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Finding Fortune and Favour

The origins of many once popular superstitions and beliefs will forever elude us but we can be fairly sure that most have their beginnings in humanity’s attempts to make sense of the world around it or to propitiate an uncaring deity and to solicit better fortune. When ignorance and fear were faced with danger, our ancestors struggled for understanding. Little wonder therefore that the belief in the existence of spirits sympathetic or antagonistic to people’s daily struggles gave rise to superstitions. Surrounded on all sides by forces that seemed incomprehensible, people tried prayers and practices they hoped would compel nature to look favourably upon them.

Predicting the future, inviting good luck and warding off the bad, protecting the family and livestock against disease, ensuring a good harvest were constant concerns. To our ancestors, the world around them offered signs that, if understood and interpreted correctly, predicted the future. Likewise, secret rituals were developed in order to induce benevolent treatment which, over time, became popular, albeit irrational, superstitious practices.

Some Breton omens announcing impending good fortune are found in other parts of France and Europe, such as finding a used horseshoe or accidentally stepping in animal excrement but many are uniquely Breton and even exclusive to particular regions within Brittany where someone sneezing to your right was regarded as an auspicious omen and people customarily leapt over the embers of the Midsummer bonfire in expectation of receiving good luck over the year ahead.

luck at cards good omen

To bring good luck into one’s household it was advised to bake cakes that would be shared and eaten amongst the whole family on Saint-Corentin’s Day; one of the Seven Founding Saints of Brittany, his feast day is on 12 December. However, it was important that these cakes were formed in the shape of a tricorne as it was thought that the saint wore such a hat. This is highly unlikely but probably helps us to date the origins of this superstition to the late 17th or early 18th century.

Good fortune was assured to anyone able to recite the words “Meiz, Tout, Verdun” upon sighting a shooting star but this ritual was only held effective if the plunging star remained visible throughout the complete incantation. For those with lightning fast reactions, any wish that could be formulated aloud while the star fell were sure to be fulfilled.

Anyone who wanted to be certain of winning at games, particularly games of chance such as cards or dice, was thought required to pass the candle or lamp three times around the table or barrel that was to be used for the game, in order to be assured of fine fortune and success. Similarly, when taken in a bowl of cider or lambig, the small metal particles resulting from having ground a copper coin were said to make the drinker of this draught unbeatable in any competition; whether it be gouren (Breton wrestling), a horse race or a game of cards.

lucky at cards good omen

Possession of a hangman’s rope was also said to bring on good luck, particularly to game-players, and protected one against all dangers. Touching this object to one’s temple was held to cure even the most painful migraine, while those who carried a piece of this rope in their pocket were preserved from toothache. However, securing a piece of this rope might have posed some challenges as a Breton tradition said that it brought bad luck to unhook the rope from a hanged man.

When moving into a new home, in order to attract good fortune and happiness, it was recommended to place, in each corner, a small bag containing a piece of bread and a little salt. Similarly, domestic good fortune could be encouraged by arranging one’s marriage for one of the most propitious days, said to be Monday and Tuesday or on a lucky date. Seven was seen as the luckiest number as it was composed of three, being the base, and four, which is the square. Likewise, twelve, which is equal to three times four, was also viewed as a lucky number here; both the numbers three and twelve were also regarded as lucky numbers by the Romans and Jews of antiquity. It also brought good fortune if the new bride danced with the poorest beggar attending her wedding feast.

The umbilical cord of a child was a lucky charm for both the child and the mother and it was not unknown for some mothers to sew it into the hems of their children’s clothes. The umbilical cord was thought to possess innate power and believed to develop intelligence and to open the mind.

family superstitions good omen

Setting aside the many marvellous qualities attributed to Brittany’s magical grasses, other, clearly identifiable, plants were once credited with the ability to attract good fortune. In Brittany, the most powerful symbol of good luck was perhaps mistletoe; hung on houses and barns for protection and given on New Year as a token of love and good fortune. A sprig of this plant was once even said to give one a good number to avoid the military draft. However, to be effective as a lucky charm, it was popularly claimed that the plant must not have been in contact with iron nor have touched the ground or another person.

As in other parts of the world, the four leafed clover was thought to bring good luck to those that carried it but in Brittany it was considered most effective if the plant had been discovered without looking for it. The plant was said to ensure victory to the game-player and, thanks to its shape which echoed the sign of the cross, reputed to repel all evil. Along with other rarities such as a seven headed ear of grain or the grain that had passed through the millstone without being ground, the four leafed clover was once said to allow its possessor the ability to see what remained hidden from the eyes of most people and, if carried unwittingly, to understand the artifices of the sorcerer. The four leafed clover found under a gallows was held to possess the greatest of powers.

The green fern collected on the night of Midsummer’s Day, was, like the four leafed clover, said to ensure victory to the game-player and to grant invisibility to whoever held it in their mouth. It was even said that snakes would immediately fall dead if struck on the head with the plant’s root. The plant’s spores, collected on the same night, were believed to be effective in helping locate hidden treasures and gave the possessor the ability to read the deepest secrets that lay hidden within the hearts of men and women.

lucky flowers good omen

Another plant mutation whose discovery marked impending success and good fortune was a stem of five leafed lilac. Similarly, wild celery was gathered and taken home as a preservative against bad luck and the curse of the evil eye. Hawthorn was also said to be a lucky plant and it was particularly believed to protect one against lightning strikes; an attribute that it shared with laurel. To protect against the ever-present danger posed by the mischief of the korrigans, wearing a gorse flower was strongly recommended.

While there are many birds of ill omen in Brittany, there are a few whose appearance near the home was always welcomed and regarded as good omens.  The most important of which was probably the wren; an auspicious bird in other parts of the Celtic fringe whose status was justified in an old Breton legend. It was told that the wren gave the gift of fire to the world; carrying fire from heaven to earth, it realised that its wings were starting to burn and so entrusted the flame to the robin, whose breast feathers also caught alight. Unselfishly, the lark came to their aid and eventually succeeding in bringing the precious gift of fire to the earth.

In spring, hearing the first cuckoo call of the year was an auspicious occasion. Not only was it a good omen in itself but it was said that if you carried any coins in your pocket at that moment then you would be free of any financial worries for the whole year. Young couples would listen attentively to the bird’s call as the number of songs sung indicated the number of years separating them from marriage. Upon hearing the first cuckoo, those afflicted with rheumatism were advised to roll over on the floor to be rid of pain over the year ahead but hearing this bird sing near one’s house was taken as a very bad omen.

lucky birds good omen

In summer, house-nesting swallows were considered good luck charms as the birds were thought to only settle against a happy home and their presence was taken as a sign of protection against potential disaster, such as a fire or a storm. However, swallow droppings that fell onto the eyes of the members of the household were said to cause blindness. With the onset of winter, the black-headed gull was regarded as a bird of good omen to the people who lived along the coast of the Bay of Morlaix as its appearance was said to herald a spell of fine weather.

One of the national emblems of France, the crowing of the rooster, especially a white feathered one, was a very good omen in Brittany, signalling as it did the end of the witches’ power and the hope of a new day. However, misfortune was sure to follow if white, red and black roosters were kept together in the same henhouse. It was said that if you put a chicken feather together with feathers from red and black roosters into a bowl of milk, a little eight-legged white lizard would be formed but nobody dared to do it anymore because this lizard is insatiable and quickly grows into an uncontrollable dragon.

Birds, or at least their feathers, also feature in two other curious superstitions; it was believed that a patient would not die if they were lying on a bed in which there were partridge wing feathers but if a person was dying it was important to empty their mattress and pillow, lest they contain pigeon feathers, whose presence would make the death a long and agonising affair. Until the Revolution, keeping pigeons was a right reserved for the feudal lord; its meat was the preserve of the nobility and peasants found with these birds faced heavy sanctions. Alas, the liberalisation of the laws surrounding pigeons and dovecotes had the unintentioned effect of sweeping away a great deal of the breeders’ expertise. Many fanciful explanations were put forward by those unable to understand why birds would not roost; one solution offered to bring about a change in luck was to place a dead man’s skull in the pigeon loft.

lucky birds good omen

Certain animals were also popularly thought able to bring on good luck. In many localities here, to see a spider running or spinning its web was taken as a sign that money would soon follow, although some areas refined this to say that the spider’s appearance heralded money if seen in the morning and good news when spied in the evening. Good luck was also said to fall upon the person on whom the spider popularly known as the Daddy Long Legs had landed or been placed upon.

Attitudes towards the weasel differed greatly in parts of Brittany; in the western part of the region it was desperately unlucky to see one, as the person that did was condemned to die within the year. However, in central Brittany, the presence of the animal was believed to bring good fortune upon the house. In the same region, a starfish was also considered a lucky charm and was hung over the bed to protect against night terrors or worn as a talisman on a cord around the neck at night.

Sometimes, animal parts were popularly carried as a talisman. For instance, in western Brittany, whoever carried in their pocket the tongue of a snake that had been removed without killing the beast was guaranteed to have good luck, while applying the crushed head of a snake directly to the wound was advised as a certain cure for snakebite. In a wonderful flight of fancy, it was once believed here that if a snake were able to escape the sight of people for seven years, it would grow wings and become an uncontrollable dragon. 

luck at games good omen

In most parts of Brittany, seeing a live beetle was reputed to bring good luck but in central Brittany, much good fortune was assured if one carried in their pocket the head of a male stag beetle; that of the female which possesses massively smaller mandibles was said not to hold the same effectiveness. Although usually regarded as an animal of ill omen, carrying in one’s pocket the foot of a hare was thought to ward off all toothache.

In eastern Brittany, a lizard’s tail carried in one’s purse was said to attract money there but across the region more generally, it was thought to bring good luck to the game-player. Such competitors could also be confident of every success if they wore the bone of a mole that had been killed in love. However, identifying the bone imbued with this power was not without its ritual. Having been boiled and de-fleshed, the animal’s bones needed to be taken to a stream that issued directly from a spring and dropped into the water, one at a time; the bone that rose to the surface alone had virtue.

Some Breton tales tell of fairies turned into snakes but local lore often associates them with moles; which they transformed into in order to escape the Gospel or else that they were condemned to the darkness by God in punishment for having rejected the early saints. Perhaps because of their association with fairies, moles’ parts were accorded many wonderful virtues here; its skin was said to help teeth grow and carrying its tongue was thought to grant the possessor a most powerful memory. Another curious belief concerning this animal asserted that the hand which had suffocated a mole, while still warm from contact, was able to cure toothache and colic by the merest touch.

lucky animals good omen

Another powerful mascot said to bring good fortune upon the household was the afterbirth of a mare, that of a white mare being held to be most potent, taken as soon after the birth as possible and placed around the base of the hawthorn tree nearest to the house. If by some chance one was unavailable, good luck could still be induced if the afterbirth was put around a nearby elm tree.

The presence of bees near the home was another indicator of good fortune and to give a hive to a neighbour was a gesture of much significance as you were not only providing them with honey but also, and above all, good luck. In Brittany, buying and selling bees as if they were a commodity, like a sack of onions, was frowned upon and they were usually traded in barter. More generally, when selling any animal here, it was customary for the seller to give the buyer some coins, even a token amount, in order to bring good luck upon both parties.

When undertaking a journey, good fortune was said to be assured if, in the morning, one met a debauched woman or a wolf, a cicada or a goat. Similarly, a trouble free journey or successful outcome was assured if the traveller heard thunder from afar, if their right ear tingled or if their right nostril bled. Along the coast of the Bay of Saint-Malo it was considered a most propitious omen to see a donkey before setting out to sea; seamen there considered the animal stupid but courageous. Sighting a goose in flight was also a sign of approaching good fortune.

between two lands good omen

In addition to recognising the omens of good fortune and observing the rituals to attract it, other ceremonies, if performed under certain specific conditions, were once reckoned to bestow unique and marvellous gifts on those bold enough to seek them. For instance, whoever found frogspawn for the first time in the year, without looking for it, was said to need only rub their hands with it, taking care not to wash them all day, in order to acquire the power to heal, by mere touch, animals and children of certain afflictions.

It was said that if a young woman cooked an oak apple, of a certain maturity, in the water of a fountain whose source watered a cemetery, she would be imbued with all the wisdom and knowledge of the fairies of old. While it was said that whoever ate the heart of an eel, still warm from the body, would immediately be endowed with the gift of prophecy. The blood of an eel was believed to possess magical properties; not only could it bewitch but it also cured alcoholism. Eel fat mixed with tallow made from a goat was once a well-known witch’s brew in eastern Brittany and an eel skin, filled with sand, was regarded as a weapon like no other; its blows were said to be almost always fatal.

According to some sources, each hazel bush in Brittany possessed within its folds a branch that turned into pure gold. This branch made a wand that was reputed to equal in power those of the greatest fairies. However, this prize could only be gained if cut between the first and last chimes of the bell announcing the Christmas midnight mass but, lest you be tempted, be aware that whoever tries and fails, disappears from this world forever. Often associated with magic, hazel was said to furnish the very best divining rods, particularly when searching for springs and silver, but, handled well, it could also show us if one was truly loved by our partner. A sprig of the plant was traditionally placed on the bridal bed, while one that had never borne fruit was said to kill snakes with a single blow.

seeing fairies good omen

When a person stood between two lands – their feet on the ground and with a large sod of earth held above their head – on a moonless night, they were believed to have been granted the privilege of seeing things that were unknown to others. This ritual was also advised for those who happened to meet a sorcerer up to some mischief at night because, according to popular belief, sorcerers could not see between two lands.

There are some old accounts that make intriguing references to a magical stone guarded by mice. This stone was reputed to have the power of removing any foreign body from the eye on which it was applied. Mice were said to have used this stone on their own babies who would otherwise have remained blind. Unfortunately, the legends are silent on whether this was the same magical stone that allowed one to clearly see the invisible korrigans and even the ghosts of the dead.

In talking of practices that produced a remarkable faculty of sight, it is worth noting another once popular belief that cautioned against placing a mirror in front of small children for fear that they might be instantly struck dumb. Furthermore, in northern Brittany, women were strongly advised never to look into a mirror after sunset lest the Devil himself be revealed in reflection behind their shoulder.

second sight good omen

As late as the 1840s, washing one’s face in the morning with cow’s urine, or your own if one could not obtain that of a cow, was said to protect you all day from pitfalls and the wickedness of the Devil because you became invisible to him. Similar protection was thought bestowed if one spat on the sabot of the right foot before putting it on or carried unblessed salt in their pocket or part of a chicory root that had been torn off, before dawn, on the morning of Midsummer’s Day.

Many of these old superstitions appear irrational to us today but that is the very nature of superstition. It does not require logic in order to function or to thrive; it does not even demand conviction of faith. Even the petty rituals associated with the lost beliefs that once underpinned them can survive through habit alone. Such acceptance could become ingrained in young, impressionable minds and even if challenged in later years, might be excused on the grounds that if a ritual does no good, its performance can do no harm and so they continue to perpetuate the ceremony.


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Enjoying life in Kalon Breizh - the Heart of Brittany.

188 thoughts on “Finding Fortune and Favour

  1. From “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff:

    Fortune rota volvitur:
    descendo minoratus;
    alter in altum tollitur;
    nimis exaltatus
    rex sedet in vertice
    caveat ruinam!

    The wheel of fortune spins:
    One man is abased by its descent,
    The other is carried aloft;
    All too exalted sits the king at the top –
    Let him beware ruin!

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  2. Another entertaining post. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

    I will get right on this. 🧐 I must check to make sure I don’t have any partridge feathers around here. Then I need to look for shooting stars and formulate a wish I can recite really fast. After that I will make some cakes. And not eat them.

    In the morning, I’ll check for hazel bushes and that special branch so I can whip some fairies into action. (The house cleaning, laundry and chore doing fairies.) I will look for a very big branch.

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    1. Thank you!!! I am glad that you enjoyed the read! 🙂 Haha, yes, one could spend a whole day trying to bring on good luck only to slip on a banana skin as they stretched to cut that golden branch! 😉 Stay well!! 🙂

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  3. Not only are there a lot of superstitions but each one is taken to another level. Mistletoe is lucky, but it can’t touch another person or iron. Or hearing a cuckoo is lucky unless it’s close to your house. I’d never get them all straight! Another great post Colin, Maggie

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    1. Haha, yes, there is always some qualifying factor attached to them, isn’t there? I suppose those supplementals were a means of justifying why a particular omen or ritual did not bring on god enough luck. 😉
      Thank you!! I am pleased that you liked it! Stay well! 🙂

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    1. Many thanks Goff! I am very happy that you enjoyed the read! I suppose some of these could be quite ancient and eve if we do not profess to believe in them, how many do we think instinctively of doing? 😉
      Stay well and enjoy the weekend! 🙂

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      1. That is so very true. I catch myself out so many times; and, wonder where the thinking came from. It must be embedded in the human psyche. Stay Safe. Stay Smiling. Happy weekend to you too.

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  4. Your blog is such an ambitious and thorough history of Brittany told through the customs of real people. I envision all these posts collated into a marvelous book filled with fantastic illustrations!

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    1. Haha, that is such a wonderfully kind thing to say! Thank you! 🙂 If I am able to convey a flavour of what helped to make Brittany so distinctive then I take that as a most important ‘win’. Needless to say, we have moved on here nowadays 🙂

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    1. Haha, yes, you can just imagine someone running home saying ..”But Mother, I hit it with the fern like they told us!”;-)
      I am happy that you liked this one and thank you for reading it! Stay well! 🙂

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    1. Thank you!!! Yes, that is, to me, the beauty of superstitions; they are found in almost every culture, some are similar and other complete opposites. They are fascinating windows on worlds gone by.
      Thanks for reading!! 🙂

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  5. great posts and cakes are one I can deal with but the umbilical cord on my hem wouldn’t be one of them.. lol. In the ground with a plant is where mine go. But come to think of it, I have one in a baby book 36 years old from my oldest lol!🙏

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    1. Thank you very much! I am happy that you liked it! 🙂
      Isn’t it funny how some of these superstitions retain a grip even now, or 36 years ago? Perhaps it is because some of them strike at universal concerns and hopes?
      Thanks for reading!! Stay well 🙂

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      1. you’re so welcome!
        It’s always a great work of art you pust together!~. Yes sooooo funny and so much so!!!! 36 years later. lol 🤣 Yes for sure and hope and faith is wonderful things to hold on to!💖

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  6. Truly fascinating material, Colin! Based on your extensive narrative, I surmise that we humans have been gifted with a limitless imagination used to control the uncertainties of our lives. Considering the spread and stranglehold of modern-day conspiracy theories among a large group of our population here in the United States, I would say that we humans have changed very little in this regard. We have only changed the stories we tell ourselves.

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    1. Many thanks!! I am very pleased that you liked it! 🙂
      Ha, yes, you are so right … in some ways, for all our advances, we are still as beholden to superstition and hearsay as our ancestors!!
      Stay safe! 🙂

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  7. Sometimes, I think these good luck practices may have been invented by practical jokers just to get someone to do something weird, like washing your face in cow’s urine. Superstition is a strange thing to be sure, but most of us have our good luck charms and superstitions that would sound just as unusual to others. Thanks for sharing. Allan

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  8. Another wonderful article! These superstitions are so fascinating and sometimes mind boggling. Your writing is quite compelling and entertaining. If any of your other fans are like me they will be waiting for the next post! 🌟

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    1. Many thanks!!! I am very pleased that you enjoyed it!! Yes, the past was indeed a foreign country 😉
      I hoped you liked the last one too as I thought of your father as I wrote it and wondered what he’d have made of it haha 😉
      Stay well and enjoy the weekend! 🙂

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  9. Washing in urine would certainly keep a lot of things away from you, like thieves, bad people, and pretty much anyone! Very enjoyable post and I always love the pictures you choose to go with your discussions.

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  10. Sometimes I think that you don’t need another comment, since you already know that I love your blog. 😊 But I just can’t help myself. Each story is like a couple of pages of an ancient book. I love legends and tales. La roue de la fortune tourne… toujours. Have a lovely Sunday! ☀️

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    1. Please do not ever think that! I love hearing from you! It really gives me heart and encouragement when folk take time to comment! It can be disheartening when I hear someone ‘ping’ the like button through posts, knowing that they couldn’t possibly have read them. That makes it all the more precious to me when I know that some folk have taken the time to read what I’ve written!!
      I am pleased that you enjoyed this one! Thank you for your good wishes! It’s a lovely day here today and I hope that you have a good one up on the coast! 🙂

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      1. It’s akways a pleasure reading your amazing articles! Brittany is full of treasures waiting to be discovered and shared. And you definitely know how to do it! 😊 You’re right, sometimes people press the “like” without even reading the post. Thr only thing that “affected me” was the passage about the snakes. They’re my only but huge phobia. Enjoy your Sunday! ❤

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      2. Again, thank you so much!! 🙂 Yes, you are right, I am fortunate to have such rich subject matter around us 😉 Ha, yes, some of those snake-related beliefs are quite odd and I would not recommend trusting your safety to a fern!! 😉

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  11. I loved this! I have had many daddy-longlegs fall on me in the past and perhaps that has accounted for my good fortune? Hehe. The next time I see a shooting star I will say Meiz, Tout, Verdun very quickly! I hope you’re going well 🙂

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    1. Many thanks!!! I am happy that you enjoyed it! 🙂 Haha, yes never underestimate the power of the daddy long legs 😉 Good luck with the shooting star! I am still as enraptured by them today as I ever was, never grow tired of seeing them albeit only ever fleetingly. 🙂

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    1. Thank you!! I am glad that you liked it! It is funny how diverse the tokens of good luck once were but I suppose that is to be expected – folk wanted to draw good omens from every part of their lives and surroundings. 😉 Stay well! 🙂

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    1. Thank you!!! I am pleased that you liked it and also that the same thoughts struck you as they did me. We have more things in common than things which divide us – fundamentally, humanity shares the same concerns! 😉

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  12. A fascinating compendium! I’m sure many evolved from much earlier times and were affected by local happenings and natural catastrophes. In these days before science and medicine matured, some of these things must have brought comfort and hope.

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    1. I am glad that you found these of interest! Thank you!! 🙂 Yes, I am sure that you are right. Some of these are likely quite ancient. For instance, the idea of lucky/unlucky birds was definitely well entrenched before the spread of Christianity – we know this because the early Church tasked its bishops with eradicating such beliefs 😉

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  13. I love this one too ❤️

    I will be walking around the table lamp 3 times this Friday lol 😄✌️ just gonna try it lol ✌️

    The noose thing is not a good thing here … so I’m not gonna even touch that one!!

    The umbilical cord – they knew it was good 😮 wow!! That has all the stem cells ❤️ … they knew was good somehow? I don’t know if exactly worked their way but crazy to think they knew was somehow special! ❤️

    My birthday is almost all 7’s. I always hope that is good luck 🍀🙏

    We do mistletoe too… but is for kissing mostly… you hang it above a door – and if someone stands under it – you have to kiss them 💋

    We throw salt over left shoulder ?? That’s a weird one lol … for good luck and to keep away evil or bad luck.

    We have talked about the four leaf clover before right? I feel like we have lol… that is Irish things – I love that you have that though 💚

    My mom always loved ferns 😄❤️ that makes me laugh cause I remember her and the ferns ❤️❤️❤️

    The only bird thing I have is the crow… if is 3 in your yard… exactly 3 … you will experience a loss 😮 I do not like that one. That one freaks me out. I don’t like it at all … I do not like crows – they are the bearers of bad news / yes see some stuff just sticks!! It is how you see, what you know and how you believe.

    Daddy Long Legs I don’t mind – I like them ❤️ … aren’t they like one of the most poisonous spiders but their fangs are too short to bite humans? Lol ❤️ so I don’t mind them lol

    Obviously France does not have the spiders California has 😮 then they would all be omens!! Black widows, brown recluse, wolf spiders – yeah nope no good stuff ✌️

    A rabbits foot is good luck for us ❤️ we used to have key chains of that lol (no way would I do a beetle, male or female, in my pocket!)

    Bees are really important – I just don’t wanna be stung and can not imagine them as a gift 😮 but I suppose

    I never heard of the mirror 🪞 warning – with babies or women?

    I will totally pass on the urine things lol ✌️

    But I can do the salt lol

    I figure it this way… not everything has to be logical… is Santa logical? Or the Easter Bunny? Yet we have those

    And if it makes me feel better to throw salt over my shoulder then whatever

    It’s what makes you feel safe and secure – or what you believe to aid you in life?

    So whatever someone wants to do past or present – there were reasons they did those things

    We see them as these odd beliefs … but some of them they had something on it.

    I still believe things – I know some are irrational or not truly logical – but I don’t really care … if it gives me peace then whatever ❤️✌️

    I have a favorite hat I think is good luck lol ❤️ it’s battered and old Red Sox baseball hat … people buy me new ones but is not THAT hat. That one is the lucky one ?? I don’t know why? It’s just the hat I love?

    Also… my seahorse necklace… that is also a brilliant good luck charm! I love that necklace ❤️

    And I do believe the crow thing… I get nervous to see crows – only if is 3 so they make me on guard

    If those are the things you experience then ya know… it’s how you view it. How you feel about it.

    I know none is probably true? Mostly? Lol … it just makes me feel better

    Superstitions are not bad things at all. ❤️

    Reading the old ones is interesting and funny ❤️ I do like the edge for winning games against oldest so I may try some lol ✌️😘 ya know whatever might help lol

    See how you not gonna at least try and see?

    But I say that and then think of the urine aspect – and there are just some way too over the top for me lol

    Great post – I am superstitious myself in areas – just not as serious with it

    I also like astrology ❤️

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    1. Thank you!! I am very pleased that you liked this one!! 🙂

      Yes, it seems that there was no limit to the signs that people read into things and happenings. If you can imagine it, then it was fair game haha 😉

      I recall you saying about the crow superstition when I did a post about omens of bad luck. I remember it because I had not heard of that superstition before 😉

      You are right, these things lasted – then as now – because they offered a crumb of comfort and offered the comfort of familiarity. Both of which we, as humans, need.

      Good luck with whichever combination of ‘gamer’ superstitions you try out next weekend!! 😉 🙂

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      1. Well life lol … you can read it anyway you want 🙌 that is one of the beauties of life ❤️

        Sometimes is mind over matter? Kinda like “if you build it, they will come” … if you imagine it – it will be 😘✌️

        Or you hope so anyway lol … every little sparkle counts no?

        Oh yes – the crows 😝 I don’t like them lol … hmm when did that first come into my life?? It was definitely years ago…

        But I saw them with my family just 3 days before I lost them so – I don’t like the crows … my mom will pass eventually and I don’t wanna see those crows!!

        Yup absolutely ❤️ definitely comfort… and then the bad ones you try to avoid

        Life should be fun and colorful … however you wanna believe or hope 🙏

        Hahaha – oh I am trying them out lol 😄😄 I will be winning everything on Friday lol 🙌❤️❤️❤️✌️😄… 🙏

        I will put it to the test lol ✌️

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  14. OMG. What didn’t the kinfolk of Brittany believe in? Carrying around all those animal bits for good fortune, and relying on so many flying insects and animals to help ward off the various evils, I’m surprised that folk ever left their homes.

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  15. The superstition about cuckoo’s reminded me of one that lumber jacks in Yorkshire wouldn’t begin their work until they heard the first cuckoo call.

    Lots of lore for dice players! I’ll see if any help with my Dungeons & Dragons rolls! 😂

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    1. I had not heard that one before, so, thank you for that! Clearly our ancestors were acutely aware that it was a migratory bird and its return heralded some kind of renewal.
      Haha, yes. there are indeed many said to have been of most use to game players 😉 Dare I say ..good luck! 🙂

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      1. We have a common superstition here in certain parts of North India to wait a few moments if a cat crosses your path. It is not regarded as a good thing, you know, cat crossing your path.
        This proved essentially hard for me to follow when I shifted to a city in East India where cats are a regular pet in houses. I realised I was missing my school bus quite a lot as I was stopping every few steps. Haha.
        Superstitions are cool to read and they are so varied.
        Enjoyed your post tremendously.
        And also, just wanted to thank you for always reading my little poems. Thank you.
        You too stay safe.

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      2. Haha, yes, I can imagine it would be mentally difficult to go from one area to another that perhaps did not follow the superstitions you were brought up with! Black cats are a great example of that as they are believed lucky in some places but unlucky in others. 😉
        I am glad that you enjoyed this one and no need to thank me, I enjoy your posts! 🙂


    1. Some are quite fun and some just bizarre aren’t they? Are your lilac’s out already? Lucky you – still a few weeks to go here, I think. I may be tempted to have a close look when they are out haha 😉
      Stay safe! 🙂

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  16. I always enjoy your post, they are well done, and very informative, this one about fortune, and favor, remind me of my childhood, and all the tales I would listen from the old people, at a time, there was no television, the first modern gadget and great killer, of conversations, the day people used to seat at the end of the day and talk, telling tales, and sharing stories of so many kinds, as this one.

    Thank you for keeping it alive 😊

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    1. What a wonderful thing to say!! If my post has helped bring such precious memories to the fore then I am most gratified!! We have lost as much as we have gained from the TV!
      I am pleased that you enjoyed the read and appreciate you saying so! Stay well! 🙂

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  17. Well, TV bring us news and entertainment, but I am afraid the art, and the skills to tell a tale, has being severely compromised, among the new generations, my aunts could tell you a tale for a whole evening, and could be a continuation the next day, and keep your interest, not going, but stick like glued, on your mind, they were true minstrels of yore, unlike today. Hardly anybody really talks, and has an interesting tale, I am afraid imagination it’s being compromised.😒
    Take care! 😊

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    1. I am really pleased that you think so, thank you!! It is fortunate that so many glimpses of everyday living from the past have survived in various places and it’s kinda fun untangling them 😉
      Once again, thanks for reading! Stay well! 🙂

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    1. Many thanks!! I am pleased that you enjoyed it! 🙂
      The hangman’s rope is a peculiar one, as is the four leafed clover found under a gallows. Maybe some power was assigned to death or that manner of dying? I would love to know the origins of some of these. 🙂

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    1. Yes, it does seem like a lot but that is because these are as many from across Brittany as I could uncover; not all were followed in every area 😉
      Thank you for reading it and I am pleased that you enjoyed it!! 🙂
      Stay safe! 🙂

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  18. It must be lucky here all the time. You just need to go on the walking path to meet at least one debauched women or cicada. 😍 I have an old horseshoe at my front door but I’m not sure that walking around with a hanging noose would be a good idea… Great post, as always!

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    1. Haha, that made me laugh aloud! 😉 Yes, it is funny to imagine the acceptance of some of these today! Although, I suppose you could say the same about a rabbit’s foot?
      Thanks for reading and watch out for those cicadas 😉 Stay lucky!! 🙂

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      1. Have you heard of Brood X cicadas – they are hatching this year after 17 years hibernation??? Thank goodness they only live on the east coast! They give me the heebie jeebies… 🦗

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