Rainy Day Superstitions

We have had WAY too much rain for this Maine spring/summer! I know “April Showers bring May Flowers” but it’s now June! Now some people are probably happier than I – if a light rain falls during a religious ceremony, God is pleased and it means good luck! Also, some believe that rain water has curative or protective powers. It is sometimes said that rain will wash away all your sorrows.

But, I’m ready for some sunshine “Rain, rain go away, come again another day!” These are some of the superstitious things going on out there that need to stop so the rain will go away. Please stop dreaming of eating grapes! I know they’re yummy, but… also if you keep stepping on ants or killing spiders we’ll keep having rain. “If a spider you should slay, rain will follow the next day.”

Those of you with cats have your work cut out for you – supposedly if a cat yawns, washes behind its ears, sneezes or licks its tail it will rain! Now dog owners only need to keep them from eating grass or scratching wildly and we’ll be rain free! At least it’s not raining cats and dogs…

When we do see sunshine again, these are signs meaning the rain may be on its way back:  your nose won’t stop itching, “When chairs squeak, of rain they speak”, no dew on the grass means rain the next day, if there is a ring around the moon – expect bad weather, “A cow tries to scratch its ear, a storm is near”, flowers are said to be more fragrant before rain, achy bones, “If salt is sticky and gains in weight, it will rain before too late.”

So, let’s all work toward a nice sunny summer, whether you’re superstitious or not. Thank you!

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