Superstitions: Love Lore

A superstition is the belief that an object or an action will have influence on one's life. Folklore abounds with superstitions related to love and marriage; here are some of them.

Marriage superstitions

A bride can ensure good luck in her marriage by wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

It is bad luck for a bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony on their wedding day.

Marry in September's shine,
Your living will be rich and fine;
If in October you do marry,
Love will come but riches tarry;
If you wed in bleak November,
Only joy will come, remember;
When December's showers fall fast,
Marry and true love will last.
Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health,
Wednesday the best day of all;
Thursday for crosses,
Friday for losses,
Saturday no luck at all.

Love superstitions

Gypsies found the mule with the longest ears and asked it if they would fall in love soon. If the mule shook its head, the answer was yes; if the mule moved one ear, the answer was maybe; and if the mule did not move, the answer was no.

Sure-fire signs you'll fall in love soon:

  • You stumble going up a flight of stairs.
  • You have hairy legs.
  • You dream of taking a bath.
  • The lines on your palm form an M.

To dream of what your next boyfriend will look like,

  • Sleep with a mirror under your pillow.
  • Wear your nightgown inside out.
  • Rub your headboard with lemon peel before turning off the light.
  • Count nine stars each night for nine nights.
  • Put daisies under your pillow at night.
  • Take a sprig of rosemary and a sprig of thyme. Sprinkle them three times with water and place each herb in a shoe. Put the shoes at the foot of your bed.
  • Stand in front of a mirror and brush your hair three times.

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