We say “good luck”, “he’s a pretty lucky fella” or “wish me luck” on a daily basis, yet there are those who would argue there’s no such thing as ‘luck’, only chance events. Be that as it may, the fact remains that all over the world there are different – and sometimes similar – beliefs surrounding good luck, which, quite often, revolve around certain animals that are believed to be lucky. Ready to take a trip around the globe with us and find out a bit more about lucky animals in different cultures? We’ve picked seven, so pack your bags, let’s go!
First lucky animal on the agenda – the rabbit. In various cultures rabbits symbolize fertility and prosperity and in some parts of Northern Europe children used to be given white rabbits as a gift to ensure they would lead successful lives.
Additionally, in the western culture (primarily Britain and North America) it is also customary to say “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” first thing when you wake up on the first day of the month for good luck. And, of course, there’s the rabbit’s foot, which is carried as an amulet in order to bring good luck. This belief exists all over the world – from Europe to China, all the way to Africa and even the Americas. Unfortunately, we can’t offer you a rabbit’s foot, but we can certainly direct you to one of the most high-quality rabbit-themed slots – Big Time Gaming’s White Rabbit slot and wish you good fortune!
Next up – the goldfish! When you hear the word ‘goldfish’, your first thought may be ‘short memory’, but it should also be fertility and copiousness. The goldfish was thought to bring good luck in relationships and marriage in Ancient Greece, it is one of the eight sacred symbols of the Buddha, and is believed to be a good luck charm all over the world, but mainly in Southern Europe.
In Slavic tales the goldfish, if caught, will make your wishes come true – three of them, too! If we’re talking online slots – and, let’s be honest, we’re always talking slots – the Golden Fish Tank slot by Yggdrasil Gaming features lucky fish, too. Care to give it a whirl?
Frogs are considered lucky for various reasons, but first and foremost because they’re associated with rain. And why would rain be lucky? Well, it’s pretty simple: when it rains, crops grow and people are no longer hungry and thus happy. The frog can be found among other good luck symbols in countries such as China and Japan.
Apart from the rain and prosperity that comes with the growth of crops, the frog is a symbol of fertility and safe travels, too. Our humble contribution to the subject? NetEnt’s famous Super Lucky Frog slot!
Now, here’s a famous lucky animal: the elephant. Elephants are a symbol of good luck in various cultures and religions, but first and foremost in Buddhism and India, or more precisely, the Indian deity Ganesh.
People who consider elephants their good luck charms may place statues and figurines all over their homes and, depending on their position in the room, they are thought to bring good fortune to the house, protection, love, fertility, academic success and more. To try your luck with elephants, why not go for the super fun Pink Elephants slot by Thunderkick?
Ah, cats. Not only were they considered a sacred animal in ancient Egypt, but they’re a sign of good luck in many cultures. Know that famous Japanese white cat figurine? It’s called maneki-neko and it’s a common lucky charm, believed to bring good luck to the owner.
In Germany, for example, it is considered good luck if a black cat crosses your path – but only if it’s from right to left! If it crosses from left to right, then, well, it’s much the same as in the rest of the world. To forget all about the lousy black cat superstition (those poor black kitties! What did they ever do to us?), how about we move on to our cat slot suggestion – in this case, Play’n GO’s Big Win Cat slot!
Bugs and Beetles
You’ve definitely heard about them lucky scarab beetles, right? Amulets in the shape of scarab beetles were extremely popular in ancient Egypt as the scarabs were thought to be connected to the sun God Ra and his life-giving powers. Also, the scarab beetle was considered lucky as it was thought to be the protector of one’s heart.
Another type of bug, the ladybug, is thought to bring good luck in various countries, but mainly across Europe. In Russia and Serbia, for example, if a ladybug lands on you, it is considered good luck. Before they fly away, you should make a wish! While we’re on the subject of lucky bugs, here’s our slot suggestion to fit the theme: the Beetle Jewels slot by iSoftBet.
And, finally, we’ve reached our seventh lucky animal for the day: the pig. You’ll find that pigs are considered lucky around the globe – from China to Germany. In fact, in Germany the word for 'luck' is literally interchangeable with the word ‘schwein’ (pig) sometimes!
What’s more, pigs have been considered a symbol of wealth since the Middle Ages. Need proof we still do? Just think of all the piggy banks across the world! So, to end this blog post in the same style and with a particularly fitting slot – why not give NetEnt’s legendary Piggy Riches slot a go when you have the chance?
What Are Your Lucky Animals?
How about you? Do you have your own personal good luck charms (a la rabbit’s foot or other good luck talismans)? Do they happen to take any animal forms? Which animals are considered good luck charms in your country? We can’t wait to hear from you, so if you’re up for a chat on luck and superstition, you know where to find us – we’re already waiting for you at our forum!