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How To Get Lucky

November 21, 2018
lucky charms

I scrolled through an article on women who wear special things for good luck this morning, and it got me wondering about lucky things. I know that people might wear lucky undies when they have to tackle an important event … or they might have a lucky ritual they do? But neither of those things is me.

I don’t really have anything I do for good luck. But I sort of wish that I did.

As much as I like to trust myself to navigate whatever lies ahead when there’s a lot riding on things (or even when there isn’t!) the idea of having a special thing that I could clutch onto truly appeals.

In fact, maybe that’s what I have been lacking all these years?! IMAGINE THAT?

I realise that I tend to mark important moments in my life by buying special teapots or nice casserole dishes … but you can’t really take those with you when you’re on the go and in need of a boost, can you? That would be weird, right?

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca

While good luck charms and objects might be something picked up in travels or passed down through families I don’t have any of that. So I looked up some ideas about lucky things and good omens around the world … and I might choose something from those.

If you are seeking a lucky thing like me, perhaps something here will help?

Symbols and things that might help you get lucky

  • The number 7
  • The number 8
  • Four leaf clovers
  • An albatross (good luck for sailors!)
  • Chimney sweeps (a tricky one, right?)
  • Ladybugs
  • Horseshoes
  • Rabbit’s foot (gross)
  • A swallow (nicer)
  • Acorns
  • Swedish Dala horses
  • Elephants
  • Keys
  • Pigs
  • Hedgehogs
  • Crickets
  • Turtles
  • Dolphins
  • Sapphires
  • Amber
  • Rainbows
  • Dragonflies
  • Bamboo
  • Eagles
  • Cranes
  • Falcons
  • Shooting stars

I didn’t detail all the meanings of these, because I am about to get dressed and start work, but you can just google the thing and luck and find out for yourself, if you fancy!

Do you have a good luck charm? Or more than one? What are they? How do they help? Tell me, if you fancy, in the comments! (Or don’t and that is fine too!)

x Pip

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” – Thomas Jefferson

Horseshoe charm via Etsy
Acorn necklace via Etsy

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  • Reply Madeline December 15, 2018 at 7:12 PM

    Over time I have collected various things that are sort of charms. One of these is a braided bracelet my daughter made for me about 4 1/2 years ago. I have worn this all the time since she made it and will wear it until it disintegrates. To me it symbolises the connection between not only me an her but a link to all people…a reminder to care for each other…how lucky and wonderful to be able to do that.
    (Just in case you were wondering it’s disintegration won’t mean the loss of this care just the passage of time)

  • Reply Anne November 24, 2018 at 7:34 AM

    Dear Pip Many years ago I read about sewing a button in the pocket of a coat – I think mainly for children to be able to touch if they were feeling anxious, or needed reminding that they were loved. I thought it was a charming idea and I have thought about it many times since, but have never done it….

    • Reply Pip November 27, 2018 at 6:37 AM

      That is a beautiful idea, isn’t it? Especially with lots of kiddos about to start school for the first time in January. Thank you, Anne! x

  • Reply Kerri November 22, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Hi Pip, I don’t have a lucky charm but I did buy one and give it to my middle daughter some years ago when she joined the Army at age 17 (turned 18 about 6 weeks after she got there) . Anyone who has a family member or friend in the army knows that basic training can be pretty tough. I knew my girl was pretty tough but that everyone has those days where it just seems like it’s all piling up a little and you need that bit ‘extra’ mental stamina to get you through. I was browsing in a shop one day and saw these stones, which I’d seen before and had thought were a great little thing. Browsing through the various types I found one that I thought suited Georgi’s situation perfectly, It’s a Red Jasper which has the meaning/properties of the following and is a beautiful rusty red colour will lovely swirls of darker and lighter shades through it: Desc: A stone of physical strength and energy, Red Jasper stimulates gently and steadily, enhancing stamina and endurance, and increasing the amount of chi, or life force, in one’s aura. It is a stone of health and passion, and brings the courage to face unpleasant tasks and to rectify unjust situations.
    For the situation she was in I thought it perfect for her both physically and mentally. I wrote her a loving letter to go along with it and posted it off to her. It is about the size and depth of a 20 cent piece and smooth and polished so she could put it in one of her many pockets and carry it around with her and that she did. It became her talisman and she had it on her always. A couple of times it got ‘misplaced’ but everyone knew it was her ‘little strange red rock’ and it always came back to her and funnily she came to rely on it a lot. She could put her hand in her pocket and touch it or rub it between her fingers and it would make her feel better or boost her mental or physical state to take on the task/day/duty. That was 3 years ago. She still carries it with her today, maybe not all the time or every day but if she’s feeling she needs it she does. About a year after she got it she was out on a field exercise and it got broken. It broke in 2. It had been a particularly tough task and we all determined later that it broke so she didn’t. Suffice to say my husband glued it back together again for her and it’s ‘as good as new’ with the little hairline fracture in it to remind her that you can get broken but then be put back together. The line will always be there but you can be whole again. It has come to mean an awful lot to her and she intends to pass it on OR buy one for her own children one day if/when that happens. So it’s no so much a lucky charm but perhaps a talisman that supports her in tougher times and gives her comfort when she needs it.

    • Reply Pip November 24, 2018 at 6:57 AM

      Kerri! I loved reading about your daughter’s red rock. Thank you so much for taking the time to explain … and for sharing the story of how you chose it. What a brilliant mum you are, too. x

  • Reply Chloe November 21, 2018 at 9:07 PM

    I had a pair of lucky red pants – unfortunately, they’ve now disintegrated. Looking back, they didn’t bring me any more luck, but it was fun thinking they did. I also remember my parents had a horseshoe nailed over the front door and the back door to keep luck in and the Devil out!

  • Reply amanda November 21, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    I read an article on That’s Not My Age on lucky charms yesterday and was just thinking myself about needing an amulet of some kind!

    • Reply Pip November 21, 2018 at 1:21 PM

      That’s the article I read too! I linked to it in the first para! We are TWINS!!

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