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How to Use Superstition Beliefs to Bring Good Luck

Change your luck by using superstitions to your advantage. Find a lucky charm and get on a hot streak.


  • Step 1: Wear something lucky -- a shirt, pair of socks, pair of underwear -- any article of clothing that seems to invite good fortune.
  • Step 2: Watch for lucky stars. Stars have always been mystical entities and, in ancient times, people believed that their fortunes were determined by the stars. You can wish upon the first star of the night or wish upon a shooting star, and, if you're having a streak of bad luck, wish for a good luck charm to turn things around.
  • FACT: It is estimated that there is one four-leaf clover for every 10,000 three-leaf clovers.
  • TIP: Make sure the ends of the horseshoe point upward so the luck doesn't drain out.
  • Step 3: Hang a horseshoe over your door for good luck. Also with many possible origins, some say that witches ride on brooms because they're afraid of horses. A horseshoe over your door is a good luck charm that also protects against witches.
  • Step 4: Carry a four-leaf clover for good luck. Also with biblical origins, legend has it that Eve, upon her eviction from Eden, grabbed a four-leaf clover as a souvenir of her time in Paradise.
  • Step 5: Carry a lucky rabbit's foot. Rabbits have been considered good luck for centuries, and carrying the left hind foot of a rabbit is thought to be a sort of luck conduit, channeling the rabbit's luck to the owner of its foot.
  • Step 6: Be on the lookout for lucky pennies -- "Find a penny, pick it up. All day long, you'll have good luck." There are several theories about the origin of the superstition, but the origin isn't what matters -- it's the luck.
  • Step 7: Do things in sevens. The significance of the number seven has been acknowledged since biblical times -- seven days of creation, seven days of the week, the seven-branched candlestick, seven heavens, and seven seals, to name just a few.

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