Sunday, April 25, 2010

Folklore For The House And Home...!

Well, this is the time of year everyone starts thing about Spring cleaning, gardening, and taking care of the repairs needed around the homestead!

In keeping with that train of thought, let's go back a bit in history and explore some of the superstitions and folk lore regarding the health of your household. I dug these little tidbits out of the Almanac...and they are timeless!

There are many superstitions and old wives tales about the house and home. From our collection of folklore, here are some sayings for good luck in your home.

* Scatter Solomon's seal on the floor to banish serpents and venomous creatures from the room.

* To protect your house from lightning, gather hazel tree branches on Palm Sunday and keep them in water.

* Add caraway seeds to chicken feed to keep poultry from wandering. Feed the seeds to homing pigeons to help them find their way back.

* Stuff fennel in your keyhole or hang it over your door to protect against witches.

* Never carry a hoe into the house. If you do so by mistake, carry it out again, walking backward to avoid bad luck.

* Never walk under a ladder, which is Satan's territory. If you must do it, cross your fingers or make the sign of the fig (closed fist, with thumb between index and middle fingers).

* If you give a steel blade to a friend, make the recipient pay you a penny to avoid cutting the friendship.

* Never give a knife as a housewarming present, or your new neighbor will become an enemy.

* Never pound a nail after sundown, or you will wake the tree gods.

* Nail an evergreen branch to new rafters to bring good luck. An empty hornets' nest, hung high, also will bring good luck to a house of any age.

* When you move to a new house, always enter first with a loaf of bread and a new broom. Never bring an old broom into the house.

Well, my friends, there ya have it A few timeless tidbits to start your Sunday!

Now, how about some fresh coffee on the patio this morning! I just cleaned the patio, so it's alright to sit anywhere, OK?


JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special One,
Those are always fun to read. The tree branch is something you see quite abit in NJ or at least way back when I lived there it was and Italian custom. I saw it here once on a building site.
Coffee on the patio sounds delightful. Its good to see the sun shinning again.

HermitJim said...

Hey JoJo...
Interesting to know that this bit of folk lore is still prevalent in places like New Jersey!

Glad the sun is shining again for you!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming by!

Mechanic in Illinois said...

My favorite is don't bring a knife to a gun fight. Thanks for another great lesson.

HermitJim said...

Hey Mechanic...
that one works for me as well! Gets the message across!

Thanks for the visit today!