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11 Lucky Things to Always Keep in Your Home

Boost your chances for good energy and prosperity while warding off evil spirits by placing these simple items in your home.

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Proper feng shui

Feng shui is a very complex school of thought on how best to direct the flow of energy in your home so that it moves freely and organically, helping you live your best life. While the system is quite complex, one of the basic principles is the representation of the five Chinese elements in the home: wood, water, metal, earth, and fire. Practitioners say that you should place an object made of wood or water in the money sector of the home in order to bring prosperity.

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Elephant symbols

Both Buddhist and Hindu belief systems revere the elephant as godly or nearly godly animals. The elephant represents many things, from maternity and fertility to luck and wisdom. According to the home design site thespruce.com, the posturing of the elephant in the home is important to its symbolism. An elephant with its trunk in an upright position, for example, is thought to herald good luck. Plan your next trip to some of the luckiest places in the world.

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Incense

Many people burn incense to achieve a sense of relaxation, but some believe it can rid the home of negative energy. In much the same way that the burning of sage is supposed to dispel impure spirits from a house, incense is supposed to cleanse all types of negativity. Some even say that different scents accomplish different types of tasks.

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Horseshoes

Horseshoe-shaped morsels are in your morning bowl of Lucky Charms, but why are they considered lucky? Historians trace the tradition back to Irish legends and tales. Some say it wards off the devil while others say it keeps evil fairy folk away. Whatever the case, placing an iron horseshoe above one’s front door is a classic way to protect the home. Just be sure to avoid these weird things you didn’t know were bad luck.

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Turtle symbols

Just as the Irish believe placing a horseshoe above the front door will provide protection, feng shui followers believe that the turtle (or tortoise) can guard the home. The tortoise is one of Feng Shui’s four celestial guardians, which makes it an extremely powerful symbol. Whether the turtle shell is real or just a piece of art, it is supposed to be a great protective and supportive charm over the front and back doors.

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Bamboo

Chinese superstition declares a bamboo plant to be an integral part of the home. The number of stalks the plant has gives it different meanings. Never give someone a plant with four stalks, for example, because the number four in Chinese numerology is related to death and misfortune. And be sure not to keep these unlucky items in your home.

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The color red

The color red appears in several cultures across the world in connection with good fortune. The Chinese bring in the new year with traditional red outfits and red envelopes containing money. In India, many brides where the color red on their wedding day as a symbol of purity and prosperity. Placing a red vase, wall hanging, or rug somewhere in your home may increase your luck.

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Hamsa

The Hamsa hand is a symbol important to Islamic and Jewish history, culture, and religion. It is meant to be a kind of protective amulet, and many people wear the Hamsa today as jewelry. Some stories point to biblical figures as wielders of the hamsa, while others say it is a way to protect against the Evil Eye.

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Pig symbols

“Shwein gehabt!” That’s what you would say if you were German and you just won the lotto. It’s an expression of good luck, but it literally translates into “got pig” in English. Unlike other symbols on this list, pigs are symbols of good fortune for a historical reason, not a religious one: In Europe in the Middle Ages, a person had to be wealthy to own and maintain many pigs.

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Carp scales

Some people keep pictures of their kids in their wallets. Some Europeans, however, keep carp scales in their billfolds. According to U.S. News & World Report, this fish is an essential part of Christmas tradition in countries such as Poland and Austria. After the carp is eaten, those who ate the meal keep a few of the fish scales with them to promote good fortune. (If you don’t want to hang on to actual carp scales, you could probably just place a carp figurine in your home.) Read up on these lucky meals to eat to bring in the new year.

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Acorns

Whether you keep some acorns in a bowl as decoration or place a couple on the windowsill in accordance with Nordic tradition is up to you. The reason acorns are considered symbols of protection and power is because cultures across the world and throughout the ages have revered the massive and enduring oak tree from which they fall. Increase your good fortune whether you’re at home or away by learning the habits of lucky people.

Taylor Markarian
Taylor Markarian is a regular contributor to Reader's Digest's Culture, Advice, Travel and Pets beats. She is also a music journalist who has contributed to Alternative Press, Loudwire, Revolver, Kerrang! and more. Markarian is the author of the book, 'From the Basement: A History of Emo Music and How It Changed Society', which analyzes the evolution of punk and mental health. She holds a degree in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College.