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Black Cat Superstitions
Broom Superstitions and Folklore
Native American Lore

Black Cat Superstitions

In Scotland, a strange black cat on your porch is a sign of upcoming prosperity. 
In Ireland,when a black cat crosses your path in the moonlight, it means there is going to be an epidemic illness. 
In Italy hundreds of years ago, it was believed that if a black cat lay on the bed of a sick person, that person would die. 
It is said that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck, but letting one in your house is good luck.  
In other folklore, if a cat jumps over a dead body, the corpse will become a vampire. To stop this, the cat has to be killed. 
During the catholic inquisition when millions were killed, innocent people were tied to a stake and set aflame with often a black cat was thrown into the fire with them. 
English schoolchildren believed seeing a white cat on the way to school was sure to 
bring trouble. To prevent the bad luck, they were to spit or turn around completely 
and make the sign of the cross.
Charles I, king of England, owned a black cat that he felt brought him luck. He was 
so afraid of losing it that he had it guarded day and night. As it happened, the day 
after the cat died, he was arrested.
A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it. - Italian superstition
Dreaming of a cat is sometimes regarded as a sign of bad luck in the future. On the 
other hand, American folklore has it that dreaming of a white cat is good luck.
In England, it was believed that if a black cat lived in the house, the young lass would 
have plenty of suitors.
In France, it is believed that if you find one white hair on a black cat, Lady Luck will 
smile upon you.
In Yorkshire, England, while it is lucky to own a black cat, it is extremely unlucky to 
come across one accidentally.
In the early 16th century, a visitor to an English home would always kiss the family 
cat to bring good luck.
In the Dark Ages, a cat was mortared, while still alive, into the foundation of a 
building to ensure good luck to the inhabitants.
If a black cat crosses your path while your driving, turn your hat around backwards 
and mark an X on your windshield to prevent bad luck.
It is bad luck to cross a stream carrying a cat. - French superstition
Fishermen's wives kept a black cat at home to prevent disaster at sea.
It is bad luck to see a white cat at night. - American superstition
To see a white cat on the road is lucky. - American superstition
Fisherman's wives kept black cats while their husbands went away to sea. They 
believed that the black cats would prevent danger from occurring to their husbands. 
These black cats were considered so valuable that they were often stolen.
It is considered bad luck to pass a black cat after 9 pm.
In North America, it's bad luck if a black cat crosses your path and good luck if a 
white cat crosses your path. In Britain and Ireland, it's the opposite.
If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it walks away, it takes 
the good luck with it.
In Scotland, a strange black cat on your porch is a sign of upcoming prosperity. 
In Ireland,when a black cat crosses your path in the moonlight, it means there is going to be an epidemic illness.
In Italy hundreds of years ago, it was believed that if a black cat lay on the bed of a sick person, that person would die.
It is said that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck, but letting one in your house is good luck. 
In other folklore, if a cat jumps over a dead body, the corpse will become a vampire.
To stop this, the cat has to be killed. 
During the catholic inquisition when millions were killed, 
innocent people were tied to a stake and set aflame with often a black cat was thrown into the fire with them.
The Celts thought black cats were reincarnated beings able to divine the future.

Broom Superstitions and Folklore

A broom dropping in front of the door means company before the day is over.  
Always pick up, for luck, a broom that is lying on the floor or ground.  
Always sweep dirt out the back door or you will sweep awayyour best friend.  
Bad luck will befall you all year, if you sweep on New Year's Day. 
Burn up the rubbish when you sweep on New Year's Day and you will have money throughout the new year. 
Carry a broom under your arm for luck.  
Carrying a broom over your shoulder will give you bad luck.  
Do not sweep immediately after the departure of a guest or you will sweep him bad luck. 
Dropping a broom while sweeping is the sign of a new carpet.  
Hitting someone with a broom means that he will go to jail before a week has passed. 
If a broom falls as you are passing it, you will have bad luck. 
If a broom falls in front of you and you step over it before picking it up, you will have a "bed of sickness." 
If dirt is swept out a door before sunrise, you may expect bad luck. 
If dirt is swept out of the house on Friday, the house will burn.
If someone comes in to see you and you pick up a broom and go to sweeping in front of them, that is the sign they are not wanted and you want them to go home. 
If you go to someone's house and have to step over a broom, it shows that the mistress of that household is an untidy housekeeper. 
If you hand a broom through a window to someone, you may expect bad luck. 
If you hit a person with a broom just before he starts "uptown," he will have trouble before returning. 
If you let a broom fall and do not step back over it immediately,someone dirtier than you will come.  
If you must borrow a broom, take it without the owner's knowledge, and you will not have bad luck. 
If you must sweep on New Year's Day, you can avert bad luck by not taking up the dirt and leaving it in a pile on the floor. 
If you must sweep your kitchen after sunset, you can avert bad luck by burning the dirt. 
If you step over a broom you will be arrested.  
If you sweep after dark/ You will bring sorrow to your heart. 
If you sweep after dark, you will sweep out the money made that day. 
If you sweep in front of someone, you are sweeping them off the earth.  
If you sweep under someone while he is sitting on a chair, you are giving him bad luck. 
It causes bad luck to sweep a porch after dark. 
It is a sign of good luck to have a broom drop in front of you. 
It is a sign of misfortune, to lay a broom on the bed. 
It is unlucky to borrow a broom. 
It is unlucky to sweep dirt out a door at any time. Pick up the dirt and carry it outdoors for luck. 
It is unlucky to sweep on Monday. 
It means bad luck when a broom falls across the derail 
It signifies bad luck, if you sweep under a bed on which someone is lying. 
It signifies bad luck, to carry a broom through the house from the front door to the back door. 
Keep the corners of your broom square or even for luck.  Lean a broom against a bed and you will be unlucky. 
Lending a broom will cause you bad luck. 
Let the broom rest with the straws up and you will be lucky. 
Letting the sweeping edge of a broom wear off at the two corners will bring you bad luck. 
Never burn up a broom; it will bring you bad luck.  
Never sweep dirt out the front door; it will bring you bad luck.  
Never sweep the kitchen after supper, whether daylight or dark, or you will sweep out all your money.  
Never sweep your kitchen early in the morning before sunrise, or you will be unlucky.
Stand a broom on its handle and you will always be poor.  
Step over a broom and you will break your mother's back.  
Stepping over a broom is a sign of slovenliness.  
Stepping over a broom will bring sorrow to your heart.  
Stumbling over a brook handle will bring you good luck.  
Sweep after dark and you will never be rich.  
Sweep dirt out of the house on Friday and it will cause you bad luck.  
Sweep on the third day after Easter and you will have bugs in the house.  
Sweep the top of a bed and you will have bad luck.  
Sweep under a person's feet while he is sitting in a chair and he will not grow any more. 
Sweeping after dark means you will lose a friend.  
Sweeping dirt over a doorstep after six o'clock in the evening will bring bad luck. 
Sweeping on New Year's Day means that you will sweep out the money made during the coming year.  
Sweeping under chair upon which someone is sitting will make you unlucky.  
The child who steps over a broom will get a whipping.  
The one who is hit by a broom will soon be arrested.  
The person under whose feet you sweep will always be poor.  
The person who is hit on the top of the head with a broom will be arrested.  
To avert bad luck after you have walked over a fallen broom, step backwards across the broom.  
To brush your boot with the broom while your are sweeping will give you bad luck for a week.    
To have good luck, place the broom on its handle in a corner.  
To set a broom in the corner with the brush up shows that you are an untidy housekeeper.  
To step over a broom will start a quarrel in the house.  
To sweep after dark will bring trouble to the house.  
To sweep dirt out the door is a sign of a slovenly housekeeper.  
Touching anyone with a broom while you are sweeping causes bad luck.  
Walking over a fallen broom will cause you bad luck.  
When a broom falls across the door, it indicates that you will walk on strange ground. 
When a small child takes a broom and begins to sweep, company is coming.  
When someone is hit with a broom, he should spit on the broom and take ten steps backwards so he will neither have bad luck or be arrested.  
When you sweep after dark, you sweep away your friends and let enemies in. 
You sweep away your best friend by sweeping after dark.  
You will be unlucky, if you do not pick up a fallen broom at once.  
Your luck will be swept away, if you sweep your kitchen after sunset.
Traditionally, brooms have been used to sweep away evil and bad fortune. New brooms bring good luck.
Housewarming - A new broom brings good luck and harmony to a new home. Never bring a old broom to a new home.
Marriage - If a bride and groom hold hands and jump over a broom, good luck and fortune will abound in their union. An old Welsh custom calls for newlyweds to enter their new home by stepping over a broom and luck will follow.
If a broom falls in your home...unwelcome company will come to visit you.
The old picture of the witch riding around on the broom's stick casting magic spells is believed to have come from a agricultural fertility rite, where the women rode around the fields(like on a hobby horse), with the broom between their legs, hoping to bring the farmers a good harvest.
Jumping the Broom -Many pagan traditions have the bridal couple, jump across the broom, a symbol of fertility (old bit of agricultural fertility magic), to signify the establishment of their new household. The brooms are usually decorated for the occasion and then kept in a place of honor in the home. In many Wicca hand fasting (marriage) rituals, couples often jump over the broom if they want children. historically, brooms made great gifts for weddings or hand fastings. Just add a little ribbon, some flowers, and your are good to go. No wrapping needed. Every new home needs a new broom!
The Ritual Broom -Witches use brooms in magick and ritual. The pagan broom or ''besom'' is used in ritual for cleansing the general circle or ritual area. The besom is sweeping away the psychic dirt, getting the area purified for the ritual at hand. A Witch may begin a ritual by sweeping the area with the magick broom, visualizing the psychic dirt being swept out of the ritual area. The sweeping also helps to get the mind ready for the ritual, quieting the mind and narrowing the focus for the witch. The besom is a purifier and is related to the element of Water.
Finding Other Witches -Besoms have been used by Witches to indicate to other occultists that they were resident, or at work, by placing a besom (broom) outside the door. This is NOT to say that anyone who has a kitchen broom sitting outside their door is a witch.
Besoms, As A Symbol Of Protection -Many Witches keep a besom by their door, or hanging from their door to protect the home from unwanted outside energies.

Native American Lore ~ Cherokee

A long time ago when the Cherokee people were new upon the earth, they thought that life would be much better if there was never any night. They beseeched the Ouga (Creator) that it might be day all the time and that there would be no darkness.  The Creator heard their voices and made the night cease and it was day all the time. Soon, the forest was thick with heavy growth. It became difficult to walk and to find the path.  The people toiled in the gardens many long hours trying to keep the weeds pulled from among the corn and other food plants. It got hot, very hot, and continued that way day after long day.  The people began to find it difficult to sleep and became short tempered and argued among themselves. 

Not many days had passed before the people realized they had made a mistake and, once again, they beseeched the Creator.  "Please," they said, "we have made a mistake in asking that it be day all the time.  Now we think that it should be night all the time." The Creator paused at this new request and thought that perhaps the people may be right even though all things were  created in twos... representing to us day and night, life and death, good and evil, times of plenty and those times of famine.  The Creator loved the people and decided to make it night all the time as they had asked. 

The day ceased and night fell upon the earth. Soon, the crops stopped growing and it became very cold.  The people spent much of their time gathering wood for the fires.  They could not see to hunt meat and with no crops growing it was not long before the people were cold, weak, and very hungry. Many of the people died.

Those that remained still living gathered once again to beseech the Creator. "Help us Creator," they cried! " We have made a terrible mistake. You had made the day and the night perfect, and as it should be, from the beginning. We ask that you forgive us and make the day and night as it was before.

Once again the Creator listened to the request of the people.   The day and the night became, as the people had asked, as it had been in the beginning.  Each day was divided between light and darkness.  The weather became more pleasant, and the crops began to grow again.  Game was plentiful and the hunting was good.  The people had plenty to eat and there was not much sickness.  The people treated each other with compassion and respect. It was good to be alive.  The people thanked the Creator for their life and for the food they had to eat.  The Creator accepted the gratitude of the people and was glad to see them smiling again.  However, during the time of the long days of night, many of the people had died, and the Creator was sorry that they had perished because of the night. 

The Creator placed their spirits in a newly created tree.  This tree was named a-tsi-na tlu-gv {ah-see-na loo-guh} cedar tree.
When you smell the aroma of the cedar tree or gaze upon it standing in the forest, remember that if you are Tsalagi {Cherokee}, you are looking upon your ancestor.

Tradition holds that the wood of the cedar tree holds powerful protective spirits for the Cherokee.  Many carry a small piece of cedar wood in their medicine bags worn around the neck.  It is also placed above the entrances to the house to protect against the entry of evil spirits.  A traditional drum would be made from cedar wood. 

Does the author believe this? Well, lets just say that there is a piece of cedar in my medicine pouch and I wear it always. The Creator did not make the people because of loneliness, but because the Creator wanted to show generosity and love to the people. 
Accept the blessings and the gifts given and always give thanks for them.

Your birth on the 26th day of the month (8 energy) modifies your life path by increasing your capability to function and succeed in the business world.  In this environment you have the skills to work very well with others thanks to the 2 and 6 energies combining in this date.  There is a marked increase in organizational, managerial, and administrative abilities.  You are efficient and handle money very well.  Ambitious and energetic, while generally remaining cooperative and adaptable.

Remember to harm none!!!!

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