1. Four Leaf Clovers
Four leaf clovers are an ancient Irish symbol of luck. According to our Landscaping Guide's article, Four Leaf Clovers as Celtic Charms, the four leaves stand for "faith, hope, love, and luck." True four-leaf clovers are rare, but luckily there are lots of ways to use them as lucky symbols.
2. Lucky Horseshoes
Horseshoes are one of the best-known lucky symbols, although the reason for their lucky properties varies.
Some people say that horseshoes are lucky because they were traditionally made of iron, which kept away mischievous fairies. Another legend says that Saint Dunstan, a blacksmith, nailed a horseshoe to the devil's foot, and received a guarantee that the devil would stay away from any house with a horseshoe on the door.
Whatever the reason for the legend, horseshoes make a fun lucky symbol to hang on the door of your computer room (just make sure that the points go upward, so that it can fill with luck). Or use horseshoe stickers to decorate your computer (making sure you don't cover the ventilation holes) or your monitor.
3. Lucky Dice (Fuzzy or Otherwise)
Considering how many games of chance are played with dice, it's no surprise that they have become a symbol of luck. So why not show how much you love to roll the dice and come up with big wins by using fuzzy dice as your lucky talisman.
Some ideas: you could sew yourself a pair of fuzzy dice, or line the edge of your monitor stand with brightly-colored dice for a cheery look.
4. Ladybugs are Bearers of Luck
Ladybugs are popular insects worldwide, and many cultures believe that they bring luck. In Austria, they are actually called "Glueckskaefer" - "lucky bugs."
There are various rumors about how luck actually manifests with ladybugs. Some cultures say that if a ladybug lands on you and you don't brush it off, you will be lucky. Others say that if a man and a woman see a ladybug at the same time, they'll fall in love. And still others say that some ladybugs are luckier than others -- the deeper red their color and the more spots they have, the luckier you'll be!
5. Lucky Number Seven
Growing up, I heard that seven was the luckiest number, but I never knew why. But it does seem that the number seven has been connected with luck, with perfection, and with attainment of knowledge in many cultures throughout history.
My best guess is that the focus on the number seven began due to its many interesting mathematical properties. The ancient Greeks called 7 "the perfect number," the sum of 3 (triangle) and 4 (square), which are perfect forms. Seven also crops up in a number of prominent places:
- There are 7 days of the week.
- There are 7 colors in the rainbow.
- There are 7 planets visible to the naked eye.
- The 7th son of a 7th son is supposed to be especially gifted and lucky.
- 7 is a winning roll in many games of chance.
6. ... and the Lucky Number Eight
Now, if I'd have grown up in China, I would probably be saying that the number 8 is the luckiest number, and the reason is much more clear than with the number 7. In Chinese, the word for the number 8 sounds a lot like the word for prosperity.
The number 8, with its two graceful curves, is also a balanced number. Balance and harmony are vital ingredients for a lucky life.
If the number 7 doesn't catch your fancy as a lucky symbol, then perhaps the number 8 would better fit your style.
7. Lucky Rabbit Foot
Lucky rabbit foot keychains, whether real or faux, are popular symbols of luck. But did you know that the tradition actually comes from hoodoo magic?
The original legend says that the left-hind foot of a rabbit that is captured in a cemetery at night, can ward off evil magic.
Yikes. Personally, I think I prefer rabbits' feet when they're attached to the rabbit. But there are still lots of ways that you can use rabbits as your own personal symbol of luck. Try this cute rabbit pattern from our Guide to Crochet, pick out an adorable stuffed bunny to sit on your computer table, or learn to draw your own lucky bunnies.
8. More Lucky Animals
Rabbits aren't the only animals to be used as lucky symbols. For example:
- In feng shui, goldfish are said to attract luck and prosperity. Dragons and horses are also considered lucky.
- In Germany, Lucky Pigs ("Glücksschwein") are often given as tokens to wish friends and family a happy and lucky New Year.
- Turtles and tortoises are also considered lucky, due to their long life-spans.
- Ancient Egyptians considered the scarab beetle to be lucky.
9. Rainbows and Luck
Rainbows are considered lucky because of the legend that says that if you dig at the end of a rainbow, you'll find a pot of gold.
Rainbows are great lucky symbols for sweepstakes fans. Not only do they have a great story behind them, but they are also beautiful and cheery. If you need something to keep you motivated to enter sweepstakes, what better than a bright and colorful rainbow?
Some ideas for rainbow lucky symbols include:
10. Lucky Coins
I think we've all heard a famous saying about lucky coins:
Find a penny, pick it up, and all that day you'll have good luck!
Some people say that not just any penny lying on the ground is lucky, but that lucky pennies have to be found face-up. Personally, I think any free money that I find lying around is lucky!
Did you know, however, that pennies aren't the only lucky coins? For example, Chinese I-Ching coins are also considered lucky, and are often given as gifts of luck on Chinese New Year and for weddings.
Pennies and I-Ching coins can make pretty decorations for your office, while bringing a little extra luck to your sweepstakes entries.
11. Lucky Bamboo
Lucky bamboo is technically not bamboo at all, but a close relative called Dracaena. It's a hardy, long-lived plant, which might account for its lucky properties.
The more stalks a lucky bamboo plant has, the more luck it's supposed to bring. A plant with three stalks is said to bring happiness, wealth and longevity to the owners. But some plants have even more stalks, which are said to impart more kinds of luck.
12. Dreamcatchers and Luck
Dreamcatchers come from Native American lore. Looking like a web or net stretched over a loop and decorated with bright beads and feathers, they are said to catch bad dreams as they enter a household. Read more about dreamcatcher legends from our Healing Guide.
By capturing the disturbing dreams, they make the owner happier, more balanced, and luckier. Plus, they look pretty cool, too.
Hang a dreamcatcher inside your office window to keep bad luck away (compare prices). Or buy a pair of dreamcatcher earrings or a dreamcatcher necklace (compare prices) to bring luck with you wherever you go.