List of lucky symbols

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This is a list of lucky symbols, signs and charms. Luck is symbolized by a wide array of objects, numbers, symbols, plant and animal life which vary significantly in different cultures globally. The significance of each symbol is rooted in either folklore, mythology, esotericism, religion, tradition, necessity or a combination thereof.

Symbol Culture Notes
7 Sept.svg Christian [1][2]
8 Huit.svg Chinese Sounds like the Chinese word for "fortune". See Numbers in Chinese culture#Eight
Albatross Albatross2 (PSF).png Considered a sign of good luck if seen by sailors.[3][4]
Bamboo Bamboo at Zizhuyuan.jpg Chinese [5]
Barnstar 199x80px United States [6][7]
Ladybugs BIEDRONA.JPG German, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Serbia (Srbija) There is an old children's song in Serbia "Fly, fly, ladybug, bring me the happiness" meaning "Let, let, bubamaro, donesi mi sreću". In serbian "sreća" meaning "good chances" as in a lottery or "happiness", but this is about emotions.
Dreamcatcher Atrapasueños-rafax2.JPG Native American (Ojibwe) [8][9]
Fish 199x80px Chinese, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Tunisian, Indian, Japanese [10][11][12][13][14][15]
Four-leaf clover 199x80px Irish and the Celts [16][17]
Horseshoe Blue horseshoe.svg English and several other European ethnicities Horseshoes are considered lucky when turned upwards but unlucky when turned downwards but some people believe the opposite.[18][19]
Jade Han jade dragen.JPG Chinese
Maneki-neko 199x80px Japanese, Chinese Often mistaken as a Chinese symbol due to its usage in Chinese communities, the Maneki-neko is Japanese.
Pig 199x80px Chinese, German [20]
Rabbit's foot 199x80px A rabbit's foot can be worn or carried as a lucky charm.[21]
Wishbone Wishbonephoto.jpg Europe, North America [22]
Sarimanok 199x80px Maranao
White Elephant RoyalWhiteElephant.jpg Burmese, Thai [23]
Aitvaras Lithuanian

See also


  1. Dolnick and Davidson, p. 85
  2. Greer, p. 21
  3. Webster, p. 6
  4. Dodge, p. 748
  5. Parker, p. 150
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  10. Helfman, p. 400
  11. Marks, p. 199
  12. Toussaint-Samat, p. 311
  13. Hackett, Smith, & al-Athar, p. 218
  14. Sen, p. 158
  15. Volker, p. 72
  16. Dolnick and Davidson, p. 38
  17. Binney, p. 115
  18. Cooper, p. 86
  19. DeMello, p. 35
  20. Webster, p. 202
  21. Webster, p. 212
  22. Edward A. Armstrong."The Folklore of Birds" (Dover Publications, 1970)
  23. "'Lucky' white elephant for Burma". BBC News. November 9, 2001.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>