Haunted Yorkshire

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Superstitions

Index

There are many superstitions and folk law tales we have listed some of these below!

Index!!

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How did they begin?
Ravens and Crows
Superstitions "some of us believe"
Will o' the wisps
Walking under a ladder
Birds
The colour blue
Brooms
Candle
Chills
Cigarettes
Clock
Breaking a mirror
Number 13
Lucky horse shoe
4 Leaf clover
Rabbits foot
Wish bones

How did they begin?

Superstitions began centuries ago when our ancestors tried to explain mysterious circumstances or events as best as they could with the knowledge they had.

For instance, before the development of science explained such strange things as why mirrors show our reflections or why shadows appear when it's sunny, ancient people reasoned that a shadow or reflection was part of their soul.

If someone broke something onto which the shadow or reflection appeared, people believed that their soul was harmed. Therefore, when a person broke a mirror it was considered unlucky or harmful.

Today we know that reflections and shadows are not part of our souls but if someone still believes it is bad luck to break a mirror they are said to be superstitious.

So a superstition is a belief or practice that people cling to even after new knowledge or facts prove that these silly beliefs are untrue.

Ravens and Crows

DID YOU KNOW... Ravens and Crows Crows and Ravens are the creatures of the otherworld, and are also portents of omens, magic, witchcraft, death, regeneration, and prophecy. And in truth, anything black was considered a creature of the devil, such as black dogs (the howling of a dog was the announcement of death, and dogs have had a long deep association with death and the otherworld) , black cats (up until the 19th century crows or ravens were seen as witches in disguise, a bad omen...

Superstitions "some of us believe"

If the flame of a candle flickers and then turns blue, there's a spirit in the room.

If a bird flies through your house, it indicates important news. If it can't get out, the news will be death.

If you feel a chill up your spine, someone is walking on your future grave.

A person born on Halloween will have the gift of communicating with the dead.

A bat in the house is a sign of death.

If a bird flies towards you, bad fortune is imminent.

If your palm itches, you will soon receive money. If you itch it, your money will never come.

Crows are viewed as a bad omen, often foretelling death. If they caw, death is very near.

Many Romans wore lucky charms and amulets to avert the "evil eye."

If a person experiences great horror, their hair turns white.

A hat on a bed will bring bad luck.

Eat an apple on Christmas Eve for good health the next year.

The superstition of knocking on wood for good luck originates from pagan beliefs in regards to trees.

Will o' the wisps

Will o' the wisps are a natural phenomenon that nevertheless appear ghostly in nature. The wisps, which are actually ignited pockets of swamp gas, hover over swamps and swampy areas and glow blue. They can move (carried by breezes and air currents), and many observers have noted that the wisps seem to mimic a person's movements... when the observer moves forward, so does the wisp. Will o' the wisps can appear as one glowing ball or as many tiny flickers.

Will o' the wisps have also been called such fanciful names as "corpse candles," "fox fire," and "elf light." The phenomenon is also knows as ignis fatuus which means "foolish fire". Some believe the mysterious floating lights to be portents of bad luck or even death. Researchers believe that many people have mistaken will o' the wisps for the ghostly lanterns of trains and/or their long-dead conductors.

Walking under a ladder

People will go to great lengths to avoid walking under ladders. Many origins for the superstition have been surfaced over the years. One provides a source in medieval times. A leaning ladder was thought to resemble the gallows and so by walking underneath a ladder, you are playing out your own execution. Another explanation points to the triangular shape a ladder will take when erected or leaned up against a wall. The triangle is considered the symbol representing the Holy Trinity and to walk through a triangle violates and desecrates God while you, the perpetrator, fall prey to Satan.



If you walk under a ladder by accident, however, there are several measures that you can take to avoid bad luck:

Spit three times through the ladder's rungs.

Cross you fingers until you see a dog.

Spit on your shoe and continue walking, but don't look down at the shoe until the spittle has dried.

Walk backwards, out from the ladder the same way you came in, and make a wish as you go back out.

Birds

A bird in the house is a sign of a death.

 

 

 

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

 

The colour blue

To protect yourself from witches, wear a blue bead.

 

 

Touch blue and your wish will come true.

 

Brooms

Do not lean a broom against a bed. The evil spirits in the broom will cast a spell on the bed.

 

If you sweep trash out the door after dark, it will bring a stranger to visit.

 

 

If someone is sweeping the floor and sweeps over your feet, you'll never get married.

 

Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one.

 

To prevent an unwelcome guest from returning, sweep out the room they stayed in immediately after they leave.

 

Candles

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

 

Chills

If you get a chill up your back or goosebumps, it means that someone is walking over your grave.

 

Cigarettes

It is bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same match.

 

Clock

If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family.

Breaking a mirror

An ancient myth our ancestors believed was that the image in a mirror is our actual soul. A broken mirror represented the soul being astray from your body.



To break the spell of misfortune, you must wait seven hours (one for each year of bad luck) before picking up the broken pieces, and bury them outside in the moonlight.

Number 13

The fear of the number 13 is still common today, and avoided in many different ways. Some buildings still do not have an official 13th floor and many people avoid driving or going anywhere on Friday the 13th.



Funny I live in a house with a number 13 on the door and my daughter was also born on the 13th!

Lucky Horse Shoe

To bring good luck, the horseshoe must lost by a horse and be found by you, with the open end facing your way. You must hang it over the door with the open end up, so the good fortune doesn't spill out.



Another origin of the 'lucky horseshoe' is the belief that they ward off witches. Witches, it was once believed, were opposed to horses, which is why they rode brooms and pitchforks instead. By placing a horseshoe over a door, the witch would be reluctant to enter.

4 Leaf Clover

Clover is believed to protect humans and animals from evil spells and is thought to be good luck to find a four leaf clover, particularly for the Irish.

Rabits foot

These lucky charms are thought to ward off bad luck and bring good luck. You mush carry the rabbit's foot on a chain around your neck, or in your left back pocket. The older it gets, the more good luck it brings.

Wish Bones

Two people are to pull apart a dried breastbone of a turkey or chicken and the one who is left with the longer end will have their wish come true.