Palmistry is the art of telling the future from the lines on the palms of your hands. The lines are unique to each person and are said to show the person’s character and what will happen in the future. Palmistry began in India thousands of years ago as a form of counseling.
The heart, head and life lines are especially important. They are judged by their length and strength. The life line shows how healthy you are and how much you enjoy life. The head line shows how intelligent you are , and the heart line reveals the physical condition of the heart, as well as a person’s sexual and emotional nature.
In the UK, people think black cats are lucky, particulary if they cross your path. The opposite is true in the USA and several European countries, where a black cat is seen as a bad omean. In the USA a white cat is very good luck, while in the UK it is a sign of bad luck.
A horseshoe is a piece of metal fixed to a horse’s foot. Some people think that if you find a horseshoe and the open space is facing you it will bring you luck. Traditionally, people also hang horseshoes above the doorway of their home to bring good luck. In many European countries, the horseshoe is hung downwards – that’s believed to let the luck flow out into the house. In Britain and Ireland, the show must be hung with the opening at the top to keep the good fortune.
Four-leaf clovers are very rare. Anyone who finds one is said to be able to recognize evil influences and avoid them.
A ladder leaning against a wall forms a triangle. Some people believe it is disrespectful, and unlucky, to walk underneath one because triangles symbolize the Holy Trinity. The bad luck is supposed to be warded off by crossing the fingers or making a wish while under the ladder.
Magpies are generally thought to be unlucky. This belief is said to come from the Bible, as the magpie was the only bird that refused to enter Noah’s Ark. In China, however, the magpie is a good omen, and should never be killed.
Breaking a mirror is said to bring seven years’ bad luck. This idea may come from the old belief that your reflection is an image of your soul, so anything that changes the reflection is an image of your soul, so anything that changes the reflection may bring evil. The length of the period of bad luck may come from the Roman belief that life renews itself every seven years.
Salt was once valuable and spilling it was thought to cause bad luck, unless the person who spills it throws a pinch over their left shoulder. In his painting of the Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci shows Jesus’s Betrayer Judas knocking over the salt cellar.
The belief that the number 13 is unlucky is very ancient. The Romans believed the number 13 was a symbol of death and destruction. Norse legends claimed that the thirteenth guest at a banquet is the spirit of evil. The Christian belief that the number brings bad luck is often said to come from the Last Supper, when Christ sat down with his 12 disciples making 13 people. Some people think that the first person to leave a dinner table at which there are 13 diners will die before the end of the year.
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