Some things simply defy explanation. Regardless many of us tend to gravitate towards these strange anomalies when they enhance our lives, or at least if we believe that they may bring a positive energy that turns life’s obstacles right side up into a continual flow of wonderful opportunities. For those who believe, good luck charms are one of those powerful symbols that carry a positive flow of energy to the beholder, often times bringing forth good things to the person possessing the lucky object of choice. There are literally hundreds of symbols that represent a lucky charm. It merely boils down to personal preference, belief in lucky objects and how a person views luck and the blessings that often times come forth from carrying a charm that challenges reasonable explanation.
www.Oprah.com featured a study on good luck charms in 2010 in a group of health related tips that involved a team of German psychologists from the University of Cologne who conducted a study on good luck charms and superstitions from cultures all over the world using memory and motor skills during a computer game and concluded that the power believed to be brought on from a good luck charm actually improved performance in various situations. Their findings showed that confidence just may be the culprit behind the turn of events in taking things from bad to good, and believing in a winning outcome came from possessing a lucky charm and actually believing in its power. They reported their results in the May issue of the journal Psychological Science.
Another study conducted by a British University showed that over thirty-percent of people who carry around a good luck charm feel positive that their luck has entirely changed after having the lucky object in their possession. Researchers claim that stressful situations often times brings out the need for something positive to occur so people turn to luck as a way of changing the course of things to come. This theory has become a useful asset to athletes who incorporate good luck charms into their games because they understand the power and effectiveness that a highly energized object that is considered lucky can have on the outcome of their game.
Writer and Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith gave us an inside look into how soldiers deal with luck, faith and that unfamiliar wartime comfort zone in a article dealing with the topic. The U.S. Army web site located at www.army.mil demonstrates how infantry soldiers embrace the power of good luck charms and our nation’s trained military personnel are feeling pretty lucky despite the odds of thousands of soldiers being killed in the line of duty. Many of these infantry soldiers have carried their lucky charms around since childhood. Some of the objects carried by the soldiers include personal effects from loved ones. Staff Sgt. Perry Maynor says that he carries a green crayon, given to him by his daughter in the ankle pocket of his uniform as his good luck charm. Sgt. Jonathan Farr and other soldiers have had their lucky charms handed down from prior generations. The soldiers claim that there is a certain comfort level in carrying the lucky charms with them, but are confident in their abilities regardless of possessing an object or not.
National Geographic sums lucky charms and superstitions up as “Not Exactly Rocket Science” and for good reason. The positive effects on both mental and physical well being and performance were astounding when put to the test in various studies. The downfall to believing whole heartedly in lucky charms is the fact that people can rely on them all too heavily when dealing with fate. This type of cloudy vision could lead one into making a catastrophic decision rather then accepting responsibility for an intended result or consequence.
Finding the perfect good luck charm falls onto the eyes of the beholder. The law of attraction, positive feelings, good vibes and the overwhelming feeling of self-fulfilling expectations from every situation and how you perceive it can all affect the outcome, good or bad. The same goes with the lucky charm that you choose. Once you find it you just know that it is the one. Intuition, hunches and gut instincts all go hand in hand when dealing with luck. Listening to and paying attention to your feelings when in a position where luck is needed can be the missing puzzle piece that changes bad luck to good. The game of chance and unique opportunities are often few and far between. Being open to new experiences and having an open mind to new or unusual things cam lead to a life changing event if you allow it.
Popular Lucky Charms
The rabbits foot, bracelets, horseshoes, angels, pendants, dice, keys, a bamboo tree, ladybugs, frogs, talisman, Buddha, feathers, four-leaf clover & shamrocks, rainbow, pennies, the number 7, elephants and amulets.
Sports and Strange Lucky Charms
ESPN and NBC Sports claim that a lucky charm stole the game from the Yankees. In 2004 it is believed that a squirrel gave the Cleveland Indians the edge that they needed to beat the New York Yankees when the baseball loving rodent disrupted the game by appearing at Jacobs’s field to stay and watch the entire game. Prior to the squirrel’s appearance the Indians had been on a nine-game losing streak. After he showed up the Indians made a comeback and beat the Yankees 4-3. The ESPN recap acknowledged the unexplainable event and left the teams and coaches scratching their heads and 30,605 fans cheering for a squirrel. http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/5823020/
The Billiken is possibly one of the strangest lucky charms still in popular demand today, possibly because the pointy eared, elf-like-kewpie style statue once enjoyed worldwide celebrity. The lucky Billiken is the official mascot of the Royal Order of Jesters and of the Saint Louis University. The good luck statue was patented in 1908 after creator Florence Pretz seen the creepy little figure in a dream in the early 1900’s. At the beginning of the twentieth century the Billiken represented the idea of “no worry” and became a hit from Alaska to Japan even though it originated in St. Louis, Missouri.
Ship Figureheads: Resembling deities or women, sailors used these lucky charms to protect them from harm at sea. The ship’s spirit would inhabit the figurehead and lead the sailor to the afterlife in the event of his perishing at sea. Another legend states that a woman’s bare breasts will always calm the sea, and this is possibly why they are often showing on the female figureheads that both identify and lead the ships to far away places.
The Japanese find that the Maneki Neko, also known as the Beckoning Cat is quite profitable for business, especially if the cat’s left paw is raised.
The symbol of the swastika is believed to bring good luck, long life and health. The meaning of swastika comes from the word swastika which means lucky charm.
Ancient Lucky Charms
www.livescience.com featured a lucky find on their online photo gallery after the discovery of ancient lucky charms was brought to their attention. A 9,500 year old Israel limestone figurine of a ram and a Neolithic wild Bovine figurine found at the archaeological site of Tel Moza just outside of Jerusalem are thought to be lucky statues once used as symbols during ceremonies to ensure a plentiful bounty during the big hunt while in the field searching for prey.
Chinese dragons are considered to be the supreme being of all creatures and are extremely lucky to those that believe in them. Turtle dragons are powerful and are thought to bring prosperity and long life.
Italians believe the silver “corno” or cornicello horn lucky charm will protect those that wear it from the evil-eye curse which stems primarily from jealousy.