Buckeye nuts are believed by some hoodoo "doctors" to increase a man's sexual power. Shaped like miniature testicles, they are sometimes carried in the pants pockets as charms to bring men "good fortune in sexual matters." In the southern and eastern regions of the United States, buckeyes are carried in mojo bags to cure or prevent such ailments as arthritis, rheumatism, and migraine headaches.
However, the buckeye is probably best known for its use as a gambler's good luck charm. Traditionally, a hole is drilled into the nut, filled with quicksilver (mercury), and then sealed with wax. For maximum effectiveness, the charm should be prepared on a Wednesday during a planetary hour of Mercury, the reason for this being that the god to whom this day and hour correspond is one who governs games of chance and sleight of hand. Some gamblers carry their buckeye charms in a mojo bag (often along with a silver "Mercury" dime) and anoint it with any luck-attracting occult oil (such as "Fast Luck") prior to placing their bets.
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