This morning I managed to forget my umbrella during a rain shower, trip up the stairs, and get an ink stain on my favourite shirt. All within the space of an hour. It wasn’t until I’d dried myself off, rubbed my bruised shin and dabbed the ink out my top before I realised the date. Friday 13th. Now I’m not superstitious I swear *cough* but given my morning of misfortune, I thought it couldn’t hurt to arm myself with a few lucky charms. Y’know, just in case.
Whether you’re superstitious or not, maybe these will stop you from facing the same fate as me (and my favourite shirt). Extra lucky for you is that I’ve already tracked down the best charms around, so you’ll be sorted for Friday 13th May 2016. If a black cat crosses your path then you’re on your own.
The four-leaf clover is probably the most universal sign of luck around thanks to its association with St Patrick’s Day. Druids traditionally carried a three-leaf clover, or shamrock, to help them see evil spirits. Four-leaf clovers were extra special as they offered magical protection. Don’t worry about them being tricky to find though – because I’ve tracked down this handy crochet pattern for you folks to knit your own. Phew! It’s super simple and easy to make, so whip one up and pop it in your bag, your pocket, or pin it to your coat and you’ll be lucky all day long.
Horseshoes have long been considered a lucky charm and used to ward of evil spirits. There’s a legend which tells the tale of the Devil and St Dunstan, a blacksmith. The Devil asked for Dunstan to shoe his horse, but the crafty saint nailed the shoe to the Devil’s foot instead, which was understandably fairly painful. Dunstan only agreed to remove the shoe if the Devil agreed he would never enter a house with one nailed outside.
If you don’t fancy sourcing an actual horseshoe and nailing it to your front door, then this horse jumper is a good alternative. It’ll also ward off those evil spirits when you leave your house, a handy bonus.
This one may be lesser known than some of its mainstream cousins, but mint is no less of a lucky charm. Traditionally used to attract good spirits and bring good fortune to the person carrying it, folks of yesteryear would attach a sprig to their coat for luck. For a less pungent (and more refreshing) alternative, why not relax with a nice cup of Cosy Peppermint instead? Let’s face it, you’ll need it after the day you’ve had.