A mother cuts a lock of her infant’s hair and keeps it for protecting her child, in other words, the lock of her infant’s hair is served as a good-luck piece. Ever since time immemorial in cultures around the world, these keepsakes were meant for well being and securing longevity, provided that the lock of hair was preserved.
In the belief of signs of things to come, the notion that black cats are inauspicious is one that is rather up to date. It goes back to the Middle Ages, when nearly all thought that witches exist. In addition, they had the opinion that a witch could transform into a cat and that every time, black was the color that was selected. This opinion translates into the idea that if you were to come across a black cat, it might be a witch’s masquerade and that could only bring ill fortune.
Nevertheless, all cats were holy to the goddess Isis in Egypt during the olden days. A cat was used to stand for her daughter Bast, who was rather mighty in her own right. And out of all true felines, the black ones were deemed to be the related to an incarnation of the goddess itself most intimately. Anybody who murdered one, whether intentionally or not, often died for his violation.
A black cat can bring good luck occasionally and are considered as extremely lucky in Japan. According to American traditional customs, if a black cat arrives at your doorstep, it brings good luck to the family. Sailors have no doubt about the fact that a black cat on board of the ship will guarantee safety throughout the trip. For years, sailors’ wives have taken in black cats to ensure that their husbands will return free from danger or injury.
When a bee flies through the window, this is a sign which bodes good luck. It can also mean that an unknown person will arrive at your doorstep. However, a bee demising in your residence is an ill omen, therefore do be on your guard for this stranger’s arrival.
A legend has it that if the six ravens at the Tower of London is to fly away, the Tower’s walls will collapse. Therefore, the ravens are fed and preened constantly. Crows, their intimate relatives, are not rather gladly received. Peasants have put up crosses in their farms for ages to keep away the ill spirits that were believed to be stood for by crows. For additional security, cloth was hung over the crosses so that the cloth would wave rapidly amidst moving air and unsettle the birds. The crosses adopted the human shape as scarecrow in the end. On the other hand, the birds can bring you good luck. If you notice one flying, your wish will be granted, provided that the crow does not flutter its wings before it disappears from your view. If it really goes out of view, your wish might still be fulfilled if you close your eyes. If the bird is no longer in view when you open your eyes, your wish will be granted.