Are you superstitious?
Do you throw salt over your shoulder, avoid walking under stairs, or leave something for good luck when you move house? Have you ever asked a star? Superstitions have been passed down from generation to generation since time immemorial. Here are some that you may recognize and some that may be new to you. Some you will believe, some you will reject, some you can have fun with.
Apples: You’ve heard: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Or that if you peel an apple into a long strip and recite the letters of the alphabet as you do so, the letter you have reached when the shell is broken is the first initial of a future lover! Or, if you cut an apple in two, without cutting a seed, your wish for love will come true.
Bats – If a bat approaches you, someone is trying to bewitch or betray you. If one hits you or enters your house it is a sign of death or bad luck for someone you love.
Bees: Bees bring news and they must be informed of any deaths. If the bees buzz before the first of spring, it means that more cold weather will come. If they stay in their hive, it means rain.
Bridges – If you make a wish while crossing a bridge, your wish will be fulfilled within one year. It is also considered good luck if you go under a bridge when a train passes over it, even more so if the whistle blows.
Brooms – If you sweep a broom under someone’s feet, that person will be unlucky for a year. Keep a broom behind the door to sweep away the witches. If a child begins to sweep, you can expect visitors and never step on a fallen broom, pick it up.
Birds: If a bird flies into your home, it usually means good luck or good news to come. If the bird is black, then bad news is coming. Stealing a bird’s nest is bringing pain. If you hear an owl, wait for news of a death. Shooting a bird means you will be unlucky for the rest of the year.
Candles: Many superstitions have been forgotten since the advent of electricity, but we still put candles on a cake and make a wish when we blow them out. Did you know that a strong direct flame means the arrival of a stranger?
Cats: If a cat washes its face and paws more than three times, it can expect company. Black cats bring luck, gray cats even luckier, but white cats bring disease. Some people believe that if a cat follows you, you can expect some money soon. If a black cat crosses your path, it is said to bring bad luck; However, there are ways to counteract this, one is to go home and start over; another is to take 12 steps back.
Christmas: A child born on Christmas Day is supposed to be lucky and able to understand the language of animals. In the northern hemisphere, a white Christmas means fewer deaths in the next year, a lack of snow means the opposite.
Clover: Finding a four-leaf clover is lucky. Putting it on your left shoe guarantees this luck.
Coins: it is considered lucky to carry a coin with the year of its birth. Scots believe that if you put a coin in each shoe on New Year’s Day, you will have money all year long.
Dogs: Many people believe that a howler dog is the sign of death. If a strange dog comes into your house, it is considered lucky, although some people believe otherwise. A dog lying in the doorway facing outward is a sure sign of a visitor. If your dog is watching, someone is about to leave for the day,
Eyes, ears, eyebrows: They all have the same meaning when they itch or irritate. Right means spite, so if your right ear burns, itches or rings, it means that someone is saying bad things about you. The left is for love, so if it’s your left ear, eye, and eyebrows that itch or tremble, someone is talking lovingly about you.
Nails: It is considered lucky to cut your nails on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, but unlucky on a Friday. When you cut your nails, make sure you have the clippings so no one can cast a spell on you.
Flowers: Saying it with flowers has a whole new meaning when you consider the following: carnations are for fidelity; the daisies say you’re sorry; honeysuckle means constancy; the lilies say “you are the only one for me”; the roses say I love you; purples indicate hope and marigolds represent wisdom.
Gloves: Dropping gloves spells disappointment. You can avoid this by allowing someone else to pick them up for you.
Hair: Cutting your hair when there is a new moon means that it will grow faster. A whirlpool is considered lucky. Some people believe that rain makes your hair grow faster. A loose hair on your shoulder means a letter before the end of the week. If you drop your comb while combing your hair, it means that you will have an argument with the first person you meet.
Hands: If your left palm itches, you will receive money, if your right hand itches, it is time to pay. Another superstition says; When two people share the same basin to wash their hands, they fight before the day is out.
Hats: It is considered unfortunate to wear a hat indoors or to place a hat on the bed.
Horses: Two white horses are considered lucky. Horseshoes are said to bring good luck if hung over the door with the ends pointing up. Most horseshoes have seven nail holes; the number seven is believed to protect.
Houses: when visiting a house never leave through the same door that you entered, if this is not possible, do not get carried away by the door! If a door opens by itself, you can expect a visitor. If you get stuck and manage to enter through a window, you must open the door, then exit through the window and re-enter through the door; otherwise, bad luck will haunt you for the rest of the year.
Insects – Busy ants predict bad weather. Ladybugs bring good luck. Killing spiders brings rain. Finding a spider on your clothes means a letter, money, or both.
Travel – If you backtrack after leaving, you can expect frustrations throughout the day. To avoid this, turn around three times before heading home and then, if you can, take a different route to your destination. Some say it is an omen if you start a trip on the 13th of the month, but it is not mentioned whether it is a good omen or a bad omen.
Mirrors: Breaking a mirror means seven years of bad luck (we’ve all heard this). Did you know that it is considered unfortunate to look in a mirror by candlelight? Once the bride has dressed, she should not look back in the mirror. Don’t look in the mirror holding an animal.
Moon: Some say it is unfortunate to look at the moon over your left shoulder. A halo around the moon means rain. It is considered good luck if you first see the moon through the branches of a tree.
Fingernails: If you find a fingernail with the tip towards you, you will have good luck for the rest of the day.
New Years Day: Having empty pockets on this day means having little to no money all year long, but drinking the last drop from any bottle is considered good luck! Having someone tall and dark as the first to visit you is considered lucky …
Noses: Some say that an itchy nose means a fool will kiss you; Others say that you are preparing for a fight. Body language devotees will say that you are lying. If your nose bleeds for no apparent reason, some say you’re in love!
Numbers: Who among us can say that we don’t have one or two lucky numbers?
Opals – They are believed to be unlucky, but if you were born in Libra, this is your birthstone.
Peacock Feathers: Traditionally, peacock feathers are considered unlucky.
Playing cards: Dropping cards can bring bad luck. Cards considered unfortunate include the Nine of Diamonds (the curse of Scotland). The Four of Clubs (called the Devil’s bedpost); and the Ace of Spades (often referred to as the card of death if drawn while the cards are being cut). To change your luck, order a new deck – or get up from the table, turn three times and rejoin the game (it may seem a bit stupid doing this in the Casino, but “who cares”.
Peapods: If you find a pod with nine peas in it, it’s considered a good omen, so make a wish and toss the pod over your right shoulder as you do so.
Pins – See a pin, pick it up, all day have good luck. How many times have you recited this little rhyme?
Images: When an image falls, it means bad luck. If it is a photograph or painting of someone, that person could soon suffer a tragedy.
Rabbit’s Foot – Unfortunate for the rabbit, but many consider him lucky.
Rainbow – Make a wish when you see a rainbow and your wish will come true. If you see a rainbow on Saturday, good luck is on the way.
Rats: We all know that rats leave a sinking ship, but rats that leave a house have the same meaning! Catching two rats in a trap is considered luck!
Rings: A birthstone ring is said to bring good luck. It is considered unlucky to remove your wedding ring in public.
Shirts: Putting your shirt on backwards means a bad day ahead, but if you leave it and wear it backwards, it is supposed to bring good luck.
Shoes: It is considered bad luck to put new shoes on a table, but luck to throw an old shoe at a newlywed, one of the reasons that shoes are traditionally tied to the wedding cart.
Skirts: Kissing the turned-up hem of a skirt is supposed to bring luck to the wearer. If your petticoat hangs below your skirt you must make a wish before adjusting it or you will have a bad day ahead.
Slippers: It is supposed to be unlucky to cross slippers as it brings a bad encounter into the house.
Scissors: If you drop a pair of scissors, you should step on them gently before picking them up to avoid arguments. Hanging the scissors on a nail or hook brings good luck. If someone gives you a pair of scissors, give them a coin in return.
Snails: Seeing many snails, or snails crawling to higher ground, is a sure sign of rain.
Spoons: Dropping a spoon means a visitor. Dropping a large amount soon means a whole family or visitors. Dropping a knife means that a strange man will call. Dropping a fork signifies the arrival of a woman.
Stars: If you make a wish on a star, your wish will come true. A shooting star brings good luck.
Thirteen – The number 13 has a long history and has been considered unfortunate for the most part. If 13 people meet at the same time, it is said that one will die in 12 months. Friday the 13th is considered unlucky by some; others say it is a day to test all superstitions in an effort to break any curse.
Towels: How many think that if you drop a towel, a visitor will arrive?
Umbrellas: It is considered very unfortunate to leave an umbrella open or open it indoors.
Weddings: Losing a wedding ring can mean losing a husband / wife. If a cat sneezes at the bride’s house on her big day, it means rain.
Fuzes: Many of us have pulled a fuze and made a wish while setting off the bigger part. Another superstition is that the person who gets the short piece will marry first or, if both people are already married, will attract a lover.
Wood: How often have you “knocked on wood” when you want something to come true?
It doesn’t matter if you believe in superstitions or not, you have to admit at one point or another that you threw salt over your shoulder, knocked on wood, or wondered if, by walking under a ladder, you are tempting fate.