Getting Lucky: Using Fertility Symbols for Conception
When getting pregnant takes longer than imagined, it is easy to become disappointed, anxious, or depressed. As each month passes, we look for more tips and tricks, willing to try anything.
Believing in luck or superstition can ease anxiety and create a sense of security and confidence when things feel out of your control.
For centuries, people across all cultures have believed that certain symbols can help increase fertility. Can using these symbols actually help you get pregnant?
Well, it can't hurt! Believing in luck or superstition can ease anxiety and create a sense of security and confidence when things feel out of your control. Scientists studying the placebo effect have proven that the power of expectation or preconception can be responsible for creating a desired outcome. It can be empowering and inspiring to know that you are using a symbol that has helped countless other couples for centuries.
In ancient Ireland, the Celtics believed that the Hazel tree was a very fertile being. Hazelnuts were carried in pockets or strung together and hung in the home to symbolize fertility. Interestingly, studies have shown that the oils in hazelnuts help regulate blood sugar and insulin, which can improve fertility.
Mistletoe evolved the ability to grow on branches of trees, which allows it to spread quickly. Celtic Druids believed mistletoe had the power to bestow life and fertility. They also used mistletoe as an aphrodisiac (which is why we now kiss under mistletoe at Christmas).
In Feng Shui, the pomegranate is a symbol of fertility because of its many red seeds. Place a painting of a pomegranate with lots of seeds or an artificial pomegranate in your bedroom.
The lotus flower is the highest symbol of fertility in the Hindu culture. It represents purity because lotus flowers grow in muddy waters but remain untouched by the impurities.