Superstitions, we've heard the legends, we've heard the tails. However, do you truely know where these legends and myths evolved from, and do they hold any trueth? Read on my dear friend and maybe you will find the answer you were searching for here.
With all the superstitions surrounding brooms, it's a wonder any housework gets done at all. You should avoid placing a broom against your bed because the broom's evil spirit will cast a spell on it. Don't let a broom sweep over your feet if you ever wish to be married, and never step over the handle of a broom lying on the floor because it's believed to bring death.
If you drop a broom, company will arrive. If you sweep trash out your door at night, it summons the visit of a stranger. And if you forget to sweep out the room where an unwelcome guest has stayed, that guest may return. To prevent additional bad luck, never take your old broom with you when you move. Purchase a new one, or avoid trouble all together and just use a vacuum cleaner.
Built over four thousand years ago, Stonehenge, the massive stone monument that sits on the Salisbury Plains of England, is shrouded in mystery and legend. Was it consructed as an ancient calander, used to predict astrological events o seasonal changes? Or was it a place of worship, a spiritual temple built to honor the deities of its makers?
The purpose of this spectacular man-made rock fomation has been studied and debated for centuries. Just as bewildering is the question of how Stonehenge was created. Some of the stones used are believed to have come from Wales on Britain's southern shores, hundreds of miles away. How these rocks, many weighing up to four tons, were transported such a distance in an ancient era before the invention of the wheel is a mystery. Many supernatural and mystical theories have been offered as explanations, though none have ever been proven. Some believe Stonehenge was the creation of alien life forms, while others claim that the great sorcerer Merlin used his magical powers to move the stones across land and sea. One legend even tells of the Devil creating Stonehenge as part of a bizarre riddle he concocted to toy with local villagers.
Whatever the methods and intentions of it's builders, Stonehenge stands today as an awsome reminder that the world is full of unexplained mysteries and secrets.
It is a widely known superstition that to walk under a ladder is bad luck. Historical explanations for this justify this sisnister conclusion. To the ancient Egyptians, the shape of the pyramids was sacred, and to walk under a ladder would be to break the triangle it formed with the wall. this was an act they believed would have deadly consequences.
The Christians have a similar tenet, but believe it is the Holy Trinity (father, son, and holy ghost) that is violated when a ladder is crossed under. When you walk through the triangle, it is feared, you walk with the devil.
Why are guests so well recieved at certain houses? The host may not be as polite as you think. They could just be superstitious.
Hundreds of years ago, people lived more simply and traveled very little. Communities were fearful of the mysterious world that existed beyond the boundaries of their villages. Witches and ominous gods were thought to live amoung the surrounding mountains, valleys, and seas. So when a stranger knocked on a family's door, people believed it could be a spirit coming to cast an evil spell on the home. Wanderers were therefore greeted as welcomed guests, and obliged with food and comfort in the hopes they would move on, peaceful and satisfied.
Vampires first appeared in Slavic folktales about 1000 years ago. Plagued by disease and death---which were completely mysterious in those days---villagers blamed "corpses that traveled at night and sucked the blood from victims." This explanation for the troubles and, more importantly, being able to take a course of action against them, relieved anxiety in the community. Thus peasants eager to rid the village of this malevolence often dug up graves and dispatched those with signs of being a vampire by impaling the heart with a steak or beheading it. Furthermore, to keep the undead out of the house, garlic, religious symbols or exposure to daylight were thought to work.
Over the years vampires acquired various characteristics such as superhuman strenght and speed, hypnotic mind control and inhuman stealth. As for looks, Bram Stoker's Dracula was a tall, older man with a long white moustache, pale, pointy ears and hairs in the center of his palms, while tuxedoed Bela Lugosi was a suave aristocrat. But the vampire's ability to shape-shift (mostly into bats or mist), is nowhere more stunning than its metamorphosis from, bloated, undead villagers to Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
When we think of seances, witches, fortune-tellers, haunted houses, or even Halloween, we think of candles.Candles are shrouded in mystery and superstition.
Beware the ccandle that blows out during a ceremony. It's a warning that evil is near. Three lit candles in a row bring bad luck. Quickly blow onw out. Light a candle inside a jacck-o'-lantern on Halloween to guard against evil spirits lurking about. If you look into a mirror by candlelight you may find the souls of the deceased. There's even a "corpse candle," which reveals the unusual presence of a small flame floating through the night air, believed to be a lost soul. Such a sight is considered an omen of death (understood by some to predict the death of the person witnessing the event).
Spooked? Remember, a candle's magic is not totally out of your control. Try using a pink candle against evil spirits, a red candle to bring love your way, or a black candle to put a curse on someone. For secrecy, it is believed that a candle in the hand of a dead man will not be seen by anyone but those who placed it there.