Good Luck!


Welcome to the letter ‘g’ on the A – Z Challenge!

There are so many different kinds good lucks some are commonly recognized like the four leaf clover, a horse shoe or a key (if you aren’t famaliar with the properties of the key check out my Facebook page – Today, I’m going to talk about the Cornicelli.

This is a common charm; you will see thousands of “cornicelli” of every shape and size. Often the meaning of this talisman is often overlooked or unknown.

A traditional cornicelli

The use of cornicelli for good health goes back over many centuries.

This symbol was used by ancient people as the bringer of good fortune as well as fertility. The bull’s horns are a symbol of male strength and virility. The red coral often used to make the charm is sacred to Venus, goddess of love, and silver is sacred to Luna, the goddess of the moon. The red color and phallic shape are also related to the male fertility god Priapus.

It is often adapted to a hollow horn-shaped phial where you can add herbs to enhance good luck and prosperity. In addition to being worn as a talisman or charm, the cornicelli are often hung from the rearview mirrors of trucks and cars. This is a modern take on the old custom of protecting draft horses with the cornicelli. Likewise, the symbol can also be found hung in doorways to protect homes and businesses.

What is your ‘favorite’ good luck charm?

The winner of the witchy journal is Holly Jahangiri :-). Holly send me an email with your addy so I can send it out.

This week’s give away – is this coloring book.

If you would like a chance to win, drop me a comment of your favorite good luck charm and let me know if you would like a brief history and what the good luck properties.

Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow for the letter ‘h’.

5 responses »

  1. I have to admit, I’ve never seen this one before. I guess my favorite good luck charm would be the horseshoe. A childhood friend had one over the door to her house and I always checked to make sure it was still “right side” up whenever I went there. Good luck to you too!

  2. I don’t have a good luck charm now. As a child I had something that I shudder to think of now, a rabbit’s foot. In the 60s they were popular key chains. Awful. I had a charm when I was 13, it was a horseshoe with the number 13 inside it. I bought it in Spain, and being 13 is usually thought to be unlucky, either they were confused, or 13 is lucky in Barcelona!

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