A Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions
The Best-selling Guide to the World of Premonitions: the definitive guide to more than 500 portents, signs and customs
Do you avoid anything connected with the number thirteen? Think it lucky when a black cat crosses your path? Or unlucky to see the new moon through glass?
Belief in superstitions links us with a time when everyday events and objects had magical significance. A treasure trove of fascinating information, Philippa Waring’s A Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions reveals the secrets of hundreds of ancient traditions.
Do you know:
- What it means if a cat sits and washes itself in your doorway?
- Why women should have their hair cut only when the moon is waxing?
- Why Yorkshire people throw caterpillars over their shoulders?
- What it means if you mistakenly recognise a perfect stranger as someone you know?
- Why Thursdays are the unluckiest days in Germany and December 28th is ill-fated throughout Europe?
- And why it is universally believed to be unlucky to walk under ladders?
Philippa Waring explores intriguing mysteries and rituals, tracing the origins of our superstitions and explaining their rich symbolism. Engagingly and entertainingly written, the wide-ranging entries list customs and portents from all over the world, throughout the ages.
Whether you wish to settle a question that has been nagging at the back of your mind, or increase your good fortune and ward off bad luck, this is the most complete reference guide available to omens and superstitions.