Legends from around the world warn us to keep various unlucky items, from birds to black cats, umbrellas to old brooms, out of our homes. In honor of Halloween, here’s a list of some common household superstitions.
There’s no mention of witches in our research, but bad luck can be swept into a home on an old broom. And brooms, regardless of are mentioned as the culprit in a number of sources.
If you move into a new home, don’t bring the broom you used in your old digs. Legend has it that an old broom will sweep away the good luck (and common sense dictates that using old cleaning tools could introduce pests and grime from your previous residence).
The Irish are known as a pretty superstitious bunch. From saluting solo magpies to a dislike of shoes on the table. When it comes to moving, a number of previously unheard of superstitions emerge.
Sprinkling salt at your doorway is said to keep pesky evil spirits away and bring good luck. Just don’t forget to sweep it up after 24 hours (presumably with that new broom).
Beware of that antique clock that doesn’t work—if it suddenly chimes, it’s said that death is near! Keeping broken things around is also considered bad feng shui, a sign that your home (and soul) has clutter that should be cleared.
The grimmest prediction of all is that if a broken clock suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family. Supposedly, a 19th Century American preacher recorded multiple instances of these predictive rings.
Whether it’s vase of shriveled cut flowers, a taxidermied moose head, or even a seashell, dead things in the home can bring you bad luck!
Some legends hold that bringing an axe into the home can bring death. Of course, any fan of horror films can tell you what a bad idea THAT is!
An Open Umbrella
Surely, everyone knows that opening an umbrella indoors is bad luck. According to this superstition, which has roots in Egyptian legends as well as Norse traditions, when you bring in an item that protects your body from rain, you’re insulting your home’s guardian spirits by implying that their protection doesn’t cut it. Not a good idea to insult the spirits!
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