As I began my morning with my abundance of prayer and meditation, I began to think, do coins really bring you good fortune?
My prayer for abundance, given to me by good friend and mentor, Carmen Perez, Your Well-Being Messenger, is recited with coins in your hand. The prayer is recited 3 times. My little twist is instead of the 3 coins; I hold a pearl oyster shell from Bora Bora filled with coins from various destinations I have visited. I have always been told that you will be sure to return if you keep money from your travels. As the years have proven, with yearly repeated trips back to Australia, this may actually hold some truth.
We have all heard, “Pick a penny up, and all day long, you will have good luck.” Do you pick pennies or coins up from the ground? I do. I have always associated finding money, sometimes quite larger than a penny, on the ground to be of good fortune. And, who hasn’t tossed a coin into a fountain or well and made a wish? Or have you heard of framing your first dollar made? What about a large bill kept in the wallet? Better yet, what about writing yourself a check for your future? Have you seen the interview Oprah did with Jim Carey, who did that very thing? Look at him today. I would say he received good fortune.
Where have some of these myths, legends, and superstitions originated from? In fact, most countries have some sort of story surrounded around coins that can lead you to greater prosperity. See if you are familiar with or practice any of these country’s traditions surrounding coins and good fortune.
The Russians believe that scattering coins all over your home will bring wealth. They say carry a coin in your pocket to attract other money.
Early Americans used bent silver coins to ward off witches. A silver dime used to be tossed into a churn to ensure a plentiful amount of butter.
Coins have always been popular with weddings, but probably the best known is the ritual with the English sixpence. The bride would (should) wear a coin in her left shoe to bring luck to the marriage.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Be sure to throw a coin in the fountain (The Trevi) for good fortune. The Romans have their own twist being sure to have their back facing the fountain and toss the coin/s over the shoulder with their right hand.
In Ireland, they keep a penny in their pocket. Like the Russians, they believe this act will bring them good fortune. On the seaside of western Ireland, there is an area where they encase the penny in marble and used in jewelry is said to be even luckier than the penny in the pocket.
In Greece, it is a firm belief that “money attracts money.” A wallet or purse as a gift would always be given with a coin or two in it. They believe as long as you have a few coins in your pocket you will never be penniless.
And of course, as we celebrate the New Year many countries find it customary to bake a special homemade loaf with a coin (or baby) inside. The person who gets the slice with the coin will be lucky the rest of the year, provided he doesn’t choke on it first.
Do you practice any of these superstitions? Do you have any others you practice besides those listed? If so, share them with us in the comments below. For me, I’m going to keep picking up those pennies, reciting my prayers, and practicing meditation for a happy and abundant life filled with good fortune.