Superstitions? Old Wives Tales? Farmer’s Almanac? I am not even going to get into the BLACK CAT or the NUMBER 13. We have all heard some of these from our parents, grandparents aunts and uncles….but what do they mean? Do you have a favorite?
NEVER POUND A NAIL AFTER SUNSET, OR YOU’LL WAKE THE TREE GODS
Seriously? What in the WORLD does that mean? I can honestly say I have never heard this before…and what happens when you wake them??? I couldn’t even find a good explanation on Google for this one…Anyone out there have? one?
NEVER WALK UNDER A LADDER…
Yep, heard this one my entire life, how about you? You will ALWAYS find me walking around them..a little late night research and I clearly found out that an open ladder forms a triangle, and triangles were once considered a symbol of life, so… walking through that shape was considered tempting your fate. It is also thought that because it has three sides, the triangle symbolizes the Holy Trinity, and “breaking” it by entering the triangle is bad luck.
DON’T MOVE INTO A NEW PLACE ON A FRIDAY, SATURDAY OR RAINY DAY
So much for closing on Friday and moving in over the weekend! Maybe they are only thinking Friday the 13th and rainy day back luck??? Either way…glad we live in Tri-Cities and not Seattle. Some other superstitions say that April, July and November are the most unlucky months in which to move. If you follow Indian superstitions, Thursday is the luckiest day of the week for moving into a new home. I am not sure why…
WHEN YOU MOVE OUT OF A HOUSE, LEAVE YOUR BROOM BEHIND
I am beginning to think none of my relatives practiced these traditions! Who wants your old broom, why would you leave it? Rumor has it.. with the dust and dirt of your old home, old brooms also carry the negative aspects of your life. A new broom signifies a fresh start in your new home. I am pretty sure the new homeowner doesn’t want the negative aspects of your life being left in their new home, you might want to throw that old broom away?
NEVER OPEN AN UMBRELLA INSIDE
According to superstition, bad luck will “rain” on you if you open an umbrella indoors. Found out that in the days when umbrellas were used as protection from the sun; opening one inside might insult to the sun god. I don’t want to do that!
CARRY BREAD AND SALT WHEN YOU FIRST ENTER YOUR NEW HOME
OH…and don’t forget your new clean fresh broom too! After additional research looks like bread symbolizes that no one in your house will go hungry. You should also spread a pinch of salt on the floor of every room, including over the threshold of the front door. Salt is supposed to ward off evil.
STUFF FENNEL INTO YOUR KEYHOLE
This one may be super useful on Halloween…wards away the witches!
PAINT YOUR FRONT PORCH BLUE
I just made a trip back to New Orleans and LOW and BEHOLD those Southern Plantations in the Garden District…yep you guessed it, underside of most of there porches was a gorgeous Robin’s Egg blue. Why? Apparently it wards off ghosts who can’t cross water. That blue porch confuses ghosts into thinking the porch is made of water so they don’t enter!
DON’T CARRY YOUR HOE IN YOUR HOUSE
Good NEWS we found out that this one is reversible!!! All you have to do is carry it out again, walking backward to avoid bad luck. Easily done!
NEVER PUT YOUR SHOES ON THE TABLE.
Ok, honestly, I am not even googling this one because it is GROSS…do you know where your shoes have been?
NEVER GIVE A KNIFE AS A HOUSEWARMING PRESENT, OR YOUR NEIGHBOR WIL BECOME YOUR ENEMY
Hmmmm, I am not sure how to respond to this one…many of my real estate friends give these out as closing gifts! Fellow agents you may want to read up on this…just saying…
PLACE AN ACORN ON A WINDOWSILL
This one states that putting an acorn on a windowsill during a thunderstorm protects the home from a lightning strike. This one is easy enough to give a try.
Hope you enjoyed these superstitions let us know if you have some of your own! Happy New Home!
April Connors is a licensed Real Estate Broker with The Connors Group – Windermere Group One in Kennewick, WA.