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                                                                Good & Bad Omens
           Belief in lucky and unlucky omens has always been a universal part of our psyche. Like it or not, many of us believe in signs of
good fortune and impending misfortune. The greatest leaders of the world believe in it, philosophers think seriously about it, while
actresses, gamblers and celebrities are hopelessly obsessive about it. Ordinary people engage in rituals and wear an infinite variety of
charms to attract good portents. We believe in lucky and unlucky days. We have our favorite good luck amulets.
            Our belief in lucky and unlucky signs is almost subconscious, so much so that we constantly interpret the most commonplace
things that happen to us as suggesting either good or bad luck. A broken mirror, inadvertently walking under a ladder, getting stung by a
bee or dreaming of white tigers - each time something remotely out of the ordinary happen to us, instantly we wonder if it will bring us
good or bad luck. Here are 18 common events in everyday life believed to be powerful indications of good fortune. 

As a rule, birds are lucky and should be welcomed to garden or verandah. They should be given cereals and pulses to eat, light colored
pigeons entering the house presage an engagement or a wedding.

CRICKETS :       To hear the crickets chirping foretells monetary gain.

CROW :       Crows entering the house and cawing often bring bad news. To hear a crow after dark is a sign of bad news to come or
some illness in the house,. If crow sits upon your head it is a sign of death or deadly pains.

DOG :          A howling dog (especially when it is crying) means death or Bad is about to take place in the house.

EARS :       Tingling of ear means that somebody is talking about you.

FUNERAL :    It is a bad omen to meet a funeral when you are on a way to a wedding.

HARE :      If hare crosses your path be assured of disappointments.

HORSES :   To see 3 white horses together is a sign of coming wealth. To see a white horse, at the moment you are wishing for
something, means fulfillment of your wish.

HORSE-SHOE :      To get a horse-shoe on you may is a good omen.

DONKEY SHOE :     If you find donkey’s shoe, it is very fortunate.

KNIVES :     To find crossed knives is in auspicious.

MOON :    To see the new moon on a Monday will bring good luck.

OWLS :    To hear the continuous hooting of owls forebodes ill health and disappointments.

PIGS :      To meet a pig coming towards you is a good omen.

SALT :      To split salt is unlucky. To avoid the bad luck water must be thrown over it.

SHOOTING STAR :     If you make a wish as you see a shooting star falling, your wish will be granted.

SPIDER :   To see a spider at night is an omen of good fortune. To see a spider in morning is a bad omen, and to kill a spider is
supposed to bring bad luck.

SWANS :     To see 3 swans flying together will bring misfortune.
Meeting Up With A Snake
                                           Is another sign of good fortune. Whether in your garden, inside the home, or out trekking, if you meet up
with a snake, it means something or someone important is coming into your life. Never ever try to harm or kill a snake when confronted
with one. The more poisonous the snake, the better is the good fortune. The king cobra is described as a snake of extreme good fortune.
Whatever you do, never kill a snake as they are also associated with some spiritual presence. They usually slither away themselves
when they sense human presence.

When Your Hands Tingle
                                          It is a sure sign that money is either coming to you or leaving you! The general consensus is that when it is
your left hand that tingles, money is coming to you - the 4-digit kind or winning a lottery. When it is the right hand, it means money is
leaving you. The same interpretation is also placed on hands that suddenly start to itch. If your left palm starts to itch, mercilessly
rejoice. It means you are about to come into a windfall!

When You See A Shooting Star
                                                   And immediately make a wish, whatever you wish for will manifest within the next thirty days. If you
are sick, you will get well; if your luck has been bad, it will take a turn for the better; and if you have just had a quarrel, you will make up.
If you have lost something, you will regain it e.g. if you have just broken up with your boyfriend, you will make up with him or find a new
boyfriend. Seeing a shooting star can be quite a common occurrence, so always have a wish handy. Close your eyes and wish fervently!

When Your Ears Start To Itch
                                                Many believe this means that someone is talking about you. If it is the left ear that itches, it means that
whoever is talking about you is saying nice things, while if it is the right ear, then whoever is talking about you are saying
uncomplimentary things. Next time your ear starts to itch, you know you are being talked or gossiped about. Some say, “right for spite,
left for love.” Others reverse this omen. If you think of the person, friend or acquaintance that is likely to be talking of you and mention the
name aloud, the tingling will cease if you guess correctly!

When A Cat Comes Into Your House
                                                           It usually means some kind of bad luck. Usually black cats signify treachery and betrayal, so it
is better to chase them away. White cats signify death, but some say that golden cats signify good luck hidden in bad luck. In the old
days cats were often associated with witchcraft and bad omens.

Meeting Up With A Cow
                                         Is said to be a most auspicious sign as the cow is a symbol of prosperity and fertility. Of course this is not
something likely to happen in big cities except perhaps in India where the cow is so highly revered it is allowed to roam freely on roads
and highways and motorists are required by law not to run them down. But if you do take a drive to the countryside one day and are
confronted by a cow, rejoice, because it suggests great good fortune coming your way!

When A Dog Comes To Stay
                                               When someone brings you a dog as a gift or if a stray puppy decides to adopt you, welcome him or her
into your home. A dog entering your home is a very favorable sign, as it means you will have faithful and sincere friends come into your
life, helping you overcome obstacles of all kinds. Black dogs bring wealth and protection. Golden dogs bring prosperity and happiness
and white dogs bring love and romance.

When It Rains And The Sun Is Shining
                                                               The simultaneous appearance of the sun and the rain is a very good sign indeed. This is
when it is most likely for you to see rainbows in the sky. Indeed when the sun is shining brightly and there is also a shower of rain, it
means that everything you are working on will be successful. You will receive the support of some very important people. If a son or
daughter is born on such a day, it is a wonderful sign of a great life. If you happen to be getting married on such a day, you will enjoy a
very auspicious life together.