Symbols of good luck

What symbols are lucky?

A symbol is something that represents a concept or an idea. Luck, on the other hand, is perceived as something which results in a good or fortunate outcome of an event: “Wow! That was lucky!” for example . . meaning that whatever just happened was a good thing and a happy result has occurred. Luck is symbolised in many ways – and by many different objects or things, often dependant on the culture where the symbol originated – its tradition, history, folklore, myth and religion. Symbols take many forms and symbols of good luck usually incorporate age-old figures or shapes that have a past relationship with good fortune.

Tortoise turtle good luck symbol
Lucky tortoise

For example, many of us have knocked on wood (or “touched wood”) to try and avoid a bad event occurring when we feel that fate is lurking to make things turn bad. Indeed, fate itself is often conceived as a harbinger of good or bad luck – and by touching wood we are, in effect respecting this concept. This notion, and many others like them from around the world, are based on old customs and an esotericism handed down over the generations: Even nowadays, there are few people who will openly tempt fate: For example, so many people avoid the supposedly “unlucky” number 13 that it is often absent from the floor of a hotel or the seat number on a aeroplane.

Horseshoe clover good luck symbols
Lucky clover and horseshoe

So, what do we, as people, do? We symbolise good luck with an object or thing and then carry that object around with us to hopefully promote good luck (and negate bad luck).

Many people including famous actors, politicians and sports people carry a lucky charm or talisman, or have one in their house, office or car. Yes, at some time in our lives, we will probably want to have a lucky charm or amulet. And we would not be alone: Millions of people around the world believe in good luck symbols – and wear one, because they BELIEVE it will be good for them. The British museum in London has a whole room full of good luck charms dating back centuries; Napoleon carried one, as did presidents Roosevelt and Obama. Michael Jordan, the ex-Chicago Bulls basketball player, spent his entire NBA career wearing his old University of North Carolina shorts under his team shorts – for good luck.

Ladybird symbol of good luck
Lucky ladybird

For many, it is convenient to carry a good luck symbol as a piece of jewellery . . a charm bracelet, a lucky symbol as a pendant on a necklace, a charm ring, and so on.

Indalo good luck symbol ring
Lucky Indalo

This good luck concept translates across from mere fancy into mysticism and even religion: The Sutras of Buddhism is one example; the Ancient Greek cultures that included Plato, Pythagoras, and Socrates is another where lucky charm bracelets were commonplace. The word charm actually wasn’t used until later Roman times (originating with the word “carmen” meaning the song or incantation that people used to chant over a talisman to give it power and to make it “charmed”). The charms on a charm bracelet are said to protect the wearer from harm, give them safekeeping, and bring them good fortune. People of many religions wear necklaces, bracelets or other charm jewellery to provide protection and ward off evil or “bad luck”. It is possible to view the Christian cross as another example of this, as is the Hamsa, the Ankh, the Star of David, Guardian Angels, the St Christopher, and such like.

St Christopher a good luck symbol
Lucky Saint Christopher

Some people choose to wear more secular symbols for good luck, such as a 4-leafed Clover, a Horseshoe, an Indalo, etc. Others prefer jewellery featuring Owls and creatures from the animal world like Butterflies, Turtles, Elephants, Geckos and so on. And some prefer celestial or astrological symbols and or precious / semi-precious gemstones.

Either way, belief in portents of good luck can be strong, and millions of people adhere to the principal of good luck symbols.

As you would imagine, our shop features many symbols of good luck, and an awful lot of them are on jewellery pieces such as good luck charm bracelets, necklaces, and so on. But we also stock other items (like our ceramics for example) which feature good luck symbols or, something symbolic of good luck (like a lucky ladybird for example).

Belief in portents of good luck can be strong, and millions of people adhere to the principal of good luck symbols.