Superstitions A to Z ~ PART 2

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United States
October 16, 2006 11:37am CST FROG A frog brings good luck to the house it enters. The dried body of a frog worn in a silk bag around the neck averts epilepsy and other fits. GOOD FRIDAY (The Friday before Easter) A child born on Good Friday and baptized on Easter Sunday has a gift of healing. If a boy, he should go into the ministry. Cut your hair on Good Friday to prevent headaches in the year to come A person who dies on Good Friday will go right to heaven. Shed no blood on Good Friday, work no wood, hammer no nail. hair Pulling out a gray or white hair will cause ten more to grow in its place. HAND If the palm of your right hand itches it means you will soon be getting money. If the palm of your left hand itches it means you will soon be paying out money. HORSESHOE A horseshoe, hung above the doorway, will bring good luck to a home. In most of Europe protective horseshoes are placed in a downward facing position, but in some parts of Ireland and Britain people believe that the shoes must be turned upward or "the luck will run out." A horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away. ITCH If your nose itches you will soon be kissed by a fool. If your nose itches Your mouth is in danger. You'll kiss a fool, And meet a stranger. Rub an itch to wood It will come to good. IVY Ivy growing on a house protects the inhabitants from witchcraft and evil. KNIFE A knife as a gift from a lover means that the love will soon end. A knife placed under the bed during childbirth will ease the pain of labor. If a friend gives you a knife, you should give him a coin, or your friendship will soon be broken. It will cause a quarrel if knives are crossed at the table. It is bad luck to close a pocket knife unless you were the one who opened it. Knife falls, gentleman calls; Fork falls, lady calls; Spoon falls, baby calls. KNITTING It's bad luck to leave a project unfinished. The intended recepient will get bad luck from the unfinished item. Stabbing your needles though your yarn balls brings bad luck to anyone who wears something made from that yarn. Don't knit a pair of socks for your boyfriend or he'll walk away from you. If you knit one of your own hairs into a garment, it will bind the recipient to you. Knitting for children you may have in the future, but before you are pregnant, is bad luck (it may prevent one from getting pregnant, or bring ill health to the baby). LADDER It is 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. It is bad luck to kill a ladybug. Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Your house is on fire, Your children all roam. LEAF If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn you will not catch a cold all winter. LETTUCE Lettuce is believed to have magical and healing properties, including the power to arouse love and counteract the effects of wine. Lettuce promotes child bearing if eaten by young women, and certain types of salad can bring on labor in pregnant women. LIE Cross my heart and hope to die, Cut my throat if I tell a lie. LIZARD To dream of a lizard is a sign that you have a secret enemy. MANDRAKE Mandrake is a mysterious plant believed to have powers of preventing sterility in men and animals, causing barren women to bear children, and compelling love. Mandrake is thought to have aphrodisiac and fertilizing properties. Clairvoyants use mandrake to increase their visions to enable them to see strange and wonderful things. MARRIAGE Wediing superstitions MILK It's bad luck to let milk boil over. MIRROR To break a mirror means 7 years bad luck. It is unlucky to see your face in a mirror by candlelight. A mirror should be covered during a thunderstorm because it attracts lightning. If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon. MISTLETOE Mistletoe in the house protects it from thunder and lightning. It also cures many diseases, is an antidote to poison and brings good luck and fertility. A girl standing under a mistletoe cannot refuse to be kissed by anyone who claims the privilege. MOTH A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death. NOSE If your nose itches, someone is coming to see you. If it's the right nostril, the visitor will be a female, left nostril, male. ONION An onion cut in half and placed under the bed of a sick person will draw off fever and poisons. A wish will come true if you make it while burning onions. OPAL Unless you were born in October, it's unlucky to wear opals. OWL It is bad luck to see an owl in the sunlight. PENCIL If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used for studying for the test, the pencil will remember the answers. PEPPER If you spill pepper you will have a serious argument with your best friend. PHOTOGRAPH If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first. RABBIT'S FOOT A rabbit's foot will bring luck and protect the owner from evil spirits if carried in the pocket. 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. RAVEN To kill a raven is to harm the spirit of King Arthur who visits the world in the form of a raven. RED A red ribbon should be placed on a child who has been sick to keep the illness from returning. ROBIN A wish made upon seeing the first robin in spring will come true - but only if you complete the wish before the robin flies away. 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. ROSEMARY Rosemary planted by the doorstep will keep witches away. 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. SCISSORS If you drop scissors, it means your lover is being unfaithful to you. SEA GULL Three seagulls flying together, directly overhead, are a warning of death soon to come. SHOES Do not place shoes upon a table, for this will bring bad luck for the day, cause trouble with your mate and you might even lose your job as a result. It's bad luck to leave shoes upside down. SINGING If you sing before seven, you will cry before eleven. SLEEP You sleep best with your head to the north and your feet to the south. SNEEZE Place a hand in front of your mouth when sneezing. Your soul may escape otherwise. The devil can enter your body when you sneeze. Having someone say, "God bless you," drives the devil away. If you sneeze on a Monday, you sneeze for danger; Sneeze on a Tuesday, kiss a stranger; Sneeze on a Wednesday, sneeze for a letter; Sneeze on a Thursday, something better; Sneeze on a Friday, sneeze for sorrow; Sneeze on a Saturday, see your sweetheart tomorrow. Sneeze on a Sunday, and the devil will have domination over you all week. One for sorrow Two for joy Three for a letter Four for a boy. Five for silver Six for gold Seven for a secret, never to be told SPARROW Sparrows carry the souls of the dead, it's unlucky to kill one. SPIDER Seeing a spider run down a web in the afternoon means you'll take a trip. A spider is a repellent against plague when worn around the neck in a walnut shell. 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. SWAN A swan's feather, sewed into the husband's pillow, will ensure fidelity. THIRTEEN If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over. FRIDAY THE 13TH - how is fear of the number thirteen demonstarted? More than 80 percent of high-rises lack a 13th floor. Many airports skip the 13th gate. Airplanes have no 13th aisle. Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13. Italians omit the number 13 from their national lottery. On streets in Florence, Italy, the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 and a half. Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue In France, socialites known as the quatorziens (fourteeners) once made themselves available as 14th guests to keep a dinner party from an unlucky fate. Many triskaidekaphobes, as those who fear the unlucky integer are known, point to the ill-fated mission to the moon, Apollo 13. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck . Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names. TONGUE If you bite your tongue while eating, it is because you have recently told a lie. UMBRELLA Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house. It's bad luck to open an umbrella inside the house, especially if you put it over your head. VALENTINE'S DAY If a woman sees a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it means she will marry a sailor. If she sees a sparrow, she will marry a poor man and be very happy. If she sees a goldfinch, she will marry a millionaire. VEIL A bride's veil protects her from evil spirits who are jealous of happy people. WATERMELON A watermelon will grow in your stomach if you swallow a watermelon seed. 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. WEDDING
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@Miranda (728)
• South Africa
27 Oct 06
We have an old Afrikaans superstition. If a girl sit's on a table, she won't get a man. No where they got that one from I don't know.
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@CORDALE (868)
• United States
16 Oct 06
I love it...
• United States
24 Oct 06
wow thats alot! i like it
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