[ecis2016.org] Here are tips to keep horseshoe, common good luck charm, at home for protection from negative energy and to attract prosperity.
Horseshoe – a universal symbol of good luck
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The horseshoe is universally known as a symbol of protection and good luck. The amalgamation of luck, protection and religion have made the horseshoe a good luck charm that wards off evil and misfortune. The belief in the horseshoes have its origin both, in ancient Greece and Christianity. It was believed that iron could cast off evil and the crescent shape of the horseshoe symbolised fertility and good luck. The iron horseshoe has a history in most western nations and in India.
Horseshoes were originally made from iron that was considered magical as it withstood fire. It was used as a charm to ward off evil spirits. Iron coins were believed to bring prosperity. Horseshoes are hung with seven nails as seven is said to be a fortunate number. There is also an Irish legend about Saint Dunstan, a blacksmith, who nailed a hot horseshoe to one of the devil’s hooves. This scared the devil and he would never enter a home with a horseshoe hung above the door. Even the sailors were believed to nail horseshoes to the mast of their ships to help their vessels avoid dangerous weather.
Today, hanging a horseshoe at home and gifting a lucky horseshoe charm, is common in many cultures.
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Benefits of a horseshoe at home
The horse represents fearlessness and energy. It is believed that when a horse runs, it brings in positive energy and drives away negative energy. Similarly, it is believed that the horseshoe (ghode ka naal) absorbs magnetic energy.
Vastu and Feng Shui both believe in the good luck charm of a horseshoe at the main entrance to attract favourable energies and good fortune. The horseshoe also attracts spiritual energy into the home. Astrologers believe that horseshoes fight off the negative effects of planet Saturn.
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If there are disputes or conflicts within a family, then, hanging a horseshoe at the door can remove the evil eye and harmful energies. A horseshoe is also put above a bed to keep away nightmares. People also make a wish by touching a horseshoe before leaving for important meetings or events.
The correct way to hang a good luck horseshoe at the main door
The main door is the place where the flow of energy matters most. The horseshoe is usually placed outside the front door (and above it) as a protective symbol.
Some feel that hanging the open-end up collects luck, while others hang it open-end down to share the luck.
Most people prefer the points of the horseshoe pointing up (like U).
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Keep horseshoes in the grain container or locker to enhance financial luck
It is believed that a household will never be out of grains if they place a horseshoe in a black cloth and keep it in a grain container.
Wrap the horse shoe (ghode ka naal) in a cloth and keep it in the locker of the wardrobe to attract wealth and get rid of financial problems.
Horse shoe rules as per Feng Shui
Horses symbolise power, energy, strength, speed, endurance and success. In general, the horse is associated with positive and yang energy. Galloping horses are considered auspicious and hanging a painting with horses galloping is good for wealth and fame.
Since horseshoes are made of metal, hanging this on the front door that faces the west or the north is best, according to Feng Shui. Avoid this horseshoe Feng Shui remedy if the front door faces the east or the south as metal is not a good element for these areas.
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Vastu tips for horseshoe and horse paintings at home
A horseshoe, in Vastu, is a symbol of luck, wealth and good fortune. Hang it with its ends pointing upwards to remove Vastu dosha. As per main door Vastu, place it at the entrance or the main door of your house to reduce Vastu defects and negativity. A horseshoe also helps to overcome financial woes.
Hang the horseshoe at the main entrance of the office, business or even the house. It is believed that a worn horseshoe carries the energies of the horse that symbolises success, perseverance and strength. An actual, worn horseshoe will have powerful energies as it protected the horse over a prolonged period.
Avoid horse paintings where the horse is angry, alone or is in a stamping posture. Do not hang a horse painting facing the door. A photo or a statue of a running horse or 7 horse painting in the home ensures vitality and boosts positive energies for financial stability and a rise in career. A stallion must always be kept in a pair or in multiple numbers. The best direction for hanging a seven-horse painting is the south wall of the house or office as it is associated with success and fame.
What colour is a lucky horseshoe?
A horseshoe is a protective charm for home and can be of any colour. Today one gets painted horseshoes in many colours – black, metallic, gold, silver, steel or red. One can even paint them at home.
It is believed that the horse shoe of a black horse (kale ghode ki naal) is most lucky when kept at home as it attracts success for the dwellers.
Red is considered lucky as, in many cultures, it is the colour of luck and wealth. If one does not want a red horseshoe, tie a red ribbon on it to welcome happiness. Today one also gets a horseshoe with an evil eye to ward off evil. You can also use acrylic paint, spray or emulsion paint to match the colour of the horseshoe with your home décor.
Home décor with good luck horseshoe
Horseshoe is often used to enhance the home décor as well as attract good energy.
Horseshoes have long been reused in artistic manners to display creative and artistic visions and to upcycle a worn object.
Horseshoes can be used as door knockers or key holders for attracting a good vibe.
Today horseshoes with personalised messages are available that makes them popular gifts.
Designers also make horseshoe napkin holders, candle stands, photo frames and jewellery holders.
Why do horses wear shoes?
Horseshoes were popularised as horses became domesticated, especially in inhospitable climates. Without the metal shoes, the hooves of a working horse can wear down faster and can cause pain or health problems. The shoes can be attached with nails since the horses’ hooves are dense and have no nerves.
Are horseshoes made only of iron?
Earlier horseshoes were made only with iron but later brass, copper and aluminium were also used. Today horseshoes are made with metal, plastic, rubber and titanium. A metal horseshoe is considered lucky to attract abundance and good vibes.
Is jewellery made from horseshoe considered lucky?
The tradition of wearing horseshoe jewellery for good luck comes from the use of the horseshoe as a symbol of protection. One gets trendy horseshoe earrings, bracelets and rings. Men sport horseshoe-patterned belt buckles to keep luck close. In India, horseshoe rings are believed to have good luck and the ability to fend off bad vibes. Horseshoe rings remove the malefic effects of Saturn and the ill-effects of evil spirits and bring luck and wealth to the wearer.
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