Pet & Animal Superstitions
An Icelandic folk tale is that the first calf born during the winter is white, the winter will be a bad one.
It is believed that if a black cat crosses your path, satan was playng attention to you.
A black cat is lucky or unlucky, depending on where you live.
Cats were sacred to the goddess, Isis in Egyptian mythology.
Bast or Pasht, the daughter of Isis, was represented with the face of a cat. Anyone who killed a cat was put to death.
Archaeologists in Egypt found cat cemeteries from which a shipment of embalmed cats was taken to England. In Egypt it was believed that a black cat crossing one's path brought good luck.
In East Anglia, England, they used to mummify cats and place them in the walls of their homes to ward off evil spirits.
If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it walks away, it takes the good luck with it.
Keep cats away from babies because they "suck the breath" of the child.
A cat onboard a ship is considered to bring luck.
Cattle were highly regarded by the Celts, being the most important animal for their sustenance and welfare and also a basis for wealth and prestige. Cattle were believed to have close ties with their owners and to be aware of their activities and festivals. In some places it was thought that cattle should be informed of any deaths in their owners' household, or the cows, sensing that something was wrong, would become sick and most likely die. During medieval times the superstition arose that cattle would kneel at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve.
In some parts of Europe they were also believed to gain the ability to speak on this night, although it was considered dangerous for any human to hear their speech as misfortune would befall anyone who overheard them.
In England, Ireland and Wales the cow was believed to be a fairy cow that gave never-ending milk until their generosity was abused by some greedy human, causing a loss of the cow or her powers. These cows were usually white with red ears.
It was considered unlucky if any offer was made to purchase cattle which was not for sale, leading to their illness and perhaps death. In some parts it was also considered unlucky to strike cattle with a human hand, a stick would be used to drive the cattle from place to place, and would be thrown away once the destination was reached.
Cattle who stand close together in low ground, and feed hard together, are said to be foretelling rain, but if they stand on high ground the weather will be fair.
If a plow kills a daddy long legs the cows will go dry.
An Icealandic folk tale is that if you see nine cows in a shed with a gray bull next to the door, and all of them lie on the same side, you are in luck, because you will be granted one wish.
A cricket is a lucky house spirit that takes it's luck away when it leaves.
A cricket can tell of oncoming rain, death, and x-lovers.
Six is death.
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