When you move into a new home, it’s a chance for a fresh start. So how can you make sure you start off on the right foot? With St. Patrick’s day right around the corner, good luck is top of mind. In that spirit, here’s a quick guide to 5 ways you can bring good fortune into your home.
5 ways to bring good luck into your new home
1. Include elephants in your decor
Elephants are the largest living land mammals and have become a revered symbol in cultures around the world. According to the Chinese concept of feng shui, elephants represent wisdom, protection, strength, and (you guessed it) good luck! In Hinduism, the elephant is a symbol of Ganesha, the god of luck, fortune, and protection.
By bringing elephant figures into your home, you can invite in their positive energies. A few ways to do so are by hanging elephant paintings in bedrooms or offices. Additionally, elephants are known as protectors so your home’s front entryway is a great place for statues of them.
2. Hang horseshoes over your doors
You may have seen a horseshoe hung above the front door of someone’s house before and wondered why. The story is said to date back to the 10th century when St. Dunstan, a blacksmith, was visited by a hoofed devil. The devil asked for a horseshoe so Dunstan secured a hot one to the devil’s foot with iron nails. The devil howled in pain and asked Dunstan to remove it. He agreed under the condition that the devil would respect the horseshoe and never enter a place where one was hung above the door. Being so, they were considered lucky ever since. You can follow this age-old tradition by hanging a horseshoe above the exterior of your door(s).
3. Use Feng Shui door colors
Once again, feng shui comes into play. The Chinese concept says that the color of your door determines good or bad luck. Why? Because the direction the door is facing corresponds with an element. The door color should thus be in harmony with that element. How do you implement this?
- Doors facing South should be red or orange to correspond with the feng shui element of fire.
- Doors facing North should be black or blue to correspond with the water element.
- Doors facing West should correspond with metal, being white or gray.
- And doors facing East should be brown or green to correspond with the feng shui element of wood.
4. Smudge your home
You have likely heard of the practice of burning sage to clear our bad energy (aka smudging). The Native Americans were the first we know of that used sage in a ritual or ceremonial way. For centuries, it has been part of a spiritual practice to cleanse a space or person, and promote wisdom and healing. So how do you do it?
To burn sage and promote good fortune, you’ll need:
- Sage bundle
- Vessel (abalone shell is traditionally used)
- Fanning tool
- Source of fire
Start by opening up a window. Then, take a moment to set your intention such as “Fill this home with positivity and good fortune.” With your intention set, hold the sage bundle out at a 45-degree angle and light the end of it. Let it burn for a few seconds and then blow out the flame so only embers are at the end. Smoke should billow. At this point walk around each room and use the fan to spread the smoke while thinking about your intention. When finished, extinguish the sage in the vessel.
5. Integrate four-leaf clovers
Four-leaf clovers are a well-known good luck charm, especially present around this time of year for St. Patrick’s day. They have Celtic origins and are said to offer magical protection that wards off bad luck. Today, finding a four-leaf clover is quite lucky as there is only estimated to be one for every 5,000 three-leaf clovers. If you’d like to bring this good luck charm into your home, you can opt for decor that features four-leaf clovers such as this piece of wall art.
We wish you the best of luck in your new home
Our team at OVM wishes you the best in your new home and we are always here to help you with all of your home loan needs! As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, we hope good fortune shines upon you and you enjoyed these five ways to integrate timeless lucky charms into your home.
Questions? Contact us today!