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HOW DID SUPERSTITIONS BEGIN?


Superstitions began centuries ago when our ancestors
tried to explain mysterious circumstances or events
as best they could with the knowledge they had.
For instance, before the development of science explained
such strange things as why mirrors show our reflections
or why shadows appear when it's sunny, ancient people
reasoned that a shadow or reflection was part of their soul.
If someone broke something onto which the shadow
or reflection appeared, people believed that their soul was harmed.
Therefore, when a person broke a mirror it was considered unlucky or harmful.
Today we know that reflections and shadows are not part of our souls
but if someone still believes it is bad luck to
break a mirror they are said to be superstitious.
So a superstition is "a belief or practice" that people cling to even after
new knowledge or facts prove that these silly beliefs are untrue.


MOST COMMON SUPERSTITIONS
Do not walk under a ladder or you will invite bad luck.
Hiccups are unlucky because when you have them you
are believed to be owned by the devil.
Breaking a mirror will bring you 7 years of bad luck.
It's bad luck to have a black cat cross your path.
If you see a shooting star it will bring you good luck.
The number 13 is bad luck.
Carrying a rabbit's foot in your pocket will bring good luck.
Eat chicken on New Year's Day & you will be scratching
for money but if you eat pork you will be fattened with prosperity/money!
People believe that when you visit someone you should leave through
the same door you came in or otherwise it is bad luck.
If you step on a crack you will break your mother's back.
If it rains on your wedding day you will be showered with good luck.



THE SNEEZE & THE X'S!

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.

Sneeze on a Monday, 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 told!

THE X'S!
The X's in the palm of your right
hand tells you how many children
you will have.



WEDDING SUPERSTITIONS
Married in White, you have chosen right

Married in Gray, you will go far away,

Married in Black, you will wish yourself back,

Married in Red, you will 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 in the town,

Married in Pink, you spirit will sink.


FINGERNAIL SUPERSTITIONS
Clip your finger-nails on Sunday
and evil stories will be told about you
throughout the week.

Clipping your finger-nails
in the dark of the moon will bring you bad luck.

Cold hands reveal a warm heart.

Count the white spots on your finger-nails
just before December 25th and their
total will reveal the number of
Christmas presents you will get.

Cross your fingers for luck.

Cut your finger-nails on:
Monday for news.
Tuesday for shoes.
Wednesday for wealth.
Thursday for health.
Friday for woe.
Saturday for a journey to go.
Sunday for evil.

Cutting finger-nails on Friday
is followed by bad luck.

Each white speck on your finger-nails
discloses a lie that you have told.

File your nails on Monday for good luck.


FOUR-LEAF CLOVER
Discovering a has long
been believed to bring good luck.
The four leaflets supposedly represent
wealth, fame, good health,
and a faithful lover as expressed in this rhyme:

One leaf for fame, One leaf for wealth,
One leaf for a faithful lover,
And one leaf to bring glorious health
All are in the four-leaf clover.

Carrying a four-leaf clover is said to
ward off evil spirits,
while dreaming of one supposedly fortells
a successful marriage.



EGG SUPERSTITIONS
Witches lived in shells and made boats out of them,
casting spells upon the household---so when you eat an ,
push your spoon through the bottom in the form of a cross.

An laid by a white hen in a new nest on Easter day
would cure pains in the head or stomach;
if it was broken in a vineyard,
it would protect the vineyard from hail;
if it was broken in a field,
it would protect the field from frost;
whoever owned the would be able to see witches.

An laid on Good Friday,
thrown on the fire, would extinguish the fire.

Don't eat bluebirds' s:
they will make you love to wander.

Don't eat mockingbirds’ s:
they will make you tell everything you know.

Don't rob a killdee's nest and eat its s:
you will break your arm

If you eat a dove's , you will get bad luck.

Don't eat an egg of any bird with yellow feathers:
you will get a fever.

If you eat an owl's , you will always be shrieking.

If you eat a crow's ,
you will laugh foolishly "ha-ha-he-he".

If you eat a partridge's ,
you will thrive and grow.



APPLE DIVINATION

The Apple
If you are having difficulty making up your mind between two people,
places or situations just take two apple seeds and assign one to each of your choices.
Stand in front of a mirror and stick the seeds on your forehead.
The one that falls off last is the right choice.
For people desiring to know the initial of the person who will be
their next relationship, take an apple seed and stick the seed to your forehead.
Recite the alphabet.
The letter you are saying when the seed falls is the initial you seek.
Counting the seeds was also a form of divination.
To find out what the future held,
people would cut an apple in half and count the seeds in the core.
If the seeds were even in number, good luck was coming.
An odd number indicated a disappointment and cutting one of the seeds in half
indicated that the future could hold hard lessons and uncertainty.



DEATH CALCULATIONS
Some believe you can tell if the husband,
or the wife is going to die first by calculating
the numerical value of their names.
(A=1, B=2, etc.)
An even result means the man will die first,
and of course an odd result means it will be the woman.
12 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
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