Animals Believed To Bring Good Luck

Rabbit Source: Wikipedia In Royal Vegas Casino, we believe luck comes in many forms and despite the fact that we may all have similar qualities, good luck is sometimes the main feature which defines our success. So let’s walk you through the different beliefs held in some cultures, and highlight a few of the animals said to bring luck to the world.

The Rabbit

Without getting into the whole business of a rabbit’s foot, rabbits are generally considered lucky. And this attribute particularly applies when it comes to aspects such as fertility and childbirth. Does the Easter bunny also spring to mind? Well, that’s because the Saxons regarded the hare-like goddess Eostre as the herald of spring. Appearing after the long, hard winter months, when some people may have been quite close to starvation, rabbits were an early sign of warmer days and thus a very lucky omen. And when we celebrate Easter in modern times, a (chocolate?) rabbit is still one of the quintessential symbols we are likely to give and receive.

The Goldfish

Goldfish Source: Pixabay Goldfish are said to attract good luck to a household in the form of tranquillity, eternal wisdom and longevity. They are numbered among the eight sacred symbols of the Buddha where they are held to represent qualities such as fertility and abundance, and the ability to harmonise with the never-ending flow of life. The Ancient Greeks also thought that goldfish brought good luck, both in marriage and relationships. And in ancient Egypt, goldfish were again brought into the home as a good-luck symbol for the family and also to boost domestic harmony. Like the famous Japanese koi, another highly prized fish, the goldfish is also a member of the carp family.

The Elephant

In the series of Vedic Sanskrit hymns, known as the Rig Veda, the elephant is singled out as the only animal with a hand. In a way, that seems to imply the elephant is uniquely equipped for the actions of both giving and receiving, and thus perhaps explains at least one good reason why elephants are considered a potent symbol of luck, good fortune and wealth in India. Another explanation might be that only the wealthiest of Indian families could afford to own elephants. They were thus regarded as signalling the owner had achieved a certain status. In modern-day terms, this might be much like the impression created by ownership of something like a Lamborghini, Porsche or Ferrari – a phenomenally exclusive and expensive car only the most rich and powerful could dream of owning. But remember, if you plan to wear an elephant emblem for luck in your business dealings, tradition dictates that the trunk must always appear upright.

The Pig

Pig Source: Pixabay Though perhaps an unlikely animal to symbolise good luck, both the Chinese and Irish cultures produce craft images of pigs which are kept as lucky charms. In China, ancient custom suggests a pig will bring good luck to a business. And in Irish folklore, we have the example of a Celtic legend which recounts the tale of Manannan who kept a magical herd of regenerating pigs. Whatever the prevailing circumstances, this enchanted herd never diminished, and the legend suggests they could even heal themselves when necessary. That may also be why an Irish pig icon won’t bring ‘the luck’ unless of it’s missing a bit (maybe the tail, or one of the legs). It then becomes a reminder of Manannan’s sustainable pig herd.

The Cat

Even though cats come in many different shades, it seems to be black cats who have the most to do with luck. For instance, black cats are considered to be a blessing for marriages – an English superstition says that a gift of a black cat will bring the bride good luck throughout her married life. Meanwhile, Japanese culture values both black and white cats as Maneki Neko (fortune cats) attract good luck and prosperity to their owners.

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