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Decorative Lucky charms!
Smart decorative charms for the Christmas tree, the Christmas table, the wall, the door etc. Ideal small value elegant presents that can be used as small give a way’s to house guests, corporate presents, or a decorative add on to bigger presents!

A SHORT STORY : The symbolism behind the lucky charms

The “Evil Eye” Ayn al-ḥasūd, Nazar, Aschashm , Eye , Μάτι (Mati) Mal de ojo, Malocchio , Olhado , Maka pilau, çaw e zar etc.

Τhe famous and well known symbol, the eye that repels...
Decorative Lucky charms!
Smart decorative charms for the Christmas tree, the Christmas table, the wall, the door etc. Ideal small value elegant presents that can be used as small give a way’s to house guests, corporate presents, or a decorative add on to bigger presents!

A SHORT STORY : The symbolism behind the lucky charms

The “Evil Eye” Ayn al-ḥasūd, Nazar, Aschashm , Eye , Μάτι (Mati) Mal de ojo, Malocchio , Olhado , Maka pilau, çaw e zar etc.

Τhe famous and well known symbol, the eye that repels evil. The evil eye is a malevolent look that many cultures believe able to cause injury or misfortune for the person at whom it is directed for reasons of envy or dislike. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called "evil eyes". An amulet that we come across in many culturesreligions, if not all, with the same, similar or additional importance. Greeks, Spaniards , Portuguese , Italians , Turks, Arabs , Persians , Girls , Kurds have the eye as a symbol of protection from evil. Oldest reports exist in ancient Greek literature in many authors such as Plato , Hesiod , Diodorus , Plutarch , Athenaeus , Aristophanes , etc. , and texts of the Assyrians , Jews , Arabs , Indians, Africans and inhabitants of America. Christian Church also accepts the symbolism and partially the tradition around the eye talismans but they focus on the belief that envy and dislike and everything bad influenced are the works of the devil.

The Horseshoe
The use of a horseshoe as protective and good luck charm goes back many centuries, so yes, it is sure good feng shui to have it in your home. The iron horseshoe has a long history as a powerful good luck charm in most Western countries, as well as India. In the Indian Vastu Shastra - which is an ancient environmental art very similar to feng shui - the horseshoe is one of the most popular protection symbols for a home. Sometimes is also placed above the doorways, as well as the fireplace. Usually placed outside the front door (and above it) as a protection symbol, but there is no restriction against placing it inside the front door. So, you can use your own judgement and aesthetic criteria for what looks best with your specific home style and decor. It is connected to the power, reliability and integrity of the horse. When the “U” looks up symbolises the moon and looking down the uterus of the female. It brings good luck and fortune, fertility, strength against evil . Protects the house area and soil property, protects from strangers when it is hanging on the wall above the door. They say that "U" shape captures the good luck forever . Other legends say that when pointing upwards it will gather fortune, or when pointing under it will shower you with luck .Tradition also says that with a horseshoe in the 10th century, the bishop (and later saint) Dunstan caged devil. Since then, all the houses of the Christians had a horseshoe on their doorstep .

The key
As a luck symbol, it is considered to be the oldest and most important charm . When donated between lovers it symbolises the intention to unlock the heart and luck in love. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that it represents the key of life that has the power to unlock the door that leads prayers to the gods . It was also symbolising the memory of what passed and insight for those to come. It was a symbol of the goddess Diana (Artemis), protector of doors and house threshold and also protector of the pregnant women. For the Japanese tradition 3 keys tied together are considered a powerful charm of luck which gives to whoever has them the ability to unlock the doors that lead to love, health, and wealth. For Gypsies hanging upside down ensures good sleep and prevents nightmares.

The Pomegranate
One of the charms that has come to be considered to exorcize the misfortune and attracts good luck is the pomegranate. For thousands of years, the pomegranate is considered, by different people and cultures, the symbol of fertility, abundance and good fortune. Ancient Greeks before moving in a new house, used to break at the threshold a pomegranate, something we do today as well and proves the continuity of some traditions and legends. From the pomegranate break custom, comes the popular Greek expression: " He broke the pomegranate " which is similar to the expression “break a leg” , meaning someone has a good start. Conceptually pomegranate (Rodi in Greek) or pomegranate tree (Rodia) is directly connected with the word “Roe” that means flow and metaphorically represents the flow of power.

Hand of Fatima, Hamsa, Hamesh.
Hamsa in Arabic or Hamesh in Hebrew is a very old and popular symbol deterrent against envy, of human wickedness, and generally evil eye. The name hamsa or hamesh means 5 (representing the hand fingers). It is also known as the Hand of Fatima daughter of Muhammad or the hand of Miriam - sister of Moses for the Jews. The symbol in its course throughout history has been adopted by the West in church offerings such as the famous evil eye. On the Arab African cultures like Berbers, Troglodytes, Tuaregues the hand of Fatima is painted outside the doors with blue paint for protection against evil.

The Frog
Symbol of mutation, since until he fully grow up is going through many painful steps, like man does. The myth of the frog and the prince is a great example of the conversion of something “ugly” into something beautiful. As a talisman protects children and brings pleasant dreams, also symbolises the awakening of ones creativity. For many years apart from the good luck, symbolised prosperity as a frog makes thousands of eggs. In ancient Rome was the good luck mascot of the house. In China, the frog with three legs symbolised wealth, in Ireland what comes unexpectedly. Generally is a symbol of luck, purity, symbol of intermediate, regeneration/rebirth, renewal, fertility, healing, migration, opportunity, inspirational euphoria. In Japan represents a unique good fortune amulet for travellers, especially those crossing water - rivers and seas. Also, the word «kaeru» in
Japanese has 2 meanings, frog and safe return, and it is connected to the travelers safe return at home.

The Elephant
Considered as “the” symbol of good luck, in many cultures even modern western. First appeared in Asia where Indian philosophy attaches great value to animals and specially to elephants. It has to do with all animal characteristics and symbolises the wisdom, good luck, strength, family – tribe dedication, intelligence, and isolation. It is the most popular of all amulets / CHARMS depicting animals. White elephants are very rare and considered extra luck.

The Clover / Shamrock
Although most people have it connected to the Irish celebration of St. Patrick's, the tradition begins earlier , in the early years of Celtic Ireland. The Druids used it to reveal the evil spirits in the form of triple leafed and four-leafed had additional magical properties of protection from evil as well as to evict bad luck . According to Christian legend when Eve left the Garden of Eden was carrying with her a four-leaf clover as a sign that she had taken with her a little bit of paradise lost. Later on used shamrock as a symbol of the Holy Trinity (triality) and four-leafed as a symbol of the cross with the legend dictating that the fourth leaf symbolises the grace of god. Children in the Middle Ages were looking furiously for clovers, because they thought that they would help them to see fairies.

The boot of Santa (Basil the Great for Eastern Church)
Basil, being born into a wealthy family, gave away all his possessions to the poor, the underprivileged, those in need, and children. A similar story exists for another Greek bishop, Saint Nicholas of Myra. Over the centuries the two legends have blended together, though the Western Santa Claus remains associated with Nicholas, while the Eastern "Santa" is identified with Basil. The boot represents the arrival of St Basil of Caesarean together with the new year. Basil the Great died on 1 January 379AD. This date was considered by all Christian people a blessing one that brings good luck in the new year to come. It is one of the most loved saints of the church and they say that he was the wisest of all. The custom that shows St. Basil bringing presents, truly represents the presents of the hurt. Faith, good hurt, solidarity, care of the poor and underprivileged, giving without
incentive. That's why New Year's Day we all expect the saint to bless our homes and get his own piece of the St Basil’s pie (Greek tradition) with the lucky coin of the year to come, hidden randomly in the pie. His is recognised as a Doctor of the Church in both Eastern Orthodoxy and in the Roman Catholic Church. He is sometimes referred to by the epithet "Ουρανοφαντωρ", “urano”(sky) “fantor”(reveler) "revealer of heavenly mysteries".

The magic broom
To wipe the old from our life and travel us in the New Year in our own magical world. Wipes evil and drives it away. In Spanish speaking countries, witch Befana brings the gifts to the children. According to the legend, the night that Christ was born, the three wise men visited her to rest , when they were leaving they suggested that she should go with them . She refused , but then as she was feeling guilty she regret it . Since then, every year, she flies with her broom and distributes gifts to all children, hoping that one of them is the Christ . She fills the stockings of good children with gifts and socks of " naughty " ones with charcoal , which is just a candy in the shape of charcoal.

The boat
Trademark of islanders and sea coast civilisations, who have unbreakable relationship with the sea and maritime tradition. It symbolises the new tack of human life after the birth of Christ. 50 years ago, until the first post-war decade, we met the boat in many Greek homes and hands of children saying carols. It was a kind of honour and welcome to the sailors, who were returning from their travels. Talisman for seafarers in times of distress at sea . In paper form is hanged onto fishing boats or new build ships and boats for good luck and protection while travelling.

The Fish / herringbone
Also found in island cultures from northern Europe to New Zealand as an incantation against evil in many forms and materials. Live in lakes in Japan in and out of their homes considered lucky . It is also known as a symbol of Jesus and the early Christians who used
it as an identifier, hidden in the cloth, to each other during the persecutions.

The foot paw
It symbolises stability, supports firmly the body in to the ground, specifies the path to the events. Protects from the unknown preventing evil, like it protects the body in every step securing it in the best possible way. Very often we meet the paw in silver or gold church offerings hanging on a Saints painted picture. The Significant of the foot was recognized by Leonardo da Vinci who believed that is an engineering masterpiece.


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