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gorgosgorgos  asked:

Hello!! Long time follower! I am from the US mid-west, where there are many americans of Polish descent. An intern at my mother's school, who is from Poland, told her that the original spelling of my family's last name, Szczesny, means "lucky one" in polish. Is this true? If true, are there any uniquely polish symbols for luck? Thank you I love love love your blog!

Hello there and thank you for those kind words! ♥

I looked around for the meaning of the adjective ‘szczęsny’ (it’s not in regular use in the modern Polish language anymore) and I can confirm that in the old-Polish that word meant fortunate / lucky.

It’s closely related to the modern adjective ‘szczęśliwy’ which has a spectrum of meanings and depending on a context it can be translated to English as lucky or happy / joyful. I’d say it describes a mental feeling of luck and happiness.

Some sources say ‘szczęsny’ and ‘szczęśliwy’ are the same (only old vs modern Polish).

Both of them came from the noun ‘szczęście‘ that can also mean either luck or happiness (or both). A phrase ‘mieć szczęście’ means precisely ‘to have luck’, or ‘to be lucky’. Its etymology is the proto-Slavic sъčęstьje that meant happiness.

I had to think for a while about any unique symbols of luck in Poland. Most of them are universal (known worldwide or across all Slavic countries / eastern Europe). We cherish symbols like the horseshoe, four-leaf clover, rabbit’s foot, wishbone, cheemney sweeper (in my region after seeing the cheemney sweeper you have to grab a button and see a person in glasses within a few minutes while holding the button in order to grant the luck). 

Something I’ve been told is a bit more unique is a stork that is bringing luck in the Polish and Slavic folklore. 

A swallow can also bring luck, and the person who saw the first swallow arriving in spring was granted luck for the rest of the year. House which was chosen by a swallow to make a nest under its roof was predicted to have luck as well. 

In folklore of many Polish regions gray or white cats were bringing luck. 

To bring happiness and prosperity into the farm the rural people were making ‘the first spring blessing of cattle’ ceremonies and in them a cow in a wreath made of flowers and herbs was bringing the luck for the entire farm. 

Many behaviours of the horses were bringing the luck. In general, horses were among the most sacred animals in old-Slavic beliefs and their behaviour was used in divinations. I think the beliefs about the horseshoes are connected to it in the particular example of Poland and other Slavic countries. A horseshoe was often burried under the foundation or tresholds of a new house to bring luck into it in the future. You can find many really cute designs of horses upon looking for a ‘konik ludowy’ (’folk horse’ in Polish), at least in the Polish google.

Some types of serpents native to Polish lands were bringing luck into the households, and they were believed to have their own serpent king (adder / viper king) - killing him was a doomed fate and its killer could’ve been excluded from the community. According to ethnographic sources there were regions in Poland where serpents were sacred animals and even kept in households, meant to protect from evil spells and bring the luck. In old legends and folklore a viper (żmija) was associated with a good land dragon (żmij) that in turn was associated with the Slavic god Weles / Veles.

A popular symbol bringing luck from the legends is the fern flower.

Houses were decorated with wycinanki - the decorative papercuts - and those had a whole range of purposes including protection but also bringing luck and happiness into the house. Many decorative pisanki (Easter eggs) were also meant to bring luck.

If you’re really looking for uniquely Polish symbols I suggest you can totally use some wycinanki for the luck. You can sometimes find a design with horses or storks and something like the one below would look great with swallows too [x]:

Here I have to also mention that many of such decorative, colorful flowers in the Polish wycinanki are sometimes interpreted as symbolizing the luck-bringing fern flower.

If you want a special amulet, a luck-bringing protective amulet from old Polish / Slavic folklore was a nawęza (simplified English spelling: nah-ven-zah). To make a nawęza you have to find either a small stone (the best is flat), a bone part, a fossil, a shell or a piece of wood that has already a ‘natural-made’ hole in it. Nawęzy are worn around the neck on a thin leather strap, or inside small pouches made of linen or wool that can be embroidered.

These are only a few examples, let me know if you want to know more :)

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