Superstitions and old wives tales

Here are a few superstitions for you
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.

If you drop scissors, it means your lover is being unfaithful to you.

Salty soup is a sign that the cook is in love.

It’s bad luck to leave shoes upside down.

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

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.

It’s bad luck to open an umbrella inside the house, especially if you put it over your head.

All windows should be opened at the moment of death so that the soul can leave.

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

A brides veil protects her from evil spirits who are jealous of happy people.

Two people pull apart the dried breastbone of a chicken or turkey until it cracks and breaks, each one making a wish while doing so. The person who gets the long half of the wishbone will have his or her wish come true.

If you tell someone your wish, it won’t come true.

If you make a wish while throwing a coin into a well or fountain, the wish will come true.

The new bride must enter her home by the main door, and must not trip or fall – hence the custom of carrying the bride over the threshold.

If the groom drops the wedding band during the ceremony, the marriage is doomed.

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.

In choosing a month to get married there is always superstitions
JANUARY : Marry when the year is new, he will be loving, kind and true.
FEBRUARY : When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate.
MARCH : If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you will know.
APRIL : Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man.
MAY : Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day.
JUNE : Marry when June roses grow and over land and sea you will go.
JULY : Those who in July do wed must labour for their daily bread.
AUGUST : Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.
SEPTEMBER : Marry in Septembers shrine so that your life is rich and fine.
OCTOBER : If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
NOVEMBER : If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
DECEMBER : When December snows fall fast, marry, and your love will last.

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.

Death Omens In Superstitions: 
 A hole in the centre of a loaf of bread.
Dropping a comb.
Letters crossing in the post.

Brooms In Superstitions:
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 In Superstitions:
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 on board a ship is considered to bring luck.

Counting Crows In Superstitions: 
 One’s bad,
Two’s luck,
Three’s health,
Four’s wealth,
Five’s sickness,
Six is death.

Superstitions with Dandelions
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.

Spitting In Superstitions:
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.

Number Thirteen In Superstitions:
Thirteen use to be a very lucky number.
In fact it was only deemed unlucky by the Catholic church. From there the trend continued.
Most hotels do not have the number 13 room.
Most high rise towers have no 13th floor.
Friday the 13th.

Move house.
Get married.
Begin new business.
Wear emerald.
Make promise.

Start an argument.
Move house.

Wear new gloves.
Get married.
Purchase expensive item.

Start a new job.
Start a new school.
Eat chicken.
Spin wool.


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