Old Wive's Tales and Superstitions
Cigarette smoke blown into a sore ear will help ease the pain (the smoke needs to be sealed into the ear canal with a cotton ball.)
Your husband or lover will not leave if you wear three stands of his hair and three strands of yours between gold and silver.
Wrap paper around the tops of your plants and the grub worms will not cut off the stalks at the ground.
Your bed will not have bedbugs, if you wash it with water in which cedar tree leaves were boiled.
You can get rid of nervous trouble by eating walnuts.
You will be disappointed, if you dream of inheriting money.
Always pick up, for luck, a broom that is lying on the floor or ground.
If you adopt a child and mistreat it, you will have a very raw deal from your closest friend.
If you allow someone to cut the first piece out of your birthday cake,you may expect bad luck.
If you are crooked you will have bad luck.
If you are in the country and see a light in the woods and you can't get to it, it is a Jack O' Lantern.
If you have the Seventh Book of Moses, you cannot give it away as it will always come back to you.
If you have an elephant ornament in your house, always place it so that the tail will be toward the north and you will have good luck.
If you have something in each hand when you first see a new moon, you will never want.
If you mock a preacher you will be cut down like a tree.
If you open the Bible and your finger rests on the words, "Verify, verily;" it is a sign of good luck.
If you plan what you are going to do next year without the aid of God, you will have a bad start.
If you see a new moon for the first time on Monday, you will have good luck.
If you see a new moon over your right shoulder for the first time, you had better run.
If you see something shining in the dark, do not touch it or you will have bad luck.
If you see a star fall, you will have good luck.
If your child is taking music lessons, make him practice in the morning before nine o'clock and he will learn twice as quickly.
It is a bad omen, if you upset a bottle of ink.
It is a sin to mutilate the Bible in any way.
It is bad luck to get mad at the preacher in church.
It is bad luck to try to count the stars in the heavens.

It is very lucky to have wasps build a nest in a window or on the porch or under the eaves or your house.  

Kill one fly and ten flies will come to its funeral.  

Mosquitoes will not bite you, if you wear alum on your person.  

Place a bottle of ammonia on the floor in the center of the house and you will not be worried by bedbugs any more.  

Place cedar leaves under the carpet and you will not have any moths.  

Prevent moths from entering by hanging up pennyroyal in the house.  

Scatter cucumber peelings on the floor to drive away ants.  

To hear crickets sing is always a lucky sign.  

To keep mosquitoes from biting you, rub coal oil behind your ears.  

If you must borrow a broom, take it without the owner's knowledge, and you will not have bad luck.   

Let the finder of a four-leafed clover put it in a Bible and good luck will come to him.

Picking a five-leafed clover will cause you good luck, provided you pass on the clover to another person.  

Stumbling over a brook handle will bring you good luck.

You sleep best with your head to the north and your feet to the south.  

Black cats are considered lucky in England.

Superstition says that the left side is the wrong side of the bed.

Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love.

The ace of spades in a playing card deck symbolizes death.

The dove is considered the symbol of peace.

Ra was the sun god of ancient Egypt.

The mythical figure Father Time carries an hourglass and a scythe.

Many sailors believe a cat on board a ship means a lucky trip.

The mythical Scottish town of Brigadoon appears for one day every 100 years.

January is named for the Roman god Janus.

If a black cat crosses your path while your driving, turn your hat
around backwards and mark an X on your windshield to prevent bad

If you let a caterpillar see your teeth, they will fallout when you
are young. William Becker If you step on an Ant on a sunny day. The
next day it will rain.

"If your nose itches, your going to kiss a fool.

Trim your hair during the full moon for faster regrowth. Trim your
hair during the waning of the moon to slow the growth.

Wear a bag around your neck with nine woodlice in it to cure Thrush.

If your front door faces your back door that means money in, money

Leave your ring finger free from jewelry or you will never get

Before eating carp you have to take his mud vain out. (They take his
lateral nerve out from head to tail and think this is a mud vain.
There is no such vain)

A boy must be circumcised or he will stink or catch a disease.

Don't tickle an infants feet; it will make them stutter when they
get old enough to talk.

If a knife drops, a man will come to visit; if a fork drops, a woman
will come to visit.

If a picture falls off a wall, it is a sign of death.

If a bird flies in the house; a death is soon to come. If you eat
cabbage you will grow large breast.

If you eat chicken gizzards you will grow large breast. If you dream
of muddy water it is a sign of death.

If you dream about a wedding it is a sign of a birth. If you dream
about a snake; you have an enemy.

If your right hand itches, you will receive money; if the left
itches, you will get a letter. If your nose itches, company is

Cross your fingers behind your back for luck; cross them twice for
double luck. Don't go outside with a wet head or you will catch a

Don't look at anything scary while you are pregnant or it will mark
your baby. Don't plant potatoes during the dark part of the moon.

Plant your garden on Good Friday.

Don't plant your garden on Rotten Saturday, the seeds will rot. More
potatoes from slips than anything else.

While pregnant, don't reach higher than your head.

If you sweep under a woman's feet she won't get married. If you
drink coffee it will stunt your growth.

If you cross your eyes they will stay that way.

An apple a day will keep the doctor away.

Hang a dead snake on a fence belly-up for rain.

When the wind is out of the east fish bite the least; when the wind
is out of the west fish bite the best. To keep a cat off your car,
put a hat on your hood.
A sneezing cat is a sign of future wealth.
Red sky in the morning, sailors warning. Red sky at night, a sailors
delight. It's bad luck to walk under a ladder, or let a black cat
cross your path

There are two ways of stopping a run of bad luck if you walk under a
ladder by accident. Cross your fingers and keep them crossed until
you see a dog, or spit on your shoe and let it dry.

Breaking a mirror bring seven years of bad luck.

If you open a pocket knife, then you be the one to close it or bad
luck will follow.

If you sew anything on Sunday; when you get to heaven you will have
to pick the stitches out with your nose.

Hanging a dead wolves on a fence will warn the other wolves to stay
away. (You remember that ladies) Throw salt over the shoulder to
dispel bad luck?

An acorn at the window will keep lightning out.

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. You must get out of bed on the same side that you
get in or you will have bad luck. When a bell rings, a new angel has
received his wings.

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

If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it
walks away, it takes the good luck with it.

It's good luck to find a four-leaf clover.

It's bad luck to pick up a coin if its tails side up. Good luck
comes if it's heads up. Don't step on a crack on a sidewalk or

If you spill pepper you will have a serious argument 'with your best

A rabbit's foot will bring luck and protect the owner from evil
spirits if carried in the pocket.

A rainbow in the Eastern sky, The morrow will be fine and dry. A
rainbow in the West that gleams, Rain tomorrow falls in streams.

A horseshoe, hung above the doorway, will bring good luck to a home.
If you sing before seven, you will cry before eleven.

All wishes on shooting stars come true.

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

You can tell what kind of husband a man will make by the way he
treats his mother.

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

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.

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.

If you eat carrots you will never need glasses. Moon correspondences:

Waxing Moon (New to full): magick for the gain or beginning of
something. Health, healing, purification, psychic awareness, money
and travel.

Full Moon: magick of great power and transformation. Protection,
love, healing, purification, psychic awareness, money and travel.

Waning Moon (Full to new): magick for the destruction or end to
something. Addictions, disease, negative thoughts, jealousy, guilt
and hurts.

When The Moon Is In:

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn: works involving supernatural powers.
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius: works of love and friendship.
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces: works involving crossing/hexing.

If you drop a fork, a woman is coming to see you

If you drop a  knife, a man is coming to see you

If you drop a spoon, a child is coming  to see you

You right hand itching means that you'll shake the hand of a  friend soon

When your ears burn someone is talking about you

If a  broom falls, company's coming

If the bottom of your foot itches, you're  going to take a trip

If you sing before seven, you will cry before eleven

Full moon  rising clear means good weather

A new moon on a Saturday means twenty  days of wind and rain

New moon on a Monday means good luck and good  weather

If you bit your tongue while eating, it is  because you recently told a lie

Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red  sky at morning - sailors take warning

A yawn is a sign that danger is  near

Ring around the moon means rain

If you palm itches, money's  coming

Blood on the  moon means death

If you drop a glass and it doesn't break, it is a bad  omen

If your nose itches, you will kiss a fool

If you drop  scissors, your lover is being unfaithful to you
A Moon-Calf now means someone who is absent-minded or not very bright. At one time it described a person who was so carried away by love of the Goddess that he/she was nearly oblivious to the world around them.
The full-orb’d moon, with her nocturnal ray
Shed o’er the scene a lovely flood of day.
- Wheelwright's Pindar, Olymp. Ode X
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