The four-leaf clover is among the world’s most recognizable good luck symbols. A different attribute is traditionally given to each of the clover’s leaves. The first one represents hope, the second is a reminder of faith, the third stands for love, and the fourth brings good luck to the clover’s finder. In ancient Egypt, four leaf clovers were presented to newlywed couples to bless their union with undying love.
Horseshoes are a common good luck charm. Many people hang them over the entrance of their home because they are said to ward off strangers and hold onto luck for those living in the residence. They are also lucky because they were made by blacksmiths, who were said to be lucky themselves. This is because they worked with iron and fire, which many believed to hold magical powers.
While the cross is the primary symbol of Christianity, it is also considered to be a very lucky symbol, especially in ancient cultures. For instance, the upright part represents the direction of heaven and the crosspiece represents earthly influences. In other cultures it represents a ladder in which to reach God. For pagan religions, the cross symbolizes the tree of life.
Anchor charms have different meanings, not all of them nautical or symbolic of one’s love of the open water. In Christianity, an anchor charm symbolizes strength and stability; many Christian missionaries choose anchors as a way to remind themselves to hold fast to their faith. In other traditions, anchors symbolize hope. Sometimes lucky anchors are used as symbols of safety or consistency during life’s turbulent times.
The circle is quite possibly one of the oldest luck symbols around. Said to bring about good fortune, the circle represents eternity as there is no end or beginning to it. It signifies wholeness, perfection, and completion.
Elegant, ethereal angel wings symbolize the protective power of angels or a special someone who is always there for you, watching over you and protecting or guiding you. These good luck charms can also symbolize feelings of harmony and affection, or hope and happiness. Some people also choose to wear an angel wing charm in order to cherish, honor, or remember a loved one.