Whether it’s a charm, amulet, or statue, humans have been using good luck charms for thousands of years for anything from bringing financial success to warding off evil. Some good luck charms are seen throughout many cultures while some are unique to a certain culture. Keep yourself safe and prosperous with these 25 good luck charms from around the world.
Many people believe walking under a ladder propped up against a wall brings bad luck. This is because walking under a ladder is said to break the unity of the three-member unit represented by a triangle (#22) – either the family (two parents and a child) or the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). If you do walk under a ladder, fix your luck by crossing your fingers and spitting through its rungs three times. (Bonus fact! Ancient Egyptians included ladders in dead peoples’ tombs to help them reach heaven.)
The cat’s eye is a special gemstone said to repel the Evil Eye and clear obstacles in one’s life. Gamblers frequently wear or have them to prevent losses as they’re said to prevent unseen potential losses.
The main way to unlock anything from a heart to a door, the key has been a good luck charm for longer than most. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed a lucky key unlocked the door to the gods, allowing one’s prayers to reach their ears. In Japanese culture, it’s lucky to have three keys tied together as they will unlock the doors to health, wealth, and love.
Elephants are good luck symbols any place they roam, especially in India where the god Ganesha is the remover of obstacles and bringer of luck. An image near one’s front door of two elephants facing each other with their trunks facing up is said to welcome visitors to one’s home. Due to their intelligence and long-lives, they also represent wisdom and longevity.
Four-leaf clovers are firmly tied to the Irish and considered lucky anywhere you find them. St. Patrick originally used a three-leaf clover to represent the Holy Trinity and Irish Druids used it as a good luck charm (due to its triangular shape) before Christianity came to the Emerald Isle. Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000, but, if you do find one, the four leaves represent hope, faith, love, and luck.