Long ago people often blamed bad luck on ill wishing. If two people argued and later one got sick, had an accident, or some other stroke of bad luck the other person was suspected of ill wishing.
More so, if one said, “You’ll be sorry”. Those three words were taken seriously and anyone who uttered them was immediately suspected of witchcraft.
Sometimes arguments weren’t the cause of suspected ill wishing. If someone had a good deal of good fortune but it suddenly went away, they believed their neighbors had secretly ill wished them.
Ill wishing could be cured by finding a witch or cunning folk. Often the cunning man or women or witch would break or neutralize the ill wishing with a charm. If the ill-wisher wasn’t known divination could be used to reveal their identity.
Today will talk about unibrows.
No, I’m not giving a beauty class.
Many cultures believe the person with the eyebrows that met in the middle were associated with deceit, bad-tempers, witchcraft, vampires.
Wow that’s a list!
The Greeks believed people with unibrows were vampires. Those in Germany, Iceland, and Denmark believed they were werewolves. A general consensus is unibrows brought bad luck, immortality, premature death, and violent tempers to those who have them.
The Horseshoe has long been considered lucky. It’s possible that the crescent shape (like the moon’s) being made of iron (considered magical) and being used by the horse (often linked with being used by the horse. (Often linked with Gods and Goddesses) had a large factor.
It’s best if you find the horseshoe. There are rules of how and where to hang it depending on if you wish to bring luck or protection.
There’s an old Gypsy folktale of a young Rom (male Gypsy) who was out late. He was on his way home when he noticed 4 demons (they were named: Bad Luck, Ill Health, Unhappiness, and Death) were chasing him. One of the demons -Bad Luck- was getting closer when the Rom’s horse threw a shoe and hit the demon in the forehead.
The Rom stopped to pick-up the shoe while the other demons took their dead brother away to bury him.
The Rom told the others what happened and nailed the horseshoe to his Vardo (gypsy wagon). The three demons returned the next day. When they saw the horseshoe they turned and never returned.
The Gypsies to this day believe a horseshoe will keep bad luck away.
***It’s now politically correct to use the term Romani or Roma instead of Gypsy. I’ve always loved the lifestyle and I use Romani, Roma or Gypsy interchangibly.***
***!!! I’ll be running a witch feature next month. If you’re interested in being a part of it -short story, or an article, please get in touch with me.!!!***
Forso is a vampire ghost from an island of New Guinea. He’s an energy vampire feeding not only from the victim’s life and or sexual energy, but the victim’s emotions too.
It also causes bad luck and depression.
The Forso usually stays close to its grave, waiting for its victims to come to it. Being invisible is a bonus to attacking unsuspecting visitors.
Prayers and charms will only protect you if the Forso was religious in life.
Papuans believe the Forso is a lonely soul wanting attention. His grave is searched for the bones are exhumed and adopted by a family. They take the bones home and make it feel like part of the family. This is the only way to stop the Forso from attacking others.
**Last month we had a Vampire Q & A. I really enjoyed that. So here’s my plan. The first 3 Wednesdays of the month you ask vampire questions in the comments and the last Wednesday of the month I’ll answer those questions. Leave me your questions! **