Old Wives Tales, Folklore, Lucky and Unlucky Things, Superstitions, Old Sayings And Such

1. ~If you buy a man a pair of shoes, he’ll walk out on you~

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2. ~If it’s raining and at the same time the sun is shining bright then…..

the devil is beating his wife!~

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3. ~Don’t step on a crack, fate will break your mothers back~

(meaning the crack in the pavement or side walk)

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4. ~Don’t kill a ladybug she brings money and blessing~

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5. ~A full moon makes people act crazy~

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6. ~Money draws money~

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7. ~If it doesn’t cure you, it will kill you~

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8. ~Having children makes you lose your teeth and your bones get brittle~

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Stevie Wonder cor 19

Stevie Wonder cor 19 (Photo credit: Luiz Fernando / Sonia Maria)

STEVIE WONDER

“Superstition”

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Where did all of these old sayings, superstitions and old wives tales come from? …….Oh goodness gracious who knows for sure!

But one of the joys and benefits of growing up in a big family for me was having a beautiful set of parents who used to be good story tellers and so they’d tell us so many fun and interesting stories that you’d be sitting on the edge of your seat by the time they were all done. They would tell us amazing stories about how things were for them growing up and what their experiences were and sometimes they would share with us kids some old wives tales, words of wisdom, ancestor stories and crazy old funny superstitions and the such and it was a lot of fun listening to them as they’d spin their web. I remember how dad used to say little lines and he’d always remind us and say something like this……

One bird in hand is better than a thousand flying by”

LOL! Meaning= you better be thankful and grateful for what you have. Don’t make the mistake of being too greedy in life or foolish enough to think you can grab onto more of what may be way out of your reach for the time being before you let slip out of your hand what good you have right now for trying to grab onto something else at the same time.

So I can remember being exposed to a lot by being around the many different aunts, uncles, cousins, family friends and all sorts of extended relatives from both my parents sides of the family, who would tell us so many stories that made you laugh, cry, be afraid, make you behave and think twice about the things you do or shed light on the things that happen to you.

So being around different types of people often stretched and exercised our social muscles. You’d learn a great deal about people from them all. So while some people don’t care for all of these kinds of things. I think it’s fun and kinda cute to go back and think about these kinds of different things.

I tell you sometimes I enjoy thinking back about these days of innocent childhood days and the feelings of being free. The freedom to just be…. For I recall how as children we were like little sponges….taking in everything, just learning and growing in the innocence of it all. My childhood was somewhat sheltered and we were protected from knowing and seeing the cruelty of life. We were allowed to be kids and not trying to act all grown up before our time.

So that brought me to this……I love reading up what ever I can find about old wives tales, superstitions, folklore and old sayings and the such, because for me coming from a large family background exposed me to a lot of different things, ideas and people so much so that I always want to learn more. I guess that’s why I enjoy learning about different cultures, one at a time and I question why some people have certain superstitions causing them to behave the way they do. You know what I mean. I still have a curious mind as I did way back when.

So here’s some interesting superstitions, old wives tales and such. Some I found on the web and some I remember hearing while growing up from the elders. So its all here to share with the hopes that anyone may see any that are familiar.

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Here’s some others:

1. ~Dropping a butter knife will bring bad luck in money affairs, so having someone to pick it up for you reverses it

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2. ~Don’t start anything new on Friday the 13th

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3. ~If your left hand itches you will get riches

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4. ~If your left eye twitches something bad will happen

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5. ~If a white moth enters your house it brings bad luck

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6. ~If a cricket enters your house it brings good luck

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7. ~Frogs will give you warts

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8. ~Sitting too close to a TV will ruin your eye sight

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9. ~Swimming after eating will make you cramp up and drown

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10. ~Don’t swallow chewing gum or it will stay in your stomach for seven years

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11. ~Don’t bring a cat around a baby because they suck their breath away

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12. ~Don’t lie down with dogs you will get fleas

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13. ~A spoon ful of sugar cures the hiccups

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14. ~Hold your breath for one minute to get rid of hiccups

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15. ~Chicken soup cures a cold

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16. ~Cold weather will make you catch a cold

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17. ~Always burn or flush your hair from your brush, never put it in the garbage because if birds pluck it, you will have bad luck

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18. ~Sprinkle salt on your door step to ward off evil spirits

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19. ~Sprinkle salt around your house and sweep it out to run away the evil

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20. ~If you break a mirror you will have seven years bad luck

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21. ~If you walk under a ladder you will have bad luck

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22. ~But if you toss a pinch of salt over your left shoulder you can get rid of the bad luck

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23. ~Throwing salt over your right shoulder will bring more bad luck

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24. ~Seeing a crow cross your path is bad luck

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25. ~If two crows cross your path the bad luck is reversed

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Bad Luck Blackie

Bad Luck Blackie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

26. ~If a black cat crosses your path you get bad luck

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27. If you open an umbrella while inside the house it brings you bad luck

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28. You should always say “Bless You” after someone sneezes in order to save them from having bad luck

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29. ~Carrying a rabbits foot brings good luck and protection

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30. ~Cross your fingers when you wish for something good

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31. ~Crossing your fingers behind your back when telling a white lie protects you from evil

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32. ~Don’t jinx yourself (saying out loud something bad that you think will happen to you)

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A Little Luck

A Little Luck (Photo credit: JD Hancock)

33. ~Carry a four leaf clover for good luck

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34. ~Keep a money plant in your space to get rich

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35. ~Burning a green candle will bring you a lot of money

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36. ~Hang a horse shoe over the door for good luck-its a good luck charm (make sure the ends are facing upwards or the good luck escapes)

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37. ~If a bird lets droppings on your left shoulder you will have good fortune

come your way

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38. ~On new years day for a prosperous year, be sure to cook peas for pennies and

greens for dollars

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39. ~Picking up a penny if its tail is up is bad luck

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40. ~It’s lucky, if a bride wears no underwear underneath her wedding gown

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41. ~Do not bring eggs into the house after dark, as it is bad luck

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42. ~If two women pour water from the same pot or pan, one will have a baby in a year

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43. ~If you buy a broom in May, you will sweep the head of the household away

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44. ~Break a wish bone with someone and the one holding the top

will have their wish come true

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45. ~ Write and list all your sickness, illness or anything negative in your life on a piece of parchment paper and place it into a glass bottle, cap it, then cast it into the sea to reverse them

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46. ~Knock on wood….after making a hopeful statement….because you may be tempting fate by acknowledging your good fortune

47. ~Your first phone call anytime after New Years Day should be from a male, it will bring an extra lucky year

48. ~Be sure that a male, preferably a tall man is the first to enter your home anytime after New Years Day for it will bring you extra prosperity for that year

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Otis Redding- Sitting on the Dock of Bay

Otis Redding- Sitting on the Dock of Bay (Photo credit: Dallas1200am)

OTIS REDDING

“Knock On Wood”

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Three…six….nine the goose drank wine. The monkey threw tobacco on the street car line…the line broke….the monkey got choke and they all went to heaven in a little row boat. Clap clap.

SHIRELY ELLIS

“Clap Clap Song”

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And here’s SOME WAYS they say TO REVERSE OR CHANGE BAD LUCK

1. ~Burn incense

or burn sage

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2. ~Burn sweet grass to invite positive energy in your home

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3. ~Take a bath in salt water for good luck

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4. ~Carry good luck charms (3 keys together, shamrock or 4 leaf clover, horseshoes, a rabbits foot)

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5. ~Carry crystals or stones

Black Tourmaline will protect you from negative energy

Rose Quartz encourages positive energy

Amethyst will protect you from harm while traveling

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6. ~Doing a good deed changes your Karma and bring you goodness

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7. ~Declutter your space

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8. ~Rearrange your furniture, it changes the energy and atmosphere

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9. ~Repaint your space because certain colors are good for moods

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10. ~Listening to good music will brighten your mood

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11. ~Open the windows and let the sunshine in brightly

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12. ~Turn on your lights and use bright lights to change the atmosphere

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13. ~Burn three candles, two white (one for cleansing and one for protection) and the third orange to bring a change in luck in your life

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14. ~Travel to another country (travel across water) water brings good luck

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AND THE IDEA I LIKE THE BEST IS:

(and it really does work, that’s the truth)

1. ~Pray to God and ask for forgiveness for whatever wrong you have done in your life and then pray regularly

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2. ~and Give thanks to God for all you have right now!

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3. ~ Be grateful

Prayer changes more than things, it changes YO...

Prayer changes more than things, it changes YOU. -Joyce Meyers (Photo credit: deeplifequotes)

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Some sources on the web I found the information:

1. http://www.whimsy.org.uk/superstitions.html

2. http://glo.com/living/the-meaning-behind-common-superstitions-7020.gallery?photoId=42445

3. http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Bad-Luck

4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_wives’_tale

5. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old+wives’+tale

6. http://www.livescience.com/34046-wives-tales.html

7. http://www.cracked.com/article_20176_5-old-wives-tales-about-health-confirmed-by-science.html

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I like to call my self a happy soul, a daydreamer and have a heart of a gypsy. Love to use my imagination. And trying out new things. Life can be so wonderful and enjoyable when I am being positive and releasing.
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6 Responses to Old Wives Tales, Folklore, Lucky and Unlucky Things, Superstitions, Old Sayings And Such

  1. archecotech says:

    Superstitions are fun, not serious but fun. Russians have many as well. They seem to take theirs more seriously than Americans.

  2. Divya says:

    Yeah..

  3. Divya says:

    I really don’t know what to think of superstitions.I think some of them might be true because one time I accidentally went under a ladder and the next day I fell down the stairs and ALMOST broke my arm.

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