At one time, I collected railway spikes. I filed them smooth then painted them gold. They made perfect gifts. Paper weights.
If I found a horseshoe then that was another story. I kept them, thinking one day I'd have a horse shoe outdoor game set up in my back yard, but nothing ever became of them. I never did have a game. The horseshoes eventually disappeared with time, leaving a lone one above my back door. Hung like a U, so the luck could collect in it and wouldn't spill out.
Horseshoes have been hanging above doorways around the world and have always been believed to ward of evil for centuries. The Legend of St. Dunstan and the Devil comes to mind, written in 1871 by Edward G. Flight. Around the time of the first century, a blacksmith monk who later in his life became the Archbishop of Canterbury and England's best loved saint.
The story goes that Dunstan while a blacksmith was asked by a stranger to make a pair of horseshoes for his feet. Dunstan realized the man was Lucifer the Devil himself, he had cloven hooves for feet.
Being a fearless man, Dunstan drove the spikes deep into the soft soles of Lucifer's feet causing so much pain and agony that he dared never to go near a horseshoe again. So, if you want to keep Lucifer from entering your house, place one above your doorway, it's also good for keeping witches away too.
Those lucky people, the ones that seem to have a horseshoe stuck up their yin yangs, they get the jobs, win the lotteries, and have beautiful families and lovely lives. Don't they make you sick? Horseshoe legendary luck though, pre dates the story of St. Dunstan, it even pre dates Christianity itself. In Hindu Sanskrit horseshoe is the word "Yoni" and describes the sacred temple or womb, believed to be the origin of all life, depicted as a downward pointing horseshoe.
Now-a-days the horseshoe isn't kept to ward off demons and witchcraft, it's more for bringing and keeping good luck, the positioning of utmost importance. Pixies are known to cause mischief, using the horseshoes to sit on, so when hanging one, tilt it a bit so they will slide off and of course don't forget to use seven lucky screws to keep it in place. Good luck, remembering where you hid those!
Then that's another blog, See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Dementia, a living hell!
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