There’s lots of useful things on the internet—maps, newspapers, free music, the Tickling Slow Loris video; but when it comes to finding information it’s often full of useless information.
I have a tradition which dates back to I don’t know when: the Lucky Horseshoe Over the Door. It’s something which is universally recognized as lucky, but I’ve never heard a plausible explanation for why it is so lucky.
To Google! Lots of variations on the lucky theme: an article from the Detroit Free Press in 1889? Check. Numerous search results from websites like luckymojo.com and merciangathering.com? Check. Anything really useful?
Most websites, reputable or not simply say that it is lucky to hang the horseshoe over the door; according to many, it has it’s origins in Gypsy cultures of Hungary and Romania which suggested that the horseshoe would ward off evil spirits.
While most agree that it is lucky, there is some dispute as to which “direction” to hang the shoe. I’ve always thought it should point up like this:
In this figure (as many agree) I always thought that the shoe would fill with luck and overflow that luck on you—I’m not sure why I think luck can fill anything, or overflow at all; is luck even liquid?
Much to my dismay, my ramblings around the internet gave me to pause when I saw this in an ever reliable yahoo question chat room:
Totally up to you -
People sometimes point it up so that it is like a cup, collecting good luck for you
Others point it down, so that the good luck "rains down" on you.
I am from the northern midwest
I want good luck to rain down on me! Thant makes sense! it should look like this:
To further complicate things, the same yahoo chat room had this as well:
1) Points up, to keep the luck in.
2) Points down, to pour luck over those passing under the door.
3) Points at a slight angle (still upright, but not quite sideways).
It's said that #3 is to protect from witches.
I'm from Britain, but these come from both Britain and America.
Yeah, now I’m really confused. I got a real used horseshoe from one of my students (props to Maggie!) but I want to hang this thing. What do you think? Up? Down? At an angle?
Happy Memorial Weekend Everyone! Ponder this for three days!