Whether good luck symbols and charms work or not comes down to personal belief, but people have turned to various amulets, statues, and more to bring them good fortune and good luck throughout the years.
Some good luck symbols are specific to certain cultures and others are more general, spanning across multiple cultures. Here is a compilation of 25 good luck symbols and charms, as well as good luck animals from around the world.
25 Good Luck Symbols
1. Alligator Teeth
In Africa, some tribes believe that alligators’ teeth will grant them good luck expressly whilst they are gambling. This amulet has been carried forward into the modern-day, with surfers from California wearing them for protection.
It is said that oak trees attract lightning, and therefore in Norse culture, the Vikings believed that this meant they were protected from Thor’s wrath. By placing an acorn on their windowsill, the home is protected from lightning strikes.
One of the reasons pyramids in Egypt were triangular-shaped is because the three sides each represent a part of the cycle of life: from birth to maturity and finally death. Triangles and pyramids are seen as bringing strength.
In the Chinese principle of feng shui, bamboo is seen as a good luck symbol. So giving a lucky bamboo to someone as a house warming present will bring them good luck. You can generate your luck with bamboo by placing the plant in the East corner of a room.
Legend has it that placing a horseshoe above your front door will protect your house from evil. If you put it facing upwards, you generate good luck, and if you face it downwards, you are covered in good luck.
We’re talking about the little creatures, not the game here. In both Native American and Asian cultures, crickets are a sign of luck. Killing a cricket, even by accident, is considered terrible luck.
7. Dream Catchers
Dream catchers come from Native American culture and are traditionally hung by the bed. It is said that they will capture the bad dreams and allow the good ones to pass through.
Staying with Native American culture, we also find kachinas. These are dolls who are said to hold the spirit of things in the world. When played with by children, the doll is welcomed into the home and brings good luck, specifically at harvest.
9. Scarab Beetles
Most people are not fans of creepy crawlies, including beetles. However, in ancient Egypt, scarab beetle amulets were worn to ward off evil spirits and offer rebirth and transformation.
10. Evil Eye
The evil eye originates in the Middle East and is also worn to ward off curses and repel any hostile glances. They are regularly sold in the Middle East to tourists.
These pretty little insects are said to bring with them prosperity and good luck if they come into your garden. You are even luckier if one lands on your hand. The number of spots on its back will indicate how many children a newlywed woman will have.
12. Imperial Guardian Lions
These stone statues, also known as Fu dogs, are common across Asia and are placed in pairs at the gateway to someone’s home. It is thought that they will protect the property from thieves and were often sighted outside temples.
Coins are seen as lucky in many cultures, from Chinese coins given in red envelopes at the new year, to lucky pennies. If you see a coin on the floor, you should only pick it up if the head side is facing you rather than the tail side up.
In ancient Egypt, the Ankh is seen as a symbol for eternal life. Gods are often depicted holding the anchor to someone’s lips as they pass through to the afterlife.
The depiction of a pig for collecting money in a Piggy Bank comes from European and Asian culture. In both cultures, pigs are representative of prosperity and wealth.
Dragons, one of the world’s greatest mythical creatures, are seen as a symbol of power and can be used to advance your career. It is believed that the use of a dragon charm will enhance your leadership skills.
17. The Laughing Buddha
There are many different Buddha statue depictions, but in feng shui, the laughing Buddha brings luck because his spiritual wealth benefits material wealth. When used in the home, you should place your laughing Buddha in the house’s West corner.
18. Rabbit’s Foot
To bring luck, a rabbit’s foot must be from the hind leg of the animal. It can be used as a fertility-enhancing amulet because rabbits reproduce quickly.
19. Three-Legged Toad
The three-legged toad is another symbol that comes from Asia and brings good luck. Generally, these statues are sold depicting a toad with a coin in his mouth.
20. Wishing Well
Throwing a coin into a wishing well will appease the gods and ensure the water does not run out. When you throw a coin into a well, make sure you can see your reflection and your wish will be granted.
21. Four-Leaf Clover
The four-leaf clover is tied to the luck of the Irish and will bring you the same if you find it. Prized for its rarity, it was once used to ward off evil spirits.
While some cultures believe that you should never walk under a ladder as this is unlucky, ancient Egyptians placed ladders in tombs to help them climb to heaven.
23. Cat’s Eye
A cat’s eye gemstone offers good luck to whoever wears it. It’s also thought to ward off negative energy and promote positive thoughts.
Keys are another symbol of luck across multiple cultures. In some, keys are considered lucky because they unlock doors to success or love. Some have even used them to symbolize entering the gates of heaven, while others consider wearing a key as a form of protection.
Elephants are associated with power and wisdom, and of course, the Hindu god Ganesh. It is thought that elephant statues will bring luck, especially if they are placed by your door. Some also believe that elephant talismans will remove obstacles.
There are many more good luck symbols that can be found throughout the world. These are just a few.