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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.

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Bears

Breeding: Bears breed only once in seven years and when they do they bring bad luck to all other breeding animals. Bears lick their newborn cubs into bear shape. Food: Bears gain their sustenance...

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Bats

Indoors: It’s luck if a bat falls on you. It’s an unlucky sign of a death in the family to bring a bat into the house. If a bat flies into a house it...

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Badgers

Keeping a badger’s tooth about your person brings good luck and makes you unbeatable at gambling games.

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Ambulance

When you see one, protect yourself from bad luck by pinching your nose or holding your breath until you see a black or brown dog. “Touch your toes, touch your nose, Never go in...

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Aircraft, Airplanes and Flying

Before flying: Touching wood is good luck as long as you touch a living tree and not something made from “dead” wood such as a chair, table or desk. It’s unlucky to use the...

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Apples

Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person...

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Amber

Amber beads, worn as a necklace, can protect against illness or cure colds.

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Albatross

An albatross flying round a ship in mid-ocean was an omen of wind and bad weather to come. It was very unlucky to kill it because it was thought to embody the restless soul...

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Acorn

An acorn should be carried to bring luck and ensure a long life. An acorn at the window will keep lightning out.