Superstitions

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08/08/2004 by DiBot

APPLES :
�The apple is sacred to Venus, the god of love. Venus has long been connected with love divination. : Peel an apple in one long strip and throw the skin over your left shoulder. When it falls to the ground the initial of ones future spouse will be formed.
�If you wish to know the face of your future spouse take an apple and a candle into a dark room just before midnight. Standing before a mirror cut the apple into small pieces. Throw one piece over your right shoulder while eating the rest and brushing your hair. Do not look behind you. As the clock strikes midnight the face of your future spouse will appear in the mirror.

BEDS :
�Unlucky to get in on one side and out on the other.
�Bad luck days to change the bed were Fridays and Sunday.
�It’s bad luck to put a hat on a bed.
�If you make a bedspread, or a quilt, be sure to finish it or marriage will never come to you
�Placing a bed facing north and south brings misfortune.
�When making the bed, don’t interrupt your work, or you will spend a restless night in it.

BIRDS :
�A bird tapping on a window pane is a death omen.
�It is bad luck to see a night bird during the day.
�An albatros following a ship is a sign of a dead sailor wanting to stay near his old ship.
�Three seagulls flying over a ship is a death omen.
�Anyone who kills a swan will die within the year.
�An owl landing on your roof is a death omen.
�Hearing a cuckoo bird was lucky.
�No one can die on a dove feather bed or pillow.
�Bad luck to rob an eagle nest.
�It is bad luck just to touch a robin`s nest.
�It is lucky if a swallow nests in your house

BEES :
�A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay, A sworm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon, A swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly.
�Seeing a swarm of bees is good luck.
�If a bee keeper dies the bees must be told immediatly or they will fly away.

BEETLES
�If a beatle runs over your shoe it is a death omen.

BAY TREE:
�A bay tree planted near your house will keep away the plague.
�Carrying bay leaves protects against evil.
�Bay leaves under your pillow will give you sweet dreams.
�Lightning never strikes a bay tree.

BREAD :
�The sign of a cross on bread or buns is a pagan belief.
�If baking bread overflows its tin, sickness will follow.
�A hole in a loaf of bread is a death omen.
�It is bad luck to cut a loaf from both ends,
�It is bad luck to turn a loaf upside down.
�It is bad luck to take the last slice from a plate, but if it is offered good luck will follow.
�Bread baked on March 1, (the real birthdate of Jesus) has healing powers.
�If two people reach for the same slice of bread a visitor is coming.

BRIDGES :
�It is bad luck for a funeral procession to take a corpse twice over the same bridge.
�It is bad luck to be the first to cross a new bridge.
�If you part from a friend on a bridge you will never meet again.
�It is unlucky to be under a bridge when a train crosses.

BROOMS :
�Do not lean a broom against a bed. The evil spirits in the broom will cast a spell on the bed.
�If you sweep trash out the door after dark, it will bring a stranger to visit.
�If someone is sweeping the floor and sweeps over your feet, you’ll never get married.
�Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one.
�To prevent an unwelcome guest from returning, sweep out the room they stayed in immediately after they leave.

CATS :
�If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it walks away, it takes the good luck with it.
�Keep cats away from babies because they “suck the breath” of the child.
�A cat onboard a ship is considered to bring luck.

COUNTING CROWS :
�One’s bad,
�Two’s luck,
�Three’s health,
�Four’s wealth,
�Five’s sickness,
�Six is death.

CANDLES :
�A bright light indicates a letter.
�A blue flame indicates news of a death.
�To accidently snuff out a candle indicates a wedding.
�Three candles burning together is unlucky.

FRIDAY THE 13TH-ON A MONDAY DO NOT :
�Move house.
�Get married.
�Begin new business.
�Wear emerald.
�Make promise.

DEATH :
�When a person dies all knots in the house should be untied.
�All doors and windows should be opened.

DEATH SUPERSTITION-BIRD :
�A bird in the house is a sign of a death.
�If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.

DEATH SUPERSTITION-CANDLE :
�Light candles on the night after November 1. One for each deceased relative should be placed in the window in the room where death occurred.

DEATH SUPERSTITION-CEMETERY :
�You must hold your breath while going past a cemetery or you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died.

DEATH SUPERSTITION-CLOCK :
�If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family.
�You will have bad luck if you do not stop the clock in the room where someone dies.

DEATH SUPERSTITION-CORPSE :
�If a woman is buried in black, she will return to haunt the family.
�If a dead person’s eyes are left open, he’ll find someone to take with him.
�Mirrors in a house with a corpse should be covered or the person who sees himself will die next.

DEATH SUPERSTITION-DOG :
�Dogs howling in the dark of night,
�Howl for death before daylight.

DEATH SUPERSTITION-FUNERAL :
�Funerals on Friday portend another death in the family during the year.
�It’s bad luck to count the cars in a funeral cortege.
�It’s bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on.
�Thunder following a funeral means that the dead person’s soul has reached heaven. Nothing new should be worn to a funeral, especially new shoes. Pointing at a funeral procession will cause you to die within the month Pregnant women should not attend funerals.

DEATH SUPERSTITION-GRAVE :
�If the person buried lived a good life, flowers will grow on the grave. If the person was evil, weeds will grow.

DEATH SUPERSTITION-MIRROR :
�If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.

DEATH SUPERSTITION-MOTH :
�A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death.

DEATH SUPERSTITION-PHOTOGRAPH :
�If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.

DEATH SUPERSTITION-THIRTEEN :
�If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over.

DANDELION :
�Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.

DOVES :
�A Dove represents the symbol of peace and gentleness, It is often given to the bridal pair as a wedding gift with the promise of a happy life.
�However it is considered unlucky if the donor pays money for the Doves, so usually it is best to barter something in exchange for the Doves.

FISH :
�A fish should always be eaten from the head toward the tail.
�Dream of fish: someone you know is pregnant.
�If you count the number of fish you caught, you will catch no more that day.
�It’s bad luck to say the word “pig” while fishing at sea.

FLOWERS :
�If you find the first flower of spring season on : Monday means good fortune,
�If you find the first flower of spring season on Tuesday means greatest attempts will be successful,
�If you find the first flower of spring season on Wednesday means marriage,
�If you find the first flower of spring season on Thursday means warning of small profits,
�If you find the first flower of spring season on Friday means wealth,
�If you find the first flower of spring season on Saturday means misfortune,
�If you find the first flower of spring season on Sunday means excellent luck for weeks.

FUNERAL :
�Black was used at funerals because it would not catch the attention of “Death” who was hovering around the corpse and always on the lookout for more victims.
�Many people believe that funerals come in three.
�A funeral procession must never be stopped.
�It is bad luck to join a funeral if not invited.
�The coffin should be carried head first.
�Rain was a good omen, but a ray of sunshine that settled on just one mourner was an omem indicating they were next in line.

FRIDAY THE 13TH-ON A TUESDAY DO NOT :
�Start an argument.
�Move house.

FRIDAY THE 13TH-ON A WEDNESDAY DO NOT :
�Wear new gloves.
�Get married.
�Purchase expensive item.

FRIDAY THE 13TH-ON A THURSDAY DO NOT :
�Start a new job.
�Start a new school.
�Eat chicken.
�Spin wool.

FRIDAY THE 13TH-ON A FRIDAY DO NOT :
�Take a long journey.
�Start a new play.
�Get married.
�Start a new job.

FRIDAY THE 13TH-ON A SATURDAY DO NOT :
�Leave hospital.
�Work long hours.

FRIDAY THE 13TH-ON A SUNDAY DO NOT :
�Turn a bed.
�Cut your nails.
�Cut your hair.

GAMBLING-BAD LUCK :
�To drop a card during the game.
�Sing during the game.
�Be touched on the shoulder by a woman during the game.
�Have the four of clubs in your hand.

GAMBLING-GOOD LUCK :
�Rub the dice on a red headed person.
�Play with borrowed money.
�Stand up and turn around three times with chair in hand.

ITCHING :
�RIGHT HAND : you will win money.
�LEFT HAND : giving money away.
�RIGHT EAR : someone is speaking good of you.
�LEFT EAR : someone is speaking bad of you.
�FEET : you will travel to unknown places.
�NOSE : you will kiss a fool and meet a stranger.

KNIVES :
�Giving a knife as a gift will break a relationship.
�It is bad luck to sharpen a knife after sunset.
�Dropping a knife was good luck.
�A knife stuck in the house door turned away evil.

LADDERS :
�It is very bad luck to walk under a ladder.

LADYBUG :
�If a young girl catches a ladybug and then releases it, the direction in which it flies away will be the direction from which her future husband will come

LEAVES
�If you wish to know the identity of your future husband place a two leaf clover in your right shoe saying : “A clover of two, a clover of two, Put it in your right shoe, The first young man you meet, In the field or lane or street, You’ll have him or one of his name”.
�If you dream of clover, prosperity, love and happiness are on their way.
�In flowers Ivy means love or marraige.
�If you wish to dream of your future partner then pin five bay leaves to the corners and centre of your pillow. This may only be done on Valentines Eve. Repeat the following before sleep : Good Valentine, be kind to me, In dreams let me my true love see.
�The bay tree is part of romantic lore. Apollo fell in love with Daphne, who had resolved to remain a virgin, so her father turned her into a bay tree to protect her from Apollo.

MARRIED
�It is bad luck for the bride to be to be seen in her wedding dress before the wedding.
�As the bride leaves the home she should step over the thresh hold with her right foot.
�IT is good luck to see a chimney sweep on the way to church.
�It is bad luck to drop the wedding ring during the ceremony.
�Throwing rice at the wedding indicates fertility.
�Married in white, you will have chosen right.
�Married in grey, you will go far away.
�Married in black, you will wish yourself back.
�Married in red, you wish yourself dead.
�Married in green, ashamed to be seen.
�Married in blue, you will always be true.
�Married in pearl, you will live in a whirl.
�Married in yellow, ashamed of your fellow.
�Married in brown, you will live out of town.
�Married in pink, your fortune will sink.
�Married in JANUARY : Marry when the year is new, he will be loving, kind and true.
�Married in FEBRUARY : When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate.
�Married in MARCH : If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you will know.
�Married in APRIL : Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man.
�Married in MAY : Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day.
�Married in JUNE : Marry when June roses grow and over land and sea you will go.
�Married in JULY : Those who in July do wed must labor for their daily bread.
�Married in AUGUST : Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.
�Married in SEPTEMBER : Marry in Septembers shrine so that your life is rich and fine.
�Married in OCTOBER : If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
�Married in NOVEMBER : If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
�Married in DECEMBER : When December snows fall fast, marry, and your love will last.

MOON :
�Pointing at a new moon is bad luck.
�Do not travel on a waxing moon.
�Good luck to move house on a waning moon.

MIRRORS :
�A mirror that falls and breaks on its own is a death omen.
�A mirror must be covered when there is a death in the house.
�It is bad luck to see your face in a mirror by candlelight.
�It is bad luck to look in a mirror over the shoulder of someone else.

NAILS :
�Cut nails on Monday for good news.
�Cut nails on tuesday will bring new shoes.
�Cut nails on Wednesday and you will travel.
�Cut nails on Thursday and get more shoes.
�Cut nails on Friday and there is sorrow.
�Cut nails on Saturday and see your lover tomorrow.
�Cut nails on Sunday and bad luck will get you.

PINS :
�Picking up a pin is lucky.
�Never give pins as a gift.
�Failing to pick up a pin will bring heartache.
�Lending a pin will break a friendship.

PERSONS SHADOW :
�It is bad luck to stamp on a persons shadow.
�Nothing should be dropped on your shadow.
�Mourners should be carefull not stand too close to the coffin as the lid is closed or your shadow might fall inside and be shut in with the body.

RAINBOW :
�A rainbow in the Eastern sky, The morrow will be fine and dry.
�A rainbow in the West that gleams, Rain tomorrow falls in streams.

ROCKING CHAIR :
�If you leave a rocking chair rocking when empty, it invites evil spirits to come into your house to sit in the rocking chair.

SALT :
�Bad luck will follow the spilling of salt unless a pinch is thrown over the left shoulder into the face of the devil waiting there. Put salt on the doorstep of a new house and no evil can enter. Salty soup is a sign that the cook is in love.

SPITTING :
�For protection spit on ground three times.
�At start of journey spit on shoe.
�Spit on hands before a fight.
�Spit when you make a promise.
�Spit in the ocean before you sail for good luck.

SNEEZING :
�Monday : for danger.
�Tuesday : kiss a stranger.
�Wednesday : for a letter.
�Thursday : for something better.
�Friday : for sorrow.
�Saturday : see your lover tomorrow.
�Sunday : your safety seek.
�If you suppress a sneeze you have a secret admirer.
�It is lucky to sneeze to the right.

SAILING :
�A name for a ship ending in “a” was unlucky.
�It is bad luck to change the ships name.
�Very bad luck if at launch the bottle smashed against the side fails to break.
�Clerics on a ship are unlucky.
�A shark following a ship is a death omen for one of the passengers.
�Seabirds carry the souls of dead sailors.
�Gold hoop earrings protect the wearer from drowning.
�It is bad luck to use the word drown at sea.
�Whistling at sea will call up a storm.
�Horseshoes on a ships mast will turn away a storm.

STARS :
�All wishes on shooting stars come true : Star light, star bright First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might Have the wish I wish tonight.

STAIRS :
�It is bad luck to pass on stairs.
�Tripping up the stairs is lucky.

SUN :
�A sun eclipse foretold disaster.
�A baby born at sunrise would be successful.
�Good luck for a bride to be hit by a shaft of sunlight on her wedding day.
�A ray of sunlight on a mourner is a death omen.

SWAN :
�A swan’s feather, sewed into the husband’s pillow, will ensure fidelity.

SHOES :
�Always put right shoe on first.
�It`s bad luck to sneeze when putting on shoes.
�Bad luck to leave left lace untied.
�Leaving shoes on a chair will mean an argument.
�Squeky shoes are stolen shoes.

SEVEN :
�The seventh son of the seventh son or the seventh daughter of the seventh daughter is said to possess supernatural powers. In the Tamar only a male child born in this way may be a record carrier and only a female child born in this way may be high priestess.
�There were seven planets in ancient astronomy, the world was created in seven days, each of the four phases of the moon lasts for seven days, seven notes on the musical scale, seven colours in the rainbow, seven is the number of wisdom, truth and harmony

THEATRE :
�A perfect rehearsal is bad luck.
�Never say the plays last line in rehearsal.
�A cat is lucky in the theatre.
�Yellow and green are unlucky on stage.
�Real flowers must not be used on stage.
�Having three candles on stage is unlucky.
�It is very bad luck to look into the mirror over another actors should

THIRTEEN :
�Thirteen use to be a very lucky number.
�Most hotels have no number 13 room.
�Most high rise towers have no 13th floor.

UNFAITHFULL LOVER :
�If you wish the return of an unfaithful lover throw twelve new pins into a fire at midnight. Then reciept the following lines : “Tis no pins I wish to burn, But “name of person” heart I wish to turn, May “name” neither sleep nor rest, Till “name” has granted my request”

UMBRELLA :
�It`s bad luck to open a umbrella indoors.
�Bad luck to give an umbrella as a gift. Or to pick up a dropped umbrella.

WASHING :
�Washing on New Years Day would wash away the New Years good luck.
�Good Friday is the unluckiest washing day.
�Two people washing their hands in the same water would quarrel.

WEATHER :
�Red sky at night, Sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning Sailors take warning Rain, rain, go away, Come again another day. Rain on the green grass Rain on the hillside, But not on me.

WOOD :
�Knock three times on wood after mentioning good fortune so evil spirits won’t ruin it

(Sources : The Internet)

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