A lucky shelf acts like a a personal shrine that acts like a magnet to draw good fortune…
While it may not look like it, the above picture shows a collection of magickal items used for good luck in Japan.
In Japanese culture, there is nothing more powerful to attract luck than depictions of the male generative organs. The only thing that surpasses it for that extra bit of luck is to display images of the male and female genitals – preferably conjoined.
The belief behind it is that male organs draw luck, while female organs draw protection.
The traditional way to display these items was on a “Lucky Shelf”, designed specifically for this purpose. This shelf was in effect, an altar, and could be kept open or discreetly closed, as required. The exception to this was in Japanese Pleasure Houses, where the shelves were kept in plain sight, to provide better business magick as well as generating good luck and fortune in general.
When realistic amulets were banned, the Maneki Neko – you know, that lucky waving cat that you see in many shops – emerged as an acceptable substitute. Other things were used as well, like cowrie shells or similar shaped objects, which may have gone some way to not frightening the customers away.
Whichever way you chose to display your shelf, the traditional Lucky Shelf was arranged and then left alone to radiate its power. The role of the spell-caster was to collect particularly fine specimens of images, and then carefully arrange them and care for them.
If you wanted to put something similar together, you could source items that represent primal generative powers to you, and then combine them with other lucky and sacred charms you may already have.
To add to their potency, you can also spiritually cleanse and charge the items, and you may like to add in a little candle magick too.
Whichever you choose, just remember to discreetly cover them somehow when your Great Aunt or the vicar come over for tea. Or maybe not … who knows what you may discover!
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