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Superstition is a credulous belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge. The word is often used pejoratively to refer to folk beliefs deemed irrational. This leads to some superstitions being called "old wives' tales". It is also commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy and spiritual beings, particularly the belief that future events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events.
I don't think I am superstitious. Yet, my key holder has a bunch of little blue pearls hanging. I heard it keeps the evil eye away. Oh, no I am not superstitious but I believe in my dreams and I believe in other small signs that indicate things.
My great-grandmother put a bible under her daughter’s pillow for her to have a baby. My grandmother used to say that if your right hand itches you will greet a visitor. If your left hand itches, you will receive money. If your left eye tingles, someone is gossiping about you. If your right eye tingles, you may hear bad news. If you see the green color in your dreams, relax that's great. If you see black, brace yourself for a drama.
Yes, I believe what my grandmother said, but I insist I am not superstitious. Even if I hang a blue eye, a horseshoe and a Fatma's hand in my kitchen to protect me from evil eyes. Well, better be safe than sorry.
I heard that French freak when a black cat crosses their path. Middle eastern sell hundreds of blue articles for protection and Arabs never talk about plans without adding Inch Allah, God willing.
Here are some Occidental superstitions:
Amber beads, worn as a necklace, can protect against illness or cure colds.
An apple a day Keeps the doctor away. If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.
You must get out of bed on the same side that you get in or you will have bad luck. If you blow out all the candles on your birthday cake with the first puff you will get your wish.
If you say good-bye to a friend on a bridge, you will never see each other again.
Do not lean a broom against a bed. The evil spirits in the broom will cast a spell on the bed. If you sweep trash out the door after dark, it will bring a stranger to visit. If someone is sweeping the floor and sweeps over your feet, you'll never get married. Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one. To prevent an unwelcome guest from returning, sweep out the room they stayed in immediately after they leave.
It is bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same match.
Evil spirits can't harm you when you stand inside a circle.
It's good luck to find a four-leaf clover.
It's bad luck to pick up a coin if it's tails side up. Good luck comes if it's heads up.
Cows lifting their tails is a sure sign that rain is coming.
If your right ear itches, someone is speaking well of you. If your left ear itches, someone is speaking ill of you.
For good luck throughout the year, wear new clothes on Easter.
If an eyelash falls out, put it on the back of the hand, make a wish and throw it over your shoulder. If it flies off the hand the wish will be granted. If the bottom of your right foot itches, you are going to take a trip.
Superstitions about Weddings: The first gift the bride opens should be the first gift she uses.
Everything the bride says as she opens her gifts will be repeated on her wedding night. Somone should be assigned to write down these comments during the shower. The person who gives the third gift to be opened will soon have a baby. Save the ribbons from the shower gifts to make a mock bouquet to be used at the wedding rehearsal.
FOR A LUCKY BRIDE Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue, And a lucky sixpence In her shoe.
WEDDING DAY Good Omens: seeing a rainbow having the sun shine If the groom drops the wedding band during the ceremony, the marriage is doomed.
The new bride must enter her home by the main door, and must
The spouse who goes to sleep first on the wedding day will be the first to die.
Can you share some of your superstitions?
PRESCRIPTION IN RUSSIAN Short Synopsis:
Dr. Fyodor Vassilov is a thirty-eight year old widower and devoted family man with four little boys who need a caring mother. Still emotionally crippled by the loss of his wife, Fyodor can’t allow himself to get close to a woman again. Having a fling is okay but love? Forget about it! He has to protect his kids, and his heart, from any further harm.
Jillian Burton is an American pediatrician on an official mission to improve health care conditions in Belarus. A few years ago, she lost her son and her illusions about men, marriage and family, and she won’t risk being hurt again. Feeling guilty about her son’s death, she travels to third-world countries to cure and save children but she never allows herself to get emotionally attached to a child.
Fyodor’s mother presses him to marry a healthy woman who wants a big family and loves children. The last woman who fits the bill is Jillian, a woman who considers herself incapable of mothering a child, a doctor who can’t stop roaming the world.
When Fyodor and Jillian work together in Belarus, their cultures clash and their painful memories still hurt, but their attraction defies all odds. Can love overcome duty and guilt? If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy my international romances.
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Rx FOR TRUST, winner of 2010 Best Contemporary Romance at Readers Favorite and 2011 EPICON.