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A witch will smash their egg shells after use, as another witch may get half the egg shell and use to harm them or kill them.

Peacock feathers or ornaments in the home are bad luck.

Plaster of Paris ornaments in the home are bad luck.

New shoes on the table portends a death

A picture falling from the wall for no apparent reason portends a death.

Bird smashing in to a window portends a death.

Breaking a cobweb good luck.

To have clinging ivy growing on your home brings good luck.

If a cat sits before your front door and washers behind its ears,a visitor will cross your threshold.

Silver rings around the moon, rain in three days.

Always dip your new candles in salt water and let dry,as someone may have touched them in the store and have there vibe in them.

I have watched a lot of superstition stuff over the years and some of it is true.

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This is very interesting. As a witch, I have always considered myself very "non" superstitious, if for no other reason than the simple fact that xtianity is steeped in the stuff.  But I suppose superstitions permeate most every belief system in some form or another..... :huh:

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The rings around the moon one has actually been proven true scientifically. Cirrus clouds typically show up a few days before a storm, and they float up above every other cloud at around 20,000 feet. They are very thin, so they are very hard to see. The way they are spread out, the water/ice in them floating around up in the air refracts light in a way that makes it look like there is a halo or ring around the moon or sun. The halos are seen more often around the moon, just because it is much easier to look at the moon than it is to look at the sun.

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I've always thought of these as folk superstitions rather than specifically witch ones.  I know the history of the news shoes one and some of these I've not heard before.  I think they'd probably be local specific.

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A lot of my family superstitions deal with death omens...

 

Bird in the house predicts a death. Seeing an owl predicts a death. Put a hat on the bed? Someone gon' die. My grandma would slap an umbrella out of someone's hand before letting them open it indoors. Don't whistle while you're peeing cuz that'll bring bad luck (although I'm pretty sure she just said that because it annoyed her when the boys would whistle in the bathroom).

 

That side of family did a lot of gambling and so they had many interesting ways to come up with numbers for the lotto or which day to play cards. My grandma had one lucky quarter that she would use to scratch lotto tickets. And scratchers cards were ALWAYS in the Christmas stockings or birthday cards. It was a beautiful message from beyond when my uncle played the lotto on her birthday and won $25,000.

 

Another odd family tradition is buying things in threes, rather than two or four. I'm not sure where that originates but it's something I still as do many of my aunts and uncles and cousins. My psychaitrist says it's a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder and he loves to call a lot of my superstitions "compulsions" but what does he know? Lol.

 

My great grandmother was a master at fishing and foraging for morels (because that was often how they fed the family) and she had all sorts of superstitions around those practices, which I need to document before my aunts and uncles lose them to aging memory. I know if she beleived that she'd been hexed to not catch any fish, she'd draw a picture of witch and wrap it in red thread and burn it. She would have been horrified if you'd call those folksy remedies and rituals "witchcraft" but it essential was. Granny magic and that sort of thing. She had grown up in Appalachia and I see a lot of similarity between Appalachian folk magic and the practices/superstitions of my family in northeastern Missouri.

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There is a superstition in my family. I'm not really sure how it started. Maybe with my Grandma. She came to America from Ferrara Italy and one of my earliest memories of her was my sister and i rolling down the big hill in her backyard, then running to the top and doing it again. We were having fun and she was watching us and sipping her tea when the windchime which had been making merry tones all day suddenly made a dissonant almost ominous tone. My sister and I didn't think anything of it, but Grandma reacted immediately. She made us go inside and locked the doors. The next day I can remember asking her why she did that and she took me outside and pointed to the wind chime. She said "Well honey, when the chimes ring wrong, there's disaster before long." 

Come to find out later, a drunk driver hit a kid on a bike one street over. 

I've never forgotten that saying, and to this day everyone in the family keeps a wind chime, at least one; near the house. I have one in the front of the house and one in back, and sure enough, each time I notice a bad note something bad happens. 

 

Another family thing is the kitchen prayer. Again, my grandma started it or at least brought it over from Italy. It's definitely Christian but it goes like this:

 

Bless my little kitchen Lord,

I love its every nook.

And bless me as I do my work,

Wash pots and pans and cook.

 

May the meals that I prepare

Be seasoned from above

With Thy blessing and Thy grace

But most of all Thy love.

 

As we partake of earthly food

The table Thou has spread

We’ll not forget to thank Thee Lord

For all our daily bread.

 

So bless my little kitchen Lord

And those who enter in

May they find naught but joy and peace

And happiness therein.

 

Every woman in the family puts this or some version of it in their kitchen. Not sure you can call it a superstition, but a practice perhaps. 

 

Another one to do with cooking: This one I got from my mentor before I lost her. When cooking stir clockwise three times and counter clockwise three times to protect the food from negativity. I do this every time I cook now. 

 

Other small ones: Never open an umbrella in doors. Never allow a person in that the animals dislike. 

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Any time my father would spill salt he would always take a pinch and toss it over his left shoulder. He said it was to negate the bad luck of spilling the salt in the first place.

 

"Never allow a person in that the animals dislike". I really like this one, though it's a bit out of my hands for me. With two 80 pound hellhounds, if they dislike you, there's no way you're getting in! 

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"Never allow a person in that the animals dislike". I really like this one, though it's a bit out of my hands for me. With two 80 pound hellhounds, if they dislike you, there's no way you're getting in! 

 

 

 

 

lol. I have a pit Bull and shes a sweetie pie. She barks alot but you can definitely tell when she means it and when she's just talking. So when that bark goes deep and her tail doesn't wag, I don't even answer the door.

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Aww, I love pit bulls! I wish I could have one here. I've got a German shepherd mix who is scared of strangers, but unless you know how to read dogs really well, always comes across as scary (it doesn't help that she's all black). The chow chow mix is a giant teddy bear but every now and then he'll start warning me away from someone; I always listen.

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"Never allow a person in that animals dislike."

 

 

I like this one a lot. I always took for granted that it could be considered a superstition.

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I'm Irish and we have a lot of superstitions. Here are a few I can think of off hand.

 

Throwing spilled salt over your shoulder.

Body parts itching or burning can mean different things. If your palms are itchy it means money is coming your way. Feet means you will walk on new ground. And ears mean someone is talking about you, right for spite and left for love.

If a black cat crosses your path it is good luck/bad luck (depending who you talk to!).

If a bird poops on you it is considered lucky!

If you see a funeral procession you should turn and walk 4 steps behind it before carrying on your way.

Always salute a magpie, it's bad luck not to!

Touching wood when you have said something and don't want to jinx it.

 

And one last really witchy one: If you find a four leaf clover you should carry it everywhere with you. Not only is it supposed to be lucky, but it prevents witches from cursing or hexing you!

 

*Edit* Also if you get a chill down your spine it means someone is walking over your grave!

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When I was a wee tot I remember my dad telling me walking under a ladder was bad luck. He was painting the house at the time. Now I think of it, dad was the most non-superstitious person I know. Funny he would have said that.

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When I was a wee tot I remember my dad telling me walking under a ladder was bad luck. He was painting the house at the time. Now I think of it, dad was the most non-superstitious person I know. Funny he would have said that.

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Probably didn't want you under there for safety reasons.

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Nah, in those days I climbed like a monkey with no fear of heights, and my "job" was to pick up the paint brush if he dropped it, and carry it back up to him...until mom caught me on the ladder, ahem.

 

I was one of those little demons parents frequently grabbed by the seat of the pants...like when I was going to break up a dog fight, climbed the rail at Niagara Falls, fed donuts to a skunk...they didn't see me when I rode my sisters 2-wheeler bike down the stairs.

 

I'm probably the reason dad wasn't superstitious, come to think of it. Sorry, off subject.

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My mom's side of the family never called themselves witches but...

 

There was always a cinnamon besom by the front door to keep out bad spirits.

Peacock feathers inside were considered bad luck (until we got a black cat, then they became cat toys.)

No hats on the bed - sign of death.

Always had mint plants and rosemary for protection.

Bird pooping on you was good luck

If your nose was itchy - you'd have a fight or kiss a fool

If your ears rang or were itchy - someone was talking about you

If your hands were itchy - you'd be getting money

Crickets inside were considered good luck and were never to be killed

If you kill a spider inside, it will rain in 3 days

Ring around the moon meant rain

This rhyme: "Red skies at night, sailor's delight. Red skies in morning, sailors take warning."

 

 

I really like the wind chime one. I should get one of those.

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Let's see... My grandparents were *very* disdainful of "old country superstitions", however they were halfway across the country, so I got my superstitious nature from my New England upbringing, lol.

 

Throwing salt over your left shoulder when you spill it

"Knock on wood" - if you say a bad thing might happen and you don't want it to, you knock on wood

Ears ringing, someone is talking about you

Sudden chill, someone's walking over your grave

Holding your breath when you walk past the cemetery

Red sky at night, delight/in the morning, warning

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Opening an umbrella in the house causes bad luck, was one of my mom's. She would yell at us if we did so.

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Clean the soles of your shoes before leaving the cemetery or the ghosts will follow you home. Never sit or stand on a grave or tomb because that is disrespectful. Never look back as you leave a gravesite. Always dress up to visit the cemetery even if you only are there to pick up trash. Never bring anything home from a grave site. Don't whistle or sing at a grave site unless you are burying somebody. These are just some of the prohibitions my family taught me. They really did have me pegged from birth. Is it still superstitious when you know exactly what the reason is?

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If a bird poops on you it is considered lucky!

 

Unless its a herring gull and you are me lol!  Used to work with/raise African Penguins at a zoo and the local gulls would be swarming during feeding time trying to steal the fish/squid being fed out.  I should be one of the most lucky people on the planet with the amount of times a gull has pooped on me (I don't consider penguin poop good or bad considering my job at the time haha).  Instead it's like I've been cursed! lol

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Ears burning someone's talking about you

Throwing salt over left shoulder

Be wary of those who the dogs don't like

Always buy heather from a Gypsy

Never cross a Black cats path

A horse shoe is lucky

 

I had a Bird do its business on my head , i didn't consider myself lucky , haha

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I think these are just folk superstitions (my grandmom was baptist and didn't believe in witches/magic) but she did grow up on an orchard farm in good ole Transylvania County (Brevard) North Carolina lol.  So here's a few superstitions I remember learning from her growing up.

 

-if your right palm itches, money is coming to you.

-If you dream of pigs, money is coming to you.  (too bad owning a pet pig didn't count lol)

 

my grandmother had this to say about black cats: If it's walking towards you it's a good luck sign, if its walking away its a bad luck sign.  She always said a black cat crossing your path doesn't mean anything except its trying to get from one place to another haha!  Oh and this belief was really only particular to her but it's based on her experiences: if she had a dream/nightmare that someone died, she'd discover not long afterwards that they would be pregnant (or if it was a guy-he impregnated someone).  But if she dreamed that someone was going to have a baby, that person or someone close to them would die soon after. 

 

The following might be Korean folklore???  The few memories I have as a small child while visiting my mom and her family were some of the beliefs they had such as:

 

-placing a mirror so that it's in front of a door/doorway is a bad idea because it keeps good luck from entering the room.

-if you place your bed directly in the line of sight of your bedroom window to your bedroom door, evil spirits could steal your soul as it passes through your room.

-Keeping a fan running during the night while you sleep is deadly if you don't have a door or window open at least a crack. That one i remember from my aunt accusing my mom of endangering me with when I was visiting one summer.  I apparently endanger my life every night with this one since I almost always have a fan on while sleeping lol.

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A witch will smash their egg shells after use, as another witch may get half the egg shell and use to harm them or kill them.

Peacock feathers or ornaments in the home are bad luck.

Plaster of Paris ornaments in the home are bad luck.

New shoes on the table portends a death

A picture falling from the wall for no apparent reason portends a death.

Bird smashing in to a window portends a death.

Breaking a cobweb good luck.

To have clinging ivy growing on your home brings good luck.

If a cat sits before your front door and washers behind its ears,a visitor will cross your threshold.

Silver rings around the moon, rain in three days.

Always dip your new candles in salt water and let dry,as someone may have touched them in the store and have there vibe in them.

I have watched a lot of superstition stuff over the years and some of it is true.

 

Clinging ivy is where some of the others, often referred to as fairies (in various spellings, and some believe it is bad luck even to refer to them as such) live, and they have a tendency toward mischief and chaotic play. Most people who carry this belief strip the ivy down to discourage them from living at ones home, however some will attempt to appease the little guys (whether in hopes of blessings or simply peaceful coexistence) but they are fickle folk and may take adverse actions at any time. The Gaelic Celts that believed in these folk would steer clear of them lest the folk lay some curse at their feet. 

 

A lot of my family superstitions deal with death omens...

 

Bird in the house predicts a death. Seeing an owl predicts a death. Put a hat on the bed? Someone gon' die. My grandma would slap an umbrella out of someone's hand before letting them open it indoors. Don't whistle while you're peeing cuz that'll bring bad luck (although I'm pretty sure she just said that because it annoyed her when the boys would whistle in the bathroom).

 

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Clean the soles of your shoes before leaving the cemetery or the ghosts will follow you home. Never sit or stand on a grave or tomb because that is disrespectful. Never look back as you leave a gravesite. Always dress up to visit the cemetery even if you only are there to pick up trash. Never bring anything home from a grave site. Don't whistle or sing at a grave site unless you are burying somebody. These are just some of the prohibitions my family taught me. They really did have me pegged from birth. Is it still superstitious when you know exactly what the reason is?

Im glad you brought the cleaning the shoe one up!!! id forgotten about that one!

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Spilled Salt over shoulder to prevent bad luck.

Breaking a mirror gives 7 years bad luck.

Falling broom means visitors are coming.

Bells on doors to ward off bad spirits.

Knock on wood to keep the things you say from becoming reality.

Never take your old broom to a new house, leave your old dirt behind to start a new life.

A bird flying into a window is a bad sign.

A bird in the house means the death of someone you love.

Bad things come in threes.

Black cat crossing your path, good for witches, bad for non.

Ring around moon means rain.

Always leave the earth a gift when taking from it.

Thank the spirit of an animal that you kill.

Waste not want not, to an extreme.

If you throw away money you will experience poverty, literally like as in put a penny in the trash and you might lose your job.

Piles of pregnancy superstitions

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I keep my brooms bristles up and sweep from the walls/doors to the middle of the room to keep luck from leaving the broom and room. 

Dreams of death mean a pregnancy or baby. 

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