In times of trial and tribulation we all rely on something to give us good luck. Human nature and human history have led us all to the lucky rabbit's foot (unlucky for poor old bunny) or a Buddha's belly to rub. Maybe for you it's a four leafed clover , a horseshoe, or a scarab beetle, but what makes us rely on inanimate objects to get us through those difficult times. What is it that makes us consider something lucky, or unlucky?
These charms may not be the standard talisman's either.
"I have to touch the door knob three times" a friend said recently when we were deciding whether to risk a precarious looking ladder in the street.
I didn't like to tell her that along with her need to clean the house five times a day that this is called OCD. She does, however have a weird looking gonk that sits in her kitchen. He apparently keeps the kitchen from exploding.
Beliefs and religions all carry their own special charms - rosaries, acorns, mantra's, feathers and prayers, all designed to give us power over the things that might be out to get us, and the things that we really have no control over.
I look around my own house and find all manner of charmed objects (well, what did you expect - I'm a witch, of course I'm going to have a few amulets dotted around), symbols to keep the evil eye on the outside of the door and ones to Feng Shui me chi on the inside.
The little guy below ( a very ugly baby who has no business being in any house let alone mine but was a gift from my sister when I was about eight - she hated me) aids me writing processes and being a witchy type I also share my home with a black cat who lives mostly on me bed - lucky for him that I don't mind.
So come on, fess up. What charms your life, keeps body and soul healthy and stops the evil pixies from stealing yer best knickers?