Do you own an animal and are you superstitious? If so, have any of these things happened to you?
- Howling dogs mean the wind god has summoned death, and the spirits of the dead will be taken.
- If somebody throws away a dead mouse, the wind will soon start to blow from that direction.
- Because of the rabbit’s ability to reproduce, the rabbit’s foot became a symbol of fertility. Rabbit’s feet are also symbols of new life because of their prolificacy, they also were linked with darkness, witches, and the devil because they live underground. By owning a rabbit’s foot as a talisman, you would have vital connections with many powerful forces.
- A left rabbit hind foot, carried in the left pocket after having been removed from a rabbit that was killed during a full moon by a cross-eyed person is truly lucky. The foot is considered a powerful charm against evil because the rabbit’s strong hind legs touch the ground before its front legs. Ancient people thought this so remarkable that they ascribed magical powers to it.
- To hear a mouse squeaking anywhere near someone who is ill is a sign that the person will die, and much of the abhorrence towards mice (who are far cleaner creatures than generally imagined) probably stems from the old superstition that they are the souls of people who have been murdered. If they nibble anyone’s clothing during the night, that person will suffer some misfortune, while no journey undertaken after seeing one is likely to be successful.
Do you know any animal superstitions? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.