THE DICTIONARY OF OMENS AND SUPERSTITION  SAYS: EYES

THE DICTIONARY OF OMENS AND SUPERSTITION SAYS: EYES

EYES

In many countries itching eyes are looked upon as good and bad omens – if the right eye feels ticklish then you are in for some good luck, but if it is the left then things are not so good. A cure for this affliction should it continue is to bathe the eye or eyes in rainwater collected from the leaves of the teazel plant. It is also widely held that if a man’s right up[per eyelid twitches then it is a sign of good luck while the left is unlucky. Strangely, for women the reverse is true! Many English country folk believe that a sty in the eye can be cured by rubbing it gently nine times with a gold wedding ring or any other small piece of gold. And, finally, the Americans have a delightful old verse indicating the old superstitions about different coloured eyes:

‘Blue-eye beauty, do your mammy’s duty,

Black-eye, pick a pie,

Run around and tell  a lie;

Grey-eye, greedy gut

Eat all the world up.’

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