Luck its something we all want. Sometime it’s good other times it can be bad.
Is there anything we can do to improve our luck?
Can talismans and charms make us have less bad luck and more good luck?
In this video we take a look at the Charm of Cheltenham and ask if this, and other trinkets of good fortune can really make a difference?
Stick around to the end of the video to find out how you can become luckier.
This lucky object appeared in a recent article published on the website Haunted Ohio.
The charm has a long history, first being used as a mascot for a squadron of ww1 pilots.
In those first days of flight things were very dangerous, if you weren’t killed in training you surely would be the moment you flew your first combat mission.
This lead to the creation of many superstitions and a reliance on good old fashioned luck to survive.
This is where the little guy "Scotch Jock" enters the picture.
Dr A. Cosgrave George sent the lucky charm to a young R.A.F. pilot after
He had received a letter asking for his help.
Sir,—A little over five months ago, a young friend of mine, who is in an O.T.C., [Officers’ Training Corps] wrote to me, enclosing a letter from his particular school chum, who was being trained as a pilot in the R. A.F. My friend’s object in writing was to beg for my assistance on behalf of his friend in the R.A.F. The latter, when just on the point of obtaining his “wings” had crashed badly two or three times in succession, with the result that he had completely lost his nerve, and was in the very depths of despair, for it meant that all hope of obtaining his pilot’s certificate had gone. In his trouble he had written to his old school friend, and the latter in turn wrote- at once to me, begging for my prompt assistance, ”occult” or otherwise.
This was the start of 'Scotch Jock's' journey, having been a lucky charm carried for a few years in the man’s waist coat. It was now being wrapped up and sent to a new life in the air service.
'Scotch Jock' did come with some basic instructions for the pilot to follow
1. It was to be worn night and day without fail.
2. It was never to be touched by anyone but the wearer.
These instructions would guarantee that the pilot would regain his confidence and as an added bonus he and any plane he flew in would also be protected from misfortune.
Reports from the base say that the pilot did indeed regain his nerve and also went on to become a night observer, whom would run multiple bombing runs over France. Surviving the war unscathed.
The R.A.F. man wrote the doctor thanking him for the object of his good fortune the letter said.
I have not forgotten that you said you would be interested to hear from me. You will remember that five months ago you gave me a little charm after my crash, and temporary loss of nerve, which A. P. told you of.
I have worn your charm religiously, and though of course I cannot say how far that is instrumental, it is certainly true that I seem to have been especially protected. Only a week ago I was crashed badly by my pilot through the engine cutting out in the air. We came down on a sunken road, and wrecked the machine absolutely. If we had not been quick to put out the first flames, we should have been on fire very soon, and we were carrying 350 lb. of high explosive in the shape of bombs. The crash was sufficient to kill us, and it is marvellous that the bombs did not explode, for they were knocked clean off the racks, which crashed into the embankment. Yet I escaped without a scratch, and the pilot almost as easily.
Apart from that, five times our engine has failed. Each time by that “untraced causation” which is called “luck,” it has been on this side of the lines. Otherwise I should have been a prisoner or worse. And each time we have managed to make a safe landing, which in unknown country at night is nothing short of wonderful. So whatever may be the truth of things, I am certainly happy in my horoscope. I thought I would let you know this. I shall be coming home to England in a month, to have another try for my pilot’s wings. I shall have as much need then of your charm.
—– Lt. R.A.F.