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A four-leaf clover keychain

A good luck charm is an amulet or other item that is believed to bring good luck.

Almost any object can be used as a charm. Coins and buttons are examples, as are small objects given as gifts, due to the favorable associations they make. Many souvenir shops have a range of tiny items that may be used as good luck charms. Good luck charms are often worn on the body, but not necessarily.[1]


The Mojo is a charm originating in African culture. It is used in voodoo ceremonies to carry several lucky objects or spells and intended to cause a specific effect. The concept is that particular objects placed in the bag and charged will create a supernatural effect for the bearer. Even today, mojo bags are still used.

Europe also contributed to the concept of lucky charms. Adherents of St. Patrick (the patron saint of Ireland), adopted the four-leaf clover as a symbol of Irish luck because clovers are abundant in the hills of Ireland.[2]


This is a list of lucky symbols, signs, and charms. Luck is symbolized by a wide array of objects, numbers, symbols, plant and animal life which vary significantly in different cultures globally. The significance of each symbol is rooted in either folklore, mythology, esotericism, religion, tradition, necessity or a combination thereof.

Symbol Culture Notes
7 Sept.svg Western, Japanese [3][4]
8 Huit.svg Chinese Sounds like the Chinese word for "fortune". See Numbers in Chinese culture#Eight
Aitvaras Kraków Parada Smoków 2012-06-03 072.jpg Lithuania [citation needed]
Acorns Norse [citation needed]
Albatross Albatross2 (PSF).png Considered a sign of good luck if seen by sailors.[5][6]
Amanita muscaria WWB-0266-128-Amanita muscarius.png [citation needed]
Ashtamangala Ashtamangala.jpg Indian religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism Buddhism: Endless knot, Lotus flower, Dhvaja, Dharmachakra, Bumpa, Golden Fish, Parasol, Conch; additional symbols for Hinduism and Jainism[citation needed]
Bamboo Bamboo at Zizhuyuan.jpg Chinese [7]
Barnstar BarnstarProud.jpg United States [8][9]
Chimney sweep Skorstensfejer (5884298136).jpg Many parts of the world Said to bring good luck when being touched, especially on New Year and on weddings.[citation needed]
Corno portafortuna Cornetto rosso portafortuna.jpg Central and Southern Italy [citation needed]
Ladybugs BIEDRONA.JPG German, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Brazilian, Serbia (Srbija) There is an old children's song in Serbia "Let, let, bubamaro, donesi mi sreću" meaning "Fly, fly, ladybug, bring me the happiness". In Serbian, "sreća" means "good chances" as in a lottery or "happiness", but this is about emotions.[citation needed]
Dreamcatcher Atrapasueños-rafax2.JPG Native American (Ojibwe) [10][11]
Fish Longnose trevally.png Chinese, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Tunisian, Indian, Japanese [12][13][14][15][16][17]
Bird or flock going from right to left Ciconia ciconia - White Stork 07.jpg Paganism Auspicia[citation needed]
A monk passing through Monk, Thailand.jpg Buddhist [citation needed]
Four-leaf clover Four-leaved clover1.jpg Irish and Celtic, German [18][19]
Shamrock or Clover Irish clover.jpg Irish While in most of the world, only the four-leafed clover is considered lucky, in Ireland all Irish Shamrocks are.[citation needed]
Horseshoe Blue horseshoe.svg English and several other European ethnicities Horseshoes are considered lucky when turned upwards but unlucky when turned downwards, although some people believe the opposite.[20][21]
Jade Han jade dragen.JPG Chinese [citation needed]
Jew with a coin Figurine of Jew with coin (cropped).jpg Poland Thought to bring money.[22][23][24]
Maneki-neko Maneki-neko-ja.jpg Japanese, Chinese Often mistaken as a Chinese symbol due to its usage in Chinese communities, the Maneki-neko is Japanese.[citation needed]
Pig Pig USDA01c0116.jpg Chinese, German [25]
Rabbit's foot Rabbitsfoot.jpg North America, England and Wales (originating from a hare's foot) A rabbit's foot can be worn or carried as a lucky charm.[26]
Wishbone Wishbonephoto.jpg Europe, North America [27]
Sarimanok Sarimanok bird of Philippine Folklore.jpg Maranao [citation needed]
Swallow Red-rumpedSwallow01.jpg Korea Rooted in Folktale 'Heungbu and Nolbu'
Tortoiseshell cat Short-haired tortoiseshell cat.jpg Many cultures Rooted in Folklore
White Elephant RoyalWhiteElephant.jpg Thai [28]
White heather Lucky White Heather - - 933450.jpg Irish Travellers, Scotland [29]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "History and Legends of Lucky Charms and Talismans".
  3. ^ Dolnick and Davidson, p. 85
  4. ^ Greer, p. 21
  5. ^ Webster, p. 6
  6. ^ Dodge, p. 748
  7. ^ Parker, p. 150
  8. ^ Urbina, Eric (July 22, 2006). "For the Pennsylvania Dutch, a Long Tradition Fades". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 18, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  9. ^ Votruba, Cindy (September 8, 2008). "It's in the Stars". Marshall Independent. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  10. ^ Young, Eric (February 2, 1998). "New Age Solution for Coping with Material-world Tension". The Sacramento Bee. ProQuest 246401007.
  11. ^ Thrall, Christopher (September 17, 2005). "Objects in the mirror may be more complex than they appear". Postmedia News. ProQuest 460167802.
  12. ^ Helfman, p. 400
  13. ^ Marks, p. 199
  14. ^ Toussaint-Samat, p. 311
  15. ^ Hackett, Smith, & al-Athar, p. 218
  16. ^ Sen, p. 158
  17. ^ Volker, p. 72
  18. ^ Dolnick and Davidson, p. 38
  19. ^ Binney, p. 115
  20. ^ Cooper, p. 86
  21. ^ DeMello, p. 35
  22. ^ "Tartakowsky, Ewa. "Le Juif à la pièce d'argent." La vie des idées (2017)" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  23. ^ The Jew with a Coin: Analysis of a contemporary folkloric emblem (AAPJ) Archived 2017-02-27 at the Wayback Machine, Joanna Tokarska-Bakir, 2019.
  24. ^ Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father Archived 2019-07-03 at the Wayback Machine, Diana Wichtel, 2018, Awa Press, page 144. link to extract from book in Nzherald, published 16 May 2018
  25. ^ Webster, p. 202
  26. ^ Webster, p. 212
  27. ^ Edward A. Armstrong."The Folklore of Birds" (Dover Publications, 1970)
  28. ^ "'Lucky' white elephant for Burma". BBC News. November 9, 2001. Archived from the original on April 3, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  29. ^ McClintock, David (15 January 1970). Why Is White Heather Lucky?. Country Life. Archived from the original on 4 July 2021. Retrieved 3 April 2021.