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Old Wives Tales and Superstitions around the Home

There are many old wives tales and superstitions that have been carried through the centuries and into our homes. 

Here are a few of the more interesting ones.


  • Stay in during storms if you have hayfever.  In a really bad thunderstorm, the pollen grains fragment, so instead of being trapped in the nose when inhaled they go as far as the lungs and cause asthma.
  •  Gather hazel tree branches on Palm Sunday and keep them in water to protect your house from lightning.
  • chickens feeding
  •  Add caraway seeds to chicken feed to keep poultry from wandering. Feed the seeds to homing pigeons to help them find their way back.
  • Stuff fennel in your keyhole or hang it over your door to protect against evil spirits.
  • Never carry a hoe into the house. If you do so by mistake, carry it out again, walking backward to avoid bad luck. 
  • ladders superstitious
  • Never walk under a ladder. If you do cross your fingers or make the sign of the fig (closed fist, with thumb between index and middle fingers).
  • If you give a steel blade to a friend, make the recipient pay you a penny to avoid cutting the friendship.
  • Never give a knife as a housewarming present, or your new neighbour will become an enemy.

plants hanging from kitchen ceiling beams

  • Nail an evergreen branch to new rafters to bring good luck. An empty hornets’ nest, hung high, also will bring good luck to a house of any age.
  • When you move to a new house, always enter first with a loaf of bread and a new broom. Never bring an old broom into the house.
  • To pass on the stairs is unlucky, but to stumble going up foretells a wedding.

smashed mirror bad luck

  • Breaking a mirror means 7 years of bad luck.

1 comment

  • A Chinese lady across the road cut a tree branch from a tree in her front yard, she looked at me before she did soon ad I saw her about to do this I looked away.
    Now prior to this, her and the husband picked up a table from a front yard, which the table was going to be collected by council due to a council clean up.
    Now I looked at them when they bought this table into there yard, I had a grin on my face…
    So I don’t know if this was to ward of bad spirits or if she was trying to cast something evil or sinister?!
    Please advise
    And sorry about my long comment question
    Thank you in advance



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