Superstitions

Animals and Their Omens

Cats and Dogs:

If a black cat should cross your path, expect good luck. If a dog howls for no reason, expect a death.

Crows:

Crows are shrouded in mystery, considered to be exceptionally wise and intelligent, some gypsies say that crows live to be 300 years old.  To see one crow means sorrow, and two together means joy. A crow standing in the road signifies a happy journey, while a dead crow in the road, would cause a gypsy to turn back.

Foxes:

If a fox crosses your path, an opportunity will be given to you, if he stops and looks at you your ambitions will be fulfilled.

Horses:

A white horse was once the symbol of the Celtic goddess Epona, and thus should be greeted with respect or you may draw misfortune to yourself. But you can tell the horse your hopes and wishes and they will come true.

Magpies:

Also a member of the crow family are a sign of good luck if two are seen together. One on its own foretells a theft.

Robins and Wrens:

These are both lucky creatures, they bring good news if they fly into your home, but a dead robin or wren near your door is a bad omen. Owls To hear an owl in day time is a bad omen, like wise to hunt or kill an owl.

Rooks:

To have a property with a rookery on it, is seen as very fruitful, but if the rooks should leave then that is taken as a bad omen. In Ireland, when one was buying a property that was blessed with a rookery the deal was considered null and void if the rooks deserted the rookery within one year.

Stoats and Weasels:

To them playing together foretells happiness in the family, but if they are fighting, means squabbles and disputes in the family.

From: Vermont Deadline

Romany Weather Lore

  • A mackerel sky predicts a fine day in the morrow, as long as the clouds are high and fine.
  • A greenish tinge in the sky mean’s rain is on the way.
  • Rain before seven, fine by eleven.
  • If the sun shines through the cloud’s and has a halo, then fine weather is expected, a halo around the moon means rain within three days.
  • If the crescent moon appears to have her horns facing upwards, she is holding her water, the weather will be fine.
  • A small high cold silver moon means frost.
  • Major changes in the weather normally occur at the moons quarter.
  • If stars are small and seem to blink, there will be wind the next day.
  • If stars are large and blink there will be wind and rain.
  • A thunderstorm at night, will freshen the air for twelve hours.
  • Lightening at night without thunder, the next day will be humid.
  • A low mist in the morning, ensures a fine day.
  • Mist high on the hills brings rain.
  • If the smoke from a fire draws high and straight into the sky fine weather it will be.
  • If smoke clings to the ground, rain is on the way.
  • When fire burns bright and steady in spring or autumn expect a frost.

 

Some Gypsy Superstitions

  • It is wise to pitch a tent near a holly tree because it will give you divine protection (holy tree).
  • To see a mule shaking itself, is a sign of good luck.
  • A moth hovering around a candle flame, means a letter in the morning.
  • To see a white horse in the morning, means good luck all day.
  • If a coal or wood fire makes any kind of noise, it means a quarrel in the offing.
  • To spit on ones hand after seeing a wagtail (a small bird with a long tail), means that money is on its way.
  • If the right hand itches…money will be paid out.
  • If the left hand itches….money will be received.
  • A tickling nose is a sign of getting drunk.
  • An itching of the right eye means sadness.
  • An itching of the left eye is a sign of happiness to come.
  • Frog’s spawn thrown over the left shoulder for good luck.
  • To see a shooting star is a sign of death
  • A baby keeps its luck in the grimy lines of its hands.
  • A baby born at full moon will be lucky.
  • A baby born at midnight before the Sabbath, it will be under a curse.
  • If one of the bearers at a funeral stumbles during the procession, there will be another death.
  • Newly sprouted grass or of lightening means there will be a funeral.
  • It is lucky to meet with a woman carrying a jug full of water, but unlucky if it be empty.
  • It is unlucky to wash anything on Saturday, or to spin on Thursday.
  • There is always a treasure to be found where the first swallow is seen.
  • On Wednesday and Friday no one should use needle or scissors, bake bread, or sow flax.
  • No bargain should ever be concluded on a Friday.

Source: Vermont Deadline

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