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

Candle 0


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



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...


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...



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



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...

Bed and Sleeping 0

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...

Cattle, Cows and Oxen 0

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...



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.

Boars 0


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

Beavers 0


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.