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anonymous  June 24, 2011 7:25 AM

BROOM

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.



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to have a night of calm sleep July 24, 2010 5:44 PM

To sleep well you just have to put some petals of rose under your pillow...or even a leaf of lettuce,simple as that.hugs.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 June 23, 2009 8:39 PM

HORSE-SHOE - A horse-shoe must be hung above a doorway turned upwards otherwise the luck will run out!

KNIFE - There will be an argument if knifes are crossed at a table. Also, if a lover gives you a knife as a present you will soon split up!

LADDER -  Bad things will happen if you walk under a ladder!

MAGPIES - If you see these birds, remember this rhyme - " One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret, Never to be told. "

MIRROR -  Breaking a mirror means 7 years of bad luck, unless you take the pieces outside & bury them in moonlight. Also, an undisturbed mirror in a house suddenly fall & smashes then it means that there will soon be a death!

NEW YEAR - How you start the year is how you will end it, so you must ensure that you are wearing new clothes & looking your best, have paid off all your debts & are with your partner ( to ensure that you are still with them at the next New year!). Also you must open a window to let the old year out & the new one in.

OPAL - Unless you were born in October, the wearing of an Opal will be ill-fated!

PEPPER - If pepper is spilt, then you will have a serious argument with a friend.

SALT - If you sprinkle some salt on the doorway to a NEW house then no evil can enter it! Also, if you spill some salt then you must take a pinch of the spilt salt & throw it over your left shoulder as the devil waits there & by throwing the salt you are driving him away!

SCISSORS - Dropping a pair of scissors is said to warn that a lover is unfaithful.

SHOES - Never place shoes on a table as it means bad luck for the remainder of the day.

SNEEZE -  Always say " Bless You " after someone sneezes to ensure that the devil hasn't entered their body!

SPARROW'S - These little birds are said to carry the souls of the deceased to the after-life. To kill one means that you will be cursed.

SWAN - A bride must sew a swans feather into her husbands pillow to ensure fidelity!

UMBRELLA - It is extremely unlucky to open an umbrella inside a house.

WEDDING - If a groom drops the ring during the ceremony then the marriage is doomed to failure.

WOOD - You must knock on wood 3 times after mentioning good fortune or the evil spirits will ruin things for you.

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 June 14, 2009 2:43 PM

ACORN - Carrying an acorn on your person will ensure good luck & longevity!

APPLE - You have to eat at least 1 apple every day to guard against ill-health, an apple a day, keeps the doctor away! "

BED - You must never put a hat on a bed. Also you must get out of bed the same side you got in otherwise you bring bad luck upon yourself!

BEE - If a bee flies into your home then you will get a visitor, but if you kill the bee then the visitor will turn nasty!

BIRD - If a bird flies into your home then it is an omen of death!

BRIDGE - If you want to see a friend again, then don't ever say goodbye to them on a bridge!

BROOM - Never take a broom with you when moving house - buy a new one!

CAT - If a black cat walks towards you then it brings very good luck to you - but if it walks away from you, then it takes it's good luck with it!

CHEEKS - If all of a sudden your cheeks feel as if they're burning, then someone, somewhere is flattering you!

CHIMNEY SWEEP - These are regarded as very lucky - so if you see one then shake his hand so that some of his good luck rubs off onto you!

CLOVER - To find a four leaf clover means immense good luck, so keep it safe, if you lose it then you also lose the luck!

CROWS -  To see a single crow is very unlucky! But 2 mean good luck! 3 mean health, 4 means wealth, 5 is sickness & 6 mean death!

DOG -  If a dog suddenly barks for no apparent reason in a house that has a sick person then it means that death is coming.

EARS - If your ear is burning, then someone is talking about you! To determine whether what they are saying is good or bad, remember this rhyme, - " Left for love, Right for spite! "

EASTER -  You must wear new clothes at Easter or you will have bad luck.

FINGER NAILS - Never cut your finger-nails on a Friday or a Sunday as this is unlucky.

HAND - If the palm of your right hand is itchy, then it foretells that money is coming to you, but DON'T scratch it as that stops the money from coming! If its your left palm that is itchy, then scratch away, as that means that you'll soon be paying out money for something!

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 June 10, 2009 9:05 AM

Some common superstitions that are still with us today

God Bless You

The blessing of those who sneeze started when the great plague took hold of Europe. Sufferers began sneezing violently, and as such, were bound to die. The Pope therefore passed a law requiring people to bless the sneezer. At the same time, it was expected that anybody sneezing would cover their mouth with a cloth or their hand. This was obviously to stop the spreading of the disease, but many believed that it was to keep the soul intact. Sneezing 'into the air' would allow the soul to escape and death would be imminent. Up until this time, the opposite was true. Those who sneezed were congratulated as it was believed that a violent sneeze would expel evil from their bodies. 

Black Cats

In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Bast was a black, female cat. Christians, wanting to rid society of all traces of other religions, convinced the ignorant that black cats were demons in disguise and should thus be destroyed. In the process, they also destroyed the kindly ladies who cared for the cats, believing them to be witches. Being demons, a black cat crossing your path would create a barrier of evil, cutting you off from God and blocking the entrance to heaven. 

Spilling Salt

Salt was, during the middle ages, a very expensive commodity used mainly for medicinal purposes. For this reason, spillage was to be avoided at all costs. The idea that it is unlucky to do so probably stems from the belief that Judas spilt salt during the last supper. Throwing spilt salt over the left shoulder is linked to its medicinal use. If it could not be administered, the next best thing was to throw it into the eye of the evil spirits that brought sickness upon us. These spirits were thought to lurk behind your shoulder, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

Fingers Crossed

This is probably the superstition that is most widely used today. By making the sign of the Christian faith with our fingers, evil spirits would be prevented from destroying our chances of good fortune. 

 Knock on Wood

This goes back to the days before Christianity made it's entrance. It was believed that good spirits lived in trees, and that by knocking on anything made from wood, we could call upon these spirits for protection against misfortune

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 June 04, 2009 5:11 PM

After my first posting I have thought about all these different things that I have heard,do or have seen. Some I don't remember what they were for.  Can those of you who read these please give me your understandings of them???     

  Someone spills salt,then tosses some over their left shoulder (?)--- was this to ward off bad luck?

  When living in an apartment I watched a  new resident  about 4 doors away,( his first day moving in),spread a ring of something  in a cirle in front of his door,bowed his head a few moments(likely a prayer),then unlocked the door and began to move in.  I never asked what it was about and never learned his nationality;he was only there a month and worked mid-nights so we never saw him much,except to say Good Morning or Good Night.  lol

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 June 04, 2009 3:34 AM

In our family if your right palm itches you will get money. If  the left palm is itching means there will be a death.  I always get a little un-nerved when my left palm itches and won't go away because this has rung true with me being highly intuitive.  Every time in My life that the itching of my Left palm continued for a full day,someone in our family or that of a friends passed within that week.

Other superstitions I grew up hearing that I have basically challenged and found nothing happened or it worked just the opposit of what was said:     Walking under a ladder is bad luck-- I used to clean windows and walked under the ladder all the time,never had bad luck from it.

      Having a Black cat walk in front of you is bad luck------ I had a black cat walk in front of me,ended up taking her home and had her for 16 yrs- no bad luck.

       Friday the 13th is supposed to be a bad luck day--- I've never had a bad day on any friday the 13th in fact its always a good day for me.

      Step on a crack and break your mothers back-that never happened. lol

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anonymous  June 02, 2009 11:44 AM

Greetings all

I remember my ama telling me to never put my purse on the floor, if I did it would bring me bad luck, so to this day I still dont put my purse on the floor, and I pass it on to my family and friends. hehe

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anonymous  January 15, 2009 1:40 PM

Mr. Runningfox, um, what if there's no wedding band..what then? hehe

Oh yeah, thanks for inviting me.

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 January 15, 2009 1:16 PM

    

 BABY

To predict the sex of a baby: Suspend a wedding band held by a piece of thread over the palm of the pregnant girl. If the ring swings in an oval or circular motion the baby will be a girl. If the ring swings in a straight line the baby will be a boy.

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hands January 10, 2009 12:56 PM

actually if it is the reverse if the left itches you will get money if the right you will spend hence the saying in one hand out the other

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Jumping January 10, 2009 12:53 PM

In the days of slavery when a couple married they jumped over crossed broomsticks , this was done to solidify the vows and the union . Today this is still done in a wiccan handfasting .

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 January 09, 2009 4:49 PM

APPLE
Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.

 

An apple a day
Keeps the doctor away.
 If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.

BUTTERFLY

If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good luck all year. Three butterflies together mean good luck.

CAT

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

DOOR

It's bad luck to leave a house through a different door than the one used to come into it.

EARS

If your right ear itches, someone is speaking well of you. If your left ear itches, someone is speaking ill of you.
FISHING
Throw back the first fish you catch then you'll be lucky the whole day fishing.

Good Friday 

A child born on Good Friday and baptized on Easter Sunday has a gift of healing.

HAIR
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Superstitions: Old Wives tales folklore and bizarre beliefs January 05, 2009 9:09 PM

In this thread Post anything pertaining to Superstitions:
old wives tales, folklore, bizarre beliefs,
taboos, omens, lucky & unlucky things..

I will open it by posting the following:

An acorn should be carried to bring luck and ensure a long life.

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.

If a friend gives you a knife, you should give him a coin, or your friendship will soon be cut.

I believe there are many of you who know many such superstitions and we would love for you to share some some of them with us..

 

 

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