Posts Tagged ‘good luck

26
Jun
11

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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23
May
11

Superstitions

Today, May 23, is National Lucky Penny Day… who knew? There are a ‘million’ superstitions out there, some are more common than others, such as lucky pennies. Here are a couple of rhymes, which you’ve probably heard, associated with finding pennies:

“See a penny, pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck!” or “Find a penny, put it in your shoe, you’ll have good luck, the whole day through!”

Other beliefs are that you should only pick a penny up if it’s heads up; if you should pick one up that is tails up, throw it over your shoulder, make a wish and don’t look back, or give it to someone else, which will bring you both good luck!

Many years ago people believed that metal was a gift from the gods, something that would protect against evil. Therefore… metal is good luck! Any metal, in any form, was considered good luck; horseshoes over doorways, charm bracelets, good luck coins, etc.

Have you heard this one? “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe.” This was related to the bride and her good luck charms for the new life she was about to begin. The silver sixpence eventually turned into a lucky penny! That insured that the new couple would always have wealth. Tying metal cans to the back of the newlyweds’ car is also related to the superstition of metal bringing luck and wealth to the couple.

Some people believe that if a ghost is trying to let you know they are around, they will leave pennies for you to find. Others believe the same about angels… What do you think?