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Superstitions - ...or are they?


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After reading a post sent in by Rising Hero http://www.hull.ac.uk/php/cetag/5aataboo.htm

 

I thought it would be fun if we all sent in our own superstitions, things that we've heard or read that may or may not be true. Some may sound silly to some , but have meaning for others. Some may-be Woddle and some may make you Widdle!

 

Ill go first ....(deep breath ;) ):

 

I read or heard that Witches having long hair helped them better absorb energy from the Cosmos , not to mention other energies. The hair acting as receptors i.e. the more you have, the better your reception is!

 

This brought to mind the old images of Witches with long straggly hair and big hairy moles. Could the moles be extra receptors,acting as satellites to receive energy from further afield? Am I going to a warning for writing this stuff?

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Everyone has superstitions, anyone who says they dont is either a liar or doesnt understand what falls under the bracket of superstitions.

 

Not sure that what you just discribed about witches hair is a superstition tho... a myth perhaps? Not one I know at any rate.

 

I dont believe in tempting fate. I never say the words "its in the bag" or" its a done deal" or "phew... we seem to have outrun the monster" ;) if I fix something I never say "AH HA!! I have repaired the tv, toaster, fridge, kettle, car... because it will invariably blow up afterwards...

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I am quite superstitious; not really sure why, my mother is also so that might have had a big influence on me!

 

1. Always greeting Magpies with Good morning Mr Magpie, how's your wife and family and also following the rhyme, one for sorrow, two for joy etc ...

 

2. Itchy palms, leaft for leaving right for receiving. (Money)

 

3. Touching Wood (To stop tempting fate)

 

4. Throwing excess salt over my shoulder to ward of bad spirits.

 

There's a couple to get you all started!

 

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I read or heard that Witches having long hair helped them better absorb energy from the Cosmos , not to mention other energies. The hair acting as receptors i.e. the more you have, the better your reception is!

 

This brought to mind the old images of Witches with long straggly hair and big hairy moles. Could the moles be extra receptors,acting as satellites to receive energy from further afield? Am I going to a warning for writing this stuff?

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Xalle's right, this is a Myth . Let's put Myths in there too (don't know if I can add or change the title of the original post now!)

 

Superstition: Never pour undrunk,good (not vinegared) wine from a glass down the sink , brings bad luck.

 

Xalle....won't ask you to fix my toaster then ;)

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dont step on a bug it will make it rain~so they say

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...I used to use that one too, but instead we used to say 'don't step on a Beetle'

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Here's a couple from my gran:

 

If the sheep gnash their teeth it means that the weather will be very bad (can't say I've ever seen a sheep gnashing teeth, but I'm sure that it's true).

 

If you spill something a drunken man will soon visit you.

 

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Never gift a friend with knives, for fear of cutting the friendship.

 

Never gift an empty purse, always enclose a coin for prosperity.

 

Never gift your Roma grandmother a peacock feather, for she will tan your hide for bringing the 'evil eye' into her house.

 

Never piss off a witch, for waking up in the morning, in the shape of a newt, is bothersome.

 

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I've certainly experienced alot of pretty confounding things in my life, but these were always far too complex and unreckonable to simply blame it on some curse- rather, a truly warped kind of Wyrd. Quite frankly, on those rare occasions where the dust was able to settle somewhat, the only reasonable explanation for it all turned out to be tie between Murphy's Laws and the Chaos Theory. Of course, being as resistance is futile, I chose the more reasonable alternative of siding with the trickster. Nonetheless I'm inclined to believe, that too much superstition can in fact be self-fulfilling. ;)

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My family are very superstitious, they never walk under a ladder, always walk round it.

Never put new shoes on a table (why I'm not sure)

Never buy your own calendar, it brings bad luck for the coming year

When you buy someone a new purse, put a silver coin in it for prosperity

If you break a mirror you get 7 years bad luck

 

There are heaps more but I can't remember them all.

 

Just remembered another one, when the cows are lying down, it means it's going to rain

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I'd heard the rain came from spiders? Mind you, living in the spot where the weather systems from across the Pond start to collapse, I think controlling the weather may be an awful lot of responsibility to place on someone's shoulders, even if they do have eight of them.

 

I always spit when I see a white horse. Lucky, apparently.

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I've got a couple to add

 

 

Never wash clothes on New Year's Day, or you'll be washing away a loved one.

 

Never open an umbrella indoors... can't remember why not.

 

 

And the old rhymed to be recited on the first of the month "Pinch, punch, first day of the month" to be countered for some reason with "White rabbits".

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Here are a "couple" a friend sent to me awhile back (some superstitions, some just old sayings):

 

*Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day

*A rabbit's foot brings good luck

*An apple a day keeps the doctor away

*To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck

*If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck

*If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck

*To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck

*To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad luck

*To find a horseshoe brings good luck

*Step on a crack, break your mother's back

*You can break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle

*Garlic protects from evil spirits and vampires

*Our fate is written in the stars

*At the end of a rainbow is a pot of gold

*Clothes worn inside out will bring good luck

*Wearing your birthstone will bring you good luck

*If you blow out all of the candles on your birthday cake with the first breath you will get whatever you wish for

*To have a wish come true using a wishbone, two people make a wish, then take hold of each end of the bone and pull it until it separates. The person with the longer end gets his or her wish

*An itchy palm means money will come your way

*A beginner will always have good luck: beginner's luck

*A cat has nine lives

*Eating fish makes you smart

*Toads cause warts

*A cricket in the house brings good luck

*Crossing your fingers helps to avoid bad luck and helps a wish come true

*It is bad luck to sing at the table

*It is bad luck to sleep on a table

*After receiving a container of food, the container should never be returned empty

*A lock of hair from a baby's first haircut should be kept for good luck

*A bird that comes in your window brings bad luck

*To refuse a kiss under mistletoe causes bad luck

*Goldfish in the pond bring good luck

*Goldfish in the house bring bad luck

*For good luck, wear new clothes on Easter

*An acorn at the window can keep lightning out of the house

*If the bottom of your feet itch, you will make a trip

*When a dog howls, death is near

*It is bad luck to chase someone with a broom

*A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown

*To find a penny heads up, brings good luck

*To cure a sty, rub it with a gold wedding band

*Animals can talk at midnight on Christmas Eve

*A drowned woman floats face up, a drowned man floats face down

*A person cannot drown before going under three times

*To drop a fork means a woman will visit

*To drop a knife means a man will visit

*To drop a spoon means a child will visit

*To drop a dishcloth means bad luck is coming

*If you shiver, someone is casting a shadow on your grave

*To make a happy marriage, the bride must wear: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

*The wedding veil protects the bride from the evil eye

*Washing a car will bring rain

*You must get out of bed on the same side you got in on or you will have bad luck

*Evil spirits cannot harm you when you are standing in a circle

*A cat will try to take the breath from a baby

*Warm hands, cold heart

*Cold hands, warm heart

*It is unlucky to rock an empty rocking chair

*To kill an albatross is to cause bad luck to the ship and all upon it

*Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck

*Smell dandelions, wet the bed

*To give someone a purse or wallet without money in it will bring that person bad luck

*A forked tree branch, held with a fork in each hand, will dip and point when it passes over water.

 

Just one or two then :blink:

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'*A person cannot drown before going under three times'

 

Now, I know that ain't so...

 

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:lol:

 

O.M.G...Moonhunter...thanks for the links :lol:

 

Especially liked the bit on the first link about "Underwear":

 

a girl who puts valerian in her underwear will prove irresistible to men

 

Oh dear mosking7ax.gif

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the shoes on the table, it is meant to invite death.

 

i was always told if you spill milk it is sign of a pregnancy.

and also that women shouldnt whistle........'a whistling woman and a crowing hen' its bad luck apprently.

 

and, never pick up your won gloves, not sure why tho

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Here are a "couple" a friend sent to me awhile back (some superstitions, some just old sayings):

 

*Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day

*A rabbit's foot brings good luck

*An apple a day keeps the doctor away

*To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck

*If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck

*If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck

*To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck

*To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad luck

*To find a horseshoe brings good luck

*Step on a crack, break your mother's back

*You can break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle

*Garlic protects from evil spirits and vampires

*Our fate is written in the stars

*At the end of a rainbow is a pot of gold

*Clothes worn inside out will bring good luck

*Wearing your birthstone will bring you good luck

*If you blow out all of the candles on your birthday cake with the first breath you will get whatever you wish for

*To have a wish come true using a wishbone, two people make a wish, then take hold of each end of the bone and pull it until it separates. The person with the longer end gets his or her wish

*An itchy palm means money will come your way

*A beginner will always have good luck: beginner's luck

*A cat has nine lives

*Eating fish makes you smart

*Toads cause warts

*A cricket in the house brings good luck

*Crossing your fingers helps to avoid bad luck and helps a wish come true

*It is bad luck to sing at the table

*It is bad luck to sleep on a table

*After receiving a container of food, the container should never be returned empty

*A lock of hair from a baby's first haircut should be kept for good luck

*A bird that comes in your window brings bad luck

*To refuse a kiss under mistletoe causes bad luck

*Goldfish in the pond bring good luck

*Goldfish in the house bring bad luck

*For good luck, wear new clothes on Easter

*An acorn at the window can keep lightning out of the house

*If the bottom of your feet itch, you will make a trip

*When a dog howls, death is near

*It is bad luck to chase someone with a broom

*A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown

*To find a penny heads up, brings good luck

*To cure a sty, rub it with a gold wedding band

*Animals can talk at midnight on Christmas Eve

*A drowned woman floats face up, a drowned man floats face down

*A person cannot drown before going under three times

*To drop a fork means a woman will visit

*To drop a knife means a man will visit

*To drop a spoon means a child will visit

*To drop a dishcloth means bad luck is coming

*If you shiver, someone is casting a shadow on your grave

*To make a happy marriage, the bride must wear: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

*The wedding veil protects the bride from the evil eye

*Washing a car will bring rain

*You must get out of bed on the same side you got in on or you will have bad luck

*Evil spirits cannot harm you when you are standing in a circle

*A cat will try to take the breath from a baby

*Warm hands, cold heart

*Cold hands, warm heart

*It is unlucky to rock an empty rocking chair

*To kill an albatross is to cause bad luck to the ship and all upon it

*Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck

*Smell dandelions, wet the bed

*To give someone a purse or wallet without money in it will bring that person bad luck

*A forked tree branch, held with a fork in each hand, will dip and point when it passes over water.

 

Just one or two then  :lol:

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I'll get my research hat on and look some of these up.

 

Oswulf :lol:

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I'd heard the rain came from spiders? Mind you, living in the spot where the weather systems from across the Pond start to collapse, I think controlling the weather may be an awful lot of responsibility to place on someone's shoulders, even if they do have eight of them.

 

I always spit when I see a white horse. Lucky, apparently.

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Isn't that a South American believe about spiders?

 

Isn't the Spider rain god one of those giant ground pictures that can be only seen by a plane?

 

Or is it just the nursery rhyme :lol:

 

Oswulf

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the shoes on the table, it is meant to invite death.

 

i was always told if you spill milk it is sign of a pregnancy.

and also that women shouldnt whistle........'a whistling woman and a crowing hen' its bad luck apprently.

 

and, never pick up your won gloves, not sure why tho

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Its just bad luck in our family.A lot of them have lost their real meaning and we are inventing new ones.I think some of the new don't have the sames grounds though.

 

Oswulf.

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Now are black cats lucky or not coz ive got 2? i dont think i have bad luck. I know they were thought to be witches familiars so thats why they were thought of as bad luck but i say yey for familiars!!!

 

Also u dont open an umberella inside coz u knock things over and break them and coz u wont be able to get out the door.

 

I heard if u hang a mirror opposite your front door bad luck/evil spirits cant get in coz the mirror repels them.

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When I was a girl (in Dundee) when a pal said the same as you at the same time we would put our thumbs and pinkie together and recite:

"Pinkie to pinkie, thumb to thumb - wish a wish and it's sure to come!"

 

Regarding not doing one's smalls on New Year's Day. WTF! If I am still wearing mine, I am usually too comatose to find the bloody sink, let alone figure out the intricacies of disrobing! :lol:

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Just for fun.

Please feel free folks to correct or add

Some of these are regional and don’t exist in other parts of the country.

*Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day

This goes back to the last super. Judas is the thirteenth at the table.

*A rabbit's foot brings good luck

May go back to when Rabbit was a valuable meat as it was imported twice into the UK and physically guard by in the later period by warreners. The animal is one of the most unlucky itself as everything wants to eat it!Could be that if caught in a snare only the foot could be left so it was lucky to get away but I've not seen to many rabbits with three legs

*An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Old country knowledge that it can do some good in the diet

*To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck

Its so rare that is makes it special. I carry one in my wallet.

*If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck

That’s one of the best. Things can drop on your head if people are working above you.Even the ladder itself.

*If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck

I can only guess that this goes back to the Witch trails.But left to right or right to left for good or bad luck?

*To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck

?

*To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad luck

Can’t think why but still do it and say it to people today

*To find a horseshoe brings good luck

Heard it but it depends on which way you hang it

*Step on a crack, break your mother's back

Could it be to teach children not to fall over on bad paths?

*You can break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle

Not my field of expertise some on the site may wish to answer this one.

*Garlic protects from evil spirits and vampires

It also keeps away anyone who hasn’t eaten any! But it is known to help clean the blood(well “they” say so. If we have any bio-chemists out there please write in)and some early Vampire legends claim that it was a decease of the blood.

*Our fate is written in the stars

A saying rather than a superstition, Astrology

*At the end of a rainbow is a pot of gold

Rainbows mean different things in different cultures. Would be an interesting thread on its own. From Germanic beliefs a bridge for the gods.

*Clothes worn inside out will bring good luck

Pass

*Wearing your birthstone will bring you good luck

Mainly an Eastern tradition as stones couldn’t of been obtained in Northern Europe until the Roman period and some not even then. Some metals however may of been used in the same way .Iron and silver carry such beliefs.

*If you blow out all of the candles on your birthday cake with the first breath you will get whatever you wish for

It could be a remnant of early pagan worship involving fire. Not cakes!

*To have a wish come true using a wishbone, two people make a wish, then take hold of each end of the bone and pull it until it separates. The person with the longer end gets his or her wish

Could go back to the Roman period here as chickens aren’t found in any numbers before if (please write in)ever. Roman experts please.

*An itchy palm means money will come your way

Pass but my Gran still says it.

*A beginner will always have good luck: beginner's luck

Pass

*A cat has nine lives

Pass,but they are always ways jumping off things and survive.

*Eating fish makes you smart

A bit like the apply and has some modern evidence

*Toads cause warts

Heard it but can only think the warts look alike.I know how to get rid of them but it ones of those things that if you say it does work HeHe

*A cricket in the house brings good luck

Never heard that one

*Crossing your fingers helps to avoid bad luck and helps a wish come true

Are this could be a Witch thing?Help required

*It is bad luck to sing at the table

Pass

*It is bad luck to sleep on a table

Are this goes back to when people were laid out before their funeral .Would be the best surface to use size etc.

*After receiving a container of food, the container should never be returned empty

Can’t see how that would work if it’s a plate. May be a hospitality thing from Anglo-Saxon culture.

*A lock of hair from a baby's first haircut should be kept for good luck

Are now hair does seem to have qualities in early culture.

*A bird that comes in your window brings bad luck

Know of it but apart from the mess don’t know the reason.

*To refuse a kiss under mistletoe causes bad luck

It rude! But sometimes wise.

*Goldfish in the pond bring good luck

Chinese thing I think.

*Goldfish in the house bring bad luck

Chinese thing I think.

*For good luck, wear new clothes on Easter

Pass. It used to be that your best clothes should be worn at Easter for church.

*An acorn at the window can keep lightning out of the house

Pass

*If the bottom of your feet itch, you will make a trip

Pass ,meaning of the term itchy feet to describe someone actions?

*When a dog howls, death is near

Some claim and there is growing evidence that dogs can smell some cancers and they may pick something up on your breath etc.

*It is bad luck to chase someone with a broom

I may be told by some I’m wrong but this could be an anti-witch thing

*A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown

Sorry I find this a hard one but many earring wearing pirates have drowned, and as sailors are the most superstitious of all the services(and they are more so than you would think)the navy would of made it part of the uniform.

*To find a penny heads up, brings good luck

I heard of to find a penny .That makes a lot of sense when a penny was worth someone. I think £50 note would be today’s sum.

*To cure a sty, rub it with a gold wedding band

Heard it ,24c is a pure metal so.....

*Animals can talk at midnight on Christmas Eve

Pass

*A drowned woman floats face up, a drowned man floats face down

Never seen the proof

*A person cannot drown before going under three times

MH put it so well

*To drop a fork means a woman will visit

Oh yes I’ve heard this one but I’m still waiting .I think its more Northern this as friends from the South have never heard it. But it can’t go back that far because forks and spoons are newish in history.

*To drop a knife means a man will visit

Please see above

*To drop a spoon means a child will visit

I’ve heard if the bowl is upwards its a gift and the other way round is something going.

*To drop a dishcloth means bad luck is coming

Pass

*If you shiver, someone is casting a shadow on your grave

I’ve heard of walked over your grave

*To make a happy marriage, the bride must wear: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Think we would all of heard this one subject for another thread again I think if someone wants to kick it off

*The wedding veil protects the bride from the evil eye

Wedding veils seem to come in with Roman influences but don’t last long but come back after Christian rules about covering women’s hair in the “Dark Ages”. Eastern influences through the church about womens appearance, conduct etc. Hair was a sexy naughty thing in the early church .A church that at one time said that any sex was forbidden as we know it wasn’t a popular rule or we wouldn’t be here.

*Washing a car will bring rain

Pass .British sense of optimism in the weather?

*You must get out of bed on the same side you got in on or you will have bad luck

Heard and also go in & out the same door you went into a house. Can’t think way.

*Evil spirits cannot harm you when you are standing in a circle

Many faiths believe a circle has protective powers

*A cat will try to take the breath from a baby

Heard that and seen people remove cats from bedrooms. Most likely that cats seem to like the smell of babies. Cats sometimes sit on your chest because its warm and comfortable. If it did it to a baby it could stop it breathing from its weight. Things like this could of caused some of the 16th Witch lies. Cats were classed as familiars and women were accused (at least in the new world)of the deaths of infants. Once again I will stand aside to those who know more.

*Warm hands, cold heart

Heard it, doesn’t always work some people don’t have a heart

*Cold hands, warm heart

Heard it

*It is unlucky to rock an empty rocking chair

Pass

*To kill an albatross is to cause bad luck to the ship and all upon it

That’s sailors for you or is it poets

*Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck

Can’t see it myself , see above

*Smell dandelions, wet the bed

Dandelions have been used as a diuretic since their introduction to the British Isles during the middle ages from the East. So some may be so sensitive to them that holding or even smell (some say the strongest sense) could bring on this.

*To give someone a purse or wallet without money in it will bring that person bad luck

Pass

*A forked tree branch, held with a fork in each hand, will dip and point when it passes over water.

A lot of people have heard this and some do it on weekend. Never worked for me though

Hope you all have a bit of fun with this

 

Oswulf :lol:

 

You can tell I'm still on holiday posting at this time in the morning :lol:

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Re sailors: the caul, if a baby was born in the caul, it was highly prized as a charm against drowning at sea. (Wish I'd asked for my son's one - he came ready-wrapped!)

 

Always smash eggshells, else witches use them to sail to sea in and drown sailors. (Aye, right.)

 

Brides should wear a sliver coin in their right shoe for luck. (To say nowt of bunions? :lol: )

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Bloomin' heck Oswulf!! You did some looking about to find the origins behind that lot :lol:

 

An onion a day keeps the el chupacabra away?

 

Nice one...and many other unwanted nasties too I think :P

 

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