In spite of science proving otherwise, there are still many people around the world who believe in superstitious predictions. It doesn’t matter if you are one of them, or if you believe superstitions are nonsense, you will find great pleasure in reading the following predictions.
Superstitious predictions from around the world
Let’s begin with the one you are most familiar with: black cats. Today, it is considered to bring bad luck when a black cat crosses your path. But this was not always the case. Did you know that in the 16th century it was white cats that brought bad luck? If you live in Scotland and a black cat appears on your doorstep, you and your family will receive great fortune. Italian fisherman’s wives keep black cats in hopes it keeps their husbands safe while out at sea.
Cats as the bringers of good and bad luck was not always restricted by color. To predict the weather one must observe a cat’s behaviour. If a cat sneezes it is going to rain and if a cat is unusual playful, that means a storm is coming. In English homes it was once expected of visitors to kiss the family cat for good luck.
When it comes to graveyards and the dead, there seem to be superstitious predictions that many countries have in common. When passing a graveyard make sure to hold your breath, or else you might breath in the soul of someone who recently died. In France and Britain, the poor soul that was the last to be buried becomes the keeper of the graveyard.
Are your ears ringing? This means that someone is talking about you. If it is in your right ear, you are in luck, because something good is being said. On the other hand, if it is your left ear, someone is talking bad about you. In some cultures a ringing in the ears predict the death of someone close to you. Or maybe someone is contacting you? See how some people received messages from a loved one who recently passed away.
Superstitious predictions involving comets are also something many cultures have in common. They usually predict something good is going to happen. But in some cultures it is believed that each star represents a soul. Therefore a shooting star can be the messenger of death.
Superstitious predictions about rainbows
While the appearance of a rainbow predicts good luck in most countries, there are some that have certain rules attached to it. Since people once believed that all celestial bodies were different gods, pointing the finger at a rainbow is bad luck. Because to point a finger at a god or goddess is disrespectful.
If you see a rainbow touching the ground with both ends in the same town or island in Ireland or Scotland, it means there will be a death.
About food and drinks
Don’t do cheers with water in Germany, because you literally wish death to everyone who is drinking with you. If you spill wine on a table in Portugal, it will bring great happiness to the entire house. Except for whoever is going to have to remove a red wine stain from the tablecloth, I can imagine. Back in medieval France, bakers used to bake bread for the executioner and place it upside down. This way customers knew it was reserved for the executioner. Therefore it is bad luck and attracts death if you place a loaf of bread upside down on the table. When in Spain, never pass the salt shaker from hand to hand. Always place it on the table, or else bad luck will come over all. Are you getting hungry now? Check out these delicious soup recipes.
Superstitious predictions about days and numbers
While for most countries Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day, for the people in Spain it is Tuesday the 13th. They have a good reason for that. Tuesday is “Martes” in Spanish, which comes from the name “Mars.” Mars is the God of war, thus Tuesday is ruled by a God of destruction and blood. In addition, according to a legend Babylon’s confusion of tongues happened on Tuesday the 13th. The number 13 seems to be quite a popular numbers.
In France it is unlucky to have 13 people sitting on the dinner table, because at the Last Supper there were 13 and that did not turn out so well. Not in Italy, though. Italians consider the number 13 very lucky, but they hate 17. Oh, and never wear new clothes on a Friday. That’s bad too. Good luck and great fortune will come to you if you sneeze three times on a Sunday in Iceland. And when in England, say “white rabbit” three times before you say anything else, on the first day of the month. For good luck!
Ireland likes its robins and magpies. Never, ever kill a robin or you will have bad luck for the rest of your life. If a robin flies into your house it is a message that someone will die. When you step outside and see a magpie and it looks at you, then too someone will die. In the UK you will have better luck with magpies. While it is still unlucky if you see one magpie, seeing two of them will turn it all into good luck. You don’t want to be an Exterminator in Finland, because there it is bad luck to kill spiders.
Funny superstitious predictions
People in Denmark believe that if your butt itches, it means you will soon eat some pie. In many countries it is considered lucky if a bird poops on you or you step into dog poop. Talking about poop, always make sure to have a little money on you, because if your wallet is empty the Devil will shit in it.
At least according to the people in Latvia. If you want to get drunk fast, then just wear your clothes inside out like the Latvians do. The Turks believe that scratching your butt will prevent any bad luck from coming over you. Instead of gum, you will be chewing the flesh of the dead if you dare to chew gum at night.
Good luck will come to your friends if you save any broken dishes so you can throw them at friends houses during New Years. The bigger the pieces the bigger the luck. Men in Thailand wear a penis medallion for good luck and to be irresistible to women.
Walking under a ladder brings bad luck, while knocking on wood three times prevents bad luck. Wearing lucky socks, underwear, etc. might bring you good luck, but it also can get smelly. Throwing salt over your left shoulder is a good thing to do after you spilled it, to ward off the bad luck. Breaking a mirror is bad luck, while breaking porcelain is considered good luck.
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