Superstitions

Helen Creighton collected so many superstitions, beliefs and folk remedies that she published a book, Bluenose Magic. Nowadays, we may have different beliefs and rely on science for our medicine but you may recognize some of these superstitions and beliefs as part of our society or family traditions. Traditions can come and go much like the superstitions and beliefs featured on this page so check back regularly for new ones.

  • Red sky in morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailors delight.
  • For cramps in the legs, when you go to bed at night turn your shoes upside down with the heels up.
  • When a cat is washing her face and her paw goes over her ear, company is coming from the direction in which her tail is pointing.
  • Wish on a white horse, saying:
Lucky, lucky white horse, 
Lucky, lucky lee,
Lucky, lucky white horse,
Bring a wish to me.
Superstition
A superstition is a belief or practice often based in the supernatural.