What’s the deal with money charms and superstitions, anyway?
“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
– Lao Tzu
When I was a girl, my grandmother gave me a little pink purse with a coin inside because it was ‘bad luck’ to give someone a purse or wallet without doing so. She told me that money will bring more money, and that you shouldn’t gift someone a money bag without a coin because then it was destined to never have money in it.
Like attracts like.
It was my introduction into the superstitious world of wealth and abundance.
Beliefs about attracting money can run the gamut from the slightly lucrative to the silly, to the downright bizarre. But behind every good luck charm or superstition is a deep-rooted history connected to the charm’s origin and the culture from where it began.
Charms and superstitions about attracting money can evolve from folklore, legends, and even religion. But do they really work? And which of them is the most powerful?
Most of us could use an extra dollop of luck in the wealth department — let’s explore a few of the most popular money superstitions and find out which charm will help bring abundance into your life.
The Money Frog
Just a couple of weeks ago, I was browsing my local Hippie Shop when I overheard a conversation between the store owner and a customer. The shopper, a middle-aged woman with an 80s Metal hairdo wanted to attract more wealth into her life, they were discussing frogs.
“I keep one right here on my cash register.”
The store owner gestured at her cashbox.
My interest was perked enough to check out the very handsome brass frog resting among chunks of crystals, bottles of essential oils and an array of other ornamental creatures.
The shopper frowned. “Does it work? Does he bring you fortune?”
A somewhat thought-provoking question. I cued in for the answer:
“The trick is that you must keep your frog on the left-hand side of your room and facing inwards.”
My left palm got itchy.
Shopper woman was hooked. She bought the frog and other money-attracting items before departing the store looking rather satisfied.
Does it work?
“The Feng shui money frog — also known as the three-legged toad or money toad — has deep symbolic roots. It is a mythological creature with three legs that is said to attract wealth and abundance.”
Later that afternoon and back home, I had a lightbulb moment when I recalled the little frog sitting among the rocks in my back garden. He was here before us, left by the previous dwellers.
I have a frog! I thought.
He is green with shiny brown spots and a huge grin on his froggy-face. A bit like Kermit, really. So, I fished him out and plonked him in a pot sitting on the left-hand side of the steps just outside my office doors, the sliders open onto the back garden.
It’s still early days, so I have nothing solid to report yet — but the frog does look happy in his newly potted life.
That might be something.
So might be….
The Money Cat
Money superstitions and talismans are always fun to hear. My husband keeps a gold Maneki Neko on the sill in his office window. Its small metallic hand waves on solar-power, greeting the incoming by the front door.
I don’t even know where he got that thing but it kind of makes me feel weird when approaching the entrance door — raised paw waving…. odd look in its black eye…
The “lucky cat” with its raised paw is said to welcome abundance in one’s life.
Take a look:
The legend of the Maneki Neko originated from a story about a wealthy man who took shelter from a rainstorm under a tree next to a temple during the Edo period in Japan (17th century to mid-19th century).
From the article, 5 Interesting Facts About Maneki Neko Cats AKA Lucky Cats:
“The man noticed a cat that seemed to be beckoning to him, so he followed it inside the temple. Shortly thereafter, lightning struck the tree he had been standing under. Because the cat had saved his life, the man was so grateful, he became a benefactor of the temple and brought it much prosperity. When he passed away, a statue of the cat was made in his honor.”
Does it work?
Well, the Lucky-Cat who occupies the bottom level in my home cannot divulge such sensitive information to the mere ordinary. At least, not out loud.
Let’s just say that my husband is by no means short on cash-flow — but he does work extremely hard for his good fortune.
The Money Elephant
Years ago, my Italian girlfriend presented me with a white elephant about the size of a baseball. I have always loved and been fascinated by elephants. There is just something about the majestic animal that speaks to my soul.
I feel the same way about whales.
The first time I saw a Humpback breach some one hundred meters from where I stood on the South Australian shoreline, the experience evoked deep and indescribable feelings within.
I knew God that day.
More on elephants from OneTribe:
“Elephants hold significant meaning in many cultures and symbols of these majestic creatures have been depicted in mythology and religion for thousands of years. There are many meanings and interpretations behind elephant symbols, which are particularly significant in Indian and Asian faiths, including Hinduism and Buddhism.”
The elephant is associated with Buddha and the Indian deity Ganesh. Generally, the universal meaning of the elephant symbolizes strength and power. This meaning refers to both the body and the mind, and many Feng Shui practitioners believe that elephants also represent prosperity, good luck, and success.
My very superstitious girlfriend instructed me to keep my elephant to the left of my front door with his cute ele-butt facing inward to attract wealth.
Hinduism & Elephants tells us:
“The elephant is a very powerful and significant symbol in the Hindu faith as one of their favorite gods, Ganesha, is depicted in the form of an elephant. Ganesha is thought to be the remover of obstacles, as well as the god of luck, protection and fortune.”
Does it work?
Well now, using an ornamental elephant to attract abundance wasn’t necessarily cemented in my belief-system, but hey, I am nothing if not open-minded — who was I to question ancient symbolisms, legends and philosophy passed down by the likes Hindu Gods?
I did as I was told.
My gorgeous white elephant still claims a prime position in my home and honestly, my space is brimming with positive Ju-Ju and abundance in many forms — an enriched life isn’t just about financial abundance.
Take note of this quote from financial advisor, Suze Orman:
“Abundance is about being rich, with or without money.”
Though, I do continue to work hard at keeping my mindset balanced in positive personal-power, as well as putting in the action and maintaining focus on the endgame — my deepest desires in life.
Next, we’re talking about…
Finding coins on the street is usually considered a sign of good fortune.
Apparently, the Chinese folk consider finding coins and money in general signifies good luck. Due to this belief, many people consider coins as their good luck charms and believe that they bring them luck in various life situations.
Then there’s this:
“See a penny, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck.”
You know this phrase from the film Grease, right?
In fact, I still recite those words to my children when they get excited about finding a coin on the street. I tell them that it’s good luck.
Interestingly, the original version of this phrase was actually, “see a pin and pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck”.
Did you know that? It was a reference to a pagan ritual in which a pin could be used in a good luck spell.
The myth was that a dropped pin might have been used in such a spell and would provide good luck to the person who finds it.
Does it work?
It depends on how you look at it.
Wayne Dyer said it best:
“Every time I pick up a coin from the street, I view it as a symbol of the abundance God sends into my life and feel gratitude. Never do I ask ‘why only a penny’?”
Which flows this conversation into….
The Most Powerful Money Charm
Money charms, weird superstitions and ancient beliefs on attracting money can be a fascinating topic to explore — especially the part about delving into the rich history and thought behind the mythology and folklore where the notions originated.
I think people will always need to draw on some type of belief system in order to help keep the faith when it comes to attracting wealth and abundance in their lives, but no talisman will be so powerful as the mindset we choose to adopt.
In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey says:
“An abundance mentality springs from internal security, not from external rankings, comparisons, opinions, possessions, or associations.”
And there it is — the most powerful wealth-attracting charm at your disposal is your ability to adopt an abundance mindset and then back it up with action — the hard work behind your passions.
Cultivating mindfulness is what makes all the difference between creating a mindset of scarcity or abundance if you want to bring richer experiences into your world.
After all, according to Oprah Winfrey:
“If you look at what you have in life, you will always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you will never have enough.”
Maybe that’s the secret behind every money charm — the fact that they give their possessor the tools to help shift their perspective to an abundance mindset.
Whatever works, right?
Originally published by Living Out Loud on Medium