Insects as symbols of happiness
The cricket on the hearth has been a sign of happiness for thousands of years. In China and some other Asian countries, crickets served as a kind of alarm – in the event of a thief breaking into the house, it would stop producing its characteristic sound.
It is considered bad luck to kill a cricket. The Indians believed that the cricket carried luck, and imitation of the sizzling was considered offensive.
Ladybug is considered a bearer of happiness and well-being. It is believed to bring relief from everyday problems. Ladybug also gives patience. If ladybugs land on you while you are ill, it is a sign of healing soon. A ladybug that lands on your arm and then flies away means that next week will be a good time.
Other fortunate insects that carry good luck are Fairy Cavalry and Scarab. The vertebrae carry change, signify strength, courage and peace, while the scarab represents protection against evil, rebirth and transformation.
Symbols of happiness in nature
Acorns, according to Scandinavian mythology, protect against lightning because they are the fruit of oak – a tree dedicated to Tor, the god of lightning and lightning.
A rainbow in the sky is a symbol of happiness, because at one end of it there is always a treasure cup.
The egg is a powerful symbol of fertility and rebirth. It also serves to look to the future, to invoke the sunny weather and to protect against various evils.
Animals as symbols of happiness
It is a popular belief that dolphins bring good luck, because in ancient times sailors knew that they were near the mainland when they saw them after being on the high seas for a long time.
A slightly unusual animal for the symbol of happiness is a pig. The Germans have the saying “have a pig” which means that happiness is near. Pigs signify wealth, patience and honesty.
Turtles are considered a symbol of good fortune, and they are also one of four sacred animals (along with a dragon, a unicorn and a Phoenix). Turtles represent Earth and longevity and are thought to represent the link between the mortal world and heaven.
Elephants represent wisdom and loyalty. The demigod Ganesha in Indian mythology is the bearer of happiness, and the elephant figurines by the door or on the shelves bring happiness and long life.
Other animals that carry luck are the tiger and the frog.
Objects that are symbols of happiness
The dream catcher is part of Native American culture. Old Lady Nokomis received the first spider web of dreams (in legends) in gratitude for not allowing her grandson to kill him. They protect their owner from nightmares.
The horseshoe is a commonly known symbol of happiness. Due to its connection with horseshoes, it represents strength and reliability. When its ends are up, the horseshoe is tied to the moon and collects happiness, and if they are moderate downwards, then it represents the mother’s womb and showers the owner with happiness. In the horseshoe, the Greeks saw a crescent moon that represented fertility.
A horseshoe hung above the door preserves home and land. According to one legend, in the tenth century, St. Dunstan caught the devil in a horseshoe and since then the unholy could never again enter a Christian house that has a horseshoe above the door.
Coins are also among the popular holders of luck. If we find a coin, we will be lucky all day (only if we take it). Otherwise we will be followed by an accident all day.
The luckiest coins are those that are bent or have a hole, especially if we get them as small money in purchases.
The luck that such special coins carry is further enhanced if we keep them in our left pocket or on a necklace around our necks. The coins in the jar we keep in the kitchen also carry luck. If we keep the coin we get first in the day and put it in an empty pocket, it will attract more money.
If we get a tiny bit of money on Monday, we will be lucky all week, and the coins that bear the owner’s birthday bring them special happiness. Coins made for leap years also carry luck.
The ancient Egyptians considered the ladder a symbol of happiness. They were placed in their graves to help the soul ascend to heaven. However, ladders can just as easily signify an accident when they are leaning against a wall because they represent a family triangle.
Whoever passes under the ladder represents someone who disrupts the harmony of the family. But, as with many other symbols of the accident, the negative effect of passing under the ladder can be nullified by crossing your fingers and spitting three times between the rungs.
Plants as symbols of happiness
Four-leaf clover is something we all recognize as a sign of happiness. That which represents happiness probably has its root in connecting the clover to St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
There is also a legend that says that Eve brought paradise out of paradise for good luck.
Number seven is happy in many cultures. In the Western world it represents sacrifice and seven virtues – wisdom, understanding, honor, glory, strength, goodness and peace.
The seventh son of the seventh son is also believed to have healing powers, while the seventh daughter of the seventh daughter understands the true meaning of dreams.
Things and phenomena that fulfill desires
Falling eyelash can fulfill your desire if you move it from your cheek to your finger, want something and then release it.
One of the natural phenomena that fulfills desires is the falling star – whoever sees it may wish something, but it must not reveal anything to anyone, because otherwise it will not be fulfilled.
Other symbols for happiness
Chimneys are a sign of happiness and wealth. There is a legend that says that King George of England was riding on a parade one day when a dog who attacked his horse suddenly ran into the road.
The horse rotted and almost knocked the king out. Fortunately, one person dressed in dirty and worn clothes grabbed the reins and calmed down the animal. It was a chimney sweep.