Lucky Charms and Talismans
Good luck is something people from all cultures long for, and symbols, amulets and talismans therefore represent guardians and triggers of great fortune. The question that we wonder of concerns the efficiency of such items for the wearers.
Some objects manifest an internal capacity to store and emit energy, whether positive and negative depending on their nature, and many studies have attempted to analyze the level of energy specific to living organisms and inanimate parts.
There are two sources of energy for lucky charms, in general: first there is personal belief, and then sacredness. Here is the working mechanism explained.
Lucky charms receive a superior amount of energy absorbed from believers: people who are convinced that a horseshoe symbol will bring them luck transfer the positive energy of their belief onto the charm.
Then, if the charms have been exposed to a form of sacred service, a religious ritual that involves blessings and prayers, then part of the the grace and divine energy from the ritual will pass onto the charms as such. Studies actually indicate that around 30% of those who wear charms and believe in them, claim to have improved their good fortune.
Furthermore, expecting such items to solve all the negative aspects in one's life is far-fetched and wrong, since the person directly involved needs to take action and do something about it.
Actions set the course, and if they contradict the laws of nature, then, the disturbance becomes manifest in the low efficiency of the charms.
From one culture to another, different symbols and representations have been attributed a substantial role in the guarding of our good fortunes: the horseshoe, the Rudraksh, lockets, the swastika, the om symbol and several others.
Mention must be made that what works as a good luck symbol in one culture may be interpreted otherwise in a different one.
The most conclusive example of lucky talismans that are specific to one culture only remains the swastika. According to Indian symbolism, the swastika is the sign of the Hindu God of good fortune, Ganesh, and it differs in design from the Nazi Swastika by the way its arms are oriented.
The Nazi meaning is the best known and few people have ever heard of the Indian good fortune sign.
Actually, the Nazis stole the swastika sign from Norse mythology, it used to be the sign of the god of thunder, Thor. This is not well known.
Even so, in Western cultures, the swastika suggests only a dark period in the history of humanity without any touch of positive thought whatsoever. Though not as poignant as this example, other lucky charms may mean great things for one culture, and be met with indifference in another.