Today we heard it a hundred times, “it’s the luck of the Irish.” Last week there were mumblings about “Friday the 13th.”
In the past few days, I’ve given some thought to superstitions. Yesterday (Monday) I celebrated a rather significant birthday, but began the festivities on Sunday – why? It is believed that you should only celebrate your birthday earlier or on your actual birth day. If you celebrate it after it is considered very bad luck. I'm lucky though, since I'm Irish I'm able to celebrate once again. So if you decide to throw a belated surprise birthday party for your friend, think twice!
Some house and home superstitions:
- It’s not unusual to find a small horseshoe hanging above the doorway of a home here in Central Pennsylvania, with two ends pointing up to hold in good luck so it doesn't fall out. Even this Irish gal has a horseshoe prominently hung in her home.
- So it is said, it is lucky to move into a new house during the new Moon because prosperity will increase as the Moon waxes.
- New homeowners should nail an evergreen branch to new rafters to bring good luck.
- An empty hornets' nest, hung high, will bring good luck to a house.
- Have no fear as you are loading the final boxes onto the truck it starts to rain. It is believed that the droplets of rain symbolize droplets of blessings, and wealth, and you will be rich if it rains on the day you are moving. So I guess it’s best to check the weather forecast before moving.
- It’s bad luck to move on a Friday. The following events all happened on a Friday: Christ was crucified, the great Flood began, Alaska was devastated by an earthquake in 1965, the Costa Concordia sunk in 2012, Adam and Eve were tempted by the forbidden fruit, and the Bangladesh cyclone killed 500,000 people.
- Everyone knows that a breaking a mirror means seven years' bad luck. But did you know that when a mirror falls off the wall of a house, it means someone will die?
- Some superstitious sellers bury a statute of St. Joseph upside down in their yard, but should remember once the home sells, to dig up poor St. Joseph and put him in a place of honor in the garden.
- Bring salt with you when you first enter your new home and sprinkle some in front of the door. This is intended to ward off evil spirits and prevent bad karma.
Setting aside superstitions and luck, one thing is certain; the key to getting lucky in real estate is to use a good agent here in Central Pennsylvania, call me today to get started.