Last month I visited my well wisher staying in Bangalore the silicon valley of India. My friend’s flat is located in a premium grade posh business district and the building is adequately decorated with all modern facilities that one can think of presently. Every thing is nice and attractive to one’s eyes.
Of course one unusual phenomenon that got my attention was a pair of horse shoes that was nailed on the entrance door of the posh residential flat! I asked my friend why he had kept this piece of ‘iron”. He laughed and answered that was not an iron piece to him.
He was very proud in claiming it as his charm of good luck. Perhaps the most well known and universally recognized crescent symbol of good fortune and seen as a good luck talisman since it was first used as back as in approximately 500 A.D. or perhaps even before. History proves that horse has been considered as a potent symbol of good fortune and strength.
The horse shoe has seven nail holes and seven is amongst certain culture considered to be a lucky number.
I also heard that placing upright- used horse shoe at the right corner of the front door-frame is considered to be an invitation to good luck. Similarly, placing the used horse shoe in the north direction facing, upright position inside a building brings good fortune and increases the positive energy.
Today, many people display horseshoes for nostalgic or decorative purposes. They are commonly found on logos.
Even I heard that many multinational corporate houses and multi national bankers want their board rooms/tables to be designed in horse shoe shape.( The Hindu: Opinion / Lead: When India sits at the horseshoe table–Assam limps for want of horseshoe-makers – The Telegraph.)..Horseshoe -)
In the context of dwindling number of horses and horse riders it may be tough one to find the used horse shoes!
Do horseshoes really gather luck and keep out the devil?
In the current context of globalization of science and development I don’t know what to say whether it is Superstition or folklore or folk magic or symbol of good luck or symbol of good fortune, faith and so on.
I just don’t want to get in to any debate of either questioning or contesting the belief and faith posted in over the years in the pages of global history of human civilization and culture.
At the most I could fondly recollect a Dutch proverb-“He laughs like a boor who has found a horse-shoe” and a short poem called “The Lucky Horse-Shoe,” by James T. Fields.