Thursday, September 16, 2010


Today is the anniversary of my blogging journey.  I have shared my thoughts, daily conquests and what I have learned in my humble life.  I am grateful to all my readers as it is inspiring to know what I share is being acknowledged and not just wasted words to the universe.  The most frequented subject has been regarding feng shui, so I will offer more tips on how to improve the energies in your surroundings (supply the demand concept.)
I am sensitively attuned to various life forces and energies that surround me and lately have felt a strong, negative force.  This happens in life and now I am receiving visits from little creatures.  There was a cricket in my bathroom which portends good luck, a sparrow came in my dining room and eventually flew out (sparrows are messengers of warnings), a woodpecker pecked on my family room door and entered and left (warning not to argue within the family, hold my tongue) and a cute little black mouse hung out in the family room all day.  I inquired about what the universe is trying to tell me and my Aunt Aletha offered some tips on how to clear the house and prepare it for protection.  I smudged with my sage, blessed each room with holy water, and made the sign of the cross with a flashlight at night on each wall and window.  I typically clear my home at each Equinox, just a week early.
I heard of many superstitions and found I am in awe at the folklore that inspired them.  We want to be in control of our surroundings and if some little action will provide the security we need, the power of our thoughts can increase the chances of positive energy.  Now I will share some old wive's tales to be taken lightly, or just as information.


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

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

AMBULANCE Seeing an ambulance is very unluckly 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.  If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will know how many children you will have.

BABY To predict the sex of a baby, suspend a wedding band held by a pice 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 it swings in a straight line, it will be a boy.

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

BED It is bad luck to put a hat on a bed.  If you make a bedspread, or quilt, be sure to finish it or marriage will never come to you.  Placing a bed facing north or 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 a 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.

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.  If you see a red bird, make a wish. If a bird flies by while you are driving, it is a message to slow down, either your speed, or your activities in life.

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

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.

BRIDGE If you say goodbye to a friend on a bridge, you will never see each other again.

BROOM Do not lean a broom against a bed.  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.

CAT  If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it walks away, it takes the good luck with it.  A cat onboard a ship is considered to bring luck.

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

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

CIRCLE  Evil spirits cannot 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 is good luck to find a four-leaf clover.  Clover protects human beings and animals and brings good luck to those who keep it in the house.
good luck cactus

COIN  It is bad luck to pick up a coin if it is tails side up.  Good luck comes if it is heads up.

COMB  To drop a comb while you are combing your hair is a sign of upcoming disappointment.

COUGH To cure a cough; take a hair from the coughing person's head, put it between two slices of bread, feet it to a dog.

COW Cows lifing their tails is a sure sign that rain is coming.

CRICKET A cricket in the house brings good luck.

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.

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

DOOR  It is bad luck to leave a house through a different door than the one used to come into it.

EARS  If your right ear itches, someone is speaking well of you.  If your left ear itches, someone is speaking ill of you.

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. 

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 will be lucky the whole day fishing. If you count the number of fish you caught, you will catch no more that day.  It is bad luck to say the word "pig" while fishing at sea.

FLAG It brings bad luck for a flag to touch the ground. 
feng shui good luck

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 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 THE 13TH how did this day become such an unlucky day? 
fear of Friday the13th is rooted in ancient, separate bad-luck associations with the number 13 and the day Friday.  The two unlucky entities combine to make one super unlucky day. Personally, this day has been lucky for me in the past. 

There is a Norse myth about 12 gods having a dinner party at Valhalla, their heaven.  In walked the uninvited 13th guest, the mischievous Loki.  Once there, Loki arranged for Hoder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Balder the Beautiful, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow.  Balder died and the Earth got dark.  The whole Earth mourned.

There is a Biblical reference to the unlucky number 13.  Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th guest to the Last Supper. 

A particularly bad Friday the 13th occurred in the Middle Ages.  On a Friday the 13th in 1306, King Philip of France arrested the revered Knights Templar and began torturing them, marking the occasion as a day of evil.

In ancient Rome, witches reportedly gathered in groups of 12.  The 13th was believed to be the devil. 

Both Friday and the number 13 were once closely associated with capital punishment.  In British tradition, Friday was the conventional day for public hangings, and there were supposedly 13 steps leading to the noose.

It is traditionally believed that Eve tempted Adam with the apple on a Friday.  Tradition also has it that the Flood in the Bible, the confusion at the Tower of Babel, and the death of Jesus Christ all took place on Friday.

Numerologists consider 12 a "complete" number.  There are 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel and 12 apostles of Jesus.  In exceeding 12 by 1, 13's association with bad luck has to do with just being a little beyond completeness.
chinese good luck charms

FRIDAY THE 13TH - how is fear of the number thirteen demonstrated?

More than 80 percent of high-rises lack a 13th floor.

Many airports skip the 13th gate.

Airplanes have no 13th aisle.

Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13.

Italians omit the number 13 from their national lottery.

On streets in Florence, Italy, the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 and a half.

Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue.

In France, socialites known as quatorziens (fourteeners) once made themselves available as 14th guests to keep a dinner party from an unlucky fate.

Many triskaidekaphobes, as those who fear the unlucky integer are known, point to the ill-fated mission to the moon, Apollo 13.

If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck.  Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names.

FROG  A frog brings good luck to the house it enters.

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 downward facing position, but in some parts of Ireland and Britain people believe that the shoes must be turned upward or "the luck will run out."  A horsehoe hung in the bedroom will keep away nightmares.

ITCH  If your nose itches you will soon be kissed by a fool.

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.

KNITTING  It is bad luck to leave a project unfinished.  The intended recipient will get bad luck from the unfinished item.  Stabbing your needles through 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.

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.

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

Indian God of Good Luck - Ganesh

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.  Mandrake is thought to have aphrodisiac and fertilizing properties.  Clairvoyants use mandrake to increase their visions to enable them to see strange and wonderful things.

MILK It is bad luck to let milk boil over.

MIRROR To break a mirror means seven 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 lightening.  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 lightening.  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 is the right nostril, the visitor will be a female; left nostril, male.

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 is 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 three people are photographed together, the one in in the middle will die first.

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.
good luck raven feather

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 is 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 will 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, 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 will take a trip. 

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 fertility.

TONGUE If you bit 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 is 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.

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. 

WISH  If you make a wish while throwing a coin into a well or fountain, the wish will come true.  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.

I am not SUPERstitious, just a little stitious.
Michael Scott from The Office

Good night and good luck. xo