Bed.-If the head of a bed is placed towards the north it foretells a short life, towards the south a long life, the east riches, the west travel.
Bellows.-It is unlucky to leave bellows lying on the table or on the floor, since in such a position they presage domestic quarrels.
Birthplace.-One's life is prolonged if, in later years, a visit is made to one's place of birth.
Bones.-If you burn beef bones by mistake it is a sign of much sorrow to come on account of poverty. To burn fish or poultry bones indicates that scandal will be spread about you.
Bottle.-To break a glass bottle portends misfortune, though it is not so serious as breaking a mirror. (See also Glass; Mirror.)
Bread.-To cut bread in an uneven manner is a sign that you have been telling lies.
Bush.-To have one's garments caught up by a bush or briar when out walking is a promise of good luck, involving monetary gain.
Buttons.-If you fasten a button into the wrong buttonhole, bad luck awaits you.
Candle.-If a candle falls over, ill luck is not far off.
Caul.-Fortunate indeed is the baby that is born in a caul - which happens only rarely-for the good things of life will come to him easily. It is a common belief, too, that a person who was born in a caul. will never meet his death by drowning.
Coal.-To pick up a piece of coal that has fallen in your path is generally regarded as a sure promise of success and good luck.
Corns.-The best time for cutting one's corns is when the Moon is on the wane.
Door.-If a front door does not face the street, ill luck wrill attend the house. You should always close a front door with your face towards it.
Egg.-To let fall an egg and smash it foretells good news; but if the egg is undamaged or merely cracked, bad luck is to be feared. When you have finished eating an egg it is a safeguard against misfortune if the empty shell is crushed with a spoon. If you burn egg-shells, the hens will cease to lay. It is unlucky to take eggs out of, or bring them into, a house during the hours of darkness. Eggs laid on Good Friday never become stale.
Fateful Year.-When a woman reaches the 31st year of her life she may expect some great change to occur. Frequently it consists of an important journey, some unexpected danger, or some great temptation. She should be particularly cautious during this period, and take special care in her business and private affairs.
Fire.-Ill luck attends those who completely rake out a fire before retiring. A few embers should always be left.
Fish.-When eating a fish, you should begin at the tail and work towards the head.
Fork.-To cross two forks accidentally is a sign that slander will be spread about you. To drop a fork foretells the visit of a woman friend. To stir anything with a fork is to stir up misfortune. (See also Spoon.)
Garter.-It is a warning of treachery if a person's garter comes undone. If a girl loses a garter, a proposal of marriage at an early date is foretold.
Glass.-To break uncoloured glass in any form but that of a mirror or a bottle is a fortunate omen; but if the glass is red, future trouble and anxiety are implied. If green glass is broken, bitter disappointment will be your lot. (See Bottle; Mirror; Wine.)
Gloves.-It is unlucky to give a pair of gloves to a friend unless you receive something in exchange.
Grave-digger.-To encounter a grave-digger coming towards you is a very evil portent, usually presaging a severe illness.
Hair.-To attract good fortune one's hair should be cut at the new moon.
Hand.-If you knock your hand accidentally against a piece of wood or a wooden article, it is an indication that you are about to have a love affair. If you knock your hand against iron, however, it must be taken as a warning against treachery.
Handkerchief.-Tying a knot in one's handkerchief is not only useful as a reminder, it is also a means of warding off evil.
Horseshoe.-Finding a horseshoe is an assurance of good luck, but if you give it away or throw it away, your luck will leave you.
House.-If after leaving your house, you turn back to fetch something, you must sit down when you get indoors and count backwards from seven, in order to avoid ill luck. It is unlucky to move into a new house during the months of April, July, and November.
Illness.-If, before you retire to bed, you chant Matthew, Mark, Luke and John Bless the bed that I lie on, it will keep away evil spirits and ensure your good health. There is an old custom which decrees that if someone is lying dangerously ill, a lighted candle should be placed in a shoe and all other lights in the room turned out. Then the name of the complaint from which the person is suffering must be written on a piece of paper and burned in the candle flame, and at the same time the following rhyme should be said three times: Go away death! Go away death! Life from the flame Give new breath I The candle must then be snuffed with the fingers.
Ink.-To spill ink threatens worry, annoyance, and the failure of a project that is on foot.
Knife.-Crossing two table-knives by accident portends bad luck. The dropping of a knife foretells the visit of a man friend in the near future. If someone lends you a pocket-knife, return it in the way in which it was given; that is, with the blade open or shut, pointing away from you or towards you. It is unlucky to make a present of a knife or any other sharp instrument unless you receive something in exchange.
Ladder.-Ill luck will attend those who walk under a ladder, unless they cross their fingers while doing so.
Lease.-It brings ill fortune if a lease or any contract is signed in the months of April, July, or November.
Lightning.-Lightning will never strike a person when he is asleep, nor will it visit a house in which a fire is burning.
Lucky Days.-The days of the week on which it is considered most lucky for women to make any important decision or to undertake any great tasks are Tuesday and Friday. For men the fortunate days are Monday and Thursday. (For lucky and unlucky days of the month Click Here.)
Matches.-To spill matches is a very lucky sign, and if a girl accidentally upsets an entire box it will not be long before she becomes a bride. Crossing two matches by chance implies that joy and happiness await you.
Mattress.-When you have occasion to turn the mattress of a bed remember that if you turn it "from foot to head, you'll never wed," and also that this task should never be performed on a Friday.
May-blossom.-This must never be cut from the tree and brought into the house before May 1, or ill fortune will attend you.
Meeting.-It is very lucky if, by chance, you meet the same person twice when you are out on business. It is even luckier if you encounter him once when you are setting out and again when you are returning.
Mending.-Never mend a garment while you are wearing it, or misfortune will follow.
Mirror.-Breaking a mirror portends seven years of bad luck. It is also extremely unlucky to receive a mirror as a present. (See also Glass.)
Money.-There is an old spell which was once thought to be an infallible means of influencing one's luck regarding money. In order to effect this charm it was necessary to choose a rainy day, and then to go to a place where there was a holly bush, clasp it round the main stem and chant three times, Holly tree, 0 holly tree, Let much wealth come to me. A turn of luck financially was then expected within the course of three months.
Nail-cutting.-There is an old rhyme concerning nail-cutting which goes as follows: Cut your nails on Monday, cut them for news; Cut them on Tuesday, a pair of new shoes; Cut them on Wednesday, cut them for health; Cut them on Thursday, cut them for wealth; Cut them on Friday, a sweetheart to know; Cut them on Saturday, a journey to go; Cut them on Sunday, you cut them for evil, For all the next week you'll be ruled by the devil.
New Moon.-It is unlucky to see the new moon for the first time through glass. Upon seeing the new moon you should turn whatever silver you have in your pockets or handbag, and thus ensure prosperity for a month. New enterprises will be fortunate if begun at the time of the new moon.
Pepper.-To upset pepper is an unlucky omen. (See also Salt.)
Petticoat.-If a girl's petticoat or slip shows below her dress, she is loved more by her father than by her mother
Picture.-If a picture should fall from the wall upon which it is hung, the death of a relation or friend, illness, or a sudden stroke of bad fortune to an inmate of the house who is about to go upon a journey is foreshadowed. If the glass is broken in the fall, the force of the omen is intensified.
Pins.-Always pick up a pin when you see one lying on the floor, for See a pin and pick it up All the day you'll have good luck; See a pin and let it lie Luck will surely pass you by. To upset a box of pins foretells a surprise, so long as some of them are left in the box; but if none remains, a disappointment will come your way.
Plate.-Breaking a plate is an omen of misfortune, especially if it had not already been cracked.
Purse.-If you give anyone an empty purse he will never be blessed with riches. Place a coin inside it for luck.
Salt.-It is universally considered unlucky to spill salt; if both salt and pepper are spilt at the same time, the force of this ill omen is doubled. If you help a person to salt, you will help him to sorrow.
Scissors.-Breaking one blade of a pair of scissors is an omen of quarreling and discord; if both blades are broken at once, a calamity is to be feared. Scissors should always be "sold"; they should never be given.
Seventh Child.-A seventh son possesses many talents and is predestined for worldly success. The seventh son of a seventh son is gifted with the art of healing. The seventh daughter of a seventh daughter possesses the power of second sight.
Shoe.-It is unlucky to put on the left shoe before the right, and it is worse still to put the right shoe on the left foot, or vice versa. This belief dates from classical days, and it is related that the emperor Augustus nearly lost his life at the hands of assassins after putting his sandals on the wrong feet. New shoes should never be left on a table, or ill luck will descend upon the house. If you do not present a new pair of shoes to a poor person at least once during your life, you will go barefoot in the next world.
Shoe-lace.-If your shoe-lace persists in coming untied, take it as an omen that you are about to receive a fortunate letter or some kind of good news.
Sneezing.-To sneeze to the right is a promise of money, but sneezing to the left foreshadows a disappointment. Other divinatory meanings connected with sneezing are contained in the following old rhyme, which is traditional in some parts of the country: 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 for something better; Sneeze on a Friday, sneeze for woe; Sneeze on a Saturday, a journey to go; Sneeze on a Sunday, see your lover to-morrow.
Soot.-If soot bums in a ring at the back of the grate, pleasure and happiness are on their way to you.
Sparks.-Malice and envy are to be feared when sparks jump out of the fire.
Spoon.-Dropping a spoon means that a child or young person is going to call on you. To cross a spoon over a fork presages happiness cut short by grief.
Stairs.-It is unlucky to pass anyone on the staircase.
Stocking.-To put on your stockings or socks inside out is an omen that you will shortly receive a present. If your stocking comes down, your lover is thinking of you.
Stumbling.-A very unfortunate omen. If a person stumbles when leaving his house at the beginning of a journey, or trips or stumbles more than once during the course of the journey, it is advisable to postpone it.
Table.-It is unlucky to sit on a table unless one foot is touching the ground.
Thirteen.-If thirteen sit down to dine, the last to rise will meet with ill fortune.
Umbrella.-It is unlucky to open an umbrella in the house.
Washing.-To wash in water which has been previously used by someone else means that you will quarrel with him, unless you clasp your hands together over the water when you have finished.
Water.-Never pour water into a tumbler which already holds some, for it is an invitation to evil spirits to visit you.
Whistling.-Women should not whistle, for it encourages evil spirits to visit them. Remember that a whistling maid and a crowing hen are neither fit for God nor men.
Wine.-Spilling wine is an auspicious omen, if it is done accidentally; while to drop a glass of wine and break the glass is a token of a happy marriage and enduring affection. (See also Bottle; Glass.)
Wood.-If you should be congratulating yourself upon avoiding some form of ill fortune, you should always touch wood when you do so, lest the averted evil should come to pass at some future date.
Words.-When you are talking to someone, and if you should both happen to say the same word or sentence at the same time, you must each clasp the other's little finger and wish. Then, if you do not disclose your wish, it will be fulfilled.
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