sweepstakes, what better than a bright and colorful rainbow?

Some ideas for rainbow lucky symbols include:

Lucky Coins

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I think we've all heard a famous saying about lucky coins:

Find a penny, pick it up, and all that day you'll have good luck!

Some people say that not just any penny lying on the ground is lucky, but that lucky pennies have to be found face-up. Personally, I think any free money that I find lying around is lucky!

Did you know, however, that pennies aren't the only lucky coins? For example, Chinese I-Ching coins are also considered lucky, and are often given as gifts of luck on Chinese New Year and for weddings.

Pennies and I-Ching coins can make pretty decorations for your office, while bringing a little extra luck to your sweepstakes entries.

Lucky Bamboo

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Lucky bamboo is technically not bamboo at all, but a close relative called Dracaena. It's a hardy, long-lived plant, which might account for its lucky properties.

The more stalks a lucky bamboo plant has, the more luck it's supposed to bring. A plant with three stalks is said to bring happiness, wealth and longevity to the owners. But some plants have even more stalks, which are said to impart more kinds of luck.

Want to have some in your home? You could buy it, or check out how to grow lucky bamboo yourself.

Dreamcatchers and Luck

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Dreamcatchers come from Native American lore. Looking like a web or net stretched over a loop and decorated with bright beads and feathers, they are said to catch bad dreams as they enter a household. Read more about dreamcatcher legends from our Healing Guide.

By capturing the disturbing dreams, they make the owner happier, more balanced, and luckier. Plus, they look pretty cool, too.

Hang a dreamcatcher inside your office window to keep bad luck away. Or buy a pair of dreamcatcher earrings or a dreamcatcher necklace to bring luck with you wherever you go.

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