Why do horseshoes bring good luck?
Horseshoes and luck
In this page we talk about Horseshoes and luck, the many legends that give rise to a very interesting question: why do horseshoes bring good luck?
All over the world the Horseshoes and luck go together but you have to be very careful to hang the horseshoe with the tips pointing upwards because if the ends will punch down, luck could escape out and the iron … will bring bad luck!
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Another interpretation of the Horseshoes and luck says that bad luck is held prisoner inside the circle and, since the evil spirit can not find the opening at the top, it must run here and there in the iron, forever.
But the many, many traditions and the many legends are different both on how to hang it and whether the iron should be new or used, found or purchased and even if it can be touched or not.
Some attribute any beneficial, or even harmful, effect only to the owner of the horseshoe and not to the person who hangs him on the door.
If an iron is stolen, or found, it will be the owner and not the person who found it, or stolen it, to receive good luck and other legends about the Horseshoes and luck would say that iron should have been found for chance to be a true lucky charm.
But of course there are others. Here they are.
At the time of the Ancient Romans only the officers went on horseback while the troops marched on foot and the loss of an iron forced to stop, then rest and, for the troops, find horseshoes had become a game and who found more he was the victor, and therefore the luckiest, who nailed the iron to the walls of his house but with the ends upward, just so as not to let luck escape.
But back to the Ancient Romans and to the Horseshoes and luck, which nailed to the walls of the house horseshoes also as a defense against the plague.
In the Middle Ages the horseshoe was even used as a means of healing and even the Christians believed in the Horseshoes and luck because the horseshoe remembered the letter C of Christ.
In past centuries horseshoes were considered lucky because they resembled the crescent, the symbol of Isis, but also because the iron was considered a metal to which good properties are associated against the ailments and the evil eye.
Instead it is said that in England when a knight, in his splendid cloak and armor, was forced to stop in front of a poor farmer because his horse lost an iron, he could help him and then fix some money.
In Ireland an ancient legend about horseshoes and luck tells that one of the pagan gods, during a ride, lost a horseshoe that fell on the Smeraldine Islands, flooded by the sea. The waters stopped and the islands were not submerged.
According to other sources the origin of horseshoes and luck and chase away evil eye is given by its shape to represent a female genital apparatus because it was common belief that the evil eye and the evil could easily be distracted by a sexual temptation and no longer wanted enter the house where it was exposed.
In the Middle Ages, in fact, often on the facades of the churches and on their gates were bas-reliefs depicting very explicit female genitals to capture the attention of demons and not allow evil spirits to enter. Naturally all these too explicit etchings were removed over time.
Now we go to China where it is said that the Horseshoes bring good luck for the resemblance with the curved body of the sacred snake Nagendra and in Turkey for the resemblance to the half moon, symbol of the nation.
We return to England for horseshoes and luck because the legend of Saint Dunstan, a blacksmith who became archbishop of Canterbury in the year 959, nailed a horseshoe to the devil’s hoof while he was ferrying his horse and the devil was freed only after he promised never to enter a place protected by a horseshoe on the door.
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