Lucky charms

The main thing is you believe in them.

a stroke of luck.

Sometimes even optimistic people need a little assurance that a wish that they really believe in will come true, that things will stay as perfect as they are, or that everything will work out well in the end. That’s why many people have a talisman or lucky charm, which accompanies them wherever they go, or which in a particular place promises them happiness and health, wealth or a long life.

Since ancient times people have believed in lucky symbols.

During archaeological excavations in Egypt, for example, huge numbers of amulets have been found in the form of the holy scarab beetle or scarabaeus, an approximately three-centimetre-long dung beetle prevalent in the Mediterranean. These so-called beetle stones are mostly carved out of soapstone or ornately created out of alabaster, glass or even gold and represented “resurrection and life”. The fact that a little beetle became a lucky charm is apparently due to the creatures’ ability to predict the coming of the fertilising floodwaters of the Nile. Because shortly before the tide came in, the insects migrated in masses away from the river in the direction of the people’s houses.

Today people believe in all sorts of talismans.

Rabbits’ feet and horseshoes (with the opening facing upwards, so that luck can only fall in and not out) are becoming less common – good for the rabbits. What a lucky charm is and what makes it a lucky charm in the first place is based on personal experience and attitudes. It might be a little gift with good wishes from a close friend, Grandpa’s fountain pen with which you passed your final university exams; or simply a little souvenir from holiday which reminds you of a great time in your life that you never want to forget.

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