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What brings luck? Lucky charm as an everyday companion

Most of the good luck symbols have been firmly entrenched in human superstition for centuries. As "experienced messengers of good luck" they protect and make us happy due to their constant commitment not only more effectively than some "run along" talismans, they also show how our society has developed over the centuries and which cultural influences accompany us - consciously or unconsciously.

Our hit list of the most popular and well-known lucky charms:

chimney sweeper In earlier times, chimney sweeps were indeed "lifesavers": if a chimney was blocked or if it was badly drafted, it could no longer be cooked or heated - a real misfortune for the people living in the house! If a chimney or chimney was cleaned regularly by a chimney sweep, fires and smoke poisoning could also be prevented. Chimney sweeps were even said to be in league with the devil because they were able to keep evil spirits “in check”. Today it is said to bring good luck to touch a chimney sweep or one of the golden buttons on the traditional cloak, as is often still worn by the black-clad craft guild. In this way, a little of the sooty "protective cover" of the chimney sweep should pass over to you.

Shamrock: The star among the lucky charms: the four-leaf clover - but only if you found it yourself! A purchased four-leaf clover should not be lucky and specially grown four-leaf clovers are also considered cheating. The green messengers of good luck have their origins in the biblical story, when Eva took a four-leaf clover with her as a souvenir from paradise. Anyone who owns a four-leaf clover, in a figurative sense, owns a piece of paradise! Carrying a four-leaf clover in a shoe or sewn into clothing is said to bring particularly good luck. Since four-leaf clover leaves are very rare in nature, it naturally takes a lot of luck to find one of the “mutated” messengers of good luck.

Ladybug: The red beetles with the black dots are not only real beneficial insects that keep vermin such as aphids away from flowers and ornamental plants, they are also said to bring good luck! The dotted beetles are considered heavenly messengers of the Mother of God, hence their name. You protect the sick and children. Whoever believes in their luck must never shake them off or even kill them! With Ladybird's help, women willing to marry can even dare a look into the future: If a ladybug lands on the tip of its own nose or fingertip, the seconds it lingers there should represent the years that it will take until the future one comes. The direction in which the beetle starts after its short break indicates the direction from which it will come. Counting the points on the beetle wings can also provide information (one point stands for one year).

Pig: The pig used to be a symbol of wealth and prosperity - hardly any other farm animal provides people with as much "useful" as the pig. Anyone who can keep a pig has enough food at their disposal. For the ancient Teutons, the boar was sacred and the Romans also valued the pig. Today, pigs in the form of batter or marzipan pigs are often given away as a messenger of luck on New Year's Eve (they often carry a four-leaf clover in their mouth and serve as a mount for the chimney sweep and thus bring luck to the power of three!) Whoever came last in a competition in the Middle Ages proved, received a pig as a consolation prize - hence the expression “had a pig”, which is still used today. As a piggy bank, they should bring us a fortune.

Lucky cats: Cats - especially those with brightly colored piebald fur, which has three or more colors and makes them so-called lucky cats - are traditionally regarded as messengers of good luck. In the past, they primarily ensured that mice and vermin did not stand a chance in the house and were therefore valued or at least tolerated as useful roommates. The exception are black cats, which were said to attract bad luck or to be associated with dark magic. For a long time, killing cats was linked to throwing oneself into disaster:

An old saying goes: „Whoever carries the cat into the water carries happiness out of the house. "

Horseshoe: As with the shamrock, the same applies here: Only those who find a horseshoe will be lucky! Horses have been valued as a symbol of strength and power as well as a noble and valuable livestock and mount for thousands of years. Their mythical symbolic power was transferred to the horseshoe at some point, as evil spirits are said to shy away from iron. Opinions are divided when it comes to hanging a horseshoe. If the opening points downwards, the misfortune cannot get stuck in the iron, if it hangs with the opening upwards, luck falls in and cannot get out again.