7. Lucky Horseshoe
Here comes another myth that holds on to good fortune. The horseshoe is considered by many as a lucky charm owing to its vulval shape, and also due to the invocation of the goddess Diana and her sacred vulva.
Like pennies, horseshoes are made of metals – iron, to be precise. Hence, the early Europeans believed that horseshoes had the ability to keep the evil spirits at bay. Further, the horseshoes usually had seven nail holes owing to the age-old belief of the Romans of considering seven as a lucky number.
According to popular folklore, the horseshoe got its pious stature from the story of Saint Dunstan – a blacksmith turned saint who nailed Satan’s foot with a horseshoe which compelled Satan to take a vow to never enter a house that displays a horseshoe.