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ARROW - Symbol of desire and virility.


ARROW HEADS - Worn as an amulet to ward off evil.


BEES - Bearers of goodwill. symbol of virginity.


BELLS - Symbolizes peace and non-violence. Used to ward off evil influences. Legend has it that demons cannot stand the sound of bells.


BALANCE - Symbolizes justice.


BORE - Symbolizes evil according to ancient Thebes.


BROOM - If a broom falls in your home... unwelcome company will come to visit you.


CATS - Cats worn on a broach or amulet bring good luck. A black cat crossing your path is considered bad luck.


CRACKS - Step on a crack, break your mothers back.


CRANE - Symbolic bird of the sun.


CROSS-ROADS - Considered to be the ultimate place to do black magic.


DOG - A dog following you home is a good omen.


DOG HOWLING - A dog howling foretells the death of someone nearby.


DOVE - The emblem of purity. A descending dove represents the Holy Spirit.


DRUMS - Symbols of fertility and sexuality.


EAGLE - Warn as an amulet it wards off harm.


EAGLE FEATHERS - Worn to bring prosperity.


EYE - symbolically represents intelligence and spirituality.


FIND MONEY ON THE GROUND - Good luck.


FIND A PIN ON THE GROUND - Good luck.


FORK - If a fork falls in your home...welcome company will call.


GARLIC - Worn around the neck wards off vampires.


GOAT - In some cultures it symbolizes the devil.


HAND - Worn as an amulet it protects against evil.


HORSE SHOE - Brings good luck when displayed.


MOON - It is considered bad luck to point at the moon anytime.


MOON ECLIPSE - A bad omen of a foreshadowed evil force prevailing.


METEORITES - Falling to the earth is a good omen. The black stone held sacred by Moslems is thought to be from a meteorite.


MIRRORS - To break a mirror is seven years bad luck.


OWL - A symbol of wisdom.


PALM - Symbolizes victory.


PIG - Good luck talisman for some, others consider it to be bad luck or taboo.


PINE CONE - A powerful protection amulet against evil forces.


PHOENIX - A legendary bird that represents resurrection.


RAINBOW - To see a rainbow is good luck. Legend has it that
there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.


RABBITS FOOT - Prosperity and the ultimate good luck.


SALT - Carried to ward off evil.


SHOOTING STAR - When seeing a shooting star if you make a wish it will come true!


SKULL - Used as a warning sign and represents our mortality.


SPIDER - If a spider lands on your clothes it is considered good luck.


THREE'S - Things happen in three's. And they do!


TIKI - A Tiki is a good luck charm when worn.


TOAD - An amulet to protect you from the evil eye.


TRIANGLE - Symbol of life and the Holy Trinity.
A supernatural sign or event presaging a future event. There are two basic kinds of omen: normal occurrences of nature (the hooting of owls, or howling of dogs, for example), which are interpreted in a specific context to augur good or bad fortune; and unusual occurrences, such as flights of sacred birds, or eclipses, or comets, that are believed to be direct manifestations of the gods.




Omens, Superstitions, and other Oddities.


Agate:
The belief exists that evil can be transferred to this stone. So--as an example--if you were to be bitten by a poisonous creature, let's say a scorpion or a spider, you would have nothing more to do than place your handy agate on the spot where you were bitten, and voila, you're cured. Worn around the neck, they lose their natural color in order to warn the wearer of impending danger. They also help cool boiling water, sharpen vision, promote fertility in women, drive away tempests, stop bleeding, and cure epilepsy. It's clearly a handy stone to have around your neck...just in case.




Ankh:
The Ankh symbolizes eternity and life. In olden times it was usually held in the hand of a god and applied to the nose of a dead man in order to ensure his life in the afterworld. It looks somewhat like a key which, some say, accounts for its symbolism as an insturment to unlock the Gates of Death. Today, it appears, no one any longer believes it holds any special mystical powers. Heh heh...poor naive souls.




Coins:
You want some of the realm? Ok. Here's how. Seeing someone with polka-dot clothing will bring you money. Keep a bent coin in your pocket...you'll have good luck...as long as you take it out every new moon and spit on it. Place the first coin of the day you receive in your pocket, it will attract more. Of course, you have to remember to kiss it first, then spit on it, then put it in your pocket. Yech!




Jade:
Put it on the eyes of a deceased person, the spirit comes back for another life on earth. It attracts rain, it encourages plant growth. The moon is the home of Yu-t'u, the Jade Hare, who, it is said, brews the elixir of life from crushed jade. In New Zealand, there are jade amulets called "hei-tiki". They are carved to look like little men. They are considered fertility symbols and represent the continuing life force.




Opal:
It falls under the planetary rulership of Mercury and contains the power to lure its possessor into strange and unknown realms. Wonder if Rod Sterling owned one. If its owner dies of an illness, the opal loses its luster. Black opals--they're gorgeous by the way--are especially fortunate as good luck charms. They strengthen sight, cure eyes diseases, and make the wearer invisible. This last trait is a neat trick, and I, personally, would very much like to have one work its magic for me.




Ring finger:
Stroke it along any sore or wound, and that sore or wound will be healed.