Well, finally it is time to end this Halloween series on superstitions. I like to end on good, happy notes, so let’s jump into looking at some of the good luck superstitions I have not already discussed.
To Find a Four-leaf Clover is to Find Good Luck
Psychic Library lists seven beliefs that surround the good luck of a four-leaf clover:
- Each of the four leaves on this lucky charm has a specific meaning—faith, hope, love and luck.
- Both children and adults would hang the four-leaf clover at home to ward off evil, witchcraft and bad omens.
- A person who finds a four-leaf clover will meet a future lover on that same day. Some people even go so far as to put the four-leaf clover in their shoe.
- Anyone who possesses a four-leaf clover will have good fortune in any ventures they attempt.
- The four-leaf clover is a charm that protects against evil.
- Anyone wearing a four-leaf clover will be able to see fairies.
- One belief states that you will only have good luck if the four-leaf clover is kept out of sight and never passed to someone else. Another one states that if you give the four-leaf clover to someone else, your luck will double.
Furthermore, Women’s Day says that the origins of this particular superstition are based in religion. Accordingly, when Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, Eve took a four-leaf clover with her to remember the beauty, wonder, and lushness of paradise.
Garlic Protects From Evil Spirits and Vampires
Yeah, we have all heard it, seen it, or read it—the vampire hates garlic. A Yahoo article explains that this superstition has roots (pun intended…sorry) in Eastern Europe where people believed that “garlic was hung in windows and from door frames and worn to bed in necklaces. If the garlic was cultivated in May, it was said to be the most effective for this purpose.” However, other cultures and places believe in the protection power of garlic. From Scotland to India, China, Japan, Asia Minor, Greece, Germany, Arabic countries, and other places, people believe in the protection power of garlic. Even Bram Stoker used garlic in his famous novel Dracula.
I don’t know if it really has powers of protection, but I know it is incredibly good for our hearts, circulation, and brains. If it protects us from evil and vamps as well, then so be it.
A Cricket in the House Brings Good Luck
For many people, crickets are quite possibly the most annoying creatures, but if one creaks and groans in your house, it supposed to bring much good luck. So, instead of fervently seeking to find and destroy the chirping of a hiding cricket, remember that the cricket is calling for good luck.
To Make a Happy Marriage, the Bride Must Wear Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
As ThinkQuest explains, “This rhyme originated in Victorian times. ‘Something Old’ signifies that the Couple’s friends will stay with them. In one version of the tradition the ‘Something Old’ was an old garter which was given to the bride by a happily married woman so that the new bride would also enjoy a happy marriage. ‘Something New’ looks to the future for health, happiness and success. ‘Something Borrowed’ is an opportunity for the Bride’s family to give her something as a token of their love (it must be returned to ensure Good Luck), and ‘Something Blue’ is thought lucky because Blue represents fidelity and constancy. The custom began in ancient Israel where brides wore a blue ribbon in their hair to [symbolize] their fidelity. A sixpence was placed in the shoe to bring the couple wealth in their married life. Some brides still place a penny in their shoe during the marriage ceremony.”
Many a bride over the years has just gone through and made sure to have her something old, new, borrowed, and blue without really knowing the origins of why she did that. Here we see that each item is symbolic.
It seems that there are plenty more bad luck superstitions than there are good luck ones. And though I discussed many in this series more exist throughout the world in different religions, cultures, and societies.
This Halloween may we all find good luck and keep it.
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