Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Are you superstitious when it comes to your house?

After being in real estate the last few years I have heard many different old wives tales about homes. So I posted on Facebook to see if any of my friends have heard of superstitions with houses while buying, selling, or just good luck in general! I had a lot of comments and had not heard of a lot of them! 

My Facebook Friends posted this about Superstitions in houses:

Burying St. Joseph seems to be the most popular. Here are the instructions on how to do so:
* Bury the statue in the yard, the exact location varies, most common is in the front of the house. Favorable spots are either close to the "For Sale" sign or close to the road.

* Bury the statue upsidedown, facing the house.

* Pray to Saint Joseph when you are burying him and keep praying until the house is sold.

* But the most important part is to have faith all the time, in Yourself, in Your Sale and in Saint Joseph.

* After your house is sold you should to take him with you to your new home and put him in a place of honor. 

 I also have heard that painting your ceiling blue keeps the devil away.. haven't you seen that on so many porches? I thought it was because of mosquitos?! I posted once about red doors here. Red doors mean welcome and provides protection to the home.

Our office also has a blue ceiling... Is that what is making Beacham and Company so successful?

I also heard you burn sage in your new house to rid the house of bad spirits. Sage is an herb that is known for its healing and medicinal properties. People have burned sage since ancient times to cleanse and purify objects and homes. Proponents of sage burning, also known as smudging, believe that the sage smoke is a way to bless your home and dispel it of negative energy and influences. You might wish to burn sage to purify and cleanse your current home or a new residence before moving in.

Here are a few more I heard that I found interesting:

- When you move to a new house, always enter first with a loaf of bread and a new broom. Never bring an old broom into the house.
- Never give a knife as a housewarming present, or your new neighbor will become an enemy.
- Stuff fennel in your keyhole or hang it over your door to protect against witches.
-To protect your house from lightning, gather hazel tree branches on Palm Sunday and keep them in water.

Have you heard any old wives tales about homes you would like to share?! 

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