General Rules

Always eat facing west
Do not eat with the left hand
Always cross bridges backwards to fool the vodyanoi
Never pass anyone on a staircase
If a friend gives you a knife, you should give him a coin, or your friendship will soon be broken
Hold your breath going through a cemetery
Always close a dead person's eyes
The soul of a dying person can't escape the body and go to heaven if any locks are locked in the house
If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over
Never cut your hair during a waning moon
If you drop scissors, it means your lover is being unfaithful to you
Always burn any hair or fingernails you cut, or they can be used to bind your spirit
Never say goodbye to a friend on a bridge if you ever want to see them again
If the head of a bed is placed towards the north it foretells a short life, towards the south a long life, the east riches, the west travel
One's life is prolonged if, in later years, a visit is made to one's place of birth
If you knock your hand accidentally against a piece of wood or a wooden article, it is an indication that you are about to have a love affair; if you knock your hand against iron, however, it must be taken as a warning against treachery
If someone lends you a pocket-knife, return it in the way in which it was given; that is, with the blade open or shut, pointing away from you or towards you
An itchy nose means your going to have a quarrel with someone
When making the bed, don't interrupt your work, or you will spend a restless night in it

Bad Luck

You must get out of bed on the same side that you get in or you will have bad luck
On the new moon you must bury whatever silver you have in your pockets or there is bad luck all month
Never fully put out the fire before going to bed, always leave an ember to warm the spirits
Never clip your fingernails on a sunday or evil spirits will be with you all week
Sparrows carry the souls of the dead, it's unlucky to kill one
Seeing 6 crows means death
If after leaving your house, you turn back to fetch something, you must sit down when you get indoors and count backwards from seven, in order to avoid ill luck
Malice is be feared when sparks jump out of the fire
Never pour more booze into a glass that already contains some, or evil spirits will visit you
To wash in water, which has been previously used by someone else means that you will quarrel with him, unless you clasp your hands together over the water when you have finished
Women should not whistle, for it encourages evil spirits to visit them
If a candle lighted as part of a ceremony blows out, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby
It is unlucky to see your face in a mirror by candlelight

Good Luck

Putting a dress on inside out and wearing it like that all day will reverse bad luck
Sleep facing south for good luck
Carrying an acorn is good luck
A naked woman on board a boat is said to calm the seas
Tying a knot in one's handkerchief is a means of warding off evil
To protect yourself from Rusalka, wear a blue bead
If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good luck all year
Evil spirits can't harm you when you stand inside a circle
Throw back the first fish you catch then you'll be lucky the whole day fishing
A frog brings good luck to the house or caravan it enters
Clink two glasses of alcohol to scare evil spirits out of the alcohol
A spider is a repellent against evil spirits when worn around the neck in a walnut shell


White lilies are bad luck to bring indoors or around the ill
A child born with a caul will manifest powers


















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