Luck – we all wish we had more of it, and what better than these symbols and superstitions about luck to teach us how!
We humans are a superstitious lot and when our brains find it hard to explain something, we make things up!
Whether the superstitions are real or not, they have been learned over the years, and the fact that many signs, symbols and superstitions about luck are known by many traditions universally, it has to signify something!
1. Touching or Knocking on Wood
One of the most common symbols and superstitions about luck that comes to mind is the phrase, ‘touch wood’ or ‘knock on wood.’ It's like a verbal talisman, designed to ward off bad luck, after we’ve tempted fate (saying something we wish will occur).
The fixation on wood likely comes from old myths about the good spirits in trees;
by knocking on something wooden, you’re asking for protection from these spirits.
Similar phrases abound in multiple languages, suggesting that the desire not to upset a spiteful universe, is common.