Fun and lucky symbols for the home
Some people believe in luck, other do not. No one will turn down good fortune, happiness, prosperity and good friendship, if given a choice.
There are many items in my home which I have chosen based on aesthetics, whimsy, or just-because. Some of them are just there because I liked them and not for any symbolisms or superstitions. But the fact that there are good omens and positive energy attached to my surroundings is something I embrace goodheartedly. Here are some of the ordinary things that give me joy.
All photos were taken by me Bakerwoman. All rights reserved
The Frog - Symbol of friendship, abundance, transformation
In many cultures, the frog has been a symbol of fertility and transformation, and its resulting joy. The frog lays many eggs at one time and these tranform from tiny tadpoles to adult frogs.
I like large frogs to grace my home and garden. These amphibians remind me of the frog who magically turned into a handsome prince in the Frog Prince Brothers Grimm fairy tale that I grew up with.
The animated look of this surprised frog is very amusing and delightful to look at. It looks like it has seen some bugs for dinner.
This frog statue with large bulging eyes sits by some pothos plants, another lucky symbol for the home. Those protruding eyes allow the frog to see in several directions at the same time. Do not let those crossed eyes fool you.
This etched frog planter suns itself amongst several pots of pothos in the sunroom.
Garden frog planter - Stands guard in the frontyard
This large frog planter seems unhappy because I have not gotten around to putting some nice flowers in it.
Frog with umbrella
This frog metal artwork with an umbrella is a whimsical way to water the lawn. I just attach the garden hose to one end and the rain-like effect of the water spray over the umbrella never fails to elicit a smile or giggle from passersby.
The frogs' three stages of life represent various concepts to different cultures. Read about their symbolism, lessons, power, lore and legend.
Sundial with frog
This charming sundial sits on our deck. It tells time pretty accurately when the sun is out in order to cast a shadow along the numbers. Time stood still at 12:30 p.m. when this picture was taken. One of my favorite motifs is the frog.
Turtle - Endurance, longevity, strength
This shy garden turtle loves to hide amongst the spider fern.
Turtle holds the light of friendship
This heavy metal turtle candleholder is a real charmer. It has a patina green color and fine openwork.
Elephant with trunk up - Symbol of strength, power, wisdom
This whimsical pachyderm with the curly cue tail greets guests as they enter the house. Its legs look like four little trumpets.
Elephants with their trunks curled up are believe to give their owners good luck.
Elephant in a Burmese tapestry
This is an ornately embroidered tapestry called kalaga from Myanmar (Burma) which has an elephant in the center and the signs of the zodiac around the periphery. It is made of silk, cotton, velvet, linen and intricately beaded with gold thread, sequins, glass stones. I particularly like this tapestry for its texture and of course, for the elephant with its trunk up.
There can never be too many elephants in my collection. These were given to me by friends, most of them children, who know that I have a penchant for collecting elephants with their trunks up - a symbol of good luck.
Elephant carved ottoman - Please have a seat
This elephant stool was carved from one large chunk of hardwood. It has carved flowers on the seat and a gracefully curled trunk to one side. This piece is quite heavy and I carried this across the parking lot to my car which almost knocked the wind out of me.
The lucky cat
Legend has it that the calico cat is also called the money cat. It is believed that the cat will bring its owner good fortune and prosperity.
The good fortune my calico cat, Mali has brought me is unconditional love and loyalty. What more can I ask for? She is also a rescued cat, so can I say that she is one lucky cat?
Lucky plants - Grow friendship and good fortune in your home
We all know that money does not grow on trees, although some of us wish they did. There are some plants that are believed to bring luck and fortune to its owners. These are often given to friends or businesses as gifts or found as part of the plantscape of a home.
This money tree with a braided trunk is very prolific and continues to sprout new stems with five, six and occasional seven leaves. The 7-leaf stems are believed to bring the owner good fortune, friendship, and prosperity. It lost all its yellowed leaves one year and was put outside through the winter months. Just before it was condemned to be part of the trash, small leaves sprouted and the "ugly duckling" transformed into a lovely, healthy tree. It once again graces one wall of the sunroom with its shiny, glossy leaves bringing the outdoors in.
Jade Plant - Crassula Ovata - Another lucky plant
This jade plant used to be the size of my fist when I adopted it from a friend. It was lopsided in the tiny planter it was in and kept tipping over.
After transplanting the tiny plant into a larger pot, it grew into a sizable beautiful ornamental tree. It sat in our sunroom for many years, but became the fascination of my calico cat, Mali, which was not a good thing. The cat would swat the succulent leaves in the evening and leave them as presents outside my bedroom door in the morning. Although this was such a sweet gesture from the thoughtful feline, it was devastating for the jade tree. The plant was then put outdoors in the sheltered porch adjacent to the bedroom through the four seasons. It was also the first time that the plant sprouted small flowers which it never did indoors. I see this plant as a symbol of renewal and new beginnings.
Pothos - Epipremnum Aureum - Great feng shui plants
This common plant is known as Epipremnum Aureum, but is easier to grow it than pronounce it. It is better known as pothos and come in a solid jade, marbled or variegated color. These plants are literally all over the house- living room, sunroom, family room and kitchen. I do not allow these to trail and instead cut these back, bundle up the cuttings with rubber bands and put these in vases until the taproots come out. In about 2 months or so, or when I am so inclined, these are transplanted into pots and found a home somewhere in the house. Sometimes, I mix some of the variegated leaves with the dark green ones for a more dramatic effect. I prefer creating bushy pots of pothos than allowing these to trailing
Gecko lizard in Native American pottery - Symbol of renewal and rebirth
Gecko is a small non-poisonus lizard from the desert and a popular good luck symbol of the southwestern American Indians. It learns to survive in the hot and dry environment, regenerates its broken tail, and is therefore a symbol of renewal and rebirth. It is one of the few reptiles that have a chirping voice.
Southwest pottery with geckos
The handcoiled seed pot from the Southwest pueblo of Acoma is handpainted with geckos, a symbol of good luck often represented in art and jewelry. It is contemporary with a Southwest twist.
The base of this lamp is graced with an etched gecko lizard. Not only does the lamp shine light in the room but radiates luck as well.
Wind Chimes - Nature's orchestra
The tinkling sounds of wind chimes are music to my ears. I have a few which I strategically hung around the outside of the house.
This 5-tube chime in the back porch represent the 5 elements of nature: fire, earth, metal, water, wood. I like it not for its symbolism, but for the soothing and calming sounds this brings when the wind blows.
Bamboo chimes in the entryway
Rusty wind still chime still rings true - The wind's best friend
This old rusted bell from Oregon sounds like a church bell on windy days. It was given to me as gift many years ago and is supposed to develop a nice, coppery brown rust all over the metal.
Copper wind chime
This lovely copper chime hangs on the trellis next to the hummingbird feeder.
Pelican wind chime - Memories of a seaside vacation
A memento from the Monterey Bay, this pelican wind chime has a subtle tinkling sound from the four dangling bells.
Lucky Gnome - Bring luck to the garden
The gnome represents the world of dreams and my inner child. In folklore, gnomes are hardworking woodland creatures who helped around the garden and homes. This is why these figures are often found as garden accents.
I found this lackadaisical gnome in a discount store and was captivated by its happy disposition. It has been relaxing on my flowerbed for a few years now.
Happy Buddha - Happiness, good luck, and plenitude
I was taken by the countenance of this laughing buddha. It just keeps me smiling whenever I walk by it.
Do not forget to leave me your two cents. - Every opinion counts.
CherylsArt on May 28, 2013:
I enjoyed my stroll through your pleasant lens.
maryLuu on September 01, 2012:
JoshK47 on August 25, 2012:
Returning to sprinkle some angel dust around this lens!
anne mohanraj on August 14, 2012:
What a wonderful collection of curios! Thanks for sharing!
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 13, 2012:
What a great selection of lucky charms you have! I love all of your wind chimes!
myamya on August 10, 2012:
Great lens, well done! Squidlike
siobhanryan on July 20, 2012:
I have the frog elrphant and the wind chimes
LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on July 17, 2012:
A friend of mine has a Buddha in every room except the bathroom area.
Rymom28 on July 08, 2012:
Certain people in our family think this ceramic sculpture we have of two geckos kissing, which we found in a shop and bought for our anniversary, is "immature" because it is so bright and colorful. I'm so glad I found this lens, now I can tell them the meaning behind it! Thank you!
bilafond lm on June 22, 2012:
Fantastic lens. I love collectibles and it seems lot of work has been carried out preparing this lens
Sara Krentz from USA on June 19, 2012:
There are some lovely items here - I especially like the geckos.
DecoratingMom411 on June 16, 2012:
Well-presented lens. I enjoyed looking at everything.
BuckHawkcenter on June 10, 2012:
I have so many animals figurines in my home. I had no idea they were bringing me good luck! But, I love it!
KarenCookieJar on June 03, 2012:
I like gnomes and Maneki Neko cats
jlshernandez (author) on May 22, 2012:
@Millionairemomma: Millionaiemomma, I do have some silver coins crocheted together and hanging from the celing of one of the sunrooms. Based on the feng shui bagua map, this room symbolizes wealth, not necessarily in terms of money, but about abundance in what I hold dear. This is the room where we hold Christmas get-together and underneath the coins, I usually have the Christmas tree.
Millionairemomma on May 21, 2012:
I didn't know what frogs and calico cats represented until now. I like to hang Chinese coins around my home to encourage wealth. No physical wealth has appeared but I feel happy when I see them.
GabrielaFargasch on May 21, 2012:
I love frog statues!! I actually have one at my door entrance, of a cute frog riding a bicycle!
Great lens! :)
Bigdaddyguru on March 08, 2012:
I enjoyed the pics, I liked your lens
sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on March 05, 2012:
enjoyed your amazing presentation. pics and info are great.
CherryTriggerCola on January 27, 2012:
Very fascinating. I'm sure Geico will be happy to know their gecko is lucky. Wonderful pictures too!
anonymous on January 10, 2012:
casquid on January 04, 2012:
It must be time for me to catch up. You have shown me more lucky items, not found in my own collection. Thanks!
ErHawkns7100 on November 15, 2011:
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 12, 2011:
Time to bring in some of these luck. Beautiful.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 12, 2011:
Time to bring in some of these luck. Beautiful.
iWriteaLot on October 05, 2011:
OMG! I was just at the pet store looking at geckos and decided to wait until next week to get one. Now I'll be going back for sure. I need all the luck I can get. Cool lens.
SilmarwenLinwelin on October 04, 2011:
What a nice, positive lens!
DuaneJ on September 18, 2011:
This was excellent. Feng Shui is very popular back here in India and I can relate with the beautiful artefacts you have highlighted here!
reasonablerobby on September 12, 2011:
Such a well put together lens with lots of interesting images and information. I wish you all the luck in the world!
Vikki from US on September 10, 2011:
I love this lens. Back to bless! ;)
Jennifer Alison Emmer from San Jose, California on August 13, 2011:
I definitely believe in luck as I am a Feng Shui Consultant! ;-) Great lens. ~ Jennifer
lemonsqueezy lm on August 10, 2011:
The frog is cute but I don't think that we need any more "fertility" in my house than we already have. Maybe I should go for the turtle instead.
Addalicia on August 06, 2011:
Lucky plants are my favorite. Very interesting lens :)
Lady Gotrocks on July 30, 2011:
This must be a very lucky lens! It's been blessed!
sponias lm on July 11, 2011:
I believe in lucky symbols. There are many lucky symbols that are dream symbols and can be explained through dream interpretation according to the scientific method. They were also found in many art works and religious manifestations that belonged to many different civilizations and historical times.
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on July 08, 2011:
Nice collection. What about the owls?
gogolf162 on July 06, 2011:
I did not realize there are so many lucky things.
JoshK47 on July 03, 2011:
I love the gecko pottery! Very elegant and attractive!
julietarot lm on June 29, 2011:
I love the calico cats. Lovely pictures on this lens.
LiquidGranite1 on June 27, 2011:
I may choose the turtle, but I am not sure.
jlshernandez (author) on May 25, 2011:
@CruiseReady: Ah yes, turtles are for longevity, but cats have nine lives. So, which would you prefer?
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on May 25, 2011:
Although the cats are my favorite, I think that, since we are getting older, we should probably rush out and get a few turtles for longevity!
bames24 lm on May 04, 2011:
I love your lens... such an interesting read
Lee Hansen from Vermont on April 19, 2011:
Thoroughly enjoyed reading yet another of your wonderful lenses. It's interesting to me to discover these symbols for good luck. I have at least one, and mostly several, of all the symbols you highlighted in this lens in my home. My brother's late wife collected elephants and amassed a huge collection - they gave her so much joy!
miaponzo on April 06, 2011:
OK.. here it is.. :) Very cute lens.. lots of nice pics.. but as long as everyone seriously remembers that this stuff is great for decorating with but not for really protecting.. that why we have a creator and guardian angels... :) Thanks again! Great lens!
dessertlover on March 18, 2011:
Cute lens! I love these ideas, and that sundial is so fun.
spritequeen lm on March 17, 2011:
This is some really fun, interesting information! Thanks for sharing! Angel Blessed
anonymous on March 17, 2011:
I like your lucky symbols.I have wind chimes and laughing Buddha.
lizziehumphreys1 on March 15, 2011:
really interesting lens! good job :)
anonymous on March 02, 2011:
I feel lucky for just stopping by to see this collection, I really enjoyed the experience. Must leave some angel dust here! ~ Best wishes to you! x
antoivo lm on January 27, 2011:
We believe in Ireland That Hanging A Horseshoe over the door brings us luck!
scar4 on January 09, 2011:
We don't place any figurines in our home, no plants and other lucky objects at all.
jlshernandez (author) on November 26, 2010:
It is always a blessing to find out that we have some kind of collection of animals, plants, wind chimes, etc. that are symbols of good luck. The fact that some of these are symbols of good fortune, good friendship and wisdom energizes my surroundings and makes me feel good being around them.
Cynthia Arre from Quezon City on November 26, 2010:
We have an elephant figurine which was a wedding gift but I didn't think it had any significance until I read this lens! We have lots of wind chimes and cat figurines too (as my hubby and I are cat lovers) so it was a treat knowing that they are lucky symbols for the home. I enjoyed reading this lens and I thought you presented the info beautifully. ~Blessed~
Darla Dixon on November 19, 2010:
Very cool lens! I knew a lot of people collect different types of figurines, but I never really thought of them as good luck tokens.
anonymous on November 19, 2010:
Awesome lens! Really enjoyed my visit here!
monarch13 on November 15, 2010:
thank you for featuring my lenses! you are a great resource!
rajichandrasekhar on November 08, 2010:
Very Good. Informative..Inspirative to think out more ideas.. Thank You.
SelfAndSource on October 19, 2010:
Bringing many lucky symbols from many cultures into your home and garden. What a beautiful thought. Thank you!
anonymous on October 10, 2010:
Nothing about teddy bears? That is okay. I loved your lens anyway.
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on October 04, 2010:
This give more reason to get a calico cat. Very informative on lucky symbols.
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on October 04, 2010:
Nicely done. I didn't know that the frog represented "friendship, abundance and transformation." My son collects frogs.
sheriangell on October 01, 2010:
Great display of lucky symbols. I have my lucky frogs as well as my happy Buddha who I believe brings us luck each time we rub his tummy!
anonymous on September 27, 2010:
Who knew there were so many different lucky items you could add to your house. I want a frog, they are really cute.
anonymous on September 27, 2010:
I feel lucky just reading about all these good luck symbols. Great job, thanks for sharing!
Carolan Ross from St. Louis, MO on September 27, 2010:
A delightfully lucky collection here, inspired. Thumbs up!
Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on September 26, 2010:
I love frogs, turtles, and elephants. I also have a growing collection of mini buddha's. Thanks for the trunks up info. I can never remember if good is up or down. I always avoid buying b/c of it.
jlshernandez (author) on August 16, 2010:
@jptanabe: I love your fun and positive attitude. It is so good to see you stop by again.
Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on August 16, 2010:
Oh wow, these are so beautiful and fun! I didn't know some of them were lucky symbols, I'd want them anyway. Great job!