Hedge Witch: Into the Wilds…

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Omens and signs from nature

Omens & Signs

Keep an eye out for any signs and signals from nature.  One of the most common and well known is finding a feather in your pathway but there are many more.  What about a poorly house plant?  If you have been looking after it properly is it a sign of a sickly relationship in the family?  Take a look in the garden, are there plants growing together or entwined that don’t usually mix?  It could be a sign of love or a relationship.  Don’t forget the plants that self-seed in the garden, where are they growing and what type of plants are they? 

Also keep an eye on the TV, films, advertising and books – if you find the same plant or animal popping up then it could be a message.

Don’t get hung up about it all though, sometimes a weed is just a weed and a coincidence is just that, trust your intuition to know which are messages or have meaning and which aren’t.

Here are some that I know of:

If a bee flies into your home you will soon have a visitor (other than the bee).  If you kill the bee you will have bad luck (and so you should) or the visitor will be an unpleasant one.

A bird in the house was said to be a sign of death – but I wouldn’t panic too much death can mean the ending of something, it doesn’t have to mean a dead body.

If you say goodbye to a friend whilst standing on a bridge you will never see them again.

If the first butterfly you see in the year is white then you will have good luck all year.

Seeing three butterflies together is very lucky.

And of course the good ‘ole black cat: If a black cat walks towards you then it brings good fortune but if it walks away from you it takes the good luck with it (the solution is to always have kitty treats in your pocket).

Don’t step on a crack in the pavement – I used to think the bears would get me (we don’t have any bears here) but it comes from the rhyme ‘step on a crack, break your mother’s back’.

A cricket coming into the house brings good luck with it.

A dog howling at night when someone inside is poorly is a bad omen.

Finding the first flower of spring has a meaning depending on what day of the week you find it: Monday is good fortune, Tuesday is success, Wednesday is marriage, Thursday is a warning to keep an eye on your money, Friday means prosperity, Saturday means bad luck and Sunday means good luck for a few weeks.

Catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn and you won’t catch a cold all winter.

If a white moth tries to enter your house keep it out because it is said to foretell death (an awful lot of these relate to death don’t they?).

Seeing an owl during the day time is said to be bad luck.

Make a wish on the first robin of spring that you see but make sure to finish the wish before it flies away.

If you see three seagulls flying directly above you, check your life insurance because it is a foretelling of death (yep another one).

Killing a sparrow brings bad luck (just don’t kill any birds OK?) because the sparrow is said to carry souls of the dead.

Seeing a spider run down its web means you will be taking a trip.



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Rachel is a witch...has been for a very long time, not the green skinned warty kind obviously...the real sort - but she is also a working wife and mother living in Hampshire, England who has also been lucky enough to write and have published a growing stack of books on the Craft. She loves to learn she loves to study and continues to do so each and every day but has learned the most from actually getting outside and doing it. She regularly gives talks and workshops at pagan events. Rachel is also founder and an Elder at the Kitchen Witch online school of witchcraft. She likes to laugh...and eat cake...


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