All the bits of strange your grandparents lived by & warned you about.

Fingers and Hands 0

Fingers and Hands

Fingers Crossed: By making the sign of the Christian faith with our fingers, evil spirits would be prevented from destroying our chances of good fortune. If you cross your fingers when you make a...


Silverware and other Utensils

It’s bad luck to see knives with the blades crossed either in the drawer or on the worktop. If a friend gives you a knife, you should give him a coin, (now you are...

Wren 0


A dead wren in your pocket will keep you safe at sea.

Singing 0


If you sing before breakfast you’ll cry before night.

Feet 0


If you accidentally scrape your right foot on the ground while walking you will meet a friend. If you accidentally scrape your left foot on the ground while walking you will be disappointed. It’s...

Beards 0


Beware of the man, be he friend or brother, Whose hair is one color and beard another. It’s bad luck to cut your beard. You’ll have a lucky life if your beard is bushy....

Cheeks 0


If you feel your cheeks are hot or “burning” someone is talking about you. Right cheek, left cheek, why do you burn? Cursed by she that doth me any harm. If it be a...

Woodpecker 0


Expect a visitor if you hear a woodpecker picking on a tree in your neighborhood.

Knock on Wood 0

Knock on Wood

Ancient people believed that evil spirts lived in trees. To scare them away they would hit the tree. This is where our custom of “knocking on wood” comes from – to hope that bad...