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Reply #45 on: October 28, 2010, 10:43:32 AM
**October 28th**  Looking Under The Bed "The irrational fear of something hideous lurking under the bed when one retires for the night may be scorned by many people, but rural superstition readily forgives such weakness and adviser that no one should be ashamed of a quick glance under the bed as this may well warn off the Devil and his minions." Nightmares "Superstition maintains that nightmares are sent by the Devil and his minions to trouble the dreams of sleepers. Such demons steal into bedrooms in the dead of night, often taking the form of spectral horses [hence 'nightmare']. *************** Superstition offers various remedies for those unfortunate enough to be plagued by nightmares. These include pinning one's socks into the shape of a cross to the end of the bed or else placing a knife or some other metal object nearby, on the grounds that the latent magic of iron or steel will see off malevolent spirits. Carefully placing one's shoes under the bed so that the toes point outwards is also said to be

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Reply #46 on: October 28, 2010, 10:59:17 AM
effective. Other precautions include sleeping with the hands crossed on the breast and fixing little straw crosses to the 4 corners of the bed. Any lingering ill effects resulting from nightmares may be dismissed by spitting 3 times on waking up." Nightshade "The poisonous nature of various nightshade plants is reflected in the superstitions concerning them. Alleged to be a favourite ingredient of Witches' spells, deadly nightshade was, in former times, consumed in small quantities by those wishing to see the future; too large a dose, of course, could induce madness and even prove fatal. It was also said to be an ingredient in the mysterious flying ointment with which Witches smeared their bodies in order to acquire the power of flight. Sprigs of woody nightshade festooned about the person or around the home will, however, keep evil spirits away and may also be used to protect livestock from the threat of Witchcraft and disease."   

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Reply #47 on: October 29, 2010, 07:09:36 AM
**October 29th** Ghost "The spirit of someone who is dead, around which idea numerous superstitions have evolved. Whether a ghost manifests itself as a visible apparition, as an invisible poltergeist who disturbs the furniture or merely as a 'presence' felt by those particularly sensitive to such entities, most people are terrified at the thought of meeting one and fear the ramifications of such an encounter. Superstition holds that spirits, which may include apparitions of animals, return to Earth for a variety of reasons. These include seeking vengeance for their deaths, warning others of danger, and seeing to some unfinished business that must be put right before they can enjoy eternal repose. *************** Disregarding many of the taboos insisted upon by superstition may result in the calling up of the dead and even lingering in the vicinity of such ominous places as crossroads may be enough in itself to summon the attention of the supernatural. ... Measures that may be taken against encountering ghosts

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Reply #48 on: October 29, 2010, 07:28:21 AM
include, according to Scottish tradition, wearing a cross of Rowan wood fastened with red thread and concealed in the lining of one's coat." Fairy "The magical and traditionally malevolent 'little people' to whom many misfortunes and supernatural happenings are frequently attributed. Including such unearthly creatures as goblins, pixies, elves, changelings and gnomes... Fairies are associated with Arcadian landscapes of streams and woods, though they may be attracted to the history or certain families. They are often depicte as mischievous and vain. According to different accounts, fairies are fallen angels, the spirits of the prematurely dead or the last survivors of a race of tiny beings who inhabited Celtic lands long ago. Threatening small children that the fairies would come and get them was a favourite ruse of parents for many centuries, adults themselves much feared the interference of the little people, who had the power to injure their livestock and to cause terrible misfortune if crossed, either   

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Reply #49 on: October 29, 2010, 07:33:04 AM
accidently or on purpose. Back in the 17th century it was thought unlucky even to mention the word 'fairy', and such euphemisms as 'the good neighbour' were preferred. Inhabitants of rural areas learned to shun places where fairies were reputed to gather, but greatly prized any fossil seaurchins they found, believing they were really 'fairy loaves'."

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Reply #50 on: October 30, 2010, 08:18:03 AM
**October 30th** **Mischief Night* Banshee "Perpetrator of unearthly wailing that is much feared in Ireland and western Scotland as an omen of approaching death. The banshee is usually heard at night and its supernatural ululations are generally associated with a particular family or clan, who can often detail a history of such warnings from spectral guardians. *************** Some claim that the banshee wail is made by the fairies, who sense the coming of death and want to warn the family. Alternately the banshee is held to be a dead ancestor or perhaps the vengeful spirit who has suffered some wrong at the family's hand. In some parts of Scotland the banshee is known as the 'washer by the ford' because her figure is seen washing the bloodstained clothes of the person fated to die."

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Reply #51 on: October 31, 2010, 06:24:46 AM
**October 31st** *All Hallow's Eve* [This one is for 'Jeneee' and...she knows who she is...] Twins "Superstition has always regarded twins with mistrust, believing them to be in some way closer to the spirit world than other children. In many primitive societies twins may be ostracised and everything they touch will be declared taboo for other children [in pagan times both the twins and their mother risked being put to death]. Superstitious people will suggest various reasons why a woman gives birth to twins, often speculating that she has at some point during her pregnancy consumed a double fruit. Twins will also result if husbands spill the pepper while their wives are pregnant, and women with a red line down the middle of their stomachs are said to be naturally prone to giving birth to more than one baby at a time. A rather pernicious tradition holds that a man may only father one child at once, and that therefore the second child is the result of the wife's infidelity or the action of the spirits. 

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Reply #52 on: October 31, 2010, 06:37:08 AM
"It is widely believed that twins, particularly those who are identical, enjoy telepathic sympathy for one another, knowing when the other twin is in pain and so forth, and science seems to  provide some evidence for this. According to one ancient tradition twins share a single soul: and if one dies and signs mortis does not set in in the usual way this is a sign that the dead twin is waiting for its partner to join it in the afterlife. If the remaining twin survives the demise of its sibling it is supposed to acquire new vitality as well as  supernatural healing powers, being able to cure thrush by breathing into the patient's mouth [though only if the patient is of the opposite sex]. As regarding lifestock, farmers are inclined to see the birth of twin calves as an unlucky event and may seek to sell one without delay." HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL MY FIENDS ;) HERE ON KRISTEN'S BOARD!!!

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Reply #53 on: October 31, 2010, 06:38:23 AM
I'd be curious to find out which superstitions were you favorites.

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Reply #54 on: October 31, 2010, 10:08:49 PM
This is just the place for the witching night.

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Reply #55 on: November 18, 2010, 02:25:26 AM
Thank you for diligently posting and daily updating this, Geminiguy! It was informitive and fun.

a WOO for your effort!

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Reply #56 on: November 18, 2010, 04:47:11 AM
Thank you for your feedback. I enjoyed posting it.

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Reply #57 on: September 14, 2012, 12:07:26 PM
It's been almost two years since i posted this. Feel free to have a look at it if you missed it. I plan on posting another one for Halloween month, though i'm not sure if i'll do it in the same way.

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Reply #58 on: September 14, 2012, 05:12:24 PM
Great stuff,GG! Can't wait to see what happens for this year.



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Reply #59 on: September 14, 2012, 06:28:04 PM
Thanks. I had fun posting it and hope to find at least thirty-one more good superstitions for next month.

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