List of lucky symbols

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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 [1][2]
8 Huit.svg Chinese Sounds like the Chinese word for "fortune". See Numbers in Chinese culture#Eight
Aitvaras Lithuania
Albatross Albatross2 (PSF).png Considered a sign of good luck if seen by sailors.[3][4]
Amanita muscaria WWB-0266-128-Amanita muscarius.png
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
Bamboo Bamboo at Zizhuyuan.jpg Chinese [5]
Barnstar BarnstarProud.jpg United States [6][7]
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.
Corno portafortuna Cornetto rosso portafortuna.jpg Central and Southern Italy
Ladybugs BIEDRONA.JPG German, Italian, Russian, Turkish, 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.
Dreamcatcher Atrapasueños-rafax2.JPG Native American (Ojibwe) [8][9]
Fish Longnose trevally.png Chinese, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Tunisian, Indian, Japanese [10][11][12][13][14][15]
Bird or flock going from right to left Paganism Auspicia
A monk passing through Monk, Thailand.jpg Buddhist
Four-leaf clover Four-leaved clover1.jpg Irish and Celtic, German [16][17]
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.
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.[18][19]
Jade Han jade dragen.JPG Chinese
Jew with a coin Figurine of Jew with coin (cropped).jpg Poland Thought to bring money.[20][21][22]
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.
Pig Pig USDA01c0116.jpg Chinese, German [23]
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.[24]
Wishbone Wishbonephoto.jpg Europe, North America [25]
Sarimanok Sarimanok bird of Philippine Folklore.jpg Maranao
Swallow Red-rumpedSwallow01.jpg Korea Rooted in Folktale 'Heungbu and Nolbu'
Tortoise shell cat Short-haired tortoiseshell cat.jpg Many cultures Rooted in Folklore
White Elephant RoyalWhiteElephant.jpg Thai [26]
White heather Lucky White Heather - - 933450.jpg Irish Travellers, Scotland [27]

See also[edit]


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