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 A letter from your Editor
Greetings and welcome to the third issue of the Lunar Pearl Pagan Newsletter. The past year has been crazy for me so I stopped doing this but now I have freetime on my hands and thought I would start this up again. This will be packed full of useful information, insightful articles, and thought provaking items. You may contactme at any time thru e-mail or by replying to this e-mail. Only the moderator will be able to see what you send as this is a moderated group not a discussion thing. Happy reading and please send me feedback about this and every issue!
 Pagan News
It's All in the Mind
By Rachel Williams, PA News
Lucky charms do work, but only in the minds of those who carry them, researchers said today.
The first comprehensive test of charms’ effectiveness found they do not increase luck in events of pure chance, but users often felt luckier and more confident and successful.
The study, by Professor Richard Wiseman of the Psychology Department of the University of Hertfordshire, found that carrying a charm had no effect on the chances of choosing winning lottery numbers.
But 30% of those tested felt their luck had improved.
Nearly all those who did report increased luck had said prior to the study that they expected the charm to work, suggesting the charm’s efficacy was based on expectation.
At the end of the study, 70% of participants said they would continue to carry the lucky coin with them once the experiment had finished.
Four-leaf clovers have been seen as good luck charms since the time that Druids believed they could impart special powers, such as the ability to detect the presence of bad spirits.
The lucky heritage of horseshoes stems in part from when they were considered to repel witches because their crescent shape resembled a new moon.
They should be hung above doors with the ends pointing up so the luck can not run out.
The tradition of pulling the wishbone – and it being lucky to get the larger piece – is said by some to go back to the old belief of the magical power of the horned moon and the horned pagan god.
In ancient African culture, the carrying of an animal’s foot, or other parts of a swift creature were supposed to help a person be able to escape or flee with the speed of the animal. This became the “lucky rabbits foot” when it was assimilated into Western culture by enslaved Africans.
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