Going Home---Superstitions II


Thanks to the generosity of so many nice people,I have added this page so they can share superstitions they grew up hearing.Thank each of you so much.

During the month of June while on vacation,there were quite a few people who emailed me superstitions.My server had a problem and these were lost.If you submitted material to this site and don't see it posted,that is why.I would appreciate hearing from you again and apologize for this problem.




Oct. 14,2000


If there is a picture of three people taken, the person in the middle will die first.

July 30,2000

Kraut Making:

Make sauerkraut on the new moon to have it firm and white.


Kill hogs on the increase of the moon, or the meat will not shrink.

Slaughtering on the full moon makes meet swell; on the new moon, it shrinks.

Slaughtering on the new moon makes the meat puffy and hard to render.

Kill hogs on the dark of the moon to make a large quantity of lard.



Jun 27 ,2000

If you drop a fork a woman is coming to see you.  If you drop a knife a man is coming to see you.  If you drop a spoon a child is coming to see you.

I also heard from my grandmother, "if you have an itchy nose, that means your underwear is dirty."

A saying my father-in-law has always said, "it will feel better when it quits hurting."

Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000
From: Sarah

Here are a few that my grandmother used to say :

Never sew on Sunday...or you'll have to pick the stich out with your nose

Never sweep under one's feet...or they'll never get married.

When you're nose is itching...family is coming to visit.

Never wear more than one hat at a time...or you'll have that many years bad luck.

Right hand itching means that you'll shake the hand of a friend soon.

When you're ears are burning....someone is talking about you.
(Here's how to counteract this--In case your right ear is burning, pinch it. The person who is speaking spitefully of you will immediately bite his or her tongue.--Trish)

Never wear black on a first date or the relationship will surely die.

With your first child...which ever they say first, mama or dada, determines the sex of your next child. If they say mama....you're next will be a boy.


Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000
From: Ann

Love your site!  A friend from work sent it to me.  Don't know where you ever found them all.  It made me try to think of one that I didn't see listed, but
so far none comes to mind, unless it would be what my grandma (from
Tennessee) used to say when I whistled as a young girl...

"Whistling girls and cackling hens always come to some bad end!"

Thanks for sharing!


Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000
From: Dawn

I enjoy your site, it's funny and entertaining. A friend of mine told me one
about snow.

"One the date you have your first snow is how many times it will snow through out the winter."

Like if it snowed on the 20th day of a month
you'll get 20 snows. I don't know if this is true or not, I always loose
count. LOL. Keep up the good work. Until next time, take care.

Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000
From: Ruth

It is bad luck to open an umberella inside because the circle of the umberella represents the sun.

Therefore, it is an insult to the sun because the sun can't reach inside.  Insulting the powerful God of the Sun will surely bring bad luck.

Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000
From: Rachel


Thought you should include an old Welsh supersition, and that is to never give someone a knife as a present. This is very bad luck and I think it stems from ancient times.

 If you cannot resist, then the recipient should give you a penny in return...this breaks the curse. My mother used to say:

If you love me as I love you,
No knife will cut our love in two.

She was mad though.

Also, never use scissors on a Sunday, as this will cut your sorrows for the week. I have only known Welsh people to beleive this.

Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000 08:48:43 -0500 (CDT)
From: Betty

An Indian friend from Oklahoma told me that his father, when a storm was
coming, would take an axe and go to a stump in the woods and split the
stump with the axe to split the storm clouds and drive the storm away.

This friend is now deceased so I can't check to make sure that I am
telling you correctly.

Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000
From:  Katie

I have several submissions:
THe first is about brooms:
If a broom falls, company's coming.
The second is about cats:
If your cat washes it's face, company's coming.

The third is a rhyme that I've known since I was a child, about counting crows:

One, you'll have sorrow
Two, you'll have joy
THree, get a present
Four, get a boy
Five, receive silver
Six, receive gold
Seven's a secret that's never been told
Eight's a love letter with promises three
Nine is your true love as true as can be.

That's all for now.
SIncerely, Katie

Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000
From: Cindy

My mom and dad told me not to do alot of things because of bad luck.  They are from central Kentucky....Clinton, Co.

Here are a few:

Don't sweep over someone's feet.

Don't tell a bad dream before breakfast or it will come true.

Don't close a pocket knife that someone else has opened.

There are more, but I was never very superstitious, so I don't remember them all.

Cindy J.


Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000
From: Ben Herman

Hi I just ran across your Nice page about superstitions.

I heard a couple a little bit different, and if your interested, I thought
I might share them with you.

Mirrors were covered when a death occurred because the person who sees his reflection would be the next to die. (because he is so vain as to worry about their appearance at a funeral)

The way I heard this one was that Mirrors were covered because they reflect the soul.  (as you mention "To break the glass prevented the soul from reuniting with the body,bringing it bad luck") So that when someone died, the mirrors were covered so that the soul of the *deceased* wouldn't become trapped in the mirror and haunt the house.

see: http://www.mythology.com/soulasreflection.html
The reason why sick people should not see themselves in a mirror, and why the mirror in a sick-room is therefore covered up, is also plain; in time  of sickness, when the soul might take flight so easily, it is particularly  dangerous to project it out of the body by means of the reflection in a  mirror.

A dead person's eyes were closed because he could take someone with him if they were left open.

Could be.. probably more to the fact that dead things have an ugly way of staring at you.  Anyway, the greeks used to cover the eyes with coins to pay the boatman.  Thus it was convenient to close the eyes first.

Always remove a dead body from a house feet first.  (that's so when you run into things [like door frames] you don't ugly up the face. it's good wisdom for carrying any body.)

As long as the funeral bill remains unpaid, the corpse will not rest in its grave.(yeah, I wonder who made this one up.  The IRS used to say the same thing but it never caught on)

There's also a great one about crows (or magpies):
Counting Rhyme (from The Folklore of Birds, by Laura C. Martin, 1993)

One for sorrow, two for mirth,
Three for a wedding, four for a birth,
Five for silver, six for gold,
Seven for a secret not to be told.
Eight for heaven, nine for hell,
And ten for the devil's own sel'.

Date: Fri, 23 Jun
From: Dorie

Hello, I love you site!  I have a broom superstition for you.  When you
move you are to buy a new broom,never carry the old one with you. If you
do you are sweeping all your old troubles into your new home. It is ok
it seems to take your vaccume...I guess because of cost?  LOL

Take care of you,

Sun, 27 Feb 2000
 From:  Kathy

Hey Miz Trish,
 Just thought I'd stop by and visit you again...I've got another superstition for you that's prevalent in my neck of the words...

"If a beekeeper dies, you must go tell the bees and drape the hives in black,otherwise the bees will leave the hives. "

I've heard that this one is true from many folks up country.

Charlene Woodring wrote:

My grandmother (and her ancestors for several generations) were from Paintsville, Kentucky.  I think this may qualify her for a Appalachia Resident.  I'd like to share some of her superstitions......

 Sing before breakfast and you cry before you sleep

<>Never wear opals unless it is your birthstone otherwise it will bring you bad luck.
<> Never open an umbrella in the house, it's bad luck.

And the not to be forgotten advise about dating:  "Don't let him get too
familiar with you now".  I never understood exactly what that meant, but the tone implied this was a very, very serious issue.  I didn't question her further.



Site map
Sign My Guestbook  

 © 1999, 2000-2001-2002-2005.Going Home,All rights Reserved