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Good Luck Charms


6 Good Luck Charms Plus One Tainted Charm

By Chitraparna Sinha

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Every culture has their own version of what is good luck to them. It could be a symbol, an animal, certain numbers, or many other things. They can wear their good luck charm around their neck or wrist, hung on a wall or door, or carried in their pocket. Many good luck charms come from nature. Some are man made like the ‘dream catcher’. Some good luck charms can also be some type of gem. The miners thought if they carried a small gold nugget it would bring them wealth. Sailors also have special items or thinking

Horseshoes and nuts

A used horseshoe, nailed to the upper right corner of a door, will bring good luck into the home as long as the person hangs it with the ends pointing up. If you nail it the other way, the good luck will run out. The horseshoe is a universal sign of good luck. There are many varieties of the Rudraksh tree in Asia. A part of the Hindu trinity is Lord Shiva, who the nuts represent. These nuts, found in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Himalayas, are in the rosaries that they use to chant mantras by. In totality, there are 108 beads, which people use to chant. They can also bring good health and spiritual powers.

Yantras and talismans

Talismans and yantras repel bad luck. Some cultures believe that the yantras counteract the negative effect of our planets. Yantras, treasured in the Tibetan cultures and the Indian sub-continent, are found in almost every culture. Using a variety of materials, paper, cloth, wood, metal, the people draw, paint, or inscribe the yantras. Yantras are used for acquiring wealth or love charms. Casting curses and protection are other uses for the yantras. Each yantra has its own purpose and style.



– 2 dictionary results
Main Entry: yantra
Part of Speech: n
Definition: a geometric diagram used in meditation and tantric worship; also, any object used in this way
Etymology: 1877; Sanskrit ‘device for holding’’s 21st Century Lexicon



in Tantric Hinduism and Vajrayana, or Tantric Buddhism, a linear diagram used as a support for ritual. In its more elaborate and pictorial form it is called a mandala. Yantras range from those traced on the ground or on paper and disposed of after the rite, to those etched in stone and metal, such as are found in temples.

In Tantric Hinduism and Vajrayana, or Tantric Buddhism, a linear diagram used as a support for ritual. In its more elaborate and pictorial form it is called a mandala. Yantras range from those traced on the ground or on paper and disposed of after the rite, to those etched in stone and metal, such as are found in temples.

Lockets and bracelets

The reason people, or cultures, believe lockets and bracelets have special powers is because they are worn near the person’s body. The locket can carry something the wearer considers good luck. With the bracelet, they can hang a charm representing their good luck charm. During the ancient days, the lockets were made of materials like bones, wood and stone. Women and men in Greece wear bangles or bracelets as part of their culture. The bangles are embedded with precious stones and they are used for religious purposes mostly. Women wear them starting from their wrists right up to the arms while the men only wear them on their wrists. In any ceremony or functions, Greek men wear the leather bangles for good luck.

The Hindu swastika

This is a Sanskrit word that means, “Purveyor of good fortune” and is a symbol of the Hindu lord of good fortune, and when worn in a clockwise direction will bring good luck. This is not the Nazi swastika. The Nazi polluted the Hindu sign and rotated it 45 degrees.

Oms and the mantra

“OM” is supposed to be the first word ever uttered by humanity. More prominent in the Hindu vedic or religious rites, the word ‘om’ is included in the mantras. When chanting a mantra, it sounds as if the person is saying, or humming, the word Om, or Aum. In most of the Indian scriptures and texts, “om” and its spiritual power is mentioned. In South Indian temples, the temple elephant wears the sign on their forehead. By saying “temple elephant”, we mean that the designated elephant is said to be sacred and therefore, revered by the temple priests. The priests anoint the elephant with the “om” sign. It represents worldly comfort, luck, and spiritual powers.


People thought the acorn brought good luck, wealth, and love to the person who has an acorn in their pocket. They also thought an acorn would bring the wearer youth.

The four-leaf clover

This is also a universal good luck charm and has been around since God made Adam and Eve. It is thought to be one thing that Eve brought with her to remember the good times in the Garden of Eden when they were cast out. More than two thousand years ago, the Celtic priests carried or wore a four-leaf clover.

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Bamboo plants are also considered lucky. Here are a few questions about them.

Questions about Bamboo, etc.

James asks…

How do I care for my Lucky bamboo?

I have a lucky bamboo at work (three stems, two twisted one straight) in a vase. I change the water every week using bottled water. They have very good roots but all the leaves are very pale almost white. I have moved it around in an attempt to try different light conditions but with no luck. All advise welcome!!!
I was told that I should change the water once a week to stop it going stagnent and to replenish the nutrients. I have it in a clear glass vase so have now wrapped card around it and fed it and we will see what happens!!

Any other advise still welcome!

admin answers:

So where’s the nitrogen for the plant in all this water?? Try adding a tiny pinch of plant food. Better yet, make a weak solution and then pour a bit into the water every week or so. Remember, they still need some real sun, not direct, but some natural sunlight……be within 3 feet of a window. (if you are moving towards more light, have the roots in a dark container, roots really don’t like light.)

Maria asks…

Bamboo Plant Expert—need your assistance!?

I have learned that 8 stems of bamboo is considered good luck, I recieved one as a gift from a kewl friend.

I had bought a big vase, and some brown stones, the kind you buy at Pet store for fish tanks, and put the bamboo stems nicely in the vase with cold water— It’s not happy? Partial of the bamboo stems are uneven and even…I am trying to keep the leaves form touching each other.

— Did I do some thing wrong?

What about if I can seperate the stems in the same vase, would that help? I am wracking my brains to find a neat solution for the 8 bamboo stems to grow flowly with happiness…Hmmmm HELP!

admin answers:

Lucky Bamboo should be planted in a pot without soil (rocks and stones are fine). It only requires a few inches of water. Water should be changed once a week. Grow this plant indoors in areas with indirect sunlight. It can thrive in temperatures between 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Fertilizer is not necessary. If you wish to encourage extremely fast growth, feed with an indoor fertilizer once a month. You can also use a few drops of “Green Green” fertilizer each time you change the water.

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