In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Brutus states; ‘Let me tell you Cassius, you yourself are much condemned to have an itchy palm’. Having itchy palms can mean all sorts of things. For instance, it could mean you have money coming your way. It could also mean somebody dear is talking about you. Spooky stuff, eh?
How about the simple ‘sneeze’? In the 6th century people were congratulated for sneezing because it was thought they were expelling evil spirits. Something was being expelled, although I seriously doubt it was an evil spirit. No offense, but if I was a spirit and it doesn’t matter how evil I was, I certainly wouldn’t want to hide in your nose! When the plague hit Europe in 1665, the pope mandated that everyone should be blessed when they sneezed since they were probably going to die.
If you manage to find an old horse shoe, you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the eye. I seem to remember that saying from a previous post. You should nail it up over the entrance of your home. Some say it should be upright in order to keep the good luck within it and others say it should be nailed upside down in order to bring luck into the family inside. Hmmm, quite a dilemma. I hope I never find one because it will only serve to confuse the heck out of me.
Superstitions are all fun and games really. You either believe in them or you don’t, can just believe in the ones that suit you and then disregard the rest if you like!
In Sweden it is said that if you collect seven or nine different flowers on Midsummer Eve and place them under your pillow, then you will dream of you future spouse. Now why didn’t I think of that!
Two people breaking a wishbone is said to be good luck for the person with the largest piece. Not so lucky for the turkey, but that’s Thanksgiving.
If you want to remain free of colds and snivels through the icy, northern winters, all you have to do is to catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn. That actually explains a lot. Achuu… Bless me!
Apparently lightning, although known for striking in any place at any time with dire consequences, will not strike your home if you happen to have an acorn on you window sill. That might come in handy.
In some parts of England, rum is used to wash a baby’s head for good luck. I love rum, but wearing it seems to be little more than a terrible waste!
Oh, and you don’t have to go to your doctor if you happen to have rheumatism. All you have to do is carry a dead shrew in your pocket!
That’s enough for today
Part five on Sunday with a super-dooper-stitious quiz, you don’t want to miss answering the questions!!!!