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Money superstitions can run the gamut from the slightly lucrative to the silly to the downright bizarre, but they are always fun to hear. Here are the common money superstitions that people take pretty seriously.

Itchy palms mean you are about to gain or lose money

According to the Palmistry and Hand Analysis website, an itchy right palm is a good thing, because it means you are about to receive money. Don’t scratch that itch, or it will stop the money from coming into your life.

An itchy left palm, on the other hand (ha!), means you are about to lose money. To relieve the itch and protect your assets, you can rub your left palm on a piece of wood. This superstition is said to have originated from the Saxons — German tribes who settled in Great Britain during the Middle Ages. They believed you could cure diseased skin by rubbing silver on it.

 Do not place your purse on the floor

This superstition is considered to be bad feng shui, because your purse is seen as a symbol for your wealth. Putting it on the floor is therefore a sign of great disrespect and disregard for your money.

Whether you believe that or not, there’s a practical side to this credo. Placing your purse on the floor makes it easier for someone to snatch it or steal something from it.


Place coins on a deceased loved one before laying them to rest

The more modern version of this superstition is to lay coins on the eyes of a deceased person before burial. There are two reasons for doing this. One has to do with the belief in many cultures that open eyes suggest that the deceased is fearful of the future because of misdeeds in life. The eyes are therefore forced shut quickly after death, and coins are placed on them before rigor mortis sets in.

Another reason comes from Greek mythology. In that case, the coins were intended to provide the dead soul with the money necessary to pay Charon, the boatman on the river Styx, for passage into the underworld.

Before placing coins on eyelids, however, many older societies would place a coin for Charon in a dead person’s mouth.

 A spider in your pocket will keep it full of cash

Spiders may be the leading cause of screaming and running away, but apparently some types of spiders can provide you with great wealth if you can force yourself to catch and pocket one. According to superstitions from Great Britain, Australia, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, when a money spider (one from the family of spiders called Linyphiidae) runs over clothes you’re wearing, or if you catch such a spider and put it in your pocket, that pocket will never again be empty of money. Depending on how you feel about spiders, that may or may not seem like a good trade-off.

 Say the word “money” when you see a shooting star

There are several different versions of this superstition, but they all say that you should utter the word “money” upon seeing a shooting star. Just as making a wish on a shooting star is said to grant that particular wish, saying the word “money” is said to bring you wealth. According to some versions, just saying the word once will be enough to bring more wealth into your life. Other versions claim you need to say “money” three times, or say “money” as many times as you can before the star fades away — because the more times you say it, the more money will flow into your life.

 Don’t whistle in your home

According to a Russian superstition, whistling while under a roof will cause you to whistle your money away. This is probably related to the Russian view that you should be pessimistic about future financial success, or else you will face bad luck for your hubris. Money is not a “carefree” issue to people who hold these superstitions, and whistling is one of the most happy-go-lucky activities you could engage in.

Culled from wise bread