Is your left hand itching and you think you heard something about it affecting your finances? You’re absolutely right! Well…maybe. Whether it’s an itchy left palm, an itchy right palm or a range of other things (especially if you’re female, apparently), check out what it may mean for your money – according to some people, at least.
Of course, we’ve all heard these kinds of stories.
It’s unlucky to break a mirror. And to walk under a ladder. And for a black cat to cross your path.
(There seems to be a common trend here…)
And while many of us may claim not to believe any of these stories, we also all have that story of that person who broke a mirror and then lost their job the next week.
Or we all knock on wood “just in case”.
Or maybe you’ve heard yourself saying “All bad things come in threes!”
Deep down, there’s a little bit of superstition in all of us.
So check out some of the money-related superstitions that are out there so you can keep an eye out for them in your day-to-day life.
You know, “just in case” that left hand itching may be your ticket to financial freedom.
(And we’ve made sure that there are 13 of them for extra luck!)
What does it mean when your right palm itches? What about my itchy left palm?
You may be getting lucky with money! …or not so lucky.
According to superstition, an itchy left palm means you have to pay out money. However, an itchy right palm means you’ve got money coming in.
So is your left hand itching? If so, you should rub your palm on some wood to make it stop.
This is where the expression “touch wood” comes from. Traditionally, it’s seen as a way to transfer the build-up of unwanted energy that’s causing the itch.
Time to find a wooden table or door then! Just don’t get your hands mixed up – that itchy right palm may be just what you need!
I have a left hand itching or itchy right palm – and I’m female!
Having a left hand itching as a female may mean nothing – or everything, depending on where you are!
This is because, in some countries, the belief is actually the opposite to what I said above.
That is, an itching left palm means money is coming in, while the right palm itching means money is going out.
However, in India, it’s even more specific. There, a left hand itching means money if you’re female and a right hand itching means money for males.
Don’t put your purse on the floor
There’s an old Chinese saying: “A purse on the floor is money out the door”.
So if you’re the kind of person who just places your bag on the floor next to you if you’re at a restaurant or throws it into the corner of your room when you get home, this apparently means that you need to work on your money management.
This is because your purse holds your money and credit cards. By putting them on the floor, you’re supposedly showing disregard for your wealth and disrespect for the correct order of things.
I have a friend of Chinese background and she carries a purse hook with her everywhere she goes so that she can always hang her handbag off a table.
I’m not quite at that level, I have to say – but if there’s a spare chair, I’ll definitely make use of it for my bag!
Just in case, of course.
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Find a penny, pick it up…
…and all day long you’ll have good luck!
Well, with one tiny condition: it has to be heads up.
If you pick up a tails up penny, you’ll supposedly be in for some bad luck instead.
So if you see a tails up penny on the ground, do your good deed for the day and flip it over for the next person.
(And then wash your hands, as that coin is probably filthy – and your left hand itching may be coming from something less fun than money…)
Spider in your pocket? Congratulations!
This seems like one of those superstitions that they say to make you feel better about the horror of having a spider crawl into your pocket, but let’s run with it.
Some people think that if a spider crawls into your pocket, it means that you’ll always have money.
(The challenge is putting your hand into your spider-filled pocket to get that money out, of course.)
And it seems they go even further in Trinidad and Tobago, where having a brown spider or a brown grasshopper in your home will bring you money!
Unfortunately, if the grasshopper is green, you’re going to lose money.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide if having spiders in your home or in your pocket (*shudder*) is worth it to make some extra cash.
Money doesn’t grow on trees…or does it?
Once upon a time, there was a very poor Taiwanese farmer.
One day, he was working in his fields when he discovered a strange-looking tree. He decided to dig it up, take it home and start to sell plants grown from the seeds.
The farmer became rich from this and from then on, the tree was said to bring luck and wealth to its owner.
It’s meant that the so-called money tree – which is actually a bonsai – is now a popular gift.
Or something that you may wish to have in your own home!
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Money attracts money
This seems to be a popular saying in Greece where it’s believed that keeping a coin or two in your pocket or in your wallet will bring you more money.
Unfortunately, if you have empty pockets or an empty wallet, you’re going to lose money.
Hey, I didn’t say it was fair!
So if you’re considering giving someone a purse or wallet as a present, add a couple of coins into it to help them on their way!
Bird business on your head
(This is another one where I strongly suspect that someone invented this to make someone feel better who was having a ‘crap’ day. Pun fully intended.)
It’s never nice when a bird decides to use you as target practice.
But in many countries, this is seen as bringing you luck with money.
So while it’s not exactly ideal when this happens, if it does happen to you, maybe it’s not such a bad thing after all!
Although maybe it’s easier if you get money by having a left hand itching…
Do you have hairy arms or a hairy chest? If so, I’ve got good news!
As apparently, if you have either of these, you’re going to be wealthy.
This was mentioned in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – so it must be true, right?
Watch what you eat
There are a range of different foods which are apparently good for your finances.
For example, lentils are not only super healthy for your body, they may also be healthy for your wealth!
In the Czech Republic, it’s believed that you should eat lentils on New Year’s Day to bring you fortune in the coming year.
Lentils are also important on Italy on New Year’s Eve, when Italians eat a dish of lentils and sausage to bring good fortune.
It’s thought that these superstitions exist because lentils have a similar shape to coins.
And on Christmas Day, the Czechs put fish scales under the dinner plates or under the tablecloth to bring wealth to the house, due to their similarity to silver coins.
Some people even carry around fish scales all year to bring them more money!
No comment on how your wallet must smell after a year of that…
Finally, in France, never handle bread that’s the wrong way up as it will bring you hunger and poverty.
So next time you’re on holiday in Paris (you know, as you do) and you want to buy a baguette, make sure the baker gives it to you the right way up!
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Milk, sugar and money
While we generally believe that being generous to others will make others generous to you, it seems there’s a limit.
Specifically, it’s believed in India that the goddess of wealth does not want you to give any milk, sugar or money to anyone after sunset. If you do, she’ll leave you poor.
And on a similar point, don’t give any yeast to any other homes if they ask for it as this will also bring you bad luck with money.
Instead, invite your neighbour over for some bread. Just don’t drop any breadcrumbs as this is bad for your wealth too.
Who knew that sharing with your neighbour was such a minefield!
Toss a coin
You’ll probably have heard of or even tried throwing a coin into a fountain or some other water feature for good luck.
But many people believe that this is specifically for bringing good luck with money.
Some believe that this started with the Ancient Greeks who threw coins into their wells to ensure they wouldn’t run dry.
Others state that this originated from the fact that water is vital to life and so the coins were thrown into water as a gift to the gods to either appease them or to “pay” for a prayer.
Whatever the reason, if it only costs you a few cents to try, then why not!
(Don’t) whistle while you work
Be careful if you’re at home in Russia! It’s believed that whistling in your home will scare away the guardian angels that protect you.
And when they leave, there’ll be no one left to protect your fortune from leaving you too.
There are other reasons to not be so carefree in Russia about money. Specifically, it’s thought that being optimistic about your future financial success will bring you bad luck.
So perhaps remaining silent is the safest thing you can do.
It seems that whether or not you’ll be successful with money can be determined a lot earlier than we thought!
For example, in Korea, it’s traditional to have a party when your baby is 100 days old.
One of the things to do at this party is to place money, a pencil and some string in front of the baby.
Whichever one it picks will determine its future – money for wealth, string for a long life and the pencil for being academic.
So if you’re struggling to pay off your debt, maybe you just picked the wrong thing all those years ago!.
Friday the 13th
And as the 13th entry on this list, what else than Friday the 13th!
While there are a bunch of different superstitions about this day, in France it’s considered the lucky day to buy lottery tickets.
Le Loto du Vendredi 13 sees a huge jump in ticket purchases across the country and the French lottery authority will also often have a special draw that day.
So while I’d never say that gambling is the way to a secure financial future, you could maybe consider just getting one ticket on the next Friday the 13th.
You know, just in case.
Have any superstitions brought you good (or bad) luck? Was your left hand itching or did you have an itchy right palm and now you’re rich? Let us know in the comments!