Many of you on self-employed courier jobs will have, or know someone that has a pair of fluffy dice hanging from the rear-view mirror of their car. This practise originated in America and is said to come from the fact that American Pilots during WWII often used to keep dice in their cockpits to provide them with good luck. This practice was continued after the war and although many people joke that fluffy dice are the universal sign of being a bad driver, a 1993 survey showed there to be no direct correlation between reckless driving and having fluffy dice.
If you have a rabbit’s foot dangling from your windshield, to protect you on your self-employed courier jobs, then you’re probably quite a traditionalist at heart. After all, this superstition has been around since 600 BC, when the Celts lived in Britain. At the time rabbits were considered to be sacred, and it was believed that spirits inhabited their bodies. This belief was stemmed from the fact that rabbits spent a lot of time underground and could therefore communicate with the Numina, an underground spirit. The Celts also believed that the rabbit’s prowess in the field of reproduction was further fact that the Numina had placed the animal upon a pedestal. As rabbits were considered to be lucky, it went without saying that any of their body parts would also be deemed as lucky. The foot was simply chosen above others as it could dry out quickly and its small size made it easier to carry around.
Whilst only a select few individuals carrying out self-employed courier jobs in the UK will have any kind of talisman, evil eye amulets can be seen everywhere in Turkey and the Middle East. Not only is it common for these trinkets to be pinned on the babygro of a newborn baby, but they are even painted on the tail-fins of the national airline. This is because the locals believe that envious gazes or high praise from others can bring around bad luck. Therefore, the evil eye bead or Nazar Boncuk is commonly hung on car mirrors to ward away the bad spirits that piggyback on people’s words or looks. The Evil Eye charm is commonly a white eye set upon a blue background. The blueness represents water, which is a precious commodity in a dry country like Turkey.
The Palm Leaf
In Cuba, a predominantly Catholic country, it is considered to be lucky to hang palm leafs in the front of your car. These leaves are called guanos and are blessed by the local priests on Palm Sunday. The guano is hung in the front of the car and will stay there keeping the vehicle safe and protecting the driver on their long journeys, until they are given a new palm leaf the following year.