Saturday, March 03, 2007

Sunday Scribbling - "Superstitions"

I'm not a big believer in superstitions but I do believe there are signs everywhere if you pay attention. I think we make our own luck with the choices we make in our lives.

On my wedding day we had a native Hawaiian singer serenading us on the beach. After our vows the singer pointed behind us saying "look, a double rainbow, this is a sign of good luck." We looked at it as a blessing on a very important day. Another couple in full wedding attire had left earlier due to a slight shower but I'm sure their day was just as wonderful.

I see signs in nature. Like a sunrise reminds me of a new beginning, the rain is cleansing and blooms speak to me of growth. If I was superstitious my mother's back would have been shattered into pieces with all the cracks I've stepped on.

I found a few superstitions I had never heard of so I thought I'd share a few.

Animals can talk at midnight on Christmas Eve
To cure a sty, rub it with a gold wedding band
An acorn at the window can keep lightning out of the house
It is unlucky to rock an empty rocking chair
Smell dandelions, wet the bed
Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck
A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown
After receiving a container of food, the container should never be returned empty
Tying a knot into a handkerchief wards off evil.
The spouse who goes to sleep first on the wedding day will be the first to die.

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Deb R said...

I love the story about your wedding day and the double rainbow!

I'd heard of some of the superstitions on the list you posted, but not all of them. I have to say, the list makes me glad I can't remember which of us fell asleep first on our wedding day, J or me! :-)

LauraHinNJ said...

Many of these are familiar to me also. Glad the rain showers brought extra luck to you on your wedding day.

Regina Clare Jane said...

Wow, what a list, Tammy! I agree with Deb on the last one!
And a double rainbow on your wedding day- that's so awesome- it was a blessing for sure!

Kim G. said...

Hi Tammy! What a fun list of superstitions. I had heard of a few but not all of them. The sailor with an earring is so interesting! That's why pirates always had them! My mom was very superstitious and one thing we could never do was put new shoes on the table. Even today my husband tries to do that when we get new shoes. Even though I don't believe in the old superstitions it feels like I'm betraying my family in some way if I let him do it. I usually just move them when he's not looking!

Liza's Eyeview said...

I love the rainbow appearing in your wedding!

I've learn something new here about other peoples' superstitious beliefs.

Inconsequential said...


cool stuff.

giggles said...

Excellent superstitions, many I have never heard! Very interesting!

Peace Giggles

Kamsin said...

That's so cool about the double rainbow! I get a little bit "superstitious" about them as I often seem to see one at auspicious moments!

Raven said...

The one about tha animals is one observed in our house! LOL! We have 3 dogs and a cat and the rest of the superstition is if you give them a gift, they won't talk about you! So, every year, who ever is in our house at midnight on Christmas Eve brings a gift for them. Can you say spoiled fur posse?

Nancy said...

Ah yes, I was just saying yesterday in fact, that the opal is bad luck to this lovely woman. I wanted her necklace. (Anyway, it IS my birthstone)!
And Tammy, I JUST posted an entry on signs...I just didn't call it.
Please go take a look my friend.

paris parfait said...

A double rainbow was quite an auspicious beginning to your special day! I believe in signs and omens, but not superstitions. xo

gautami tripathy said...

Double rainbows are a beautiful sight. I believe in psychic power but superstitions no. Signs and omens are there if we care to look for those..

Waspgoddess said...

I too see signs in nature rather than being superstitious. And I think the double rainbow fits perfectly.

Must remember to have a long chat with my cats on Christmas eve :)

Jolene said...

It is interesting to read about the other, more unknown, superstitions. The one that I enjoy the most is the one about the wedding night, who falls asleep first dies first.


Remiman said...

Your take on nature and the signs it reveals to you is refreshing. Your glass is alway full!
Every moment is yours and you make the most of it.

KG said...

That double rainbow sighting is so magical! I'm with you — I'm a big believer in signs, though not so much with superstitions.

This is my first visit to your blog, and I love your attitude and your warrior approach. I'll be back. Thanks for your inspiration! :)

Nicole said...

love the song playing! it is the first thing that came to my mind when i first read the prompt for ss.


and i love that you saw a double rainbow on your wedding day. how magical!

Becca said...

Loved the double rainbow story - that might make me a believer in good luck!

All the other superstitions were new to me~thanks for sharing them!

whitney said...

I feel the same way when I see certain things in nature, not always so much that they will bring me good luck, but I feel that it was a blessing that I was able witness them. I found some of the same wierd superstitions that you did. Some of them are really off the charts!

ian russell said...

fascinating superstitions.

yes, I wonder where some superstitions come about but I suppose anything unusual can be seen as ominous or a blessing. did you have a pink moon this weekend like we did in the UK?

great post, tammy.

gracie said...

There was a huge, bright perfect double rainbow after a terrific storm last week. And then I had a great weekend... so your sign must be true :)

Pam said...

I agree, we are the biggest influence on our own luck.

Jone said...

I love the double rainbow on your wedding. I also like the list of superstitions. Some were new to me.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

fun superstitions; though I worry about people rubbing wedding rings in thier eye!!.... and i am enjoying the slide show while commenting.... (how cute is that baby in the tub!!! or that puppy in the snow... or that wedding photo by the ocean!!!

daisies said...

you won't catch me smelling any dandelions this summer, giggle!

i wish i could remember which one of us slept first on our wedding night, hmmmmm ...


these were fun!

Frances said...

That must have been some sight.
I was given a Hawaiian chant tape years ago - so powerful.
The music on your site is really cool.
Thanks for visiting.

Terri /Tinker said...

I've read the one about the animals talking at midnight (I remember trying to stay up to get my dog talk when I was a kid, lol :) and my grandma used to tell us that one about the opal (my sister's birthstone, and why I couldn't borrow her necklace, lol) - but the others are all new to me. I love that you two had a double rainbow at your wedding - what better sign could there be? Thanks for such a fun post! XOXO

Burgundywaters said...

Thank you so much for posting this valuable information! I have been searching the internet for clues as to whether seeing two rainbows were good luck. Which I would like to believe they are.

Yesterday, St. Patrick's Day (March 17 2008) I saw two rainbows in the sky. I found it odd considering we haven't had any percipitation in a few days. I found it to be quite ironic that there would be two on St. Patrick's day. The luck of the Irish and the Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow!! And I'm Irish so there's gotta be luck there somewhere!

I would like to hear if anyone can confirm that this indeed is very lucky! I know that I could certainly use the luck!!