Life has its highs and lows, as we all know quite well. Moments of elation and crushing sadness or frantic desperation come to us with almost amazing regularity.
We call it "luck", simply put, when something occurs in our life. If we find a $50 bill on the sidewalk, we call it good luck and if we lose our car keys that, to us, is considered bad luck. So far I've not told you a thing you don't already know. But let's take things a bit further.
These happenstances seem to come in cycles: one or two positive, one negative and so on. Being intensely interested in what takes place in our daily lives, we would naturally prefer to encounter the positive things. And so we want "good luck" to come our way more than it does. This is where "lucky items" often come into play.
One might see a rabbit's foot on ebay or in a botanica and eagerly shell out our $4.50 or whatever (ignoring the fact that the rabbit's loss was bad luck for him!), then put it into a pocket or purse or onto a keychain. In moments of contemplation of what we need, we might kiss the fur, stroke it with a thumb, or simply look at the foot. Now if we think of all we've heard or read of such an item, we realize that generations of folk have entertained the belief that this little scrap of bone, flesh and fur somehow has the ability to "bring us luck."
We go through our day happy, calm-eyed, perhaps whistling a scrap of some popular melody, expecting something good to be just about to manifest. And lo and behold! we meet Johnny Jones who says shamefacedly, "Tom, I forgot all about the fact that I owe you $20. Here's $30. The difference is my way of saying thanks." Wow - the foot worked!
Did it? Really? Perhaps someone can explain how bone, fur and flesh bring about money (or whatever we might have chanced to glean). Know what? It didn't, and can't. But there is a certain magick about that little foot, because it brought about a change in our outlook. Instead of being frantic with worry, or filled with doom-and-gloom-O-woe-is-me, we're bouncy, happy and expectant. Having a mindset of this nature, we subconsciously put ourselves in those situations more likely to make us happy and fulfilled. We knew that Johnny Jones owed us money and that he usually is on Main Street on his way back from lunch at the corner diner. So without thinking, perhaps, we set our feet onto Main Street, here's our debtor, and he came through!
A relatively simple example of a deep concept - the expectant person, the person who has a sure and certain KNOWLEDGE that something good is about to pop into his existence, THAT is the person who is going to have "good luck." Upbeat thinking is the key, and for many persons (yours truly included) having a "lucky item" in his or her possession is going to help bring that state of thought and feeling about.
I'm quite sure that, knowing this, you could simply adjust your thought patterns and have much better luck...but do you want to know something? It's a lot more FUN to work with the odd rabbit's foot, or holed coin. It's far more satisfying to turn your silver when you first see the new moon. You more greatly enjoy that old silver amulet's weight against your chest under your shirt. Being aware that you're taking part in a belief system that many thousands of people have taken part in for time immemorial... well, that's an amazing feeling. You feel that you are part of something very old, very time tested, very magickal.
And thinking that way, how can you help but feel fortunate? How can you avoid having good luck pursue you and catch up with you and bring a smile to your face?
Luck is all around you! Good and bad alike! Want the good? Then feel good, think good, act good. If you have the need to use a "lucky item" then go for it. Hang a few gewgaws about your neck, weigh your pocket down with a lucky dollar or two if you feel that's what it's going to take.
There you have it, and here endeth the reading of the morning lesson. Billiken bless you all and bring you smiling to heart's desire! Amen and amen!
Rev. Julian S Bradford II, H.P.
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