Mushrooms found in nature are not bad luck, they are growing naturally as part of the ecosystem. But if you find mushrooms growing in your house then yes, they are bad luck, it is a sign that you have a moisture problem and the mushrooms should be removed.
Mythologically speaking, mushrooms can be either good or bad luck depending on where you are from.
Mushrooms have always been associated with mystery and magic. Wizards, witches, fairies, and spirits are said to use mushrooms for various magical means – either for good or bad.
What Are Mushrooms a Symbol Of?
Mushrooms are often associated with toadstools that are generally considered good luck. They are also a symbol of rapid growth as most mushrooms string up overnight.
Mushrooms are also a symbol of psychedelics and interdimensional travel. This is due to their psychedelic properties which have been known and experimented with for thousands of years.
Mushrooms also have the potential to kill you, therefore they are not necessarily considered bad, but are commonly associated with the afterlife and alternative realities.
Are Mushrooms Good Luck?
Mushrooms are not commonly associated with good luck but in some traditions such as Japan, the Lingzhi mushroom is associated with long life and good health.
Mushrooms are also a symbol of transformation and enlightenment. They are used as a popular positive energy symbol and the bringer of prosperity and rebirth.
However, mushrooms can also symbolize bad transformation, negative experiences, and even death. Ancient people used mushrooms for spiritual practice, and some tribes still do to this day.
How Are Mushrooms Used As Medicine?
Mushrooms have been part of a natural medicinal diet for thousands of years. Scandinavians have used the Chaga mushroom as medicine for hundreds of years, they call it a ‘gift from nature’.
Varieties of mushrooms and been used to treat everything, from insomnia to cancer. In the west, mushrooms are being used in clinical trials to prevent depression, stimulate cognitive function and help people stop smoking.
What Does it Mean When Mushrooms Grow in Your Garden?
In practical terms, it means that your garden soil is of good quality and the mushrooms are fertilizing your grass.
Spiritually, it depends on where you are. In the northern hemisphere, mushrooms can be a sign of death and decomposition. In Lithuanian folklore, mushrooms were considered the food of the dead and related to poverty and ‘endings’.
However, in other parts of the world, they mean growth and change. They can also mean that money may be coming your way, or that otherworldy guides are looking out for you.
What Does It Mean When Mushrooms Grow in The House?
If you have mushrooms growing in your house, it means that your house is retaining moisture and humidity.
Mushrooms thrive in warm and hot climates. Never consume a mushroom that is growing in your house, they are often feeding on bacteria and can be poisonous.
If you have mushrooms in your house then it is best to remove them. They attract mold and can release dangerous spores into the atmosphere.
Why Are Mushrooms Growing on My Plants?
If mushrooms are growing on your plants it is probably a sign that you are watering them too much. Mushrooms love moisture and will lap up excess water wherever they can find it.
It is also an indication that your soil is rich and very healthy. The mushrooms themselves won’t harm your plant, but if they are growing on indoor plants they can be hazardous to your health and you should remove them.
Can You Eat Mushrooms That Grow In Your Yard?
It is never wise to eat a mushroom unless you are 100% sure of its type. If you have Morels growing in your yard, then they are safe to eat. However, some wild mushrooms (such as the infamous Death Cap) can kill you if you eat them.
If you are looking to cook a batch of wild mushrooms for your next meal then do your research, if you are at all unsure then do not consume any of the mushrooms growing wildly in your yard.
What Does Lucky Mushroom Mean?
Lucky Mushroom is a German term (Gluckspilz). The term refers to the red and white-capped mushrooms that are found in the forest, and often feature in fairytales. In german culture finding a Gluckspilz is a sign of good luck.
Their real name is Amanita Muscaria, and they are also associated with the MidWinter Festival of Yule and the Winter Solstice, so the iconography of red-and-white-capped mushrooms is often linked to Christmas.
In these cultures, the mushroom is associated with magic, flight, and travel.
What Does a Mushroom Symbolise?
A singular mushroom is often symbolic and rebirth and regeneration. Singular mushrooms are a sign of recycling and using resources from the dead to give birth to the new.
Single mushrooms are often considered a sign of pregnancy, and in some cultures, a single mushroom is likened to a womb.
They are also associated with protection, shelter, and safety. Mushrooms are often found in corners and caves, places where our ancestors would go to hide out from predators or extreme weather.
Can a Mushroom Grow on a Human?
Yes, it is possible for a mushroom to grow on and inside a human, although the cases are very rare.
No evidence of mushrooms growing on humans was found until 1950, and since then there have been around 100 reported cases of mushrooms growing on the inside or on the skin of a human.
What Does it Mean to Find Mushrooms?
Finding mushrooms is very common, as they grow everywhere in nature. However, if you find a mushroom unexpectedly, then it could mean that you will soon enter a period of chaos, and your life is about to change.
It could also mean that your ancestors are trying to contact you, or are telling you that they are with you on your life’s journey.
If you find a mushroom in the forest, it could mean that there are spirits or fairies nearby and you should travel with caution.
Hi, I’m John Stephens, chief editor and writer for Totalgardener.com. I’ve been gardening and raising animals for over 15 years starting with a small backyard plot in Northern Virginia where I grew corn, potatoes, squash, and using a high mulch technique called the Ruth Stout Method. I also raised ducks and small mammals for meat and eggs in a movable pen similar to the ones used by Joel Salatin. I later moved to Colorado where I experimented with growing greens using aquaponics inside. I eventually added a microgreens setup and home sprouting operation. I’m excited to share everything I’ve learned plus more from the other local gardening and animal raising experts I know.