A List of Good Luck and Bad Luck Superstitions

  • 13: An unlucky number
  • 3: a lucky number that signifies strength because of the Trinity
  • 666: The Devil's number, bad luck
  • 7: a lucky number
  • A bird that comes in your window brings bad luck
  • A bride should be carried through the door of their new home for good luck.
  • a buckeye in your pocket is good luck
  • A cat has nine lives A cat will try to take the breath from a baby
  • A cricket in your house is good luck.
  • A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad omen.
  • A drowned woman floats face up, a drowned man floats face down
  • A forked branch, held with a fork in each hand, will dip and point when it passes over water
  • A groom seeing the bride before the wedding is supposed to be bad luck.
  • A horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away.
  • A lock of hair from a baby's first haircut should be kept for good luck
  • A peculiar noise heard three times in succession at night, means someone will die.
  • A person cannot drown before going under three times
  • A rabbit's foot brings good luck
  • A ring around the moon means that rain will come in three days.
  • A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown
  • A shark pursuing a ship means bad luck, especially if there are sick people onboard.
  • a small new potato in your pocket will help with arthritis
  • A squat bottle with nails, broken glass or anything sharp should be placed in a wall or attic of a new house. This gives witches a pain in the womb should they approach.
  • After receiving a container of food, the container should never be returned empty
  • Always say "so long" or "I'll see you later", and never "goodbye", when leaving family members or you might never see them again.
  • An acorn at the window can keep lightning out of the house
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away
  • An itchy palm means money will come your way
  • Ancient roman soldiers often observed ants. If the ants were fighting, it meant the enemy was near.
  • Animals can talk at midnight on Christmas Eve
  • At midnight on Christmas Eve, all the animal can talk for a min.
  • At the end of a rainbow is a pot of gold
  • Baseball: "Statting" a player by mentioning his excellent statistics in this situation is seen to jinx that player.
  • Baseball: A lucky bat or glove.
  • Baseball: Chewing only three wads of gum per game
  • Baseball: Drawing in the batter's box before each at-bat
  • Baseball: If a batter is hit by a pitch, they should not rub or touch the spot of impact
  • Baseball: Not shaving after the first postseason win
  • Baseball: Not stepping on the foul line when taking the field.
  • Baseball: Not talking about a no-hitter or perfect game in progress
  • Baseball: Not talking about the outcome of a 7 game series before it is over.
  • Baseball: Tapping one's bat onto the home plate before an at-bat
  • Before getting married, it is bad luck to buy your significant other a watch, as it symbolizes that the time of the relationship is running out.
  • Cabbage or black eyed peas on New years with some change in your pocket means all your needs (not wants) will be met during the that year
  • Cats go crazy when a death occurs in their environment and consequently are kept out of the house on such occasions.
  • Clothes worn inside out will bring good luck
  • Cold hands, warm heart
  • Cover mirrors during thunderstorms to prevent lightning coming in to the house.
  • Crossing your fingers helps to avoid bad luck and helps a wish come true
  • Don't break a mirror
  • Don't cut down a hawthorn tree or the fey will be angry
  • Don't kill spiders
  • Don't let a black cat cross your path.
  • Don't let moonlight shine on your washing, or they'll be the clothes for a funeral
  • Don't marry in may
  • Don't open an umbrella inside - it is unlucky.
  • Don't put new shoes on the table
  • Dont put shoes on a table or counter
  • Don't step on a crack
  • Don't sweep dirt out the front door after the sun goes down or bad luck will come to your home.
  • Don't sweep over anyones feet
  • Don't walk under a ladder
  • Dream of a birth, someone will soon die. Dream of a death, a baby is coming.
  • Dream the same thing 3 times, it will come true.
  • Eating fish makes you smart
  • Evil spirits cannot harm you when you are standing in a circle
  • Find a penny pick it up but only if it faces heads up & you will have a day of good luck
  • For good luck, wear new clothes on Easter
  • Four leaf clover is good luck
  • Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day
  • Garlic protects from evil spirits and vampires
  • Goldfish in the house bring bad luck
  • Goldfish in the pond bring good luck
  • Hold your breath as you past a graveyard, or you may loose your soul.
  • If a bird flies into your house a death will occur.
  • If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck
  • If a black cat crosses your path, bad stuff will happen.
  • If a flying bird hits your window and dies, someone will soon die.
  • If all of the biscuits were gone before the next day, the weather would be fair.
  • If all the food on the table is eaten it will be a clear day tomorrow.
  • If an important object from someone cracks, it's a bad omen for them.
  • If bird poop lands on you, it is good luck.
  • If one has a realistic bad dream, the next morning breakfast must be eaten before the dream can be mentioned or discussed. Otherwise, the bad dream will come true.
  • If salt is borrowed from anyone, pay it back with sugar or bad luck will come to you.
  • If the bottom of your feet itch, you will make a trip
  • If the groom sees her in her wedding dress before the wedding is also considered bad luck and is believed to lead to an unhappy marriage.
  • If two forks are laid at a plate with no knife you will be invited to a wedding.
  • If you answer a witches question, she can take something from you.
  • If you blow out all of the candles on your birthday cake with the first breath you will get whatever you wish for.
  • If you break a mirror, seven years of bad luck will follow.
  • If you carry a hoe, spade, or shovel in the house, you must carry it out the same door you came in by, or a death will follow.
  • If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn you will not catch a cold all winter.
  • If you count the number of rigs in a funeral procession you will soon have a death in your own family.
  • If you cut your hair or fingernails at night, ghosts will come around.
  • If you drop a dish towel on the floor, a worse housekeeper than yourself is coming to visit you.
  • If you drop a fork, a man will come to visit you.
  • If you drop a piece of silverware someone is coming from the direction it is pointing
  • If you drop spoon, a woman will come to visit you.
  • if you hold a toad & it pees on you you will get a wart
  • If you live someplace where you usaully don't hear a train whistle, and suddenly hear it, the weather is getting ready to change.
  • If you pee in the road you will get a sty in your eye
  • If you see a black spider a stranger coming
  • If you shiver, someone is casting a shadow on your grave
  • If you smash a mirror, you have 7 years of bad luck.
  • If you sneeze cover your mouth so your soul doesn't fall out
  • If you spill some salt, pick some of it up and throw it over your left shoulder to stop bad luck from coming.
  • If you start to go somewhere and come back for something you will have bad luck.
  • If you sweep under a person's feet, that person will never get married.
  • If you turn three times in a circle in a dark room lighted by candles and say Bloody Mary the whole time you will call her spirit to you.
  • If you walk beneath a ladder, you have several years of bad luck.
  • If you wash on the last friday of the year you wash out one of your family members.
  • If your ear begins to itch or burn someone is talking about you
  • If your index finger itches you should go play the lottery
  • If your nose itches someones coming that you know
  • It is bad luck to chase someone with a broom
  • It is bad luck to put new shoes on a bed (or a table).
  • It is bad luck to sing at the table
  • It is bad luck to sleep on a table
  • It is good luck to eat black eyed peas on New Year's Day.
  • It is unlucky to rock an empty rocking chair
  • It's bad luck to leave a house through a different door than the one used to come into it.
  • Keep a shallow bowl of water at your kitchen window so keep out evil coming in thru the glass. Evil cannot cross over water.
  • Keep garlic hanging in the doorway of your kitchen to keep out all people who wish you harm.
  • killing a cricket is bad luck
  • Leaving a dwelling from a door different from the one you entered is bad luck.
  • Lift your feet up when driving over railroad tracks for good luck.
  • Never begin a task on a Friday that you can't finish that week, or expect ill.
  • Never invite a door knocker to come in without seeing who is there first. It might be an evil spirit.
  • Never say "thank you" when someone gives you a plant or it will die.
  • Never shut a pocket knife someone else opened, they must shut it themselves
  • Never tickle a baby's feet because it will make it stutter.
  • Our fate is written in the stars
  • Place old baby shoes in the attic to prevent witches from stealing babies. The witches are confused by the odour and take the shoes instead.
  • Placing a hat on a table is bad luck.
  • Placing a hat on the bed is bad luck.
  • Placing keys on a table means bad luck.
  • Plaster or stone lions or dragons at the foot of stairs will frighten away demons.
  • Play with fire and you will pee in the bed that night.
  • Put a pair of open scissors under your pillow for good luck and to keep away evil spirits
  • Putting a line of salt across all enterances to your house will stop all evil from coming in.
  • See a 'ghost' of yourself, you will soon die.
  • Share a pillow with a dog, and you will have the same dreams.
  • Smell dandelions, wet the bed
  • Spikes should be placed at the ends of the gable of a house to prevent witches landing on the roof. This is the origin of the finials seen on the gable ends of older houses, they were originally not meant as decoration.
  • Step on a crack, break your mother's back
  • The number of fogs in August predict the number of snow storms the following winter.
  • The wedding veil protects the bride from the evil eye
  • To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck
  • To cure a sty, rub it with a gold wedding band
  • To drop a dishcloth means bad luck is coming
  • To drop a fork means a woman will visit
  • To drop a knife means a man will visit
  • To drop a spoon means a child will visit
  • To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck
  • To find a horseshoe brings good luck
  • To find a penny heads up, brings good luck
  • To give someone a purse or wallet without money in it will bring that person bad luck
  • To have a wish come true using a wishbone, two people make a wish, then take hold of each end of the bone and pull it until it separates. The person with the longer end gets his or her wish
  • To kill an albatross is to cause bad luck to the ship and all upon it
  • To make a happy marriage, the bride must wear: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
  • To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad luck
  • To refuse a kiss under mistletoe causes bad luck
  • Toads cause warts
  • Two deaths in the community will be followed by a third.
  • walking past a pole with someone it is bad luck to split up & each go around on different sides of it.
  • Walking with one shoe on & one shoe off will make you have some kind of leg or foot problem one day
  • Warm hands, cold heart
  • Washing a car will bring rain
  • Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck
  • Wearing your birthstone will bring you good luck
  • When a dog howls, death is near
  • When chimney smoke goes to the ground, bad weather will follow.
  • When leaves on trees turn up, a storm is coming.
  • When someone dies in a house cover up all the mirrors or their ghost will get trapped.
  • When you hang a horse shoe on the wall, never hang it facing down or all the luck will run out of it.
  • When you peel an apple say the alphabet and the letter that you are on when the peel breaks is the initial of the person that you will marry.
  • When you speak of good luck, always knock on wood.
  • When your palm itches, you will come into some money.
  • While trying to conceive a baby; for a boy put a knife between the mattresses, for a girl put a frying pan under your bed.
  • Wild birds inside the house are considered bad luck.
  • You can break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle
  • You must get out of bed on the same side you got in on or you will have bad luck