23 June 2009


I like to think I'm not superstitious, but when I see certain things, (a ladder, black cat, horseshoe, wishbone, rabbit's foot or a 4 leaf clover) I find myself feeling a little apprehensive. I know there is no rational basis for this because superstitions are not based on fact (although there are some who would disagree.)

We all know the common superstitions (salt over the shoulder, step on a crack, pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, itchy palm or ear, crossed fingers), but here are some not-so-common ones:

A swan's feather sewed into a husband's pillow will ensure fidelity

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

If 3 people are photographed together, the person in the middle will die first

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

Mandrake is a plant that has the power of preventing sterility in men & animals

If you catch a falling leaf on the 1st day of autumn, you'll not catch a cold all winter

It is bad luck to cut your fingernails on Friday or Sunday and the nail cuttings should be saved, burned or buried

An acorn should be carried for good luck and to ensure a long life

A dream about angles forecasts success, happiness and friendship

Lettuce is believed to have magical & healing powers

A white moth in the house means death

If you know any unusual superstitions, I'd love to hear about them. Hope you enjoyed these.