One reputed origin of the tradition of lucky horseshoes is the story of Saint Dunstan and the Devil. Dunstan, who became the Archbishop of Canterbury in AD 959, was a blacksmith by trade. The story relates that he once nailed a horseshoe to the Devil's hoof when he was asked to reshoe the Devil's hoof. This caused the Devil great pain, and Dunstan only agreed to remove the shoe and release the Devil after the Devil promised never to enter a place where a horseshoe is hung over the door.

Some believe that if guests come to a house where a horseshoe is above the door, they must leave by the same door through which they entered or they will take the luck from the horseshoe with them from the house.
Horseshoes are considered a good luck charm in many cultures. The shape, fabrication, placement, and manner of sourcing are all important. A common tradition is that if a horseshoe is hung on a door with the two ends pointing up then good luck will occur...so now you know what to do....I already hung up mine..Its almost Halloween!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest Dutchess!
Yes, your horseshoe is in place, ready to ward off more of those diabolical pumpkins! Hilltop must be protected from any further invasion! Keep a little mini horseshoe above the doorway into Miss Moussie's little Houssie, please! Little creatures like her are vulnerable in these parts!!! Have a splendid day...we are having gusting winds, ringing in the season!! Anita

Margarida Elias said...

I have to find a a horseshoe to my front door...Lovely story,

Rosie said...

I remember that we used to have one over our back door when I was a child- it was old and rusty but it had to stay there and not be moved:)