Are you looking to protect your home or bring a little extra good luck into your life? Whether its origin lie in feng shui or ancient folklore, these special charms are believed to bring good fortune to the home.
Horseshoe: Many cultures believe a horseshoe placed above the door will bring good luck. Some think it should point upwards so luck doesn't run out, while others think it should point downwards to make fortune "rain" on those who walk under it. Historians trace the tradition back to Irish legends and tales - some say it wards off the devil while others say it keeps evil fairy folk away. Whatever the case, placing an iron horseshoe above one’s front door is a classic way to protect the home.
Elephant: These large, gentle animals are viewed as wise, loyal, and steadfast, which is part of the reason they're symbols for good luck. Elephants symbolize strength and wisdom, and an elephant with its trunk turned up is considered a sign of good luck. Place a mini figurine in your home or near the front door to protect your home and family. Some even suggest accessorizing with a throw pillow that depicts an elephant for positive energy and good fortune.
Turtle: Just as the Irish believe placing a horseshoe above the front door provides protection, Feng Shui followers believe that the turtle can guard the home. The turtle shell (whether a real shell or a figurine) is supposed to be a great protective and supportive charm over the front and back door.
Pig: Shwein gehabt!” This German expression of good luck translates into “got pig”. Historically, pigs are symbols of good fortune - In Europe in the Middle Ages, a person had to be wealthy to own and maintain many pigs.
Fish: Symbolize abundance and prosperity. Homeowners who don't want to maintain an aquarium can opt for a goldfish instead. Its gold color represents fortune and wealth—good luck in a small package.
Acorns: Have you run into some bad luck recently? Scatter a few acorns around the house to turn your fortunes around. Ancient druids considered oak trees sacred and carried acorns around for good luck.
Ladybugs - Cultures around the world consider ladybugs to be a positive influence. They have been tied to love, prosperity, and good luck, and wherever you see them good omens are said to follow. In mythology and folklore, ladybugs grant wishes, protect babies, and provide safety for travelers. Farmers considered them omens of a good harvest because they act as a natural bug repellent and pest control by eating plant-damaging insects. You may want to keep a little figurine of one in your house and make your garden welcoming for them.
Fruit: That bowl of fruit sitting on the counter may be more powerful than you realize. In Feng Shui, different fruits carry different meanings. Apples are associated with peace, grapes symbolize an abundance of wealth or success, and peaches represent immortality. Keeping nine oranges in a room will ward off bad luck. If you’re not a fan of keeping fresh fruit, consider a bowl of ceramic fruit or a still-life painting.
Four-leaf clovers: An ancient Irish symbol of luck, the Celts believed that a four-leaf clover could help them see fairies and avoid their mischief, who were believed to be a source of bad luck. The four leaves were believed to have mystical powers representing faith, hope, love, and luck. Another legend has them representing fame, wealth, health and faithful love.
Chirping cricket: No one wants a chirping cricket in the house keeping you up all night, but don’t be too quick to get rid of it. That noisy cricket could be a sign of good things to come – it is believed that crickets represent wealth and good luck, and their visits remind us to be happy!
St. Joseph: Selling your House? Its a Roman Catholic tradition to bury a statue of Saint Joseph, the Patron Saint of home and family, upside down in the front yard while saying a prayer for a speedy sale. Some homeowners dig up the statue once their house has sold, while others leave it in the ground to protect the new homeowners.
Feng Shui Practice: Don’t want to spend money or time shopping for your good luck charm? Remove the clutter from the entryway in your home – this will help you start your day off on the right foot.
Whatever you choose, you can increase your chances for good energy and prosperity while warding off evil spirits by placing these simple items in your home.