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Candle

If a candle lighted as part of a ceremony blows out, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby. Also, see birthday cake.

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Bridge

If you say good-bye to a friend on a bridge, you will never see each other again. You must hold the top of your head while crossing a bridge to keep the bridge from...

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Birthday Cake

When putting candles on a birthday cake, you should put the same number as the birthday person’s age, plus one more for good luck. Make a wish before you blow the candles out. If...

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Robin

If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.

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Bell

The sound of bells drives away demons because they’re afraid of the loud noise. When a bell rings, a new angel has received his wings. A bell ringing for no reason is an ill...

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Bed and Sleeping

Turning a feather bed on a Sunday gives the people who use it bad dreams for a week. Feather beds make it difficult for a dying person to die. Marriage If you make a...

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Cattle, Cows and Oxen

Scattering primroses on the ground and hanging a piece of mountain ash or rowan to the door protects cattle from witches. Tarring cows behind the ears and at the root of the tail prevents...

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Bulls

Bulls are immune from being struck by lightning. Keeping a bull’s heart stuck with pins in the chimney will keep witches away. Bull’s testes were once thought to be aphrodisiacs.

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Boars

The devil may take the form of a boar during the meetings of covens.

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Beavers

If you see a beaver storing food logs, short lengths of aspen or birch with the bark still on, there will be an icy winter.