Everything Newfoundland & Labrador with its Culture, Cuisine and Traditions

Superstition

Newfoundland Superstition

Acorn

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

Amber

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

Ambulance

  • Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog.

Apple

  • Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, 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.
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  • If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.

Baby

  • 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.

Ball Game

  • If you are watching a baseball game, money will soon come to you.

Baseball Bat

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

Bed

  • 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.

Bee

  • 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.
  • A swarm of bees settling on a roof is an omen that the house will burn down.

Bell

  • The sound of bells drives away demons because they’re afraid of the loud noise.
  • when a bell rings, a new angel has received his wings.

Bird

  • 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.

Birth

  • 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; and the child that is born on the Sabbath day is fair and wise, good and gay.

Birthday Cake

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

Blue

  • To protect yourself from witches, wear a blue bead. Touch blue and your wish will come true.

Bread

  • 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.

Bride

  • The first gift the bride opens should be the first gift she uses.
  • Everything the bride says as she opens her gifts will be repeated on her wedding night. Someone should be assigned to write down these comments during the shower.
  • The person who gives the third gift to be opened will soon have a baby.
  • Save the ribbons from the shower gifts to make a mock bouquet to be used at the wedding rehearsal.

Bride (For A Lucky Bride)

  • Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a lucky sixpence in her shoe.
  • Married in White, you have chosen right;
  • Married in Grey, 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 inPearl, you will live in a whirl;
  • Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow;
  • Married in Brown, you will live in the town; and
  • Married in Pink, you spirit will sink.

Bridge

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

Broom

  • 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.I
  • 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.

Butterfly

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

Candle

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

Calf

  • If the first calf born during the winter is white, the winter will be a bad one.

Cat

  • 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.
  • A cat onboard a ship is considered to bring luck.

Cheeks

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

Chill

  • If you get a chill up your back or goose bumps, it means that someone is walking over your grave.

Chimney Sweep

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

Cigarettes

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

Circle

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

Clock

  • If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family.

Clover

  • 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.

Coin

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

Comb

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

Cough

  • To cure a cough: take a hair from the coughing person’s head, put it between two slices of buttered bread, feed it to a dog, and say, “Eat well you hound, may you be sick and I be sound.”

Cow

  • Cows lifting their tails are a sure sign that rain is coming.

Crack

  • Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.

Cricket

  • A cricket in the house brings good luck.

Counting Crows

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

Dandelion

  • 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.

Death

  • 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.
  • Light candles on the night after November 1. One for each deceased relative should be placed in the window in the room where death occurred.
  • You must hold your breath while going past a cemetery or you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dogs howling in the dark of night, howl for death before daylight.
  • If you dream of death it’s a sign of a birth, if you dream of birth, it’s a sign of death.
  • If you touch a loved one who has died, you won’t have dreams about them.
  • 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.
  • 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 a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.
  • A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death.
  • If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.
  • If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over.
  • Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house.
  • A clock which had been stopped for years suddenly striking the hours
  • A dog moaning near a house
  • A dog burying some object near one’s home
  • A wall picture suddenly falling
  • A window blind falling without any apparent cause
  • If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.
  • Opening an umbrella in the house is an omen of a death
  • To dream of a wedding is a sign of a funeral
  • The banshee, a weird crying at night, is said to precede the death of certain persons of Irish descent inNewfoundland.
  • The sound of bells drives away demons because they’re afraid of the loud noise.
  • When “rigor mortis” does not appear in a corpse it means that another member of the
  • family will soon die.

Dog

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

Door

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

Dreams (see Dreams below)

Ears

  • If your right ear itches, someone is speaking well of you.
  • If your left ear itches, someone is speaking ill of you.
  • Left for love and right for spite: Left or right, good at night.

Easter

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

Elephant

  • Pictures of an elephant bring luck, but only if they face a door.

Eye

  • 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.
  • To cure a sty, stand at a crossroads and recite; Sty, sty, leave my eye.
  • Take the next one coming by.

Eyelash

  • 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.

Fingernails

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

Fish

  • A fish should always be eaten from the head toward the tail.
  • Dream of fish: someone you know is pregnant.

Fishing

  • Throw back the first fish you catch then you’ll be lucky the whole day fishing.
  • 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.

Flag

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

Flower

  • 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.

Foot

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

Fork

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

Friday

  • 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.

Frog

  • A frog brings good luck to the house it enters.
  • The dried body of a frog worn in a silk bag around the neck averts epilepsy and other fits.

Good Friday

  • 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.

Hair

  • Pulling out a gray or white hair will cause ten more to grow in its place.

Hand

  • 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. In most of Europe protective horseshoes are placed in a downward facing position, but in some parts ofIrelandandBritainpeople believe that the shoes must be turned upward or “the luck will run out.”
  • Horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away.

Itch

  • If your nose itches you will soon be kissed by a fool. If your nose itches your mouth is in danger. You’ll kiss a fool, and meet a stranger. Rub an itch to wood it will come to good.

Ivy

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

Knife

  • A knife as a gift from a lover means that the love will soon end.
  • A knife placed under the bed during childbirth will ease 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.
  • Knife falls, gentleman calls; Fork falls, lady calls; Spoon falls, baby calls.

Knitting

  • It’s bad luck to leave a project unfinished. The intended recipient will get bad luck from the unfinished item.
  • Stabbing your needles though your yarn balls brings bad luck to anyone who wears something made from that yarn.
  • Don’t knit a pair of socks for your boyfriend or he’ll walk away from you.
  • If you knit one of your own hairs into a garment, it will bind the recipient to you.
  • Knitting for children you may have in the future, but before you are pregnant, is bad luck (it may prevent one from getting pregnant, or bring ill health to the baby).

Ladder

  • It is bad luck to walk under a ladder.

Ladybug

  • 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.
  • Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Your house is on fire, your children all roam.

Leaf

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

Lettuce

  • 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.

Lie

  • Cross my heart and hope to die, cut my throat if I tell a lie.

Lizard

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

Mandrake

  • 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.

Milk

  • It’s bad luck to let milk boil over.

Mirror

  • To break a mirror means 7 years bad luck.
  • It is unlucky to see your face in a mirror by candlelight.
  • A mirror should be covered during a thunderstorm because it attracts lightning.
  • If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.

Mistletoe

  • Mistletoe in the house protects it from thunder and lightning. It also cures many diseases, is an antidote to poison and brings good luck and fertility.
  • A girl standing under a mistletoe cannot refuse to be kissed by anyone who claims the privilege.

Moth

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

Nose

  • If your nose itches, someone is coming to see you. If it’s the right nostril, the visitor will be a female, left nostril, male.

Numbers

  • See each individual number alphabetically.

Omens – Bad Luck

  • A swarm of bees settling on a roof is an omen that the house will burn down.
  • An expectant mother should never fold or cross her legs in under her while she sits, this is a bad omen.
  • Breaking a mirror.
  • Coming in by one door and going out by another.
  • Coiling a rope against the sun.
  • Having thirteen persons at table.
  • It’s bad luck to put a hat on a bed.
  • Meeting a cross-eyed person.
  • Meeting a red haired woman.
  • Walking under a ladder.
  • Looking over another’s shoulder into a mirror.
  • Placing a bed facing north and south brings misfortune.
  • Purchasing a broom in May.
  • To have a black cat cross your path.
  • To spill salt
  • To cross knives on a table
  • To leave a knife turned blade upwards
  • To have a lone black crow fly over your head
  • To be called back just as you have begun a journey
  • To whistle on the water, to drop the ring at a marriage ceremony
  • When making the bed, don’t interrupt your work, or you will spend a restless night in it.
  • You must get out of bed on the same side that you get in or you will have bad luck.

Omens – Good Luck

  • A bumble bee flying into your house.
  • A cat onboard a ship is considered to bring luck.
  • A lady bug in your house.
  • A rooster crowing on the doorstep.
  • An acorn should be carried to bring luck and ensure a long life. An acorn at the window will keep lighting out.
  • Amber beads, worn as a necklace, can protect against illness or cure colds.
  • Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog.
  • If your left hand is itchy.
  • If your right hand is itchy then you’re going to shake hands with someone.
  • If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good luck all year. Three butterflies together mean good luck.
  • Picking up a coin
  • Picking up a four leaf clover
  • Putting on a garment inside out by mistake
  • Picking up a horseshoe on the road
  • Picking up a pin or a white button
  • Seeing two black crows flying overhead
  • Seeing the new moon first over the left shoulder
  • Spit on a new bat before using it for the first time to make it lucky
  • To see a baby smiling in its sleep
  • To dream of one’s father

Onion

  • An onion cut in half and placed under the bed of a sick person will draw off fever and poisons.
  • A wish will come true if you make it while burning onions.

Opal

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

Owl

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

Pencil

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

Pepper

  • If you spill pepper you will have a serious argument with your best friend.

Photograph

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

Quaint Beliefs & Practices

  • Maidens sought the name of their future husbands on the eve of Midsummer. They broke an egg and kept it in a glass, and spilled it on the road next morning. The first man to walk over the egg had the same Christian name as the husband-to-be.
  • Belief in fairies was general; old folk still persist in vouching that they have seen these little fellows dancing on the grass on moonlit nights. Children lost in the woods were said to have been led astray by fairies; as a safeguard against this, every person carried a cake of hard biscuit in a pocket.
  • Jack O’Lantern can still be seen on marshlands on calm nights; many believe that an evil spirit seeks to lure the unwary traveller astray.
  • Fishermen’s superstitions in boat building are interesting. It was deemed necessary to have witch hazel in some part of the new craft, she was first turned with the sun, and it was lucky to have an old sail on her at the launching.
  • Dead dogs were buried under fruit trees to ensure a good harvest.
  • Sick calves had a peculiar knot tied over them. It was tied nine times and pulled clear; if it became tangled, the calf was certain to die.
  • If you put an article of clothes on inside out you’ll have good luck, but if you change them back the proper way then you’ll also change your luck
  • Two knives two wives, two forks two fellas (when someone set your place at the table)
  • An itchy nose means your mouth stands in danger; kiss a fool or fight with a stranger
  • Sing at the table and you’ll be disappointed
  • One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy, five for sliver and six for gold and seven for a story that’ll never be told (said when you see 7 crows)
  • After laughter comes tears
  • What’s in your mind let no one know, or to your friends your secret goes. ‘Cause when your friends become your foes, the whole world then your secret knows
  • If a person had a cold spasm, it was believed that someone was walking over the grave of the individual
  • Always make the Sign of the Cross with your thumb over your bread before baking it
  • May snow is a cure for sore eyes
  • A widow’s ring can cure warts by making the Sign of the cross over them
  • Never cross a river with green bows (branches) laid over the water because the good people (fairies) are surely close by
  • A whistling woman and a crowing hen is neither fit for God nor men. For a woman that whistles and a hen that crows will fight their way wherever they go
  • If a man gives his girl a pocketknife, it will split their love apart
  • If you leave a newborn baby alone, leave a piece of blessed bread in the crib and the baby would then be protected from all harm
  • Happy is the bride that the sun shines on. Happy is the corpse that the rain rains on
  • Happy is the mother that never raised a son
  • Double you wedding, double your rings, in a year from now you’ll be having twins
  • Always carry a piece of bread in your pocket if you are travelling in the woods by yourself so as to ward off the fairies
  • If you have a calcium spot under a fingernail it means the following; thumb (a gift), index finger (a friend), middle finger (a foe), ring finger (a letter to come), little finger (a journey)
  • Bells ringing in ears, souls want a prayer
  • It is a belief that the seventh son got powers to either cure warts, stop bleeding, or to charm toothaches, and if you place a worm on the palm of the hand, the worm will turn white and die.
  • When people had chicken for a meal they would take the breast bone and dry it out. They called this the “wishbone”. When it was dry, two people would break it and the person who got the shortest piece should place it above a doorway. It was a belief that the next person of he opposite sex who walked through the door would be the one to marry the person who had the smaller piece of the “wishbone”.
  • The first time you see a newborn baby put a silver coin in the baby’s hand and the baby will never be in want.
  • Place your mother’s wedding ring or wedding cake of a friend under your pillow, you will dream about the person you’ll marry.
  • Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, 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.
  • If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many 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.
  • 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.
  • If you make a bedspread, or a quilt, be sure to finish it or marriage will never come to you.
  • To protect yourself from witches, wear a blue bead.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Rabbit’s Foot

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

Rainbow

  • 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.

Raven

  • To kill a raven is to harm the spirit of King Arthur who visits the world in the form of a raven.

Red

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

Robin

  • A wish made upon seeing the first robin in spring will come true – but only if you complete the wish before the robin flies away.

Rocking Chair

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

Rosemary

  • Rosemary planted by the doorstep will keep witches away.

Salt

  • 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.
  • Salty soup is a sign that the cook is in love.

Scissors

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

Sea Gull

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

Seven

  • To break a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. The cure: to bury the pieces, or run them in a stream.
  • The seventh son of a seventh son has magic powers, according to Irish folklore, but is a vampire in Romanian legend.

Shoes

  • 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.

Singing

  • If you sing before seven, you will cry before eleven.

Sleep

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

Sneeze

  • 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.
  • If you sneeze on a Monday, you 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; and Seven for a secret, never to be told.

Sparrow

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

Spider

  • Seeing a spider run down a web in the afternoon means you’ll take a trip.
  • A spider is a repellent against plague when worn around the neck in a walnut shell.

Stars

  • All wishes on shooting stars come true.
  • Star light, star bright First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might Have the wish I wish tonight.

Swan

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

Thirteen

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

Tokens Good And III

  • A cat washing her face.
  • Sparks from a wood stove flying to the floor.
  • A knife or fork falling, were regarded as tokens of a visit by a stranger.
  • Keep cats away from babies because they “suck the breath” of the child.
  • If you blow out all the candles on your birthday cake with the first puff you will get your wish.
  • The first member of the assembled company at which the cat glared would be the first to die.
  • Ringing in the ears betokened news, the right ear for good and the left for ill.
  • To say things backwards betokened the sight of a long absent friend.
  • It was considered taboo to step over a child, as this would stop the growth of the youngster.
  • If a candle lighted as part of a ceremony blows out, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby.
  • If the first calf born during the winter is white, the winter will be a bad one.
  • If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it walks away, it takes the good luck with it.
  • If a person had a cold spasm, it was said that someone was walking over the grave of the individual.
  • It was considered very unlucky to incur the wrath of a widow, as her curse was sure to bring evi.l
  • An odd method of bringing ill fortune to an enemy was to throw the dust of one’s shoes over the left shoulder in that person’s direction
  • If things went badly on Monday, it was a sure sign of a bad week.
  • When a bell rings, a new angel has received his wings.

Tongue

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

Umbrella

  • 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.

Valentine’s Day

  • If a woman sees a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it means she will marry a sailor. If she sees a sparrow, she will marry a poor man and be very happy. If she sees a goldfinch, she will marry a millionaire.

Veil

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

Watermelon

  • A watermelon will grow in your stomach if you swallow a watermelon seed.

Wood

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

Window

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

Wedding Day

  • 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; and 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 & forMan.
  • 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 labour 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.

Wedding Day – Good Omens

  • Seeing a rainbow.
  • Having the sun shine.
  • Meeting a black cat.
  • Meeting a chimney sweep.

Wedding Day – Bad Omens

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

Wedding Cake

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

Wedding (other beliefs)

  • 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.

Wish

  • If you make a wish while throwing a coin into a well or fountain, the wish will come true. (Wish I may, Wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight).
  • If you tell someone your wish, it won’t come true.

Wishbone

  • 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.

X

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

Yawn

  • A yawn 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.

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Dreams and Interpretations

Acorn

  • Dreaming of acorns predicts pleasant things & that much gain is to be expected.
  • For a woman to dream of eating acorns denotes that she will rise to a position of ease & pleasure.
  • To dream of shaking acorns from a tree means that you will rapidly attain your wishes in business or love.

Airport

  • In a dream the sight of a busy airport represents the desire for freedom and/or travel.
  • If the airport is empty and deserted your own travel plans will be changed or delayed.

Almonds

  • If you see almonds in your dream you’ll have a temporary sorrow.
  • If you ate and enjoyed them, you’ll be lucky, but if they tasted bitter, you should delay any contemplated changes for as long as possible.

Angels

  • A favourable dream forecasting success, protection, happiness, and rewarding friendships.
  • An angel approaching you; good new is coming your way.
  • If an angel is avoiding you; watch out! you life is on the wrong track; change your life before it is too late.

Baby

  • To see a baby in your dream signifies innocence, warmth and new beginnings. A love affair may be blooming for you in your near future. You will also make new and fun friends.
  • If a woman dreams she is nursing a baby, she will be deceived by the one she trusts the most.

Balloon

  • Seeing balloons in your dream indicates a dashing of hope on any and all fronts, business or love, as well as a general falling off of all kinds of businesses you may be involved in.
  • If you are ascending in a balloon this is an omen of especially frustrating conditions in your life.

Barking dogs

  • If you dream of barking dogs running, pay close attention to your personal affairs; somebody could take advantage of you.

Bear

  • To dream of killing a bear foretells liberation from entanglements.

Bed

  • To dream of a clean, white bed denotes the end of worries.
  • If a woman dreams of making a bed, there will soon be a new lover in her life.?

Beggars

  • If you refused a beggar, your life will be miserable; if you have freely to a beggar, you will have a long and happy life.

Bell

  • If you dream you can hear a bell ringing, bad luck is in store for you.

Bicycle

  • To dream of riding a bicycle uphill signifies bright prospects.
  • To dream of riding downhill calls for care – misfortune is near.

Birds

  • Flying birds are a sign of prosperity to the dreamer.

Birth

  • If you dream of death it’s a sign of a birth, if you dream of birth, it’s a sign of death.

Blood

  • If you dream of somebody else’s blood; you will inherit an estate.
  • If you are dreaming of your blood; disappointment and sorrow will soon be upon you.

Building

  • If you dream of a large building, you will meet someone with whom you will become intimately involved.

Butterfly

  • To see a butterfly among flowers indicates prosperity.
  • To see butterflies flying around denotes news from absent friends by letter or from someone who has seen them.

Candles

  • To see candles burning with a clear and steady flame denotes the constancy of those around you and a well-grounded fortune.

Cats

  • Dreaming of a cat is a generally unfortunate omen and it shows treachery as well as a run of bad luck.
  • Cats attacking you represent enemies; if you succeed banishing them you will overcome great obstacles and rise in fortune and fame.

Climbing a ladder

  • If you are climbing up a ladder; wealth will come your way.
  • If you are climbing down a ladder; you are headed for the poorhouse.

Coffins

  • You will soon marry and have a house of your own.

Crow

  • Seeing a crow in your dream means disappointment in everything, grief and misfortune.

Crown

  • To dream of a crown predicts a change in your life. The dreamer will travel a long distance from home & form new relationships.

Death

  • If you dream of death it’s a sign of a birth, if you dream of birth, it’s a sign of death.

Dancing

  • To dream that you are dancing means that some unexpected good fortune will come to you.

Deceased Person

  • If you should dream of a deceased person and this person speaks only to you, pay close attention to what the spirit is telling you as it could be very important to you.
  • To dream of seeing a deceased person is normally a dream of warning, and it tells you that the influences around you at this time do not bode well for your affairs, and you should not enter into any binding contracts or verbal agreements.

Diamonds

  • To dream of owning diamonds is a very promising dream signifying great honour and recognition from high places.

Dog

  • To dream about a dog indicates great gain and constant friends.
  • To hear the barking of dogs foretells news of depressing nature. Difficulties are more likely to follow.

Dragonfly

  • If you dream that a dragonfly lands on your body then you will have excellent news from someone far away from home.
  • If you see a dead dragonfly, then the news will be bad.
  • A dragonfly perched gracefully on some other object shows that you will soon be having guests that may be hard to get rid of.

Driving

  • If you dream that you are driving a vehicle it is a sign that you should be careful to take no chances with your money, such as gambling, in the next two weeks or so.
  • If someone else is doing the driving you will find yourself in luck, money wise.

Eating

  • If you dream of eating a salad, sickness will come your way

Face

  • To dream of a smiling face signifies pleasant new friends, experiences, and/or financial gains.
  • To dream of unpleasant or grotesque (unless amusingly so) faces portend loss.
  • To dream you are washing your face denotes a necessity to atone for some past indiscretion; better make amends!
  • To see the faces of strangers signifies an approaching change of residence.

Falling

  • To dream of falling indicates a loss of emotional equilibrium or self-control. It may represent your insecurity, a lack of self-confidence, a fear of failure or an inability to cope with a situation.
  • If you fall a long distance in your dream and get hurt, be prepared for really hard times ahead; but if you fall and are not injured your upsets will be minor and temporary.

Falling Snow

  • There will be obstacles in your way or path you take.

Gambling

  • If you won, a friend will die. If you lost, you will move to a new residence.

Gang

  • To dream that you are confronted or threatened by a gang signifies circumstances or situations in your waking life which are overwhelming and you feel have ganged up on you.

Garden

  • To see a vegetable garden in your dream symbolizes increased prosperity will come your way through diligence and care. It also suggests of stability and inner growth.
  • To see a flower garden in your dream foretells of tranquility, comfort, true love and happy home in your future.
  • To see a sparse, weed-infested garden denotes that you have neglected your spiritual needs.

Gloves

  • To dream of gloves means that you will have a lawsuit or business troubles, but you will settle them in a manner that satisfies you.
  • To find a pair of gloves denotes a marriage or new love affair.

Hair

  • Dreaming about hair means that you are careless in your personal affairs and will lose advancement by neglecting mental application.

Hairdresser

  • For a woman to dream of going to a hairdresser shows she will soon be entangled in some family scandal concerning the morals of a member of her family. Should she have her hair dyed, she will narrowly escape imprisonment.
  • For a man to dream of a hairdresser will presage much gossip or a need to dominate a beautiful woman.

Ham

  • If you dream of eating ham then you will lose something that means a lot to you.

Hiding in the forest

  • If you are dreaming of hiding in the forest, you are in danger.

Honey

  • To dream of eating honey foretells that you will attain wealth and love.

Ice

  • Sitting on ice in your dreams is a dream of the contrary.

Ice Cream

  • Eating, making, selling or serving ice cream suggests that you are feeling contentment and satisfaction in your life.

Jail

  • To dream that your lover is in jail signifies that this lover is deceitful and untrustworthy.
  • To dream that you are in jail signifies your feelings of confinement and suffocation.

Jam

  • If you dream of eating jam you will suffer embarrassment at the hands of a woman through no fault of your own.

Jewels

  • If dreaming of your jewels, you will lose something very valuable.
  • If dreaming of stealing or tempering with someone else’s jewls, you are at risk of disgracing yourself.

Kangaroo

  • Seeing a kangaroo in your dreams foretells unexpected and exciting trips.

Keys

  • To dream of keys denotes unexpected change. If the keys are lost, unpleasant adventures will affect you. To find keys means domestic peace and success in business.

Killing

  • If you dreamed of killing someone, whether intentionally or by accident, it signifies a period of severe emotional stress during which you must make a heroic effort to control your temper.
  • If you dream of killing a spider; bad luck will come your way.

Laughter

  • You will soon be in tears.

Letter

  • To dream of receiving a letter from a friend foretells their arrival or that you will hear from them soon.

Lights

  • A light shining out of the dark, or a flashlight beam, shows that you will finally find the truth in a situation or the answer to a personal problem that you have been searching for. If the light is dim, you will only find part of the solution.

Magic

  • Any form of magic in a dream predicts unexpected changes.
  • To dream of being mystified and/or amused by a magician indicates a reunion with a long-lost friend or the rekindling of a past love affair.

Marriage

  • Dreaming of a marriage, or a wedding, is the sign of a death in the family. If the marriage was between strangers, then the death pertains to a not too close acquaintance or friend.

Medicine

  • If dreaming of taking medicine, you will soon know poverty.
  • If dreaming of giving medicine, you will come into some money.

Mice

  • Dreaming of mice foretells domestic troubles or that business affairs will assume a discouraging tone.
  • If you dream of a mouse jumping on you or getting in your clothing, then you will be involved in a scandal with a friend.

Mirror

  • Someone will betray you.

Monkey

  • To dream of a monkey denotes that you have deceitful friends who will flatter you to advance their own interests.

Naked lady

  • To dream of a naked lady, a relative of your will die soon.

Neck

  • A dream featuring the neck is a sign of approaching money, unless the dream concerned a broken neck, in which case it is a warning against mismanagement of your affairs.

Necklace

  • If you dream of losing a necklace you will soon be suffering bereavement of a loved one.
  • If you dream your loved one places a necklace around your neck or that you are wearing one, it shows an early marriage and a happy domestic life.

Needle

  • To find a needle predicts that you will have friends who appreciate you.
  • To look for a needle foretells useless worries.

Oak Tree

  • To dream of an old, spreading oak means long life and prosperity. If it is filled with acorns you are due a promotion or some type of increase in your life.
  • If a newlywed sees many oak trees in a forest it foretells a long marriage and many children.

On a desert island

  • If you are dreaming that you are on a desert island, a good friend will turns against you.

Ocean

  • If you dream you are standing on shore and watching the waves foam up as they break over the beach foretells that you will have some narrow escape from an accidental injury.
  • If you are far out on the ocean and hear the waves as they lap against the hull of the ship, you will have setbacks in your business and a troubled domestic scene.
  • To sail on a calm ocean is always a good omen for all concerned.

Owl

  • To dream of an owl denotes a narrow escape from desperate illness or death.??

Pigeons

  • Good news is coming your way.

Picnic

  • If you are dreaming you are at a picnic, you will fall in love with a vain person and your relationship will end very badly.

Policeman

  • Beware of false friends.

Raccoon

  • To dream of a raccoon warns you to be on your guard.. To see a raccoon in your dream shows that people are presenting false faces to you in your everyday life.
  • To be chased by a raccoon shows that a person you thought a friend has turned on you and now works behind your back for your downfall.

Rabbit

  • Dreaming of a white rabbit; success is in your future.
  • Dreaming of a black rabbit; watch out! You will soon have an accident.
  • If you are dreaming of eating rabbit meat for dinner; you will have good health.

Rape

  • Take this dream as a warning. Take precautions, protect yourself emotionally and physically and don’t engage in careless behaviours.

Rose

  • If a woman dreams of receiving a rose and places it in her hair then will she be deceived by someone thought of as a good friend.
  • If she receives a bouquet of roses in the Springtime she will find true love but if it is winter her search will be fruitless.
  • To see a rose bush in full foliage denotes a wedding in the family.

Running

  • Dream of running: a sign of a big change in your life.

Sleeping dogs

  • Good luck, you have nothing to worry about.

Snakes

  • To see a lone snake and feel threatened by it shows that you have a bad enemy that is working against you, it also a warning against bodily harm from an enemy.
  • To dream of many snakes in a pit is the foreboding of much bad luck in love or business.
  • Should you overcome and kill a threatening snake in your dream shows that you will overcome your adversary and win out.

Spiders

  • All spiders except tarantulas are omens of good luck. The larger the spider, the bigger the rewards.
  • If you see a spider climbing the wall you will have your dearest wish come true.
  • If you see a spider spinning a web you will have an increase in your income due to hard work.

Storm

  • For a rich person; it’s a sign that things will get worse.
  • For a poor person; it’s a sign that things will get better.

Sweeping

  • If you are sweeping your own room; you will have good luck in your business.
  • If you are sweeping out the cellar; you are headed for misfortune.

Tattoos

  • If you dream you are a tattoo artist and you are tattooing someone’s body you will soon break with friends or family over strange practices.
  • If you dream you are the one being tattooed you will become the target for a strangers jealousy but if you see someone else with tattoos then you will take a long, hard journey from home.

Tea

  • To dream that you are thirsty for tea means that you will be surprised with uninvited guests.

Teeth

  • If you dream of having false teeth this indicates that you will have unexpected help on a problem.
  • To dream of rotten teeth shows that you have been telling someone a lie or using your smooth words for getting your own way.
  • If your teeth are rotten, crooked, and/or falling out this means that your lies are hurting someone very badly and that you will soon be found out.
  • If you dream you have swallowed a tooth you will soon have too ‘eat your words’ .

The gallows

  • You will soon have the opportunity to become rich.

Thirst

  • Dreaming of thirst represents ambition. If you quench your thirst, your ambition will be soon realized.

Train

  • If you are dreaming of riding a train, you and your spouse

Umbrella

  • Carrying a closed umbrella in the rain is highly unfortunate for the dreamer and his business plans.
  • To dream of carrying an open umbrella in the rain is a very fortunate sign that speaks of good luck in most endeavours.
  • A leaky umbrella denotes quarrels with loved ones.
  • Just an umbrella; good luck is near.

Water

  • Dreaming of clear water is a sign of great good luck and prosperity, a      dream of muddy water foretells sadness or sorry for the dreamer through hearing of an illness or death of someone he/she knows well.
  • Dirty water warns of unscrupulous people who would bring you to ruin.

Warts

  • If it’s summertime, you will have good luck.
  • If it’s wintertime, you will have bad luck.

Yarn

  • To dream of yarn shows you will soon become the wife of a wealthy man.

 

 

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