Appalachian Folklore, Wives’ Tales and Superstitions

Give the first pinch of a freshly baked loaf of bread to the Good Men to keep them happy.

• Deaths and births always come in threes.

• Spin around in a circle three times before you walk in the front door to confuse any spirits that are following you.

• Don’t throw your hair out! If a bird builds a nest with it, you’ll have migraines.

• “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor’s warning.”

• If the leaves on trees are flipped over with their backsides showing, rain’s coming.

• If you hear a dog howl at night, death is coming

.• If you’re giving someone a wallet or purse as a present, put money in it to ensure they’ll never financially struggle.

• Spirits can’t cross running water.

• Cats and dogs won’t enter a room where spirits are present.

• Carry an acorn in your pocket for good luck, a penny for prosperity, and a nail for protection.

• If you’re having nightmares, put a Bible under your pillow. They’ll go away.

• Take a spoonful of honey to keep your words sweet

.• Keeping a pot of coffee on ensures a happy home.

• It’s bad luck to walk over a grave

• A horseshoe hung above a door ensures good luck

.• A horseshoe in the bedroom staves away nightmares.

• If your right hand itches, you’ll soon be receiving money. If the left itches, you’ll be paying it.

• Wishing on a star works. “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.”

• When you have a random shiver, someone just walked over your grave.

• If smoke from a fire rises, expect clear skies. If it rolls along the ground, expect storms.

• Rosemary near the door provides protection. Lavender provides peace.

• “A ring around the sun or moon, rain or snow is coming soon.”

• Wind chimes and bells keep spirits away.• Seeing a cardinal means unexpected company.

• For that matter, so does dropping silverware.

• Rubbing a bit of potato on a wart helps it to go away.

• If the soles of your feet itch, you will soon walk on strange grounds.

• Black eyed peas, greens, and/or pork and sauerkraut should be eaten on New Year’s Day to welcome good luck and good fortune.

• Driving a nail into a bedframe or crib will drive away curses.

• If your ears are burning, someone’s talking about you.

• If you dream of fish, you are or will soon be pregnant.

• Listen to the wisdom of children, they see and know more than we think.

• To dream of death means birth, to dream of birth means death.

• To cure a headache, crush some mint leaves in your hands, cup them over your mouth and nose, and breathe in a few times. It should help.

• Placing a fern or ivy on the front porch protects against curses.

• In a vegetable garden, never plant the same plants in the same spot two years in a row. Rotate where they are, and you’ll save your soil. (Note: this is a real thing called crop rotation, and is actually kind of important)

• A black bird (Raven or crow, doesn’t matter) on the roof or a windowsill is an omen for death. To avoid it, you have to scare it away without using your voice before it caws.

• Say a prayer when you pass a coal mine for the lost souls still in the mine.

• Thank the land and the Lord with every successful hunt or harvest you have, for nothing is guaranteed.

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