It’s no secret that old wives’ tales abound. Among those tales are superstitions related to moving into a new place. This is true in our country as well as in other countries around the world.
CATS CAN BRING PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS TO NEW HOMEOWNERS, IF…
If you are a cat lover, you will appreciate this old wives’ tale. In Russia, it is said that one should let a cat enter your new home first in order to bring you good luck. This tradition is so steeped in Russian culture that one of Russia’s largest banks offered “loaner cats” for two hours if you took out a mortgage with their bank.
THAT OLD STAND-BY: SALT
There are many tales throughout the world about salt and new homes. Salt has long been popular in folklore in the warding off of evil spirits. But did you know that salt is also considered a catalyst for good luck?
It is a Jewish tradition to bring bread and salt to the occupants of a new home. These gifts are meant to ensure that the owner never hungers (bread) and that the full flavor of life will be bestowed upon them through the offering of salt. This tradition is also prevalent in other countries, such as Scotland and many Slavic countries.
SAGING YOUR NEW HOME TO CLEAR OUT OLD ENERGY
One of the most common traditions around the world when moving into a new space is to burn white sage in order to clear out old energy from any past tenants. Even if it is a new home, many people have passed through the home when constructing or selling it. Saging your home, together with any personal prayers or mantras you may embrace, is thought to ensure that one has a fresh start in their new dwelling.
BLUE PAINT AND EVIL SPIRITS
The color blue seems to be popular thought the world to ward of evil spirits. In the deep south of the United States, the tradition to painting one’s porch ceiling blue is believed to not only ward off evil, but it is also believed to ward off both wasps and birds. Tradition swears by the blue hue, called “haint-blue” which is a pale shade of a blue-green color. This color is akin to Sherwin-Williams Waterscape (SW 6470).
Throughout the world, blue is used to paint one’s doors and window seals with blue in order to keep the evil eye away. This tradition is so prevalent in middle-eastern countries that most stores, in even the most remote of areas, will stock their shelves with gallons of blue paint in order to accommodate this wide-spread belief. In Greece, the use of a turquoise-blue hue is used to paint windows, doors, walls, staircases and fences for this same reason.
To be fair, the color blue was traditionally made from the indigo plant which has a long historical use of warding of evil spirits. The blue paint itself was made with the leaves of the indigo plant through what was considered an alchemical process which has its roots in spiritual traditions. It as even said that families held the process of making their “blue” color close to the breast. This blue formula would be a closely guarded family secret which was passed down to the next generation.
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