Good-luck symbols attached to a house are cross-cultural and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and purposes. Whether designed to attract good fortune, good luck or to bring blessings onto the family residing within, they’ve survived the centuries. Whether you believe in outward symbols or prefer a quiet plea, decorating a home’s entrance to attract that which is good may be just the insurance you need.
The ancient art of feng shui, where the laws of heaven and earth are combined to produce positive energy, requires that special attention be paid to a home’s front entrance. Painting the front door red draws prosperity and abundance to your home, according to feng shui principles. Surrounding the entrance with the color green signifies nature and money, and hanging white fairy lights around the entrance attracts golden opportunities. Installing a water feature near the entrance exposes you to good energy every time the front door is opened.
The good luck horseshoe belief got its start centuries ago and still carries controversy for those wishing to decorate their entrances with the iron symbol. Whether to hang it with the feet facing upward, trapping the good luck and holding onto it for the family living in the house, or with the feet facing downward so the good luck pours onto the heads of those entering, both beliefs concur it must be attached with seven nails in order to ward off evil.
Many American Indian tribes consider the dolphin to be a symbol of good luck. Ancient lore tells of mariners sighting dolphins while at sea, and the message they gave was that land was near. A statue of a dolphin, or a tile with a picture of a dolphin fired into the clay and hung by the front entrance is a talisman of good luck.
Jewish homes have a small scroll case attached to the outside of their front doors, known as a mezuzah. Tipped toward the entry, the mezuzah case contains a parchment scroll upon which a hand-scribed passage is written. This parchment is the actual mezuzah, and it’s a symbol of God’s protection of the inhabitants. Religious Jews touch the mezuzah upon entering and leaving, acknowledging the power of their faith in this symbol.
Pennsylvania Dutch homes may sport a colorful portrait of a whimsical bird known as the distelfink at the entrance. A symbol of good luck and happiness, the golden finch portrayed is eating thistle. Often surrounded by tulips, a symbol of the residents’ Dutch origins, and hearts, the distelfink hex sign combines to bring good luck, good fortune, love and faith to those living within.