Of course, we’ve all heard these kinds of stories.
It’s unlucky to break a mirror. And to walk under a ladder. And for a black cat to cross your path.
(There seems to be a common trend here…)
And while many of us may claim not to believe any of these stories, we also all have that story of that person who broke a mirror and then lost their job the next week.
Or we all knock on wood “just in case”.
Or maybe you’ve heard yourself saying “All bad things come in threes!”
Deep down, there’s a little bit of superstition in all of us.
So check out some of the money-related superstitions that are out there so you can keep an eye out for them in your day-to-day life.
You know, “just in case” that left hand itching may be your ticket to financial freedom.
(And we’ve made sure that there are 13 of them for extra luck!)
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What does it mean when your right palm itches? What about my itchy left palm?
You may be getting lucky with money! …or not so lucky.
According to superstition, an itchy left palm means you have to pay out money. However, an itchy right palm means you’ve got money coming in.
So is your left hand itching? If so, you should rub your palm on some wood to make it stop.
This is where the expression “touch wood” comes from. Traditionally, it’s seen as a way to transfer the build-up of unwanted energy that’s causing the itch.
Time to find a wooden table or door then! Just don’t get your hands mixed up – that itchy right palm may be just what you need!
What Does it Mean When Your Palms Itch?
Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” Open your right hand in order to receive God’s blessing.
Now that we know the significance of your right hand, let’s find out what it means when your palm starts itching.
Several ancient superstitions claim that having an itchy right palm means you will receive money soon. This money can come in many forms.
For example, right hand itching can indicate that you will receive a reward soon. This could be a sign that you are about to win the lottery, find money on the ground, or get an unexpected raise.
When your right hand itches, check your pockets for unexpected money and keep an eye out for a surprise gift soon.
If you are in the process of selling your home or car, an itchy palm might mean that you will receive a generous offer. This is a very good sign.
You might also experience itchy palms immediately before payday or when you are expecting a check in the mail.
The superstition does not reveal exactly how much money you will receive, just that you should be open to a financial windfall.
Itchy palm superstitions also say that you should not scratch your itch as it could cancel your good fortune.
Left or Right Palm?
The most common association with itchy palms is the link to money.
An itchy right hand traditionally means that money is coming your way while an itching left hand means a coming loss of money.
But there are endless qualifiers and variations on this belief; for instance, some cultures believe that if you scratch the left (unlucky) itchy palm on wood, your fortunes will reverse and you will receive money, while if your (lucky) right palm itches and you do scratch it, you will lose money!
Many “palmists” complicate the idea further by believing that an itching right palm is a symbol of a psychic energy that leads to monetary gain, while in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, an itchy right hand indicated not monetary gain but the entrance of a new person into the life of the one with the itchy palm.
An itching left palm means money will be leaving – it may be bills that are due, a gambling loss or even theft, but the itching left hand is a warning.
However, some people believe nearly the opposite: that an itching left hand means you will unexpectedly be receiving money when you most need it! In Bulgaria and Belarus, an itchy left palm is thought to mean money is coming to you, while an itching right hand means you will be giving money away.
When both palms itch, good luck overrides bad and indicates that fortune is heading in the itcher’s direction.
This is a common enough superstition to make some believers put their hands in their pockets right away if both palms are itching so that money will be attracted to those pockets!
But in some Asian countries, double-palm itching is thought to be an omen of approaching bad luck.