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A blimp is an airship without wings that looks like a giant football in the sky.

If you see one, make a wish. Blimps fly slowly, A circle of grass that is greener than the rest is a 'fairy ring.' Stand in the center, turn three times, and make a wish. If the f A gold ring is said to possess the power to grant special privileges. Place it on your ring finger and stroke gently while you m A gold wedding ring can be used to wish for a cut on a finger to heal. One custom is to rub the ring with the finger that has t A Good Friday egg and the last egg of an aging hen have been considered lucky charms that protect the henhouse. Make a w A lesser-known version is to select a star, say 'Last star I'll see tonight,' wish, and then close your eyes and turn away, makin A variation of the above 'first star' chant is that after making your wish you must turn around three times, touch a tree, find A wish made on your birthday has an extra chance of coming true. On your birthday, you can make a wish on yourself. Cross After a pregnant woman has sat in a chair, if you want to have a baby, sit in the chair and wish to get pregnant. (A counterw Another belief is that on the first day of any month, before speaking to anyone, you must say white rabbits for luck. Some sa Any ring with either a stone can be used to wish for imagination, quick wit, or success in some endeavor. While wearing the As with lucky charms, any clothes worn when you had particularly good luck may be invested with special qualities. The cust As you eat the first fresh vegetable of the season, make a wish. At the first sign of a rainbow, make a wish. (England) Before going out in new shoes, spit on them and make a wish. Blow on a dandelion puff and make a wish. Then say: 'Dandelion, puffs away, - Make my wish come true some day.' Breaking stride to jump while on a bridge may have its origin in the military practice of having troops 'break cadence' while Bury a dishrag as you make a wish on it. You mustn't tell anyone about it. Count nine stars for nine nights in a row, each night reciting out loud as you count: 'One, two, three, four, - five, six, seven, Count to thirty-three by threes as you go over a bridge and then make a wish, repeating it three times. Eat the point of a piece of pie last, and make a wish on it. Either fresh or dried heather can be used to make a wish for peace and tranquility. Though the more common purple heathe Endowing rings with the power to grant wishes has foundations in the many 'enchanted' or 'magic' rings of folklore. The prope Gently pinch yourself and make a wish just as the Sun sets. (Star Island, New Hampshire) If a black cat crosses your path, make a wish. If a black cat crosses your path, say 'Black cat, bring me luck.' If a chair accidentally falls over, as you are uprighting it, hold it balanced in place on only one of its legs and make a wish. If a digital clock or watch shows all the same numerals (2:22, 5:55, etc), quickly make a wish before the numerals change. S If a flock of birds you didn't know was there suddenly rises from a field and flies over your head, quickly make a wish so the If a gray cat crosses your path, this is a sign of very good luck; you should strengthen the luck by making a wish for good luck If a red bird flies in front of you, make a wish. When you see a red bird, quickly spit three times. If the bird has not disappea If a spider spins its web down in front of you, make a wish. If you see a spider climbing a thread, make a wish. If you see a w If a squirrel crosses your path, make a wish while you can still see it. If it runs up a tree there's a better chance your wish wi If all the 'whiskers' are gone after the third puff, your wish will come true. If an albatross circles a ship, wish for good weather. Long ago, an albatross circling a ship was thought to be an omen of win If an opossum (or possum) crosses in front of you, make a wish, saying it three times. If the opossum continues on its way, yo If anyone sneezes at a table where thirteen people are seated, make a wish, then throw a pinch of pepper over your left sho If the cat purrs as you are making your wish, there is a good chance that your wish will come true. If the donkey brays again shortly after you say the chant, your wish will have a better chance of coming true. If there are pink or red streaks in a blue sky, close your eyes and make a wish. If three birds perch together on one wire, make a wish. If you finish your wish before any of them fly away, it will come true If you accidentally bump your elbow, raise that arm into the air and make a wish. If you accidentally bump your elbow on th If you accidentally catch sight of a watch or clock whose two hands have come together, quickly make a wish. (Clock-watchi If you accidentally drop a book, put your foot on it and make a wish. Pick it up with the opposite hand from the foot, or you If you accidentally drop a dishrag, make a wish on it before picking it up. If you accidentally put your foot in the wrong shoe (right foot in left shoe or left foot in right shoe), make a wish as you put If you accidentally put your underwear on inside out, make a wish before you correct it. If you don't turn it right side out, th

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are dealt a Joker, quietly stroke it (no one must notice) and make a wish. are lucky enough to come across a covered bridge, stand outside the bridge and walk through it until you are on the o come across a spider, pick it up and throw it over your shoulder as you make a wish. Be careful not to kill the spider o cross a bridge in an automobile, hold your breath until you reach the other side and make two wishes: one as you get discover that part of an undergarment is showing (bottom of slip, waistband of underwear, collar of undershirt, straps drop a dishrag, step on it, make a wish, and then pick it up. feel like you are going to sneeze, make a wish; if you manage not to sneeze, your wish will come true. If you sneeze b find a black feather, stick it in the ground so it stands up, and make a wish. find a button, wish on it and put it away for seven days. find a four-leaf clover on your birthday, pick it, cradle it in your palms, and say: 'Birthday, four-leaf clover, - Now I tu find a four-leaf clover, make a wish on it. As you wish on it, hold it over your head or put it in your shoe. Another trad find a piece of coal in the road, pick it up, spit on it, throw it over your left shoulder, and wish. You will get your wish find an empty bird's nest, you get a wish. If it has part of an eggshell in it, you get two wishes. find an umbrella, make a wish on it. If you find the owner, the wish will surely come true. go under a bridge, make a wish. (Another custom is to cross your fingers as you go under a bridge so that it won't fall d hear a donkey bray in the morning, make a wish and recite this chant: 'Donkey, donkey, old and gray - Open your mou hear a donkey bray, make a wish. If it brays three times, it will help your wish come true. meet a black cat, stroke it three times from head to tail and then make a wish.(This is more powerful than just seeing press your little finger against the wall of an aquarium and a fish comes right up to it, nibbling, you can make a wish. put a ring on someone else's finger, make a wish that is good for both of you. receive a letter with an 'X' in the signature, meant to indicate a kiss, tap it three times with a finger as you make a wi see a balloon flying in the air, make a wish on it. see a beetle fall on its back, quickly make a wish. see a candle or light in a church accidentally go out, make a wish quickly, so it can travel with the light. see a cat eating grass, quickly make a wish, then turn away. If your wish is to come true, you mustn't see the same ca see a cat looking at a fire with its tail away from the fire, make a wish. Don't ever make a wish on a cat whose tail is t see a cat washing its face, touch each of your cheeks and then your chin; after that, make a wish. see a child carrying a child-size umbrella, make a wish. see a cow or cattle lying down on Christmas Day, make a wish. (Europe) see a cow slap its tail against a tree or fence, make a wish. see a double mushroom or toadstool, stamp on it three times and rub it into the ground with your shoe as you make yo see a goat, make a wish. If you see more than three goats at a time, make the wish three times -- this will make the w see a hot-air balloon in the sky, make a wish. Even if you can't see the people in the passenger-basket, wave to them see a ladder and very soon afterward see four dogs, you should cross your fingers and make a wish. (England) see a ladder, cross your fingers and keep them crossed until you have seen three dogs and three horses. Then make a see a ladder, cross your fingers and make a wish. If you want your wish to come true, keep them crossed until you see see a rainbow, you should make a wish for money. This probably has something to do with the legend that there is a p see a ring of mushrooms or toadstools (this is called a 'fairy ring'), stand in the center with your eyes shut and say out see a rusty nail, touch it and make a wish. Leave the nail where you found it, but reverse the ends to make your wish see a shooting star, quickly call out Money, money, money. If you finish before it disappears, you may make a wish for see a smoke ring coming from a train engine, you can wish once. If you see two smoke rings, you can wish twice. (Engl see a three-colored cat, make a wish. Repeat it three times. see a train going in reverse, make a wish. (England) see a turtle, wet your finger and make a cross on the turtle's shell. Make a wish and say the following words: 'Turtle sh see a waterwheel (perhaps at an old mill), you should make a wish on it. If the waterwheel is turning, there is a bette see a white butterfly, make a wish. If the butterfly flies out of sight, it is taking your wish to be answered. If a butterf see a white cat, make a wish after saying: 'White cat has fur, - Drinks milk from a dish, - White cat can purr, - And bri

If you see an albino (all-white) cow, cross your fingers and make a wish for something that has white in it or on it. If you see an all-black cow, you should make a wish. If there is a herd of them, there is a very good chance that your wish w If you see an eagle (try a zoo), make a wish. If the eagle flies, there is a better chance of your wish being granted. If you see an eagle in the open air, this is very lucky (but be sure it is not a hawk); make a wish, then chant: 'Eagle free, fly If you see either a man or a woman wearing a kimono in public, in some area other than the Orient, make a wish. If you can If you see someone carrying an umbrella on a sunny day, make a wish. If you sneeze only once, make a wish. Another sneeze within three minutes will cancel the wish. If you spot a shooting (falling) star, quickly make a wish. If you finish the wish before the star disappears, it will increase you If you walk over a bridge you've never walked over before, jump three times after every twelfth step, and you can make a w If you walk over a bridge you've never walked over before, stop halfway across, look first upriver (or up the valley or ditch), If you walk under a ladder, make a wish, then spit. If you want to have safe travel, touch a ring while making a wish for safe passage. If you want to see someone you love, you should utter that person's name twenty times, then, before going to sleep that nig If you wish to dream of your sweetheart, the last words you speak before going to sleep should be: 'All ye saints, be good to If you wish to dream of your sweetheart: Before you go to bed, place your shoes in a 'T,' with one shoe sideways at the tip of If your shoelace accidentally comes untied, make a wish while retying it. If your shoelace accidentally comes untied, make an 'X' on the ground and place your foot (in the shoe with the untied shoes If you're passing under a trestle just as a train goes overhead, make a wish. (United States) In early religions, the triangle was a symbol of life. A ladder leaning against a wall or tree forms a triangle. This may be why Look fixedly at the brightest star, wink three times, wish to dream that night of the person you will marry and go right to be Look fixedly at the brightest star, wink three times, wish to dream that night of the person you will marry and go right to be Make a wish as you eat yogurt if you are eating it as the hour-mark passes. Make a wish before opening a Bible. Make a wish if you see someone carrying a completely purple umbrella. Make a wish if you tie someone else's shoelace. Make a wish while crossing a bridge; it will be granted if you do not speak aloud until you are across. If you go over a bridge Make a wish with the first bite of an egg. On July 1, origami papers with written wishes should be hung from a branch (preferably of a bamboo tree) so that two speci On the first day of August, you should make a wish on your wedding ring. Twist the ring around two times as you make your w Put salt and pepper on an old shoe and burn the shoe as you make a wish. Should a calico cat be up in a tree, make a wish and say: 'Cat in a tree, This wish is for me.' Should you hear an owl hoot, you may make a wish for wisdom. Another custom says that your wish must be for wisdom abou Some people believe that the first fish caught on a particular day should be wished on for good fishing and tossed back to br Some people do not burn their yule log but place a candle on it instead, which they light each night during the yuletide seas Spit three times from a bridge into the water as you make a wish. Stamp your foot and make a wish when you see a red truck. If you see a blue truck, pinch someone (gently) as you make a w The first time you meet any given cat, you should stroke it seven times, repeating your wish with each stroke. The keystone of an arch is the wedge-shaped piece at the crown of the arch that locks the other pieces in place. The OK sign signals that 'everything is fine' or 'that was good.' It is made by holding up one hand on which the index finger an The two special stars are, according to a Japanese legend, a young man and a princess who are in love but are allowed to se This curious-looking aquatic mammal is supposed to bring luck to all who see it. Should a manatee poke its head above the w This is a rotating, funnel-shaped or cylindrical spout of water on the surface of an ocean that forms when a cloud of spray is This no doubt has its origins in the belief that cattle kneel at midnight on Christmas Eve to honor the memory of Christ's birt To wish for the good health of a person who is seriously ill, make one thousand origami cranes to hang in his or her room. Ma Touch the keystone of an arch and make a wish. (It might help to have another person with you to boost you up if the arch is Turn your ring three times as you make a wish not to get lost while traveling. If the ring has a stone, the wish will be stronge Twelve times a year there is a 'white rabbit night.' It's the last night of a month -- or, you might call it the first midnight to m

Twelve times a year there is a 'white rabbit night.' It's the last night of a month -- or, you might call it the first midnight to m 'V' stands for 'victory.' It is made by holding up the index and middle fingers of one hand in the shape of a V. Should someone When a clock chimes an hour that is any factor of three (three, six, nine), make a wish and finish it before the clock finishes When a grandfather clock chimes midnight, make a wish. When the stars are out, choose the first star your eye catches sight of (selecting is taboo!) and say the following verse: 'Star When there is a rainbow-colored reflection -- caused by crystal, a prism, an oil spill, etc. -- on the wall, the floor, or on any When you are reading, if you see a capital 'X' or a five-letter word with an 'x' in it, you should interlock your hands so that th When you cross a bridge you've never crossed before, make a wish in the middle of it. When you cross a bridge, make a wish and say: 'Bones, bones, sticks and stones, - Criss, cross, hear me bones.' This probably When you eat the first strawberry of the season, make a wish on it.The first strawberry is said to be magical, as it has very l When you hear a cuckoo for the first time in a new place, call out 'cuckoo' three times and make a wish. When you hear a cuckoo for the first time in the season, turn over your money and make a wish. When you hear the first turtledove of the season, walk three times around the tree where the bird is perched, repeating you When you light the yule log for the first time at yuletide, make a wish for the coming year. (Scandinavian countries, German When you see a rainbow, make a cross on the ground with a stick or stone and then make a wish. (Scandinavia) When you see a rainbow, wish for the same thing three times as you look at the beginning, middle, and end of it. (United St When you see the first dandelion of the season, make a wish. (Pennsylvania) When you see the first red robin of spring, throw it three kisses and make a wish. If you neglect to throw the kisses, your wis When you see the first star at night, make a wish and say: 'I see specks, specks see me, - I'll see somebody tomorrow - I don't When you sign a note or letter with an 'X' to indicate a kiss, first touch your lips with one finger, then touch that finger to th When your alarm clock goes off, make a wish before you or someone else turns it off. You may wish it hadn't gone off, but it Within the first month of a newborn's birth, make a wish for his or her happiness, health, and long life. Cross two of your fin Wrap a thimble in a piece of cloth (some say it should be silk) and carry it around with you for three days, making a wish eac Write out a wish and put it in an empty walnut shell. Wrap thread around it to hold the wish. Then bury the shell under a tre Write out your wish and put it in a balloon. Set it free to fly away. If it ascends high in the air, your wish may come true; if i Write out your wish on a slip of paper and pin or prop the message on a holy or revered statue in a place of worship. Your wi Write your wish on a narrow strip of paper and wind it around the twig or narrow branch of a tree. (Taping or tying it is tabo Write your wish on a small piece of paper and put it in a balloon. Blow up the balloon, rub it on your head to create friction You can make a wish when you see a camel, but wishing on a camel can be tricky. Seeing how many humps it has is easy eno You should make a wish for happiness when you see a rainbow. (Philippines) You should make a wish on the first fishing catch of the day, and chant,'Hook it, crook it, Bee bye bilookit.'

es having danced on the spot, it is actually caused by the growth of certain fungi below the surface that produce increased nitrogen.

d New York) wish ...' Then make a good wish.

g good luck is the same as wishing on the garment for good luck. The most frequent good luck items are ties, underwear, socks, and shoe

nd even rendering the wearer invisible.

two wishes.

fly toward you in unison, quickly make a wish. If you finish your wish before they change direction or pass you, it will come true. ay the following chant after you wish: 'Black widow spider, With red hourglass. Black widow spider, I'll make my wish fast.'

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is taboo to make your wish while you are under the roof of the bridge.)

ed to be especially powerful. When you find a four-leaf clover, pick it without breaking off any leaves, make a wish on it, and carry it w sh and the chances of it coming true will grow as the clover grows. Yet another: say the following chant while touching each clover leaf e thrown it over your shoulder.

yes. If a friend is with you, the friend should stand outside the circle while you are wishing and your eyes are still shut and say: 'Wishes c

nriver, and then look upriver.

Tau Cross and a Saint Anthony's Cross.)

r head three times (which you probably can't do if you're wearing the shoe) and make a wish. (Unfortunately, wishing that the knot will

or obvious reasons, is not supposed to make a wish.) (Maryland)

k at the person, your wish will be stronger.

to three slowly before you turn to look for it again. If it has gone away, it has gone to take your wish to be granted. If it is still there, it

k to anyone -- you may make a wish for good luck for that month.

k to anyone -- you may make a wish for good luck for that month. Another belief is that on the first day of any month, before speaking to

. A wish made on the 'first star' should never be told to anyone or it won't come true. (United States) g the rainbow inside; then toss it into the air as you make a wish. When you see a rainbow reflection, capture it in the palm of your hand more times.

magic that will keep the bridge from falling.

s of the baby's birthday are the strongest.

ur wish will come true. mory trick: the Dromedary camel has one hump; the Bactrian has two humps (a D has one hump; a B has two humps). In making your wis

at produce increased nitrogen.

re ties, underwear, socks, and shoes.

pass you, it will come true. make my wish fast.'

, make a wish on it, and carry it with you the next 24 hours. If any leaves break off during these 24 hours, your wish will not come true. nt while touching each clover leaf in turn: 'One leaf for fame, - One leaf for wealth, - One for a faithful lover, - One for glorious health;

eyes are still shut and say: 'Wishes come true In a fairy ring.' This will make the wish more powerful. You and your friend can take turns h

unately, wishing that the knot will unknot itself doesn't usually come true.)

to be granted. If it is still there, it is thinking about it, and your wish may or may not be granted. (Caribbean Islands, Hawaiian Islands, P

y of any month, before speaking to anyone, you must say white rabbits for luck. Some say 'hares and rabbits,' and some just say 'rabbits.

capture it in the palm of your hand (as above), then quickly pretend to swallow it as you make your wish.

has two humps). In making your wish, you must address the camel correctly. 'Dromedary camel, here's my wish.' Say this once, for the on

ours, your wish will not come true. ful lover, - One for glorious health; - All in this four-leafed clover.' When you have finished saying the chant, twirl the clover between tw

ou and your friend can take turns helping to complete the chants for each other.

ribbean Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Philippine Islands, and many coastal areas)

rabbits,' and some just say 'rabbits.' (England)

my wish.' Say this once, for the one hump. 'Bactrian camel, here's my wish.' Say this twice, for the two humps.

chant, twirl the clover between two fingers of your right hand and make a wish for one of the four things the clover holds for you. If yo

ings the clover holds for you. If you find a four-leaf clover in spring, eat it as you make a wish.

3 rules of work: 1. out of clutter, find simplicity, 2. From discord find harmony, 3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunit Actions speak louder than words. ~ Anonymous All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~ Walt Disney ~ Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~ Judy Garland Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost. ~ Robert H. Schuller ~ An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. ~ Victor Hugo Another Sunrise, Another New Beginning ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie As we light a path for others, we naturally light our own way. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher Because I took a moment to speak, and you took a second to smile, a tiny part of me will leave with you, and a little bit of y Begining is half done. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. ~ William James Champions keep playing until they get it right. ~ Billie Jean King ~ Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~ Rabindranath T Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. ~ Henry Ford Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. ~ Eddie Rickenbacker Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear ~ not absence of fear. ~ Mark Twain Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. ~ Raymond Lindquist Do or do not, there is no try. ~ Yoda (Star Wars movie) Do we quit playing because we grow old, or do we grow old because we quit playing? ~ Source Unknown ~ Don't be afraid to go out on a limb... that's where the fruit is. ~ Author Unknown ~ Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. ~ Ruth Ann Schabaker ~ Each of us is an artist, capable of conceiving and creating a vision from the depths of our being. ~ Dorothy Fadiman Encouraging Quotes and Words of Encouragement. Every wall is a door. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. ~ Will Rogers ~ Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~ Confucius Failure is success if we learn from it. ~ Malcolm Forbes Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Follow your dream... If you stumble, don't stop and lose sight of your goal, press on to the top. For only on top can we see th Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. ~ Henry David Thoreau ~ Go to the people ~ Live among them ~ Learn from them ~ Love them ~ Serve them ~ Plan with them ~ Start with what they k God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know th God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. ~ Bible Gravity is automatic... you must propel yourself upward ~ Source Unknown ~ Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. ~ Washington Irving Happiness depends upon ourselves. ~ Aristotle Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. ~ Leon Suenes Having set a direction, begin ~ begin today. Take action ~ take action every day. ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie I hope you enjoyed these encouraging quotes and uplifting pictures. See additional encouraging quotes and words of wisdom I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. ~ Rabindrana If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves ~ Thomas Edison ~ If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right. ~ Henry Ford ~ (also credited to Mary Kay Ash) In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing. ~ Antonio Porchia ~ In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity. ~ Albert Einstein It is always too early to quit. ~ Norman Vincent Peale ~ It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit. ~ Anonymous It is curious ~ curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. ~ Mark Twain

It is hard to fail, but worse never to have tried to succeed. ~ Theodore Roosevelt ~ It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. ~ Epictetus It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ~ Seneca, Ame It is not enough to be busy. The question is, what are we busy about? ~ Henry David Thoreau ~ It's a funny thing about life: If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. ~ W. Somerset Maugham ~ It's better to lend a hand than point a finger. ~ Jackie Phillips ~ Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. ~ Mother Teresa ~ Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. ~ Jimi Hendrix ~ Life is a big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can. ~ Danny Kaye Life is a long lesson in humility. ~ James M. Barrie Life is a song - sing it. - Life is a game - play it. - Life is a challenge - meet it. - Life is a dream - realize it. - Life is a sacrific Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. ~ Helen Keller Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others. ~ Helen Keller Life is like riding a bicycle... To keep your balance, you must keep moving.~ Albert Einstein ~ Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... It's about learning how to dance in the rain. ~ Vivian Greene Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ~ Confucius Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. ~ John Lennon Life is without meaning. - You bring the meaning to it. - The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. - Being alive is Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance. ~ Anonymous Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. ~ Anais Nin Loving is the most unmitigated and courageous act I perform in a day. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~ Thomas Edison ~ Many people worry about what other people will think of them. But few realize the world forms its opinion of us largely from May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself. ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. ~ S Miracles happen to those who believe in them. ~ Bernard Berenson ~ My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on. ~ the movie Forrest Gump Never be afraid to try something new... remember, the Titanic was built by professionals, but Noah's Ark was built by an am Never let the problem become an excuse. No one can make you feel inferior without your permission. ~ Eleanore Roosevelt ~ No one knows what he can do until he tries.~ Publilius Syrus No one knows what they can do until they try. ~ Les Brown ~ Nobody can hurt me without my permission. ~ Mahatma Gandhi Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ~ M Nothing is impossible in this world. Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results. ~ Willie Nelson ~ One word which can change your life - "TRY" Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. ~ T.S. Eliot Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. ~ Shakespeare Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~ Confucius ~ Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else wil Play with life, laugh with life, - dance lightly with life, - and smile at the riddles of life, - knowing that life's only true lesson Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action. When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams, you can enroll the world. ~ Jo Proverbs are the cream of a nation's thought. ~ Unknown Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. ~ Scott Adams ~ Shoot for the moon... even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. ~ Les Brown ~

Silent and listen are spelled with the same letters! ~ Author Unknown ~ Some goals are so worthy that it is glorious even to fail. ~ Source Unknown ~ Some people think you are strong when you hold on. Others think it is when you let go. ~ Sylvia Robinson Standing in the inspiring vision of my future, I boldly take every step ~ large and small ~ with courage and intent. ~ Jonathan Success is an attitude. ~ Source Unknown ~ Ten Rules For Making Every Day A Great Day: 1. Think that good things will happen, 2. Express gratitude to a loved one, The best angle to use in any situation is the TRY-angle. ~ Author Unknown ~ The best way to predict your future is to create it! ~ Old Chinese Proverb ~ The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. ~ Joseph Campbell The crops were planted, tended, and harvested ~ now the ground lies fallow, awaiting the new planting. Did the year fail? I The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow. ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the stairs... one step at a time. ~ Joe Girard ~ The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~ Nelson Mandela The human body is equipped with 2 ears and 1 mouth, and we should use them in that same proportion. ~ Author Unknown ~ The key to happiness is having a dream. The key to success is making dreams come true. ~ Source Unknown ~ The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity. ~ Rollo May The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift, and that's why this moment is called the present. ~ So The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. ~ General Norman Schwarzko There are no facts, only interpretations. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche There is no passion to be found playing small ~ in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ~ Nels Things do not change; we change. ~ Thoreau Things have a way of working out okay in the end... if it's not okay, then it's not the end. ~ Author Unknown ~ This above all, to thine own self be true. ~ William Shakespeare To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. ~ Bertrand Russell To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult a To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world. ~ Author Unknown ~ Today is the first day of the rest of your life. ~ Anonymous We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be sh Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now. ~ Johann Wolfga When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~ Lao Tzu When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. When we step on the battlefield, I will be The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off. ~ LtG. Hal Moore Where there is a will, there is a way. Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can't, you're absolutely right. ~ Henry Ford Winners never quit and quitters never win! ~ Vince Lombardi Winners never quit and quitters never win. ~ Vince Lombardi ~ With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is t Yesterday is dead. Tomorrow is a dream. Today ~ each today ~ is where the action is ~ where all of life occurs. Today IS you You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C. S. Lewis You must do the things you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt You really can change the world if you care enough. ~ Marion Wright Edelman Your belief determines your action and your action determines your results, but first you have to believe. ~ Mark Victor Han

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Abandoned: You abandon something that you are detaching your emotions from. You are abandoned, being left out feeling r Abducted: You are being controlled by circumstances or another's will. Airplane - flying: Sense of being on route to your desires, need for a vacation or getting away, landing: Coming back to real Alcohol: Others drinking, they are out of control, it is an excuse for their behavior, they are not in condition to help you by Alien: Person or situation that is completely foreign to you, you are at a complete loss at how to handle or control a person, Alley: A restricted or confining situation that you have to traverse on your journey. Limited options. Alligator: Threatening you: Fear of an unpleasant reaction to something you said or did. Not threatening: realization t repercussions from previous deeds, or are stressed out about it happening soon. Ancient: Grounding in the past, things continue to go on in spite of one's fears of the present. A sense of having foundation. Angel & fairy: Spirituality, a messenger of words or showing the way or giving an example. Encouragement that you are not a Ant: Little things or events that annoy and irritate you. Lots of diverse activity requiring energy and attention. Little distrac Anxiety: Your impatience is showing with a desired or feared coming situation, or event that has a measure of suspense. Argument: Others: You recognize a conflict between events or people. Unsettled issues. You: Trying to rectify conflict or m Army: An over powering force. No match for anyone. You against all the others. Athlete: Others: Represents agility and ability that you recognize. You: You are engaged in doing what you felt you couldn' Attack: You are attacked: You haven't addressed a conflicting situation. You are attacking: You are fighting back from an in Attic: Secret or hidden thoughts or memories. Discovery of same. Knowledge that is special is being unveiled, your connectio Audience: The world around you. Fear of your private feelings or thoughts being discovered. Being under observation or wat Aura: Around a person or angelic being: Gives divine meaning to what they represent. Special symbol to get your attention. Avalanche: Unable to flee: Stress in life situation is controlling your life. Fleeing and watching: Living under stress while pe Baby: A new event , happening, beginning for the subject of the dream. Can mean a baby if the dream is about a pregnant p Basement: Your perceived faults, shortcomings, fear of those with power over you. Bat: Pestering and annoying people and events associated with them. Erratic, and sporadic events. Bathroom: A need to remove certain emotions and beliefs. Remaking oneself into something new. Beach: A place of transition between spiritual and material: Emotions and mental tranquility. Bear: Friendly: Support and consoling. Unfriendly: Threatening situation or circumstances from powerful sources, groups or Bedroom: Sexual meaning, partnership, intimacy, relationship. Has subconscious implications regarding the activities here. Betrayal: Actual betrayals may recur. Suspicions often played out with this theme. May be precognitive in both respects. Rep Birth: Can be about a real birth. Coming event or new beginning. Rebirth from what was thought to be completed or ended. Bite: Being bitten brings to a close emotions and fears about vulnerability from something threatening or unresolved. The tr Blood: A sign of life. Killing scene with blood: Enforces the notion that something is ended or finished. Boat: Spiritual journey. Calm and peaceful: An encouraging report on one's progress. Stormy: Conflicting issues not resolve Bomb: Unexploded: A fear of a negative future event. Exploded: Recognition that things or a situation has fallen apart. Book: Knowledge to be revealed. Boy: May be relating to one's youth. Male). A woman's protective association with her mate. A woman's projection into her fu Bridge: A transition or transformation. Crossing a boundary, or getting from one situation to another. A place where change Brown: Earthy, common, crude, basic, material, foundation. Burglar: An intruder, unwelcome person or event, loss of something. Being forcibly deprived by someone's actions. Burn: The disintegration of something, loss, ending, beyond control. Emotion or anger dissipating, Bus: Going along with everyone else, part of the group, not going it alone. Cage: Restricted, encumbered, restrained, held away from the thing desired. Cars: Cruising along, going somewhere, a journey. Out of control: Not in control of circumstances or of one self Castle: The desires for the self, the person's future, dreams and plans. Cats: A feminine power symbol. Attributes are by image portrayed. Chaos: Observing others: Detachment from their concerns. In the midst of: Dealing with inadequacy to handle one's own sit Chase: Unresolved circumstances, situation, emotions plaguing you. Can be real fear of being pursued by someone or someth Cheating: Common dream of those who have suspicions real or imaginary about their mates. Some times can be a hint from

Cliff: A place that represents a threat and feeling vulnerable. Falling from: Losing control of oneself or situation. Climb: A struggle to attain a goal or purpose. Closet: Confined in: Feeling limitation regarding one's psyche. Hiding in one: Trying to avoid facing up to one's inadequacie Coffin: A focus upon death and the realm beyond. Removal or detachment from an emotional connection with the person wi Corpse: The end of something. Desire to keep something hidden. Crash: Bringing to an end an emotion or fear that was causing stress in the person. Warning about driving habits. Cry: Release of emotion not related to the action in the dream that caused the crying. Regaining emotional balance. Dance: Brings a sense of bonding with partners. Dark: Attempt to accomplish something with inadequate or insufficient means. Need to be balanced in undertaking. Death: Does not signify death. Means to remove or be removed from a situation, emotions or circumstances. May or may not Deceased: The deceased often come to comfort those they left behind. :they bring messages and convey the notion that eve Descend: Getting out of a threatening situation. Migrating to a lower status. Devil: A symbol for fear and evil for those who use this symbol. Direction: Having to choose: The need to make a decision in life. Fork in the road: A choice to be made. Going in: The rec Doctor: Talking or treating you: Check your self, it may be health related. Someone else: May indicate medical need or foc Door: Choices to be made. Entry into the unknown. Entering something new. Making a commitment. Driving: You are on a a life or purpose journey and making progress getting there. Drowning: Losing ones emotional control. Situation is out of control. Inability to handle a circumstance or social situation. Earthquakes & volcanoes: Dealing with things out of your control. Unexpected problems or circumstances. May be stress rela Elephant: As a gift: Sense of abundance or prosperity coming. Baby: Good luck or fortune. Elevator: The status and location of your mental and spiritual awareness related to the mind. Slow elevator: Impatience to Eating food: This may be an indicator that the dreamer is concerned about a weight problem or eating disorder. It may be a Enemy: Can be conflicts with one or more subjects. Can be one's own shadow self that you haven't dealt with. Empty: What you expected doesn't exist. Engagement: A future desire. In anticipation of a known coming event. Can be a prophetic message about the future. Escape: Desire to find a way out of a situation or circumstances. A signal that one can escape the thing feared. Confidence t Exam: Being put on the spot to prove oneself in ability, fidelity, loyalty, truthfulness. Extraterrestrial: A sense of being beyond the possibility of understanding. Can be a threat or a sustaining feeling. Face: A person's face may not be that person, but the feelings and emotions associated with it. Can indicate that person or t Falling: Falling or rapidly descending: Fear of a loss of control or of something material. Famous people: Adds the quality with which that person has. Uplifting or negative qualities apply. Farm: Applies to remoteness, security, peace & calm, work. Father: Masculine, authority, strength, a strengthening symbol, or the reverse depending upon view held. Fear: Represents the thing you have to face up to in waking life. Fence: A partition of two symbols or meanings to focus upon. An obstacle. A choice. Finding: Discovery of desires, that which was unknown or lost. A signal to search for an answer to something. Fire: With fear: The disintegration of something, loss, unwanted change. Danger lurks somewhere. With curiosity: Re-think Fish: Many little fish: Concerns, problems, difficulties that need to be thought about. Swimming with a dolphin: Spiritual m Flying: By yourself: Signal to think positive, all things are possible. Forest: Confused or lost: Difficulty in finding a solution or thinking out a situation. Peaceful: Removal from problems, instil Fork in the road: Time to make a decision about life direction or other choice. Fox: AMysterious, or magical feelingrequires cautionis staring at possiblespiritual significance of being watched. If the dream Frog: situation or personality that intended. If it because of you: A trickery, deceit. not known by you. Funeral: The end of something rather than death of a person. An issue or emotion finally being put to rest. May be a replay o Gate: Closed: An opportunity for you to decide upon. Open: The beginning of an opportunity to leave your current situation Gift: To make you feel better about what the gift relates to. Something is coming to you, high expectations.

Giraffe: Something beyond your grasp or understanding. Running away: Loss or defeat because of inability to cope or mana ness. Pay attention toits throat: possible health related to throat problem. progress in life. If god is there but not the focu God: If focus is upon details and meanings about yourself and your spiritual to the meaning. Graduation: Completion and accomplishment recognized. Ready to go on to the next stage or level of life. Grandparents: Encouragement and sustenance instilled. Their house: Need to regain peace and tranquility in life. Grave: Reminder of things past and completed. Draw opinions conclusions from other symbols. Groom or bride: Desire to marry. Face of fiancé': Reassuring. Face of a non- candidate friend: Patience required. Faceless: Gun: Self with gun: Ready to assert one's will over the subject. Gun threatening you: Others wishing to assert their will ove Hair: Own hair falling out: Sense of having no control over a situation. Other's hair, seeing them as losing stature or importa Health: Here are some points to consider being a possible signal that there is a health situation to be dealt with: Any focus faceless person that you are observing. It's best to be safe and investigate. Heaven: A spiritual meaning. A message from god or the higher self. Progress, status and direction in life can be made evide Hide: Trying not to face situations, desire to protect one self and avoid consequences. Continues suspenseful situation in life Hill: Below it: More energy needed in a situation to get a resolution. On top of it: Achieved objective; feeling satisfied. Tim House: You, your psyche, intellect, mind, spirituality. How you perceive yourself in light of the things that go on here. Illness: Being unable to perform the action desired. An excuse to not do something. May be a sign of a real illness and should Injury: You are injured: You may have been offended or emotionally hurt. You inflict injury: Signal that you are doing same Intruder: Someone or something has interfered with your peace of mind by forcing a situation upon you. Invisible person: Person: Can be presence of one's Higher Self lending strength and comfort. Power: Something in your life Island: Seeking a refuge away from life situation. Feeling displaced and isolated from everything. Journey: The journey through one's life in a spiritual sense. The sense of making progress in spiritual things. From one part o Kidnapped: Forced to be involved in things not of one's choosing that are forced upon the person by outside circumstances. Kill & murder: You kill: You are fighting back against your fear or desire to eliminate something from your life. You are kille Kissing: Someone you like and want: Wish fulfillment. A faceless person: your basic desire being met. Someone you know If you already have a mate, it may be time to spice up the romance. If you don't, its wish fulfillment. Knock: Loud knock on a door: You are becoming aware of spiritual truths and are reaching a new level of understanding. Yo Lake: Observing peacefully: Your emotions are under control and you know it. Drowning in it: You have lost control of your Lightening & thunder: Afraid: Fear of a power beyond your control. Enjoying: Control of life's situation and recognition of a Love: Loving one's mate: Solely for your pleasure. Loving your ex mate you still want: Helping you to feel better. Loving Your romance is getting too routine, time to spice it up a bit. Marathon: An ongoing situation or circumstance that a person is undergoing. A sign that the person can persist to get a resul Marriage: No fiancé: Its your desire. With a fiancé: you are anticipating the event. To a non-candidate: Meeting of the min Money: Winning or finding: Makes your financial situation easier to deal with. May be a precognitive signal. Raise your expec Monkey: One who is not under your control. Qualities of a monkey applied to a person as an excuse for their behavior. Monster: Different forms of monsters for diverse fears. To force you to face your fears. Mountain: On top: Sense of having arrived or having accomplished something. Below: Prepare for a challenging effort need Mud: A situation that has no clear solutions or understanding at the moment. Mummy: A person you know: Helps you accept their passing. One that walks and talks: Death is not the end. Nor is the end Naked: Northerners: The covers probably came off during the night. Other things: You are not prepared for something. You Name: Hearing your name: Your Higher Self or one from the spiritual world touching in with you. Draws attention to others Ocean: Deepest foundation in a spiritual sense. The source and depth of spiritual feeling. Pain: Transfers emotional pain to the physical. Regarding body parts, a possible health related situation that should be inves Paradise: Refreshes the soul spirit. A vacation from the physical and material world. A reminder of better things. Paralysis: Often felt during lucid dreaming and when someone wants to move physically in a dream. Can also represent one's Police: Authority figures add sense of protection or rescue. Can also provide sense of impending punishment. Pregnancy: Desire a baby: You may be pregnant or its giving you what you want so you don't feel wanting. Don't want a baby Quicksand: A trap from which one may not easily escape. A sense that you are losing and can't overcome your problem. Rain: You are trying to overcome an emotional issue with someone or something.

Rape: You feel used or your integrity violated by someone or circumstances that was forced upon you. Rat: Non: Threatening: Indicates that something doesn't make sense, is deceptive, is wrong or amiss, isn't fair. Threatenin about health or well being. Ring: Symbol of commitment when involved with a candidate for marriage. Can also be any other type of commitment. A sen River: Creates a focus on the feelings and emotional content of the dream. School: A place where one works out situations with a feeling of being on familiar ground, a controllable situation. Can resol Scream: A response provoked by many dreams to get someone to externalize with held emotions. Search: Search and not find: Instills the need to find something that is lacking within. Can be spiritual or need for self-exam Sex: The most powerful instinct in the human psyche. Satisfy a natural desire when sex is absent in waking life. With someo the same sex: Can be yourself dealing with your male/ female counterpart. The part of you that you don't like. Shadow: Your own shadow: Your higher Self participates with you. Your counterpart (shadow) personality that you are tryin Shark: Emotional threat to self or other person. Shower: Cleansing one self from things that affect the emotions. Relief from stressed emotions. Sign: Things that appear to you as a "sign" require paying attention to. There may be a message there for you. Sinking: Sense of losing the battle to provoke one to fight on. Size: Exaggerated sizes of things are to get your attention. Examine them in detail. Sliding: Instills a sense of instability and tenuousness related to the subject involved. Snake: An recurring issue that has not been resolved yet. Can involve treachery or sense of betrayal. Spaceship: Fearful: Overpowering and puzzling situation or circumstances that makes no sense to you. Happy: Feeling that Spider: Little annoying or irritating things that are left undone. Can be a fear of gossipy things said about you: Or the conse Spirits or ghosts: Connections with another world. Fear: You need to address your fears about death or of the unknown. Viv you to address your fear, chase them away and you won. Stairs: Take you to another level of understanding or progress in your spiritual, emotional or material life. Stalker: The thing left undone or being avoided wants to be addressed. Steal: You steal: A bit of dishonesty comes to your attention. Someone steals from you: Dealing with your own loss of mate Swim: At peace and comfortable with one's emotions. Things are under control. Teeth: Falling out: Loss of control over certain aspects of one's life. Powerlessness, unable to influence things or the outcom Telephone: Can't hear the voice: You are out of touch with the subject. You can't speak: You may have nothing to say or la Tidal wave: Overcoming you: Your emotions about to become out of control regarding circumstances in life. Dodging it: Yo Toilet: Sitting on one: Trying to remove memory or stress from embarrassing situation. Tornado: Being overwhelmed by work or circumstances. You are stressed out. If you are overtaken: Things are out of contro Train: A journey in life with someone else in control of the itinerary. Train: Don't work. Loss of control. Applying them: Bringing something under control. Unfaithful: Your mate: Suspicion deserved or un-deserved of the mate. Your self: Possibly a desire you have. Happy with th Voice: May be a message for you. The higher self is getting your attention. Wedding: A desire fulfilled if there is no ready mate. Preparing your mind set for the future. Prior to actual wedding: To be Window: A point to focus upon a particular subject. Wolf: Peaceful: Coexistence with a threatening situation. On the prowl: Warning to be alert for treachery or loss.

‘V’ stands for ‘victory.’ It is made by holding up the index and middle fingers of one hand in the shape of a V. Should someo A blimp is an airship without wings that looks like a giant football in the sky. If you see one, make a wish. Blimps fly slowly, A circle of grass that is greener than the rest is a ‘fairy ring.’ Stand in the center, turn three times, and make a wish. If the A cricket in the house, particularly on the hearth, brings good luck; make a wish on it. If the cricket chirps, your wish will co A gingko leaf can be wished on if you have kept it for three months. Make your wish and then be sure you don’t lose the leaf A gold ring is said to possess the power to grant special privileges. Place it on your ring finger and stroke gently while you m A gold wedding ring can be used to wish for a cut on a finger to heal. One custom is to rub the ring with the finger that has t A Good Friday egg and the last egg of an aging hen have been considered lucky charms that protect the henhouse. Make a w A lesser-known version is to select a star, say ‘Last star I’ll see tonight,’ wish, and then close your eyes and turn away, maki A samara, because it looks like an angel’s wing, is sometimes carried or kept as a good luck charm. The owner should stroke A variation of the above ‘first star’ chant is that after making your wish you must turn around three times, touch a tree, find A white elephant, which is rare, is said to carry strong magic for making wishes come true, so be sure to make a good wish if A wish made on your birthday has an extra chance of coming true. On your birthday, you can make a wish on yourself. Cross After a pregnant woman has sat in a chair, if you want to have a baby, sit in the chair and wish to get pregnant. (A counterw After you eat an apple, take two of the seeds, hold them in your hand and make a wish. Stick an apple seed on each of your An interesting custom connected with the samara is to gather some in the palm of your hand and make a wish either for the Another belief is that on the first day of any month, before speaking to anyone, you must say white rabbits for luck. Some sa Any ring with either a stone can be used to wish for imagination, quick wit, or success in some endeavor. While wearing the As with lucky charms, any clothes worn when you had particularly good luck may be invested with special qualities. The cust As you eat the first fresh vegetable of the season, make a wish. At the first sign of a rainbow, make a wish. (England) Before going out in new shoes, spit on them and make a wish. Before you open a new jar (of anything), hit it with a knife handle against a table, three times, as you make a wish. If the ja Blow on a dandelion puff (made up of dandelion seeds) and tell Santa Claus what you want for Christmas. Blow on a dandelion puff and make a wish. Then say: ‘Dandelion, puffs away, - Make my wish come true some day.’ Breaking stride to jump while on a bridge may have its origin in the military practice of having troops ‘break cadence’ while Bury a dishrag as you make a wish on it. You mustn’t tell anyone about it. Catch a lightning bug. As you cup it in your hands, whisper your wish to it. Set it free. If it flies out of sight instead of landin Count nine stars for nine nights in a row, each night reciting out loud as you count: ‘One, two, three, four, - five, six, seven Count nine stars for nine nights in a row, each night reciting out loud as you count: ‘One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, Count to thirty-three by threes as you go over a bridge and then make a wish, repeating it three times. Drop a coin into a well and make a wish. Listen for the plop when the coin hits the water. The deeper the well, the better t Drop a coin into a well as you make your wish. There’s a better chance of it coming true if you can see your reflection in the Drop a small branch into a well as you make a wish. If it floats, your wish will come true. Drop a small pin into a wishing well as you chant: ‘Pin, spin; Wishing well Wish me well. Eat a grape for each chime of the clock at midnight on New Year’s Eve, while making the same silent wish 12 times. (Portug Eat the point of a piece of pie last, and make a wish on it. Ebony is a hard wood, most prized when it is black. It is frequently polished and made into jewelry. Stroke a piece of ebony Either fresh or dried heather can be used to make a wish for peace and tranquility. Though the more common purple heathe Endowing rings with the power to grant wishes has foundations in the many ‘enchanted’ or ‘magic’ rings of folklore. The pro Fill a cup with water from a well. Take three swallows of water from the cup while making your wish. Throw the rest of the Gently pinch yourself and make a wish just as the Sun sets. (Star Island, New Hampshire) Get a small stick and spit on it. Throw it over your left shoulder as you make your wish. (England) Have two or more people tie an apple on a string (horizontally around the apple with stem up). Swing the apples (now the st Hold a winged-seed from a maple tree on the palm of your hand and blow it away as you wish for what you want Santa Claus Hold an apple’s stem in one hand while you twist and turn the apple with the other. With each quarter-turn, count off the a Honeymooners toss coins into the Bridal Veil Falls at Niagara Falls and wish for long, happy marriages. (Canada and United S

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a black cat crosses your path, make a wish. a black cat crosses your path, say ‘Black cat, bring me luck.’ a broom accidentally falls over, step on it and make a wish before picking it up. a candle goes out by itself before it has burned all the way down, quickly make a wish so the spirits can carry it to the win a chair accidentally falls over, as you are uprighting it, hold it balanced in place on only one of its legs and make a wish. a digital clock or watch shows all the same numerals (2:22, 5:55, etc), quickly make a wish before the numerals change. S a flock of birds you didn’t know was there suddenly rises from a field and flies over your head, quickly make a wish so the a gray cat crosses your path, this is a sign of very good luck; you should strengthen the luck by making a wish for good luck a jar drops to the floor and does not break, you may make a wish as you pick it up. a mop accidentally falls over, step on it and make a wish before picking it up. a rabbit crosses your path, take three steps backward and turn away to make a wish. If you look back at the rabbit, your w a red bird flies in front of you, make a wish. When you see a red bird, quickly spit three times. If the bird has not disappea a spider spins its web down in front of you, make a wish. If you see a spider climbing a thread, make a wish. If you see a w a squirrel crosses your path, make a wish while you can still see it. If it runs up a tree there’s a better chance your wish w all the ‘whiskers’ are gone after the third puff, your wish will come true. an albatross circles a ship, wish for good weather. Long ago, an albatross circling a ship was thought to be an omen of win an opossum (or possum) crosses in front of you, make a wish, saying it three times. If the opossum continues on its way, yo anyone sneezes at a table where thirteen people are seated, make a wish, then throw a pinch of pepper over your left sho the cat purrs as you are making your wish, there is a good chance that your wish will come true. the donkey brays again shortly after you say the chant, your wish will have a better chance of coming true. there are pink or red streaks in a blue sky, close your eyes and make a wish. three birds perch together on one wire, make a wish. If you finish your wish before any of them fly away, it will come true you accidentally bump your elbow, raise that arm into the air and make a wish. If you accidentally bump your elbow on th you accidentally catch sight of a watch or clock whose two hands have come together, quickly make a wish. (Clock-watchi you accidentally drop a book, put your foot on it and make a wish. Pick it up with the opposite hand from the foot, or you you accidentally drop a dishrag, make a wish on it before picking it up. you accidentally put your foot in the wrong shoe (right foot in left shoe or left foot in right shoe), make a wish as you put you accidentally put your underwear on inside out, make a wish before you correct it. If you don’t turn it right side out, th you are crossing the equator, cross your fingers on each hand and wish. you are dealt a Joker, quietly stroke it (no one must notice) and make a wish. you are lucky enough to come across a covered bridge, stand outside the bridge and walk through it until you are on the o you are pricked by a pin that is in your clothing, take it out, make a wish, and put the pin back in. you are standing on a dormant volcano and it is possible to look down into the crater, make a wish, repeating it three time you are with someone else and you see a parked mail truck, the first person who runs to it and touches the post office em you can break an apple in half with your bare hands, you may make a wish to marry and it will come true. (Kentucky) you can eat a crab apple without frowning, you should make a wish as you swallow the last bite. you can keep from yawning when someone else yawns, you may make a silent wish. If you yawn in the next fifteen minute you come across a spider, pick it up and throw it over your shoulder as you make a wish. Be careful not to kill the spider o you cross a bridge in an automobile, hold your breath until you reach the other side and make two wishes: one as you get you discover that part of an undergarment is showing (bottom of slip, waistband of underwear, collar of undershirt, straps you drop a dishrag, step on it, make a wish, and then pick it up. you feel like you are going to sneeze, make a wish; if you manage not to sneeze, your wish will come true. If you sneeze b you find a black feather, stick it in the ground so it stands up, and make a wish. you find a button, wish on it and put it away for seven days. you find a four-leaf clover on your birthday, pick it, cradle it in your palms, and say: ‘Birthday, four-leaf clover, - Now I tu you find a four-leaf clover, make a wish on it. As you wish on it, hold it over your head or put it in your shoe. 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find a pin pointing toward you, pick it up and stick it into your clothes upside down. Make a wish and leave the pin in find a pin with the point turned toward you, make a wish before picking it up. find a pin, pin it at the left shoulder of your clothes and make a wish. The wish will come true when the pin comes ou find a samara that has fallen from an ash, elm or maple tree, make a wish on it. Then, put it on the branch of a tree o find an empty bird’s nest, you get a wish. If it has part of an eggshell in it, you get two wishes. find an umbrella, make a wish on it. If you find the owner, the wish will surely come true. go under a bridge, make a wish. (Another custom is to cross your fingers as you go under a bridge so that it won’t fall have forgotten something and must go back for it, you are entitled to a wish. (It won’t work if you leave the object be hear a donkey bray in the morning, make a wish and recite this chant: ‘Donkey, donkey, old and gray - Open your mou hear a donkey bray, make a wish. If it brays three times, it will help your wish come true. hear someone yodel, quickly make a wish. The sounds of the yodel will help carry the wish. This is one custom where meet a black cat, stroke it three times from head to tail and then make a wish.(This is more powerful than just seeing press your little finger against the wall of an aquarium and a fish comes right up to it, nibbling, you can make a wish. put a piece of wedding cake under your pillow, you may wish on it last thing at night and repeat the wish first thing in put a ring on someone else’s finger, make a wish that is good for both of you. receive a letter with an ‘X’ in the signature, meant to indicate a kiss, tap it three times with a finger as you make a w see a balloon flying in the air, make a wish on it. see a balloon flying in the air, make a wish on it. If you see a hot-air balloon in the sky, make a wish. Even if you can’ see a beetle fall on its back, quickly make a wish. see a candle or light in a church accidentally go out, make a wish quickly, so it can travel with the light. see a cat eating grass, quickly make a wish, then turn away. If your wish is to come true, you mustn’t see the same ca see a cat looking at a fire with its tail away from the fire, make a wish. Don’t ever make a wish on a cat whose tail is see a cat washing its face, touch each of your cheeks and then your chin; after that, make a wish. see a child carrying a child-size umbrella, make a wish. see a cloud in the shape of a camel, make a wish. However, to dream of a cloud in the shape of a camel is said to be b see a cow or cattle lying down on Christmas Day, make a wish. (Europe) see a cow slap its tail against a tree or fence, make a wish. see a double mushroom or toadstool, stamp on it three times and rub it into the ground with your shoe as you make yo see a double mushroom or toadstool, stamp on it three times and rub it into the ground with your shoe as you make yo see a goat, make a wish. If you see more than three goats at a time, make the wish three times -- this will make the w see a hot-air balloon in the sky, make a wish. Even if you can’t see the people in the passenger-basket, wave to them see a kangaroo hop, quickly make a wish. If you see a kangaroo with a baby kangaroo in its pouch, make a wish. see a ladder and very soon afterward see four dogs, you should cross your fingers and make a wish. (England) see a ladder, cross your fingers and keep them crossed until you have seen three dogs and three horses. Then make a see a ladder, cross your fingers and make a wish. If you want your wish to come true, keep them crossed until you see see a peacock, make a wish. If the peacock runs toward you, there is a better chance of your wish coming true. A pea see a rainbow, you should make a wish for money. This probably has something to do with the legend that there is a p see a ring of mushrooms or toadstools (this is called a ‘fairy ring’), stand in the center with your eyes shut and say out see a ring of mushrooms or toadstools (this is called a ‘fairy ring’), stand in the center with your eyes shut and say out see a rusty nail, touch it and make a wish. Leave the nail where you found it, but reverse the ends to make your wish see a shooting star, quickly call out Money, money, money. If you finish before it disappears, you may make a wish for see a smoke ring coming from a train engine, you can wish once. If you see two smoke rings, you can wish twice. (Engl see a three-colored cat, make a wish. Repeat it three times. see a train going in reverse, make a wish. (England) see a turtle, wet your finger and make a cross on the turtle’s shell. Make a wish and say the following words: ‘Turtle s see a waterwheel (perhaps at an old mill), you should make a wish on it. If the waterwheel is turning, there is a bette see a white butterfly, make a wish. If the butterfly flies out of sight, it is taking your wish to be answered. If a butterf

If you see a white cat, make a wish after saying: ‘White cat has fur, - Drinks milk from a dish, - White cat can purr, - And bri If you see a white rooster and he crows as you look at him, make a wish. If you see an albino (all-white) cow, cross your fingers and make a wish for something that has white in it or on it. If you see an all-black cow, you should make a wish. If there is a herd of them, there is a very good chance that your wish w If you see an eagle (try a zoo), make a wish. If the eagle flies, there is a better chance of your wish being granted. If you see an eagle in the open air, this is very lucky (but be sure it is not a hawk); make a wish, then chant: ‘Eagle free, fly If you see an otter, make a wish. If it swims toward you, it is acknowledging your wish, and it may well come true. If you see either a man or a woman wearing a kimono in public, in some area other than the Orient, make a wish. If you can If you see someone carrying an umbrella on a sunny day, make a wish. If you slice an apple into equal halves without cutting or nicking a seed, your wish for love will come true. If you sneeze only once, make a wish. Another sneeze within three minutes will cancel the wish. If you spot a shooting (falling) star, quickly make a wish. If you finish the wish before the star disappears, it will increase you If you stub your big right toe, kiss your right thumb and make a wish. If you stub a toe (any toe), kiss the back of the hand th If you walk over a bridge you’ve never walked over before, jump three times after every twelfth step, and you can make a w If you walk over a bridge you’ve never walked over before, stop halfway across, look first upriver (or up the valley or ditch), If you walk under a ladder, make a wish, then spit. If you want to have safe travel, touch a ring while making a wish for safe passage. If you want to see someone you love, you should utter that person’s name twenty times, then, before going to sleep that nig If you wish to dream of your sweetheart, the last words you speak before going to sleep should be: ‘All ye saints, be good to If you wish to dream of your sweetheart: Before you go to bed, place your shoes in a ‘T,’ with one shoe sideways at the tip o If you’re passing under a trestle just as a train goes overhead, make a wish. (United States) If your shoelace accidentally comes untied, make a wish while retying it. If your shoelace accidentally comes untied, make an ‘X’ on the ground and place your foot (in the shoe with the untied shoe In early religions, the triangle was a symbol of life. A ladder leaning against a wall or tree forms a triangle. This may be why Look fixedly at the brightest star, wink three times, wish to dream that night of the person you will marry and go right to be Look fixedly at the brightest star, wink three times, wish to dream that night of the person you will marry and go right to be Make a wish as you eat yogurt if you are eating it as the hour-mark passes. Make a wish before opening a Bible. Make a wish if you see someone carrying a completely purple umbrella. Make a wish if you tie someone else’s shoelace. Make a wish while crossing a bridge; it will be granted if you do not speak aloud until you are across. If you go over a bridge Make a wish while you are going over and before you exit an overpass. Make a wish with the first bite of an egg. On July 1, origami papers with written wishes should be hung from a branch (preferably of a bamboo tree) so that two speci On the first day of August, you should make a wish on your wedding ring. Twist the ring around two times as you make your w Peel an apple in one long peel, make a wish, and throw the peel over your left shoulder. If it forms one of your own initials, Put a lightning bug on the back of your ring finger, as though it were the jewel of a ring. Wish for some kind of jewel. If the Put a piece of zwieback on a table and hit it with your fist. If it breaks into two pieces, you may make a wish. Say the wish t Put salt and pepper on an old shoe and burn the shoe as you make a wish. Samaras -- known by many other names -- are one-seeded winged fruits whose seeds never sprout. Should a calico cat be up in a tree, make a wish and say: ‘Cat in a tree, This wish is for me.’ Should someone happen to mention a giraffe, you can make a silent wish. There is no magic in the wish if you ask someone t Should you come across a straight pin outdoors, stick it into the nearest tree and make a wish. Check it seven days later (the Should you find a straight-pin outdoors, stick it in any tree and make a wish. Go back the next day. If the pin is still there, y Should you hear an owl hoot, you may make a wish for wisdom. Another custom says that your wish must be for wisdom abou Softly play each note on a xylophone up the scale and then back down again (don’t forget to hit the top note twice). When y Some people believe that the first fish caught on a particular day should be wished on for good fishing and tossed back to br

Some people do not burn their yule log but place a candle on it instead, which they light each night during the yuletide seas Some say you will have good luck if you sleep with wedding cake under your pillow, and others say you will dream of a future Spit three times from a bridge into the water as you make a wish. Stamp your foot and make a wish when you see a red truck. If you see a blue truck, pinch someone (gently) as you make a w Swallow a grape at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve while making a wish. Swallow herring at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve while making a wish. (Scandinavia) The ‘ides’ of the ancient Roman calendar fell on the 15th days of March, May, July and October, and on the 13th days of the The equinoxes and solstices are ‘season cross-over’ times: # the Spring/Vernal Equinox (about March 21), # the Summer Sols The first time you meet any given cat, you should stroke it seven times, repeating your wish with each stroke. The following out-of-season wishing customs come from different areas of the same city; interestingly, each uses seeds, but The gingko tree, with its fan-shaped leaves, was grown in temple gardens in ancient China,where it was regarded as a symbo The keystone of an arch is the wedge-shaped piece at the crown of the arch that locks the other pieces in place. The OK sign signals that ‘everything is fine’ or ‘that was good.’ It is made by holding up one hand on which the index finger The quotation ‘Beware the Ides of March’ is from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. This wishing custom may have derived as a co The two special stars are, according to a Japanese legend, a young man and a princess who are in love but are allowed to se This curious-looking aquatic mammal is supposed to bring luck to all who see it. Should a manatee poke its head above the w This is a rotating, funnel-shaped or cylindrical spout of water on the surface of an ocean that forms when a cloud of spray is This no doubt has its origins in the belief that cattle kneel at midnight on Christmas Eve to honor the memory of Christ’s birt Throwing a long apple peel over your shoulder is also a way to find out the first letter of your future sweetheart’s name. To make a wish at a well, walk around it three times, drop a small pebble in each time around, and each time whisper your To wish for the good health of a person who is seriously ill, make one thousand origami cranes to hang in his or her room. Ma To wish on volcanic rock, place both of your hands on a chunk, mound, or mountain of it as you make a wish. Should you find Touch the keystone of an arch and make a wish. (It might help to have another person with you to boost you up if the arch is Turn your class ring when you first get it, and make a wish. (United States) Turn your ring three times as you make a wish not to get lost while traveling. If the ring has a stone, the wish will be stronge Twelve times a year there is a ‘white rabbit night.’ It’s the last night of a month -- or, you might call it the first midnight to Twelve times a year there is a ‘white rabbit night.’ It’s the last night of a month -- or, you might call it the first midnight to When a clock chimes an hour that is any factor of three (three, six, nine), make a wish and finish it before the clock finishes When a grandfather clock chimes midnight, make a wish. When it’s time to cut the wedding cake, the newlyweds should both put their hands on the knife as they make the first cut; When the stars are out, choose the first star your eye catches sight of (selecting is taboo!) and say the following verse: ‘Star When there is a rainbow-colored reflection -- caused by crystal, a prism, an oil spill, etc. -- on the wall, the floor, or on any When you are reading, if you see a capital ‘X’ or a five-letter word with an ‘x’ in it, you should interlock your hands so that When you cross a bridge you’ve never crossed before, make a wish in the middle of it. When you cross a bridge you’ve never crossed before, make a wish in the middle of it. If you walk over a bridge you’ve neve When you cross a bridge, make a wish and say: ‘Bones, bones, sticks and stones, - Criss, cross, hear me bones.’ This probabl When you cross a bridge, make a wish and say: ‘Bones, bones, sticks and stones, Criss, cross, hear me bones.’ This probably When you eat the first strawberry of the season, make a wish on it.The first strawberry is said to be magical, as it has very l When you first get your class ring, get as many people to turn it as the ‘class year’ (the last two numbers of your graduation When you go to a circus or zoo, be on the lookout for the first elephant you see, because that is the one you should look at a When you hear a cuckoo for the first time in a new place, call out ‘cuckoo’ three times and make a wish. When you hear a cuckoo for the first time in the season, turn over your money and make a wish. When you hear the first turtledove of the season, walk three times around the tree where the bird is perched, repeating you When you light the yule log for the first time at yuletide, make a wish for the coming year. (Scandinavian countries, German When you pass under an underpass on the road, make a wish before you are completely through. (An underpass is usually sho When you see a bale of hay, make a wish and say: ‘Bale of hay, bale of hay, Make a wish and fly away.’ (Tennesee, Alabama When you see a grasshopper, make a wish. If it hops three times after you make your wish and then stops to rest, your wish

When you see a rainbow, make a cross on the ground with a stick or stone and then make a wish. (Scandinavia) When you see a rainbow, wish for the same thing three times as you look at the beginning, middle, and end of it. (United St When you see the first dandelion of the season, make a wish. (Pennsylvania) When you see the first red robin of spring, throw it three kisses and make a wish. If you neglect to throw the kisses, your wis When you see the first star at night, make a wish and say: ‘I see specks, specks see me, - I’ll see somebody tomorrow - I don When you see the first star at night, make a wish and say: ‘I see specks, specks see me, I’ll see somebody tomorrow I don’t e When you sign a note or letter with an ‘X’ to indicate a kiss, first touch your lips with one finger, then touch that finger to t When your alarm clock goes off, make a wish before you or someone else turns it off. You may wish it hadn’t gone off, but it Within the first month of a newborn’s birth, make a wish for his or her happiness, health, and long life. Cross two of your fin Wrap a thimble in a piece of cloth (some say it should be silk) and carry it around with you for three days, making a wish eac Write out a wish and put it in an empty walnut shell. Wrap thread around it to hold the wish. Then bury the shell under a tre Write out your wish and put it in a balloon. Set it free to fly away. If it ascends high in the air, your wish may come true; if i Write out your wish on a slip of paper and pin or prop the message on a holy or revered statue in a place of worship. Your wi Write your wish on a narrow strip of paper and wind it around the twig or narrow branch of a tree. (Taping or tying it is tabo Write your wish on a small piece of paper and put it in a balloon. Blow up the balloon, rub it on your head to create friction You can make a wish when you see a camel, but wishing on a camel can be tricky. Seeing how many humps it has is easy eno You should make a wish for happiness when you see a rainbow. (Philippines) You should make a wish on the first fishing catch of the day, and chant,’Hook it, crook it, Bee bye bilookit.’

ou are able to make the sign back at the person, your wish will be stronger. t come true. days. Though myth supposes that the fairy ring is caused by fairies having danced on the spot, it is actually caused by the growth of cert

pring is good, but the gold leaf of fall is even better. ed; it should be saved for very special wishes.

r it is kept, the more powerful it becomes. u wished on so that your wish will be answered. (Connecticut and New York)

gers on each hand. Silently say: ‘I am. On this day of my birth I wish ...’ Then make a good wish. a pregnant woman if you don’t want to get pregnant.) our wish will come true. If the one on your right cheek falls off first, the wish won’t come true. Neither will it come true if you delibera world. Keep this wish a secret, but give each of the samaras to others -- they can keep it for good luck and to wish on, or they can give it

r wish and tap the stone three times. y act of empowering the garment with the capability of bringing good luck is the same as wishing on the garment for good luck. The mos

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er the bridge’s supports, which can be destructive.

n the last night say, ‘And so should it be.’ he last night say, ‘And so should it be.’

es or other ill health, overpowering enemies, bestowing riches, and even rendering the wearer invisible. d, your wish won’t come true.) (England)

e stays on the string the longest may make a wish.

ke a wish to marry someone whose last name starts with that initial. (North Carolina)

fore the numerals have changed, your wish won’t come true. s nest, you get a wish. If it has part of an eggshell in it, you get two wishes.

If you hear a bird singing in the rain, make a wish. If two birds fly toward you in unison, quickly make a wish. If you finish your wish bef ill a black widow spider, you can make a powerful wish if you say the following chant after you wish: ‘Black widow spider, With red hour

t as a countermeasure. changes direction, it is going to make your wish come true. (North Carolina)

a wish. (England) ou can hold an elbow in each hand, and make a wish.

k, or even see one on the floor that you did not put there, kiss it before you pick it up and make a wish.

chance it will come true.

nd and walk back to where you started and repeat the wish. (It is taboo to make your wish while you are under the roof of the bridge.)

is a crown. In the United States it is an eagle.)

bridge might present a problem.) (New Jersey) not correct the problem, your wish has no chance of coming true.

. (Whisper the wish into your palm.)’ A birthday clover is supposed to be especially powerful. When you find a four-leaf clover, pick it w er, toss it away, or if you see one, do not pick it, but make a wish and the chances of it coming true will grow as the clover grows. Yet a people say that you mustn’t look back at the coal once you have thrown it over your shoulder.

falls on you as it wafts down is said to be a sign of good luck. Wish for good luck. Put the samara on the back of your hand and blow it o

th the object, close your eyes, and count to ten before making your wish. n, - To grant my wish this early morn’.’

. (Switzerland)

e during that time.

m so they can take your wish through the air as they fly.

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(this is called a ‘fairy ring’), stand in the center with your eyes shut and say out loud: ‘Fairy ring, fairy ring, fairy ring, Make my wish com

make a wish for good luck about something in particular. nd, United States, and elsewhere) h come true.’ Then make your wish silently before opening your eyes. If a friend is with you, the friend should stand outside the circle w come true.’ Then make your wish silently before opening your eyes. If a friend is with you, the friend should stand outside the circle wh

tle, or your finger will certainly not feel well.)

make the wish before the butterfly disappears from view.

h coming true.

mp three times, make a wish, jump three times again, look downriver, and then look upriver.

sh; Be wish.’ (A cross formed in the shape of a ‘T’ is called both a Tau Cross and a Saint Anthony’s Cross.)

nd that there is a knot in your shoelace, raise the shoe over your head three times (which you probably can’t do if you’re wearing the sh

r of the vehicle you’re riding in and make a wish. (The driver, for obvious reasons, is not supposed to make a wish.) (Maryland)

, represents the two who made vows over the ring.)

away without glowing first, you won’t get such a jewel. s two times. (The two pieces, two touches, and wishing twice probably stem from the word zwieback, which means twice-baked.)

ere, your wish will come true. ome with you.

des, and before speaking to anyone, you should cross your arms on your chest, touch each shoulder with the opposite hand, and silently eptember 22), # and the Winter Solstice (about December 22). On the day that a new season begins, make a wish after the official ‘cros

osen to line the sidewalks in many cities.

y sign at you, immediately make a wish. If you make the sign back at the person, your wish will be stronger. an reference. (England) hing day. (Japan)

r the ocean, make a wish on it and then turn your back. Count to three slowly before you turn to look for it again. If it has gone away, i

’s resident fairy. (England)

ds and make a wish as you say: ‘From rock to ashes, From ashes to rock.’

bit’ three times -- sometime after midnight, and before you speak to anyone -- you may make a wish for good luck for that month. bit’ three times -- sometime after midnight, and before you speak to anyone -- you may make a wish for good luck for that month. Anoth

may, I wish I might Have the wish I wish tonight.’ Make your wish. A wish made on the ‘first star’ should never be told to anyone or it wo pture it in your palm. Close your eyes and make a fist, trapping the rainbow inside; then toss it into the air as you make a wish. When y your hands five times, make a wish, and then bob your hands five more times.

elfth step, and you can make a wish just before stepping off the bridge at the other end. the foundation of a new bridge for good luck and also to make magic that will keep the bridge from falling. he foundation of a new bridge for good luck and also to make magic that will keep the bridge from falling.

small ears, is good, but an African elephant, which has large ears that droop below the tusks, is even better; the African elephant’s ear

t goes through earth or rock or under water.)

will receive the letter.

u make the wish. Wishes made within the first twenty-four hours of the baby’s birthday are the strongest.

will not come true. A windy day works best. Mexico, Spain, and South America) a chance of the wish being granted. (Japan) ld make it stick.) If it stays on the wall at least three hours, your wish will come true. mber of humps signifies to make the wish effective. Here’s a memory trick: the Dromedary camel has one hump; the Bactrian has two hu

ually caused by the growth of certain fungi below the surface that produce increased nitrogen.

er will it come true if you deliberately make movements with your left cheek to make that seed fall off first! You mustn’t speak from th and to wish on, or they can give it to someone else, with the same suggestion that the lucky samara be kept or passed on.

he garment for good luck. The most frequent good luck items are ties, underwear, socks, and shoes.

e a wish. If you finish your wish before they change direction or pass you, it will come true. ‘Black widow spider, With red hourglass. Black widow spider, I’ll make my wish fast.’

are under the roof of the bridge.)

ou find a four-leaf clover, pick it without breaking off any leaves, make a wish on it, and carry it with you the next 24 hours. If any leave will grow as the clover grows. Yet another: say the following chant while touching each clover leaf in turn: ‘One leaf for fame, - One leaf

he back of your hand and blow it off gently. It doesn’t matter where it lands, but you must not pick it up again, if you want your good lu

y ring, fairy ring, Make my wish come true.’ Then make your wish silently before opening your eyes. If a friend is with you, the friend sh

d should stand outside the circle while you are wishing and your eyes are still shut and say: ‘Wishes come true In a fairy ring.’ This will m should stand outside the circle while you are wishing and your eyes are still shut and say: ‘Wishes come true In a fairy ring.’ This will ma

ly can’t do if you’re wearing the shoe) and make a wish. (Unfortunately, wishing that the knot will unknot itself doesn’t usually come tr

make a wish.) (Maryland)

, which means twice-baked.)

th the opposite hand, and silently make a wish, repeating it in your mind three times; then lightly nod your head three times before tak make a wish after the official ‘cross-over’ time, while crossing your fingers. The closer to the exact time, the better the chance of your

for it again. If it has gone away, it has gone to take your wish to be granted. If it is still there, it is thinking about it, and your wish may

for good luck for that month. for good luck for that month. Another belief is that on the first day of any month, before speaking to anyone, you must say white rabbit

ld never be told to anyone or it won’t come true. (United States) he air as you make a wish. When you see a rainbow reflection, capture it in the palm of your hand (as above), then quickly pretend to s

better; the African elephant’s ears are shaped like Africa).

one hump; the Bactrian has two humps (a D has one hump; a B has two humps). In making your wish, you must address the camel correc

ff first! You mustn’t speak from the time you wish until the time the first seed falls. be kept or passed on.

you the next 24 hours. If any leaves break off during these 24 hours, your wish will not come true. urn: ‘One leaf for fame, - One leaf for wealth, - One for a faithful lover, - One for glorious health; - All in this four-leafed clover.’ When

t up again, if you want your good luck to come through.

a friend is with you, the friend should stand outside the circle while you are wishing and your eyes are still shut and say: ‘Wishes come

ome true In a fairy ring.’ This will make the wish more powerful. You and your friend can take turns helping to complete the chants for e me true In a fairy ring.’ This will make the wish more powerful. You and your friend can take turns helping to complete the chants for ea

nknot itself doesn’t usually come true.)

d your head three times before taking your arms out of the crossed position. me, the better the chance of your wish coming true.

hinking about it, and your wish may or may not be granted. (Caribbean Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Philippine Islands, and many coastal ar

anyone, you must say white rabbits for luck. Some say ‘hares and rabbits,’ and some just say ‘rabbits.’ (England)

s above), then quickly pretend to swallow it as you make your wish.

you must address the camel correctly. ‘Dromedary camel, here’s my wish.’ Say this once, for the one hump. ‘Bactrian camel, here’s my

All in this four-leafed clover.’ When you have finished saying the chant, twirl the clover between two fingers of your right hand and mak

re still shut and say: ‘Wishes come true In a fairy ring.’ This will make the wish more powerful. You and your friend can take turns helpin

elping to complete the chants for each other. ping to complete the chants for each other.

ppine Islands, and many coastal areas)

.’ (England)

hump. ‘Bactrian camel, here’s my wish.’ Say this twice, for the two humps.

fingers of your right hand and make a wish for one of the four things the clover holds for you. If you find a four-leaf clover in spring, eat

nd your friend can take turns helping to complete the chants for each other.

nd a four-leaf clover in spring, eat it as you make a wish.