May 19th-The Feast of St. Dustan and the Legend of the Lucky Horseshoe
It is hard to believe that I wrote my first blog post exactly one year ago. As I pen my 24th post, I feel proud that I actually averaged two a month this past year while being trapped at home with my family. Writing has been therapy for me. Thank you for being a part of the Moxie Tales Blog journey! I always encourage you to share any blog posts with friends and family!
This year, I became obsessed with horseshoes...at first it was a collaborative design idea with my jewelry magician Michela at Made in the Deep South, then it became much more to me. While I do not ride horses (or have any interest in doing so), I became fixated on horseshoes...I can’t explain why...it just happened. Ok, maybe subconsciously it was Yellowstone...maybe.
About 3 weeks ago, I decided to dig deeper on why horseshoes are considered good luck, as up until 2021, it had never occurred to me...I just thought they were cool. What I learned involved an exchange between The Devil and St. Dustan, the patron Saint of blacksmiths, silversmiths, and jewelers! Mind blown!
As the legend goes, The Saint, formerly a blacksmith, was working at his forge when the Devil paid him a visit with nefarious intentions. St. Dustan flipped the script and nailed a red hot horseshoe to the Devil when he was asked to re-shoe the Devil’s horse. This caused the Devil great pain, and Dustan only agreed to remove the shoe and release the Devil after he promised to never enter a place where a horseshoe is hung over the door. This is claimed as the origin of the lucky horseshoe!
Hang or wear your horseshoe with the tips up to bring luck into your life or with the tips down to share your luck with others. I currently have several custom horseshoe cuffs in my jewelry line and intend to continue to offer horseshoe pieces, as I believe this symbol will attract the best of luck and positive energy!
“May good luck be your friend in whatever you do and may trouble be always a stranger to you.” ~Anonymous