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Sew Your Way To Good Luck

April 29th, 2010 . by admin

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Traditions of luck related to sewing dated back to the Middle Ages. Until today, they are followed by tailors, seamstresses and women who sew clothes for their family members. It is an age old belief that dropping a needle by accident bodes good fortune. However, you are not so lucky if you drop a pair of scissors, as it is believed that this event is an ominous sign, unless you remember to step on them before retrieving them from the floor. Leaving a pair of scissors open on the table, thus forming a cross is also considered bad luck.

There are also other beliefs linked to sewing.  For example, those who start work on a piece of clothing on Friday need to finish their task by sunset, failing means misfortune will befall them. Likewise, it is considered bad luck to sew on Sundays.

Candle Light

April 22nd, 2010 . by admin

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When or by whom candles were invented in still a mystery. However, there is proof that they were used by people in both Egypt and Crete as early as 3000 B.C. It is believed that candles were used to scare away evil spirits during that time.

The ancient Hebrews believed that candles could fend off evil forces from those who were dying. These candles would be kept lighted a week after the death of a person. In Shiva, a Jewish ritual, this custom is still practiced. A week after the demise of a family member, those in the family will sequester for a week. To keep evil influences away from the dead and well as those alive, another similar custom is practiced in Ireland. A dozen candles will be positioned around the coffin in a circle. Sometimes, three candles will be burned at Irish wakes and the candle wicks will be kept as a treatment for burn injuries.

The Irish regard the burning of three candles simultaneously in a room as bad luck because people usually associate the burning of three candles to the demise of a person. In the theatre, the same belief holds true. Actors and others consider three candles as an ominous sign.

In Scotland, candles are burned for good luck when people are seriously ill or dying. It is believed that candles obtained from someone who is considered as unlucky, such as a witch, will bring good fortune.

In the Appalachians, an unsteady candle flame is viewed as an ill omen. Likewise, the Scotch-Irish consider the burning of a candle in a vacant room bad luck. In Britain, people predict impending bad luck by observing how the candle wax drips. People believe that it is an ominous sign if the wax drips around the candle instead of straight down. In Germany, it is considered a sign of bad luck if one candle wick splits into two and continues to burn with two flames. In neighboring Austria, people are of the opposite view that such an occurrence should be regarded as a signal that good luck will be approaching in the mail soon.

In Shakespeare’s King Richard the Third, the Ghost of Buckingham goes into a room illuminated with blue candlelight, demonstrating an old English saying that a candle lighted by a blue flame spells trouble. Fret not, as one can ward off this bad luck by using running water to snuff out the candle flame.

In the seventeenth century, people believed that if the candle flame of a consecrated candle was reflected in a pirate’s eye, he would have no choice but to divulge the location of buried treasure.

Good Luck Bead

April 15th, 2010 . by admin

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Since ancient times, people have believed in the ability of beads to bring good luck or protect against bad luck. Generally, beads that are strung together to make necklaces have been frequently used to fend off the evil eye. It is an age old belief that beads made of glass or stone have supernatural powers. This is the reason why beads have been used in worship rituals for many religions. There are many varieties of stones. Each type of stone brings different luck. For example, people believe that amber stones strung together to form a necklace can help to heal a host of illnesses. Aquamarine beads can bring luck to one’s love life. Catholic churches use onyx stones as rosary beads as they are believed to be able to induce deep thoughts.

Apple Wonder

April 8th, 2010 . by admin

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According to old Islamic beliefs, apples have the ability to heal almost all diseases. The phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is prevalent in the Western world. In fact, there is more than meets the eye where the use of apples is concerned. Besides curing ailments, they are used in many parts of America to find out one’s fate in love especially during Halloween. According to one tradition, if you assign a letter of the alphabet as you twist the stem of an apple, the breaking of the stem at a certain turn will signify that you have reached the initial of the one who is in love with you. Another one says that if you peel an apple and toss the peeled skin over your left shoulder, the initial of your true love will be revealed when the apple skin lands and forms the shape of an alphabet. Another way of finding your true love is to gather a group of people and get each one to toss an apple into a tub of water. As each takes turns to try picking one up by biting onto it, the person whose apple you bite onto will be your future husband or wife. 

Old Norse legends tell of a story where the gods ate apples to stay eternally youthful. Also, the Greeks believed that the fruit is a guarantee of longevity. In fact, out of so many stories, the only time the apple is portrayed in negative light is in the story of Adam and Eve, in which the first woman is overcome by temptation to eat it. On the other hand, it was never mentioned in the Bible that it was an apple. It was discovered only much later. According to Genesis, Eve was in the garden when she picked the fruit of an unknown tree. Through the serpent’s words, it was implied that the tree was the tree of knowledge. Ancient people then started to give their own interpretation to the story, thinking that it was none other than the apple tree. Since then, people started to regarded apples as symbols of temptation. However, the ability of apples to bring good luck, longevity and knowledge is still believed by many.

 

 

Good Luck Dolphins

March 25th, 2010 . by admin

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It is not uncommon to see carvings of dolphins in cities whose existence depends on the sea. In seaport cities like New York and Amsterdam, these carvings are not only for decoration purposes. They are also meant to bring luck to the port. The belief originated in the olden times, when ancient sailors who spent many months or years at sea found that the first indication that they were approaching land came from sightings of dolphins swimming around their ships. For many years, people have believed that lucky charms with dolphins will bring good fortune to artists and musicians.

Moles And Birthmarks

March 18th, 2010 . by admin

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In the seventeenth century, birthmarks and moles were perceived to be accurate marks of good and ill luck. These marks were almost believed to determine one’s destiny invariably. People who believed birthmarks mean more good luck than bad would then besprinkle black pepper on a pregnant mother, for the sake of making her child born with several of these marks.

In the seventeenth century, it is believed that anyone bearing an inborn mark on top of the head means the certainty of having another on the nape of the neck. Both of these marks suggest that one is quick-witted and has a healthy body by nature. A mole in the middle of the forehead signifies a hardworking male or a fertile female, while a mole or birthmark on the upper lip signifies extreme good luck. Any mole on top of the chin means that one is a cut above his relatives. A tiny mark on a man’s right arm indicates his behavior of obsessive gambling, while that of a woman means she will be bequeathed immense fortune.

Birthmarks or moles on the upper portion of the left side of the body foretell lengthy journeys ahead. If there are  more moles or birthmarks on the left side than right side mean bad luck in your journey.

Cross Your Fingers

March 11th, 2010 . by admin

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When you lack a good-luck piece at hand to ward off ill luck, one of the most desirable methods to do so is to cross your fingers. Such powerful practice goes back to the Christians in ancient times whose prayers were compelled to be kept under secrets. They were unable to possess signs of the cross to motivate them, so they managed to form a cross of their middle and index fingers, which serves as a keepsake of Christ’s passion.

Precious Diamond

March 4th, 2010 . by admin

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Diamonds are thought to be a symbol of good luck and have been used in many cultures to bring good fortune. During the ancient Roman times, Roman officers donned amulets made of diamond on their left arms to emerge victorious in battles. For many centuries, women have been wearing diamond necklaces to keep the evil eye away. Today, diamonds represent good fortune for couples who are engaged to be married.

However, luck is a relative thing when it comes to diamonds. It is said that the size of the diamond is inversely related to the amount of luck it will bring. The bigger the stone, the lesser luck it brings. A diamond that is too big is more likely to bring bad fortune. Take for example the biggest blue diamond in the world. The 44.5-carat Hope diamond has brought a fair share of bad luck to its past owners. It was said that the diamond was brought to France after the being stolen from the forehead of an Indian Idol. In France, the diamond became one of King Louis XIV’s crown jewels. Although he was not considered an unlucky ruler, his mistress, Mme de Montespan died soon after she acquired the stone. The stone was then given to Marie Antoinette, who died under the guillotine. Thomas Hope, an English banker bought the diamond in 1830. His family fell into hardship soon after. Subsequent owners included Jacques Colet who committed suicide; Prince Ivan Kanitovitsky who was murdered; Sultan Abdul Hamed who was dethroned; and Simon Montharides whose entire family died in an unfortunate accident. Eventually, the Hope diamond was bought in 1907 by Texan Evalyn Walsh McLean, who paid $40,000 for the diamond.  Her husband, son, and daughter died soon after the diamond was brought to America. A mysterious death fell upon her only surviving heir in 1967. In the end, the stone was donated to the Smithsonian Institution. It is now on display at Washington’s Museum of Natural History.

Doors

February 23rd, 2010 . by admin

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In many countries throughout the world, entering a house through the back door is considered inauspicious. People in certain parts of Europe draw circles on both the front and back doors to prevent evil forces from entering their houses. Others paint intricate patterns on their doorsteps to keep evil at bay. Often, these patterns are formed using uninterrupted strokes. In central Europe, it is a custom for people to close their doors by slamming them several times. In doing so, ghosts and evil spirits attempting to enter the house will be stuck between the door and the doorframe. In English households, those who are superstitious will remove doors from their hinges and reinstall them in the opposite direction when death strikes the household. They believe that this will stop the spirit of the dead from coming back. 

Birthday Candles

February 15th, 2010 . by admin

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The contemporary practice of putting candles on a birthday cake and desire to able to put them out with a single breath, so that we are able to fulfill our dreams, will probably not lead us to think about the fact that this was an olden prayer rites for the Greek goddess Artemis. Artemis was the goddess of the moon, connubiality and delivery. Special cakes bearing the shape of the moon were prepared and candles were arranged on the temple altars on occasions to celebrate her birth. If devotees blew out the candles in a single breath, Artemis would safeguard them and bring them good luck, and fulfill their wishes.

The practice of putting a cake on the dinner table early in the break of day of someone’s birthday, that started in Germany in the Middle Ages, was very much like the aforementioned one. Candles were encircled around the cake and the candles burned for the duration of the entire day to drive away ill spirits. The candles also served as a keepsake that life is fleeting and stood for the candles that would be lit for one’s wake eventually. The act of blowing them out in a birthday celebration means that the person is showing the capability of determining his own fate. Blowing every one of them out one at a time is deemed to lucky because it suggests not only power, but also taking charge of the individual’s destiny.

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