March 16, 2015 | Home & Happiness Team | Comments Off on Want Good Luck? Add These 4 Things to Your Home
Saint Patrick’s Day has us thinking about pots of gold, four-leaf clovers and why certain things are considered “lucky”. So we decided to learn more about four good-luck charms that are often associated with the home.
It’s impossible to say whether or not these items are actually fortuitous. But we love the stories behind them, and we’re happy to embrace any chance of a little extra luck!
The four-leaf clover has an interesting past. The ancient Druids thought they provided protection and kept bad luck away. Children in the Middle Ages thought they would see fairies if they found one. Christian folklore says that four-leaf clovers are a symbol of carrying paradise with you, since Eve took one from the Garden of Eden when she left1.
Traditionally, the leaves represent faith, hope, love and luck. And if you find one, we think you can truly consider yourself lucky, even if you aren’t superstitious—it is estimated that for every four-leaf clover, there are 10,000 three-leaf clovers.2
Bring good luck home: You can spend hours searching your backyard to find a four-leaf clover, or you can incorporate the symbol in artwork and fabric. We adore this watercolor clover by artist Olga Shvartsur.
Horseshoes went from equine necessity to good-luck symbol way back in 969 A.D. As the story goes, St. Dunstan used one to tangle with the Devil … and won.
St. Dunstan attached a horseshoe to the Devil’s foot, and the Devil, being permanently frightened by the experience, swore that he would never enter a place that had a horseshoe nailed above it.
That’s why we still consider it good luck to hang a horseshoe over the front door. You will have to decide if you want to hang it with the open side up (to hold in good luck) or down (so that the luck rains down on those who pass under it). History is divided on this point, and the most superstitious folks choose to hang two horseshoes, just in case3.
The ancient Norse believed that putting acorns on their windowsills could protect their homes from lightning and provide good luck. The superstition lives on, and is the reason why some window hardware features acorn designs.4
Most bugs are bad news for farmers. But ladybugs are the exact opposite, since they eat crop-destructing bugs. That’s why farmers consider ladybugs lucky, and over time superstition grew so that these bugs are considered good luck on or off the farm.5
Bring good luck home: You may have noticed real ladybugs in your house this time of year, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing (they may come bearing good luck!). If you want to incorporate a ladybug theme into your décor, you can find them featured on everything from picture frames to doormats.
Are there other charms that are adding good luck to your home? Tell us all about them in the comments below, or share your thoughts with us on Facebook.