Pet & Animal Superstitions
Jaybirds go down to the devil's house on Fridays to tell all the bad things that have happened during the week. Jaybirds who remain on Friday are checking up on what people are doing.
The bright scarlet ladybug is a luck-bringer, probably because it is traditionally associated by its color with fire. It is a sign of good fortune if one lands on a person's hand or dress. It must, however, be allowed to fly away of its own accord, and must not be brushed off. It is permissible to speed it onwards by a gentle puff, and by the recitation of the rhyme which runs,
Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home.
Your house is on fire and your children are gone.
The deeper the ladybird's color, the better luck it brings. The number of spots on its back are also important. The more spots...the better the luck!
If a young girl catches a ladybug and then releases it, the direction in which it flies away will be the direction from which her future husband will come.
A big black moth in the house means a deceased one is just visiting reincarnated through that moth.
If somebody throws away a dead mouse, the wind will soon start to blow from that direction.
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