Dr Farquar's Case History

April 24, 2009

Dr Farquar on Luck

Luck

Why are horseshoes hung for good luck? (Contributed by MailBits.com)

Dr Farquar says: The horseshoe invokes the crescent moon or ‘sacred vulva’ shape of pagan moon goddesses (Artemis, Diana, etc.), and so invites their protection and the seven nail holes in a horseshoe invoke the traditionally lucky number 7.

As an overcommitted gambler I once took a whole set of lucky horseshoes to the races. Unfortunately it fell in the paddock. It’s the last time I hijack the Grunty Fen milkfloat.

What about if you pick a lucky Shamrock and you pluck some Poison Ivy by mistake instead? Isn’t that a rash thing to do? Claudia Outside

Dr F: That’s the luck of the Irish. If you get a rash in a nasty place don’t go back there.

Why do we knock on wood for good luck and would I have more luck with my lovelife if I could get more wood? Furthermore would having lots of wood be hard to knock? Troy Arder

Dr F: Listen. I got up this morning to take a shower and the towel rail fell off. I buttoned my shirt and a button fell off. I picked up my briefcase and the handle fell off. I opened the car door and the car door fell off. I’m frightened to take a pee.

They say that if you pick up a penny you will have good luck all day. Why do I always find myself picking up pennies at five minutes to midnight and never at six o’clock in the morning? (Contributed by Alex Petty)

Dr F: Yes, the old adage. “Find a penny..pick it up..all day long you’ve got a penny..” The bad luck occurs when you need to spend a penny and there is no paper.

How come some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known? (Contributed by Garrison Keillor)

Dr F: You’re a fine one to talk. Aren’t you that dyslexic pimp that bought a warehouse?

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