Good luck charm in the United Kingdom
Dec 1, 2014 5:58:05 PM
Good luck charms in the United Kingdom
The horseshoe superstition dates back to a time when the most acceptable method of transportation was by horse. Blacksmiths and farriers were extremely important to the British economy as they kept the country moving.
Saint DunstanIt is said that a blacksmith named Dunstan was once asked to attach horseshoes to a man he believed to be the devil. He did so, and when the devil cried out in pain, he captured him. He let him go on the understanding that the devil would never set foot in a Christian building again. He would know which homes to avoid as they would have a horseshoe hanging above their door. Dunstan became the Archbishop of Canterbury soon after, and is now known as Saint Dunstan. It is now considered very lucky to have a horseshoe above the door.
Seven nailsThey were generally held in place on a horse’s foot with seven nails. Seven was thought to be a lucky number. If someone came across a horseshoe pointing in their direction, this was a very good omen. They were supposed to pick it up and count how many nails were still in place. Depending on which superstition they followed, the number of nails could represent either the number of years they would have good luck for, or the number of years they would have to wait for good luck.
Camilla Parker Bowles with a Good Luck horseshoe at her wedding with Prince Charles.
Good luck charmIt is more difficult to find horseshoes lying around today. However, you only have to dream about finding a horseshoe for it to be able to give you good luck. Some people choose to hang their horseshoes over their beds as good luck charm. This is an effort to ward off bad dreams.
Despite the invention of alternative means of transport, the horseshoe continues to be a recognized good luck charm. A quarter of British people are superstitious, and it is customary for a bride to receive a horseshoe charm on her wedding day. It usually has a ribbon which is attached to each shoulder of the horseshoe. The bride must hang it from this ribbon to ensure it is always the correct way up. If the horseshoe is tipped upside down, the luck is thought to fall out. These gifts are usually made of plastic and are adorned with ribbon, lace, and diamantes to make them prettier. Many people choose to wear a horseshoe on a charm bracelet, so that the luck can follow them wherever they go.