Tomorrow may just be your lucky day! On Tuesday, March 17, folks from across the globe will don green and raise a glass in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day -- an international holiday that honors the life of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. But before you leave your house to attend the nearest celebratory parade -- and/or bar -- here are some things you can do to ward off evil and have a luck-of-the-Irish kind of day!
1. Hang A Horseshoe
It’s been said that when kept as a talisman, a horseshoe will bring good fortune to those who don it. However, it must be pretty heavy to sport an iron token around all day. So, why not opt for the easier, not-so-hefty route by hanging a horseshoe in your house? Some believe the ends should point up so that good luck can collect in the storage-like container. Meanwhile others prefer the horseshoe to face down, pouring good luck onto those who pass it.
2. Pick a Four Leaf Clover
The uncommon plant, which typically has three leaves, is said to bring good luck to those who find it – especially if they stumble upon the magical clover by accident. Who else will accidentally stumble into the nearest clover patch tomorrow?
3. Lucky Rabbit Foot
In some cultures it is believed that carrying around the foot of a rabbit will bring good luck. Although there are variations of this superstition (how/when/where the animal was caught) it all boils down to turning a rabbit foot into an amulet.
4. Don’t Duck Under A Flock
Having the misfortune of getting droppings on your head or car from a bird is also, strangely, a sign of good luck. According to some beliefs, money will come your way if you suffer from getting hit with bird feces.
5. Knock on Wood
To avoid tempting fate after an unfavorable comment, the best thing to do, per superstitions, is to quickly knock on wood for protection. The belief was originated from the Indians of North America, according to the book “Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things,” which stated that children would touch a tree to signify safety during a game of tag, thus sparking the knock on wood tradition.
6. Spilling Salt
While spilling salt is seen as an evil omen, throwing the cooking spice over ones left shoulder is used to protect from wickedness creeping behind them, according to the book “Olde Worlde Magic – Superstitions and Lore…”
7. Tend to the Garden
For those familiar with Alice Hoffman’s witchy novel “Practical Magic,” it is said in the book that to ensure luck, one should plant roses and lavender in their garden. The word lavender derives from the Latin word “Lavare,” which means to wash and could be interrupted of cleansing the soul from evil.
How will you attract luck on St. Patrick’s Day? Share the wealth and let us know in the comments section below!