lucky charms but not the cereal

A box of Lucky Charms from 2011

Not particularly superstitious as evidenced by walking under ladders (so far, no buckets of paint have landed on my head) and steping on sidewalk cracks without breaking my mother’s back.

Have a belief in lucky “charms:” items that, at the very least, I hope stave off danger if don’t bring actual good luck. These charms can just “fall” into my life or be given to me, taking on special meanings. Some come from the folklore instilled by my parents. For example, money, especially pennies, minted in your year of birth bring luck, so I have several – each in a different purse or spot to increase my chances at luck.

We never listen or watch the lottery numbers (check on the appropriate website), and keep the winnings (always small so far!) separate from other money and not for spending to encourage larger payouts in the future.

On a gold chain once belonging to my father are three charms: a gold saber (father), a gold delicately filigreed butterfly (mother) they always wore. As well, a pewter inuksuk, a gift from my mother shortly after my father died, and she had her personality-altering stroke. If not  wearing around my neck, I carry this with me everywhere.

My wardrobe contains some lucky clothes (from successful interviews, presentations, and thesis-defense). Of course, there is also lucky/special jewelry such as a bracelet given by a friend with a metal bead that reads strength on one side and courage on the other. I only take it off to wash up or have a shower.

Small stuffed animals, such as a fairy princess sheep, are tucked into my purse, and placed in suitcases before travelling.

I have a brightly painted small wooden box with 6 trouble dolls from Guatemala. Before going to bed, you whisper your troubles to them, put them under your pillow, and as you sleep, they try and resolve the issue, worry, or concern. As there are only 6, you can’t have more than 6 troubles to be solved.

In an effort not to tempt fate, statements become modified: if all goes as planned; “if things work out”; “I hope that”; “if I’m lucky . . .” There are the familiar rituals before certain events (no, not sacrificing anything) and creative visualizations when anxious, worried or afraid, such as when storms shake the large, old trees overhanging our roof.

Never tried Lucky Charms the cereal (with the leprechaun-based ad campaign), but lucky charms are a part of my daily life.

Do you have special/lucky charms? Are there incantations you evoke for luck? Does family folklore play a part in how you increase your chances for good luck, or for staving off disasters?