Lucky Numbers, Objects, and Colors

Lucky Numbers, Objects, and Colors


"Luck is probability taken personally," say most mathematicians, scientists and skeptics, but to some, luck is what gets them by and can be brought on by anything. If asked what their favourite or lucky number is, most people will choose between three, seven, and thirteen, and this is of interest because all of those are prime numbers, and anyone can tell you that prime numbers have one undeniable quality in common. They don't let anyone come between them and their man, number one.

All jokes aside, whole cultures have embraced luck, and sources of luck, in many different forms. The number three shows up in good things all over the place, from the Trinity to Pagan rituals and prayers. Seven has even surfaced commonly in lottery games, and a few of my friends think today will be lucky since it's the seventh day of the seventh month of the year two-thousand-seven. Thirteen is perceived as unlucky by the masses, but embraced by the outcasts as their saving grace. Generally characterised by better-than-good fortune, luck can seemingly be brought on by prayer, voodoo, hoodoo, sacrifices, or spells. Wishing someone luck before an event has become more of a motion than a statement, coming as a reaction, like 'thank you' or 'I'm sorry.' It can also be carried in objects.

But aren't there lucky colours?

All Good Things Come in ... Greens?

Especially if found by accident, a four-leaf clover, a rarity among clovers, is said to bring good luck to its finder. The Irish will tell you that these green ones are rarities, one-in-ten-thousand according to estimations. According to legend, each leaflet of the clover represents something. The first leaflet is for hope, the second is for faith, the third is for love, and that elusive fourth one is for luck. The Shamrock, badge of Ireland, was used originally for its medical purposes, but has been revered as a symbol of good luck for some time. To be "in clover," rolling or not, means something of living in ease, comfort, or prosperity. Growing a money tree, green being the operative colour symbol, originally was thought to bring good fortune. Green, overall, seems to be the go-to colour for luck.

Bamboo is also grown in jars or pots in Chinese culture to bring luck into the home. It can also be said that carvings in jade, a common material choice of early Chinese art, can bring good luck. Jade is more commonly thought of as a emerald green, but can also be blue, lavender, pink, and white. In Chinese culture, the green stone is seen as having protective properties against evil spirits and the afamed bad luck.   jade buttons

All that Glitters is Gold

It seems like everyone that sees a fountain is compelled to throw their money into it. On a clear, sunny day, the bottom of the fountain glitters gold with pennies. Even children gladly throw pennies into fountains within the tradition of tossing a coin and making a wish. And I'm completely certain that nearly every wish is for something positive. If not, that's a lot of pennies for bad karma. Pennies, derived from pence, are also good luck when found face up on the ground. Though actually predominantly copper, pennies, when shined, have that warm yellow, brassy look to them.

maneki neko   Gold is a symbol of wealth and avarice, and also greed because of the hoarding it seems to take to accumulate said wealth. By association, wearing gold, or keeping gold around is said to bring good luck and fortune. Maneki Neko, or "The Beckoning Cat," is a commonplace Japanese sculpture thought to bring its owner good luck. Seen in stores counters that don't even necessarily sell the nekos, on keychains, in homes, and even as air fresheners, it seems like this gold coin-cradling cat had waved its way into many hopeful hands. A raised right paw supposedly attracts money while a left brings in customers.

Inadvertently, white has become a well-wishing, good luck colour, between being commonly the colour of lucky rabbit's feet and wedding day colours. Throwing white rice as the bride and groom surfaced from the doors of a church has been seen as spreading good luck to them, but not so lucky for the birds who eat the rice afterwards. White is the colour of all things innocent and pure, all things good, present or yet to arrive. If, perchance, you spill salt, throwing it over your shoulder will under the bad luck coming your way.

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What's your good luck colour?

Do you keep something around for good luck

Do you have any traditions to bring good luck?

What other colours do you know about that are said to bring luck?


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vibrant2001

I do indeed keep something around for good luck.

When I was younger, I found over 3 dozen four leaf clover in my yard. I have them all pressed and keep them in my room.

Thank you for using my photog, by the way.

retsof

A U.S. Chinese New Year postage stamp sheet was intended to sell for $4.44. Since these fours are considered "unlucky" in China, an equal number of stamps was printed on the reverse, making the total selling price $8.88. Problem solved. They should like August 8, 2008 for the same reason. I don't know what will happen on September 9, 2009.

September has only been the ninth month since Pope Gregory messed with it. It used to be the seventh month. That's where "sept" came from in Latin. October - 8th month, November - 9th month, December - 10th month. Since February used to be the 12th month, that's why it has the leap day.

indiethought

I keep a couple of lucky objects, actually. I have a small blue coloured stone that I carry in my purse everywhere I go. It's smooth and sort of flat on one side, and at times I'll take it out and rub my thumb on the flat side if I'm thinking about something important or wishing for something good to happen. I also have a four-leaf clover that I found before I could spell my own name and gave to my dad. A few years ago, he gave it back, all pressed and in a small round plastic frame, still completely intact. I keep it on/in my nightstand.

hissyfit*

My good luck color is black, all of my tattoos are in black and the inscriptions I have in kanji I beleive since getting specific ones my outlook on certain situations and issues in my life have drastically changed.

I have always kept incense around for good luck at first I always thought I needed an object for good luck, however the incense I've made seems to work best for me.

Before I deal with a situation dealing with an outcome I have special incense for this it's a EO mixture I've created myself influenced by scents originating from Egypt.

AvalonJuliet

Red has always been my lucky colour, though when I was really little, I also loved dark green like nothing else, and wore both colours as much as I could, even when I had to wear a uniform for school. Green headbands, red hairclips = problem solved.

I even remember hoarding all of the red and green toys in kindergarten, too.

Good thing they're both also my favourite, hm?

lizcrimson

retsof, i like what you posted about the months. it all makes perfect sense now, and i didn't know that before. sept = 7, oct = 8, etc. i had a real "duh!" moment when i realized what you pointed out. great!

i've always considered red my lucky colour, but i always consider red for anything. i used to go to the flea market every weekend and buy stuff. i always wanted to bring it home and paint it red before i added it to my decor. friends used to tease me about it. "are ya going to paint that red too?!" i quit going to the flea market when things got too cluttered at my house. :P

wakeupdonnie

My lucky number is 5 or 7. My lucky object? My boyfriend.

He can literally glance into a patch of clovers and find several with four leaves. It's.. incredible.

velveteen

I was born on Friday the 13th... I try not to believe in luck, haha. :] just kidding.

I use 13 as my lucky color and pink as my lucky color. ;]

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