Superstitions

Here is a collection of superstitions I have gathered together.  Please add more to it!!! I KNOW there are plenty more to be put on here.  Personally, as I read through the list, I was thinking that some of these would make some great story seeds! 😉

If a candle flame suddenly turns blue, it indicates a ghost is nearby.

Ringing a bell scares away evil spirits (is this somehow connected with the whole every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings?).

If you hear footsteps walking behind you on Halloween night, DON’T LOOK BACK!  If you do, it might be the dead following you and looking them in the eyes will mean that you are the next to die!

If you spy a spider on Halloween, treat it nicely! It could very well be a dead relative of yours watching over you!

Knock on wood to keep bad luck away.

The souls in Purgatory are released for 48 hours beginning on Halloween.

Walk around your house backwards and counterclockwise 3 times on before the sun sets on Halloween night to protect your home from evil.

If you catch a snail on Halloween night, you are supposed to place it in a flat dish.  In the morning, check the dish and the trail of snail slime left behind is said to spell out the first letter of your true love’s name.

Owls hooting can be a sign of danger…at least to the dying.  They are said to fly down and eat the souls of those who are dying so when their hoot was heard, people would turn their pockets inside out for good luck.

Nuts were used as magic charms on Halloween in Britain because it was believed that the Devil liked to gather nuts.

Put a sprig of rosemary and a silver sixpence under your pillow on Halloween night and you will see your future spouse in your dreams.

In North America, a well-known superstition is that it’s bad luck if a black cat crosses your path. (Hmph! I love my black cats!) and good luck if a white cat crosses your path.  It’s exactly the opposite in Britain, Ireland, and Japan.  It’s also said that in some parts of North America, they believe that if a black cat walks toward you, it’s bringing you good luck.  If it walks away from you, it takes the luck with it.

Bury animal bones near your doorway and you will prevent ghosts from entering your home on Halloween.

If you are lucky enough to have a Halloween birthday, you will be able to see and talk to the spirits.  It is also said that you will have lifelong protection from evil spiritis.

Go to a crossroads on Halloween and listen to the wind.  It will tell you the most important things that will happen to you in the next 12 months.

Bobbing for apples on Halloween?  The first to bite the apple will be the first to marry.

One that all my school chums used to do at lunch or recess…peel an apple from top to bottom so that the peel comes off all in one piece.  Throw the peel over your shoulder and watch what letter it forms when it lands.  That will be the first initial of your true love.  It is also said that the one whose peel is the longest is guaranteed the longest life.

A bat flying around a house 3 times is an omen of death.  If bats come out much earlier in the evening than usual, it’s a sign of good weather coming.  If a bat flies into your house, it’s a sign that you have ghosts who let it in!

Don’t lean a broom against a bed.  The evil spirits in the broom will cast a spell on your bed! (I always knew cleaning tools were possessed by evil spirits!)

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 will never get married.

Never take a broom along with you when you move.  Throw it out and buy a new one so you don’t carry any bad karma from one house to the next.

To prevent an unwelcome guest from returning, sweep out the room they stayed in immediately after they leave.

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

A horseshoe, hung over the door, will bring luck to the home.  In Canada, and apparently some parts of Ireland and England, you must hang the horseshoe with the opening facing up or it is believed that the luck will “run out”.

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

The 7th son of a 7th son has magic powers according to Irish legend but in Romanian folklore, he is a vampire.

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