Symbols of luck and good fortune
Similar to the idea of sending a message via flowers (see the blog post about Floriography), many other symbols from the natural world are believed bring good fortune. Here are a few ideas if you’re looking to send someone a lucky charm.
There are many examples of Ladybirds (or Ladybugs) being depicted as lucky. Some believe that the redder the ladybird, the luckier it is – this might stem from Chinese culture where red is a lucky colour, said to bring success and good fortune. Certainly, for gardeners and farmers, ladybirds help to keep pests down so there is definitely some truth their good fortune if you have an aphid problem! Ladybird Collection
The fern is a very symbolic plant in many cultures, thought to bring luck and protection. The Chinese believe that ferns are excellent feng shui houseplants that can help you cultivate good luck and prosperity, and they should be placed in a South Eastern corner of the room. The fern is one of our oldest plants so it’s longevity and ability to thrive in difficulty conditions makes it an excellent symbol for overcoming difficult times. Fern Collection
Famously, finding a rare four leafed clover is believed to be very lucky, but did you know the three leafed clover is also thought to bring good fortune? Known as the Shamrock in Ireland, this symbol is seen as a representation of the Christian Holy Trinity, however the motif is also sacred in Celtic traditions. The number three is very important to the Celts who believe that anything significant in the world’s existence existed in triads – the three leaves being representative of this. They also believe the Shamrock is a charm to protect against evil. Shamrock Collection
Fly Agaric, the red spotty fairytale mushroom we called toadstools have long been associated with magic and fairytale. In Germany, these beautiful fungi are known as ‘Glückspilz’ which translates as ‘lucky mushroom’ and is said to be a symbol of good fortune. Fairytale Collection
Slightly different to a lucky charm, the folklore around dandelions is that they grant wishes. It’s said that if you make a wish as you blow the seeds away they’ll be carried on the wind to loved ones. Dandelion Collection