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Ants

If ant hills are high in July, the coming winter will be hard. If ants their walls do frequently build, rain will from the clouds be spilled.

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Winter

When birds migrate early or bees build their nests high in the trees, the winter is going to be awful. The old saying goes: See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high...

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Squirrels

Squirrels gathering nuts in a flurry, Will cause snow to gather in a hurry. A tough winter is ahead if squirrels’ tails are very bushy.

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Water Witching

Folks in Appalachia often practiced a hybrid form of Christianity which marries traditional Biblical teaching with practices and customs that some would see more closely aligned with mysticism and the occult. The results have...

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Willow Trees and Pussy Willows

Legends and magic are associated with willow trees. They symbolise renewal, growth, vitality and immortality in China. The weeping willow is a common sign of mourning. “In Louisiana, when a willow grew large enough...

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The Christmas Pickle

According to German tradition, The tradition of Weihnachtsgurke, or the Christmas Pickle, was the last ornament placed on the tree. On Christmas morning, the first child to find the gherkin was rewarded with an...

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Eyes

Are the ‘windows to the soul’ Dark blue eyes = delicate and refined souls; Light blue or grey eyes = strong and healthy ones; Green eyes = hardy souls; Hazel eyes = vigorous, deep-thinking...

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Nails

If the fingernails or toenails of an infant are cut previous to the age of 12 months, it will prove a thief in mature age. In seventeenth century England it was believed that if...

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Time & Clocks

If you happen to look at the clock when they show same figures for hours and minutes (10:10; 11:11, 23:23 etc.) you can make a wish. But, you cannot do it on purpose. For...

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Bread and Butter

If, while you are walking with someone, you are forced to separate and each of you walk around either side of a pole, you have to say “Bread and Butter” three times or else...