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Hand Of Destiny: Folklore and Superstition for Everyday Life
Hand Of Destiny Folklore and Superstition for Everyday Life Author:C. J. S. Thompson The Hand of Destiny is a fascinating compendium of facts about forces ordinary as well as extraordinary. — Throughout the course of human history, folklore and superstition have been used in many different ways. People believed that through the use of charms, herbs, amulets, or omens they could prevent accidents, fight off fear, in... more »fluence others, strengthen their own wills, cure sickness, ward off evil influences, and even foretell the future. Many of these superstitious practices have become part of our folklore and traditions, others remind us of a time when mankind was more dependent on natural and personal resources for survival -- and some continue to this day.
From love charms to healing stones, and from plant lore to the effects of the evil eye, folklore and superstition subtly influence our everyday lives. You'll find information here on beliefs and customs from the Middle Ages that are still practiced today, and theories about luck and magic that will satisfy the most curious reader.
The Hand of Destiny takes us through the history of folklore and superstition as it is organized within the categories of everyday life. We explore subjects such as the folklore of marriage, food, animals, insects, amulets and talismans, the meaning of colors, and the superstitions of witchcraft. There are curious, instructional rhymes telling you when to cut your nails: "Cut them on Monday, you cut them for health: cut them on Tuesday, you cut them for wealth." There are love spells with lady birds" "Fly, Lady Bird, North, South, East or West, show me where lives the one I like best"; and for more serious situation, charms such as: "May he no pleasure or profit see, til he comes back again to me."
A charm used in Scotland as protection against witchcraft is recalled by this couplet: "Rowan-ask, and read thread, keep the devils from their speed." And a familiar superstition about weddings is know to all even today: "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. From rosemary for remembrance to mirror charms and lady's mantle, The Hand of Destiny is a treasury of fascinating beliefs and curious customs.« less