Early American divination is a part of everyone’s history. Personally, I remember my mom saying that she could feel a storm coming because her hands would swell and hurt and dad could foresee a change in the barometer by the ache in his shoulder.Folklore and these types of sayings can be taken with a little tongue and cheek or with a grain of salt. These are fun but remember, our Ancestors held tight to a lot of wisdom that was passed down generation to generation, just to be able to survive the harsh land and ever changing weather.
Blog Post 196 – Body Lore and Magic
“My ears are burning; who’s talking about me?”
“If your nose is itching, someone wants to kiss you.”
“Your feet itch? You must be about to go somewhere.”
I remember my mother often sharing the little bits of proverbial wisdom throughout my childhood.
Usually they were delivered with a wink or a wry smile, and I don’t think she took them particularly seriously, but then she also wouldn’t have been surprised to find out that any one of these tokens had borne some fruit in the real world. If you think about it, assumptions about the intimate connection between a person’s body and the world around him or her are not anything new or unusual. Plenty of people have an uncle whose bunions predict snowstorms, or a grandmother whose arthritis tells of coming rain, or headaches that detect heatwaves moving in. There are plenty of other ways one’s body might help one prepare for a day outdoors, according to American lore:
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Bright Blessings Sisters and Brothers,