Saluting Magpies or Knocking on wood.


As today is Halloween I thought it would be fun to share some superstitions and folklore, I have always loved hearing what peoples superstitious are or what little lore rituals they do. Whether you believe them or not I have never meet anyone who doesn't have a little something they say or do.  I have a couple like saluting magpies, salt over the shoulder and knock on wood, it totaly just habbit now and I cant even remember starting them!  I would love to hear any you do and why you started, or is it something you have always done?  Below are a few I have heard of and some I haven't.

-Peel an apple skin in one, long strip and toss it over your left shoulder. The letter it forms is the initial of your future Love's Christian name.

-A pinch of salt under the chair of an unwelcome guest Will get them to leave quickly .

-When you ring a bell on Halloween, all the scary, evil spirits will fly away.

-Snails were used to predict the first initial of your sweetheart. Basically, catch a snail and lock it in a flat dish, then check in the morning for what initial the snail's slime has made.

-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.

-Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one.

-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.

-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.

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

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

-Bad luck will follow the spilling of salt unless a pinch is thrown over the left shoulder Bad luck will follow the spilling of salt unless a pinch is thrown over the left shoulder.


- spying a single magpie is considered an omen of bad fortune and saluting it is a way of showing the proper respect in hope that the magpie won't pass on some of the misfortune that follows it.


Do you have any lores or superstitions?



1 comment:

  1. It's so interesting to read about old superstitions! You have such a cool blog, I'm a new follower x
    Eleanor Frances // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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