The Lucky Horseshoe

“Throughout Germany the belief obtains that a horseshoe found on the road, and nailed on the threshold of a house with the points directed outward, is a mighty protection not only against hags and fiends, but also against fire and lightning; but, reversed, it brings misfortune. In eastern Pennsylvania, however, even in recent times, the horse-shoe is often placed with the prongs pointing inward, so that the luck may be spilled into the house. The horse-shoe retains its potency as a charm on the sea as well as on land, and it has long been a practice among sailors to nail this favorite amulet against the mast of a vessel, whether fishing-boat or large sea-going craft, as a protection against the Evil One.” - Robert Means Lawrence, M.D. from The Magic of the Horse-Shoe 1899.

10.20. filed under: belief. history. observations.


Fascinating good read. I’ve really been enjoying the site since your return. I’ve been meaning to tell you that.

posted on 10.20 at 03:53 PM.


A tire! Good one. ‘Course, we might be back to horseshoes after Peak Oil.

posted on 10.21 at 04:47 PM.


@Orion: Thank you very much for saying so. One can never hear enough of that sort of thing in this line.

@Tom: True enough old friend.

posted on 10.23 at 04:44 PMjmorrison


The horse-shoe retains its potency as a charm on the sea as well as on land, and it has long been a practice among sailors to nail this favorite amulet against the mast of a vessel

posted on 01.13 at 09:41 AMbocanci de protectie


But do not nail it to the life raft for good luck. Not work so good :(

posted on 01.13 at 12:37 PM.


Horse shoe or any other lucky charms work only if u believe in such sort of things. But if misfortune is able to happen, IT WILL HAPPEN, weather or not u have a horse shoe above your bed. Hey, it might be the horse shoe that hits you over the head.

posted on 05.20 at 05:50 PMCanal boat holidays

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