What is the meaning of Ladybird jewellery?
Ladybirds are particularly a favourite amongst children, and many believe that if they make a wish with a Ladybird, their wish will come true
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Ladybugs, Ladybirds, Ladybeetles . . whatever name you use . . are all well-known and well-loved for their luck-giving properties. Indeed, nearly all cultures believe that a Ladybug (or Ladybird jewellery) is lucky. Many societies also link the sight of a Ladybug with future happiness in love, good weather, a financial windfall, or the granting of wishes. Having a Ladybug land on you is supposed to be especially lucky, and some people believe that when a Ladybug lands on an object, that object will be replaced by a new and ‘improved’ version.
In some Christian societies, especially in Europe, the Ladybug is linked with the Virgin Mary, and also known as Our Lady to devout Catholics, and is said to be symbolic of Her presence in nature. According to legend, the spots on the Ladybug’s back symbolise the Seven Sorrows of Mary, and Ladybugs were sent by the Virgin to protect crops. This is because it is known that Ladybugs eat harmful pests so, in the past, the appearance of Ladybugs would have been welcomed by farmers and gardeners. In agricultural societies, it would have made sense to venerate a beneficial insect – encouraging people to leave Ladybugs alone so that they could consume pests like aphids. The appearance of a Ladybug would also have been viewed as a blessing. The well-known children’s rhyme which begins “Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home, your house is on fire and your children are alone,” is said to have evolved from the practice of burning crops at the end of the season. Supposedly, farmers would sing to warn the Ladybugs to fly away, leaving harmful insect pests behind to be burned in the flames.
According to folklore you should count the number of black spots on a LadyBird’s back. The number of spots will correspond to how many months will be happy ones from that day on. If a Ladybug lands on you, then you will definitely have good luck. If one lands on you when you are ill, it will take away the illness. The more spots on its back the better the luck; each spot represents a lucky month.
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