Iron has been part of the story of humanity for centuries. It’s been used to create buildings, vehicles, and weaponry. We use it to craft beautiful unique house numbers. But for a period of time, iron was associated with certain superstitions. Today, we’re going to examine a few of those old beliefs, and go into a bit more detail about them.
Most of us know that horseshoes are good luck charms. But one of the main reasons they’re considered to be lucky is because they’re made of iron. Plus, the potency of the luck all depends on how the horseshoe is hung. The story goes that, in order to make a home and the family within lucky, a horseshoe must be hung upright, with tips facing the ceiling. This is done in order to absorb all of the good luck in the vicinity. However, if the horseshoe is hung upside down, all of the luck contained inside will pour out, dooming the family to bad luck.
It was also believed that iron possessed the ability to repel evil. For many years, the gates and fences of cemeteries were constructed from iron. This was done partially to keep the spirits of the dead from leaving the graveyard and terrorizing the populace. Along similar lines, in the construction of prisons, iron was used for rebar within the walls as well as for bars in the cells. An aspect of iron’s usage was the belief that it could confine negative energy to the prison itself.