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Woodpecker

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

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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...

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Ladders

Walking under a ladder is brings bad luck. A leaning ladder forms a triangle with the wall and ground. Triangles represent the Holy Trinity, and it’s a direct violation of the Trinity if you...

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Axe

Bringing an ax into the home brings death. It’s bad luck to dream about an axe. Having cattle step over an axe when taken out of the pasture for the first time in spring...

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Automobile Racing

The following things bring bad luck for race car drivers: Talking to a woman before a race Getting into the car on the side of the exhaust pipe. Walking in front of the car...

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Automobile

Good luck: Transferring “lucky” items from an old car to a new car. Buying the car of a wealthy person increases your chances of becoming wealthy too. Bad luck: Buying a car on the...

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Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, is the name given to the colored lights in the sky observed in the extreme Northern Hemisphere. Seeing the aurora borealis means there will be war. Spirits cavorting...

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Ashes

See also FIRE In the home: Scattering ashes over the roof of a house protects it against thunder and lightning. Sweeping out ashes on Christmas is bad luck. Sweeping out ashes on a Friday...

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Ascension Day

According to the Christian calendar, Ascension Day represents the day Christ ascended to heaven and occurs on the Thursday following the fifth Sunday after Easter. Working on Ascension Day is bad luck and brings...

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Arrows

Wearing an arrowhead protects against the evil eye. Cattle suddenly coming down with illness have been “elf-shot” or pierced by fairy’s arrows. Drinking water into which a flint arrowhead has been dipped cures female...