Luck is Believing You're Lucky. March 10, 2016 11:00
This St. Patrick's Day we're channeling a bit of Irish luck with our new horseshoe collection!
Horseshoe's are traditionally believed to bring good fortune, although the origin of this belief goes back to several different tales. Here is some interesting folklore on this ancient symbol:
In the Irish story of the blacksmith and the devil, one day a blacksmith was working hard in his shop forging horseshoes. Suddenly, the devil appeared and demanded his own shoes. The blacksmith, recognizing the devil, took a burning hot shoe and nailed it deep into the devil's hooves. After walking away, the devil was in such excruciating pain, he ripped the horseshoes off and swore he would never go near one again. Thus, the tradition of hanging a horseshoe over the entrance of a house to ward off evil spirits was born.
Another story has more to do with the metal in the horseshoes. Early Western Europeans believed that iron had magical powers. Iron could drive away evil, and folklore of the time told of many malevolent fairies and mystical creatures. Since horseshoes were made of iron, they kept the badly behaving fairies away. Other legends said that witches were so afraid of iron horseshoes, they traveled on broomsticks instead of on horseback. Yet another states that 8th-century Chaldeans believed the crescent shape of the horseshoe protected against the evil eye, thus making it a good luck charm. - How Stuff Works
Horseshoes have also traditionally had seven holes for nails - seven being the luckiest number in many cultures.
Who couldn't use a little more luck in their life? Folklore aside, there is power in positive thinking. We like to think you get what you project into the world. Luck can only find you if you are open to it. So we love this little reminder to believe that luck can find us wherever we are!
Luck is believing you're lucky! Happy St. Patrick's Day!