Stay safe, prosperous and lesion-free this Halloween season with the following superstitions of yesteryear.
Cut your fingernails on a Friday (or a Sunday)
If you do, you’ll be poor forever
Comb your hair at night
But if you do make sure the strands that fall out are thrown in the fire, otherwise
“they will meet (your) feet in the dark and make (you) stumble”
Leave empty whelk shells in your home overnight
If you do
“Something is sure to come after them”
Cut your children’s fingernails!
Bite them off instead. Otherwise, your children will become thieves when they grow up.
I mean, obviously.
Open an umbrella inside
It will lead to quarrelling and strife.
Be the first to enter a newly built house
Otherwise a family member will die shortly afterwards. Instead, throw a cat or a dog into the house before you enter.
bring currant cakes on a fishing boat
you won’t catch a thing and you’ll probably capsize.
Kill a magpie or a bat.
It is extremely unlucky. Particularly for the magpie/bat.
Lay a loaf of bread upside down on a table
Disrespecting carbs is bad luck.
Step on earth which a horse has rolled on
lest you be cursed with boils, lesions and other nasty skin ailments.
Weigh or measure your children
It will stunt their growth and cease their development.
Cut your own hair.
Wise advice in any era.
should you leave your house and the first person you meet is a woman –
Pass by her
Instead, remain perfectly still and let her pass you. Much like a T-Rex, her vision is based on movement.
Resources and Further Reading
Ancient Legends of Ireland, Lady Wilde, 1919
Guernsey Folk Lore, Sir Edgar MacCulloch, 1903
Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, John Gregorson Campbell, 1900
Transylvanian Superstitions, E. Gerard, 1885, published in The Nineteenth Century: A Monthly Review. Volume 18
Don’t let your mother cut your hair lol.
Oh, if I may add No. 14: Don’t sweep the floor at night, for it is believed to sweep away good fortune.
Welcome, and thank you likewise for following The Monching’s Guide! (Couldn’t comment on your About section, so I hope you don’t mind if I leave this here.)
No problem 🙂 Thanks again!
I am certainly doomed …
I think we all are 🤣