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An acorn should be carried to bring luck and ensure a long life.
An acorn at the window will keep lightning out.

Amber beads, worn as a necklace, can protect against illness or cure colds.

Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, and 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.
Cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside: this is the number of children you will have.

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.

Spit on a new bat before using it for the first time to make it lucky

It's bad luck to put a hat on a bed. If you make a bedspread, or a quilt, be sure to finish it or marriage will never come to you.
Placing a bed facing north and south brings misfortune.
You must get out of bed on the same side that you get in or you will have bad luck.
When making the bed, don't interrupt your work, or you will spend a restless night in it.

If a bee enters your home, it's a sign that you will soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck, or the visitor will be unpleasant.

The sound of bells drives away demons because they're afraid of the loud noise.

A bird in the house is a sign of a death.
If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.

Monday's child is fair of face;
Tuesday's child is full of grace;
Wednesday's child is full of woe;
Thursday's child has far to go;
Friday's child is loving and giving;
Saturday's child works hard for a living.
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day is fair and wise, good and gay.

If you blow out all the candles on your birthday cake with the first puff you will get your wish.

The Blarney Stone is a stone set in the wall of the Blarney Castle tower in the Irish village of Blarney. Kissing the stone is supposed to bring the kisser the gift of persuasive eloquence (blarney.)

To protect yourself from witches, wear a blue bead.
This color also has a history of warding off evil spirits: if you paint the the doorways and windows to your house blue, no evil may enter.

Before slicing a new loaf of bread, make the sign of the cross on it.
A loaf of bread should never be turned upside down after a slice has been cut from it.

If you say good-bye to a friend on a bridge, you will never see each other again.

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.

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

If a candle lighted as part of a ceremony blows out, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby.

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.
Sidenote: This has long been proven untrue. Although you may to your dismay find your cat on top of your child in its sleep, it is not sucking the breath from the child, but rather it is having a closer inspection (and perhaps a small lick) of the milky breath of the baby.

A cat onboard a ship is considered to bring luck.

You must hold your breath while going past a cemetery or you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died.

If your cheeks suddenly feel on fire, someone is talking about you.

If you get a chill up your back or goosebumps, it means that someone is walking over what will someday be your grave.

It's very lucky to meet a chimney sweep by chance. Make a wish when sighting one, and the wish will come true.

It is bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same match.

Evil spirits can't harm you when you stand inside a circle.

If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family.
You will have bad luck if you do not stop the clock in the room where someone dies.

It's good luck to find a four-leaf clover.
Clover protects human beings and animals from the spell of magicians and the wiles of fairies, and brings good luck to those who keep it in the house.

It's bad luck to pick up a coin if it's tails side up. Good luck comes if it's heads up.

To drop a comb while you are combing your hair is a sign of a coming disappointment.

If a woman is buried in black, she will return to haunt the family.
If a dead person's eyes are left open, he'll find someone to take with him.
Mirrors in a house with a corpse should be covered or the person who sees himself will die next.

A cricket in the house brings good luck.

One's bad,
Two's luck,
Three's health,
Four's wealth,
Five's sickness,
Six is death.

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.

A person who dies on Good Friday will go right to heaven.
A person who dies at midnight on Christmas Eve will go straight to heaven because the gates of heaven are open at that time.
All windows should be opened at the moment of death so that the soul can leave.
The soul of a dying person can't escape the body and go to heaven if any locks are locked in the house.
If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family.
If a dead person's eyes are left open, he'll find someone to take with him.

A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad omen.

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

If you dream of death it's a sign of a birth, if you dream of birth, it's a sign of death.
Dream of running: a sign of a big change in your life.

If your right ear itches, someone is speaking well of you.
If your left ear itches, someone is speaking ill of you.

For good luck throughout the year, wear new clothes on Easter.

If your right eye twitches there will soon be a birth in the family.
If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family.

If an eyelash falls out, put it on the back of the hand, make a wish and throw it over your shoulder. If it flies off the hand the wish will be granted.

If the bottom of your right foot itches, you are going to take a trip.

It is bad luck to cut your fingernails on Friday or Sunday.
Fingernail cuttings should be saved, burned, or buried.

A fish should always be eaten from the head toward the tail.
Dream of fish: someone you know is pregnant.
If you count the number of fish you caught, you will catch no more that day.
It's bad luck to say the word "pig" while fishing at sea.

It brings bad luck for a flag to touch the ground.

White Rose: At a performance, if a white rose is thrown at the lead actor and they don't catch it, they will die soon.
First Flower of Spring: The day you find the first flower of the season can be used as an omen:
Monday means good fortune,
Tuesday means greatest attempts will be successful,
Wednesday means marriage,
Thursday means warning of small profits,
Friday means wealth,
Saturday means misfortune,
Sunday means excellent luck for weeks.

To drop a fork means a man is coming to visit.

A bed changed on Friday will bring bad dreams.
Any ship that sails on Friday will have bad luck.
You should never start a trip on Friday or you will meet misfortune.
Never start to make a garment on Friday unless you can finish it the same day.

A frog brings good luck to the house it enters.

(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.

Funerals on Friday portend another death in the family during the year.
It's bad luck to count the cars in a funeral cortege.
It's bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on.
Thunder following a funeral means that the dead person's soul has reached heaven.
Nothing new should be worn to a funeral, especially new shoes.
Pointing at a funeral procession will cause you to die within the month
Pregnant women should not attend funerals.
If the person buried lived a good life, flowers will grow on the grave. If the person was evil, weeds will grow.

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.
A horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away.

If your nose itches you will soon be kissed by a fool.

Ivy growing on a house protects the inhabitants from witchcraft and evil.

A knife as a gift from a lover means that the love will soon end.
A knife placed under the bed during childbirth will cut 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.

It is bad luck to walk under a ladder.

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.

If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn you will not catch a cold all winter.

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.

To dream of a lizard is a sign that you have a secret enemy.

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.
Clairvoyants use mandrake to increase their visions to enable them to see strange and wonderful things.

To break a mirror means 7 years bad luck.
It is unlucky to see your face in a mirror by candlelight.
If you stand in the dark and stare into a mirror by candlelight for a long time, you will see an image from the other side of death begin to form behind you. If you allow this image to fully appear, it will take you into the land of the dead with it.
If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.

Mistletoe in the house protects it from thunder and lightning.
It is also believed to cure many diseases, be an antidote to poison, and bring good luck and fertility, or so the Druids would tell us.
A girl standing under a mistletoe cannot refuse to be kissed by anyone who claims the privilege.

A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death.

If you look upon a child and long to touch it, make sure to ask the mother's permission and do just that: otherwise, you might give the child "ojo", a sickness that results from the envy or want of others in particularly vulnerable children.

An onion cut in half and placed under the bed of a sick person will draw off fever and poisons.

Unless you were born in October, it's unlucky to wear opals.

It is bad luck to see an owl in the sunlight.

If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used for studying for the test, the pencil will remember the answers.

If you spill pepper you will have a serious argument with your best friend.
It is also said that spilling pepper is a bad luck omen.

If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.

Most people have heard that if the end of the rainbow is found, a pot of gold will await them. Less known, however, is the fact that rainbows are traditional signs of good luck and a promise of better days, stemming from the Biblical story of Noah and the flood. This is especially said to be true if a rainbow is seen where there has been no rain.
If you point at a rainbow, you will get a blister on your tongue.

A red ribbon should be placed on a child who has been sick to keep the illness from returning.

A wish made upon seeing the first robin in spring will come true.

If you leave a rocking chair rocking when empty, it invites evil spirits to come into your house to sit.

Rosemary planted by the doorstep will keep witches away.

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.
Throw salt into a fire to keep evil from coming.

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

Three seagulls flying together, directly overhead, are a warning of death soon to come.

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.

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.

Sparrows carry the souls of the dead, it's unlucky to kill one.

If a spider drops down in front of you from the ceiling and dangles, do not kill it. If the spider hangs and then goes back up to the ceiling, you are due for a run of good luck. If, however, the spider dangles and then drops, it foretells the sudden loss of a loved one or some other personally catastrophic event.

All wishes on shooting stars come true. A wish made upon the first star appearing in the evening may come true.

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

If a man and a woman pour tea together from the same kettle, they will have a child.

If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over.

If you bite your tongue while eating, it is because you have recently told a lie.

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.

A bride's veil protects her from evil spirits who are jealous of happy people.

Red sky at night,
Take delight.
Red sky at morning
Take warning

It is a long-held belief that evil cannot cross running water.

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

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

If you make a wish while throwing a coin into a well or fountain, the wish will come true.
If you tell someone your wish, it won't come true.

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.

The number of Xs in the palm of your right hand is the number of children you will have.

A yawn during daylight is a sign that danger is near.
Cover your mouth when you yawn, or your soul can go out of your body along with the yawn.

Certain days of the week, and certain months of the year are better than others for a wedding.
Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday best of all,
Thursday for losses,
Friday for crosses,
Saturday for no luck at all

Married when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind & true,
When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.
Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden & for Man.
Marry in the month of May, and you'll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you'll go.
Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bred.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.
Marry in September's shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.

Good Omens:
seeing a rainbow
having the sun shine
meeting a black cat
meeting a chimney sweep

Bad Omens:
A pig, hare, or lizard running across the road.
Seeing an open grave.
Meeting a nun or a monk foretell barrenness

If the groom drops the wedding band during the ceremony, the marriage is doomed.
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.
The spouse who goes to sleep first on the wedding day will be the first to die.

If a single woman sleeps with a piece of wedding cake under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband.