black eyed peas day

8. Put coins above your front door to bring prosperity into your home.

9. Cook Black eyed peas on New Years Day for Good Luck.

10. Itching palms are a sign of coming money.

11. Don’t put your purse on the floor or you’ll stay broke.

12. Fish dreams mean someones pregnant.

13. Splitting the pole brings bad luck.

14. Ringing in the ear/ jumping in the eye means someones talking about you

via mama & Grandma

A Collection of Superstitions

***Please note some of these directly contradict one another, as is the way of folklore and superstition.***

Denotes or causes good luck…

  • Getting pooped on by a bird.
  • Finding a horseshoe.
  • Finding a four-leaf clover.
  • Treading in cowpat.
  • Wearing clothes inside-out, but you can’t change it until you would normally remove the item, or the good luck is nullified.
  • Finding a cricket in the house.
  • Meeting a black cat, especially one you know. (Only path-crossing black cats cause bad luck.)
  • Touching wood, especially to protect good fortune that has been mentioned from being ruined. For example, touching wood whilst/after saying “The whole family is healthy,” or “If he gets the job”. 
  • Nailing a horseshoe above the door, though the points must face up or the luck will “run out”. 
  • Seeing three butterflies together.
  • Seeing a ladybird. The richer the red and greater number of spots, the better the luck.
  • Carrying an acorn.
  • Wearing clothes back-to-front.
  • Meeting a herd of cows on the road.
  • Pictures of elephants that face the door. 
  • Leaving an open pair of scissors beneath a pillow (please be careful).
  • Seeing a hearse.
  • Catching falling autumn leaves.
  • Meeting a chimney sweep by chance.
  • Saying “white rabbit” 3 times as your first words of the month.
  • An itchy right eye.
  • Keeping clover in the house.
  • Breaking a glass or dish.
  • A frog entering the house.
  • Lifting your feet whilst driving over railway lines.
  • Sneezing at the same time as someone else.
  • Wearing new clothes on Easter.
  • A black cat walking towards you. 
  • “Find a penny that lays heads up, all day long you’ll have good luck.”
  • Using a new broom to sweep into the house before you do anything else with it, will also sweep luck in. 
  • If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, the whole year will be lucky.

Denotes or causes bad luck…

  • Friday the 13th.
  • A black cat crossing your path.
  • Opening an umbrella indoors.
  • Rocking an empty rocking chair.
  • Peacock feathers indoors.
  • Walking under a ladder. Reversing back through it undoes the bad luck. 
  • Empty bottles on the table.
  • Putting new shoes on the table.
  • Spilling salt. Throw a pinch over the left shoulder to dispel this bad luck.
  • Breaking a mirror gets seven years. To dispel it bury the pieces outside, or run them under a stream.
  • An itchy left eye. 
  • Killing a ladybird.
  • A single jackdaw perching on a house.
  • Seeing a hearse, hold your collar until you see a 4 legged animal to undo the bad luck.
  • Entering a building left foot first.
  • A black cat walking away from you. 
  • Passing someone on the stairs.
  • Starting a task on a Friday you can’t finish by the end of the week. 
  • Getting out of bed on a different side than the one you got in on will make you unlucky until you return to bed the next evening. 
  • Lighting three cigarettes with the same match.
  • If you have been given a container of food (plate, tub etc) it must not be returned home without some new food in it.
  • Patching clothes whilst wearing them.
  • If you borrow salt, it should be paid back with sugar, or bad luck will follow you. 
  • Bees should always be told before they are moved, not doing so may cause bad luck. 
  • New money containers, like wallets or purses, that are given as gifts should always have a little money in when they’re given. A penny is traditional. Not doing so would give both giver and recipient bad luck. 

Ward off evil or bad luck by…

  • Crossing fingers.
  • Spinning seven times in a circle, clockwise.
  • Touching wood, as above. 
  • Spitting three times over your shoulder. Some people just say “spit-spit-spit”.

To get a wish…

  • Blow out all birthday candles with the first attempted breath.
  • Hold your breath all the way through a tunnel.
  • Catch a clock at 11:11.
  • Kiss a necklace clasp that has fallen round to the front before moving it back to its proper place.
  • See a chimney sweep, but you must have met by chance. Arranged encounters are cheating!
  • Make it in a bed that has never been slept in. 
  • Two people wrap their little fingers around opposite ends of a wishbone. Each should silently wish, and pull it apart; whoever gets the larger piece should get their wish. 
  • Swallow a whole chicken heart.
  • The first robin you see in spring can be wished on, but you must finish the wish before the robin flies away. 
  • Burn onions whilst you wish.
  • Do it on a shooting star: “Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight.”
  • Sneeze, but only once!

Death and The Dead

  • Crows carry the souls of the dead. If one perches near you, take the chance to say goodbye to someone who came before. 
  • Out of respect, hold your breath if you are passing through a graveyard.

Health and Wellness.

  • Don’t turn a new loaf upside down after cutting the first slice, someone in the house will fall ill. 
  • “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” 
  • Carrying an acorn will ensure longevity. 
  • If you are interrupted making the bed, all sleeps between those sheets will be restless. 
  • “If you wish to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.” 
  • Cross yourself if an ambulance passes you, saying ‘God between harm and me and mine’ to protect yourselves and your family.

Dreams and Nightmares

  • A horseshoe in the bedroom keeps away nightmare.
  • If one has a realistic dream, it will come true if mentioned before breakfast. Use this as you will. 
  • Share a pillow with a dog and you will have the same dreams.

Marriage and Romance

  • If you start making a bedspread or quilt, you will not find a successful romantic relationship until it is finished. 
  • Having your feet sept with a broom will prevent you from ever marrying.
  • Sewing a swans feather into a husbands pillow ensures fidelity.
  • A single woman who sits with the corner of the table pointing at her will never marry.
  • A bride who goes to the altar with salt in their pocket will always be happy. 
  • If you don’t sweep the house properly, you will have a bald husband.

Friends and Conversations

  • Don’t say goodbye to a friend on a bridge, or you will not see each other again. 
  • Running into a spider’s web means you’ll meet a new friend.
  • Crossing knives or spilt pepper causes arguments.
  • “Stir with a knife, stir up strife.”
  • If walking as a pair, splitting to walk around opposite sides of a pole will cause an argument, unless you both say “bread and butter” afterwards.
  • If your ear itches or burns, it means someone is talking about you.
  • Biting your tongue when eating means you’ve recently lied.
  • If a knife is given as a gift, it will sever the relationship between giver and recipient. To prevent this, the knife can be bought with any small coin. You can even give the person the money to give back to you!

Money and Material Things

  • Itchy right palms predicts coming money, whereas itching on the left palm suggests you’ll lose some. 
  • Ants building a nest near your door means financial security is in our future. 
  • Seeing a spider spinning a web means you will get new clothes soon. 
  • A bee landing on the hand fortells coming money. 
  • Several jackdaws landing on a house means money is coming. 
  • A small spider dropping onto you means your finances will improve.
  • Keeping black-eyed peas and change in your pocket on New Years Day will mean all your needs will be met during the coming year. 
  • Wearing clothes inside out means you will get beaten up, it’s viewed as easiest to let a friend lightly hit you to see the prediction as met. However, if the friend who swats you is younger than you, they must then pull on your shirt or skirt 3 times, or you will never marry.

House and Home

  • Bringing an old broom to a new home will bring any strife and all limitations of the old home with you. Always throw them out and buy a new one. 
  • Growing ivy on a house or placing salt on the doorstep prevents evil from entering it. 
  • If you break a glass or dish, you will inevitably break a second by the end of the day. It’s often seen as best to break something small or unimportant to fulfil the superstition.


  • Knitting one of your own hairs into a project binds the recipient to you.
  • Sewing left unfinished on New Year’s will stay that way all year. 
  • An unfinished project brings bad luck to the intended recipient.  
  • When making items in pairs (like socks or gloves) the second must be started immediately after the first is finished. 
  • If you break a needle making a garment, you will live to wear the garment out. 
  • If you pause a project during the first step, like the cast-on row of knitting, you will never be able to finish it.

Messages, Travel and Visitors

  • Itches on the sole of the foot mean a journey approaches.
  • A bee, hen or rooster entering the home is a sign there’ll be a visitor. 
  • A bird flying into the house means an important message is coming.
  • To prevent an unwelcome guest from returning, immediately after they leave sweep the room, sweeping everything out of the door. 
  • Seeing a spider run down a web in the afternoon means you’ll take a trip. 

Knowledge and Tests

  • If you find a spider in your home, collect and carefully release it, you may ask it one question. Expect an answer to come in a week. 
  • If you use the same pencil to study and take the test, the pencil will remember the answers.

Fae Folk

  • Clover will protect a person from faeries. 
  • Keeping iron or silver on your person will stop you being taken by the faeries. 
  • A lone tree in the middle of a field is a faery tree. You should bow to show respect to the tree and the Folk, especially if you wish to shelter beneath it.
  • If you run anti-clockwise around a church 3 times, you will be taken by the Folk.


  • As per the children’s rhyme, magpies indicate certain things coming into the life. “One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret, never to be told. Eight for a wish, Nine for a kiss, Ten for a bird you must not miss.” This tune does have variations.
  • Following on from the above, there are several ways to nullify the sorrow that lone magpies predict: Salute them, doff your hat, blow a kiss, say “Hello Mr Magpie, how’s your wife?/how’s the wife and kids?”, “Hurry, run away and find your mate, Mr Magpie.”
  • Crows also have a counting rhyme, “One’s bad, Two’s luck, Three’s health, Four’s wealth, Five’s sickness, Six is death.”
  • Sneezing also indicates things; “Once for a wish, Twice for a kiss, Thrice for a letter, Four for something better.”
  • The day you find the fist flower of Spring also has meaning! “Monday means good fortune, Tuesday means greatest attempts will be successful, Wednesday means marriage, Thursday means warning of small profits, Friday means wealth, Saturday means misfortune, Sunday means excellent luck for weeks.”
  • A bee landing on the head means the person will rise to greatness. 
  • Dropping a comb whilst using it indicates future disappointment. 
  • 13 should never dine together, or the first to rise will be the first to die.
There's a Witch in the Kitchen

Perhaps your first thought is a love potion being brewed up, or aphrodisiacs being served up.

Or maybe you see salves setting on the counter. Rows of jars for healing, for seeing, for flight.

Is there an altar or shrine in the corner? Are there offerings of milk and bread for the spirits? 

Do you think there are charms hanging from the cabinet doors, or just a very well stocked spice rack?

There may be visions of neo-Wiccans cooking seasonally appropriate food for the upcoming Sabbat.

If you’re creative you might think of your neighbor whose sugar cookies never fail to end an argument, a special tea that causes you to dream of your future, or a stew that always manages to call someone home, no matter how long they’ve been away.

Poisoned apples, birthday candles, black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day.

The continued chant of “please let this taste good, please let this taste good.” over an improvised recipe.

Lunches packed not only with food, but happiness and love and protection. 

Whispered prayers over glasses of water and homemade ice cream to loosen the tongue for midnight gossip.

Deities, spirits, ancestors, family. 

I don’t call myself a kitchen witch, but I understand how you could wander in there with your cauldron and your wooden spoon and never come back out. There’s enough magic in the kitchen to last a lifetime.

i’m thinking about jack spending christmas day with bitty’s family in georgia

jack isn’t necessarily superstitious, but he takes everything MooMaw tells him about the traditional new year’s meal very seriously so when bitty and jack go back to providence to spend new year’s eve together, jack asks bitty to make pork, black-eyed peas, and greens for good luck on new year’s day. also, cornbread. cornbread is very important.  

As The Years Go By (1/5)

Blaine moves into the house behind Kurt’s, they grow up together as best friends and then more.

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Kurt has everyone arranged at the little table just right: Sundance, a floppy-eared puppy he got for Christmas, Brown Bear who is worn and lumpy and needs a better name but Kurt can’t really think of anything that’s quite right, and Princess Penelope The Frog that Kurt’s dad won at the county fair. She’s missing one eye, but she makes it work. 

It’s the second weekend after the start of school, still hot and muggy outside, but there’s a breeze that makes the leaves swish and flutter, shadows dancing across Kurt’s upturned face and the surface of the wicker table where his tea party is still waiting for tea.

Not juice or water. Real tea. So Mom had gone back into the kitchen with a sigh and a smile and Kurt had wriggled in his chair. Real tea. Like the Queen.

He could have had friends over, but Kurt had thought about it and rubbed at his nose and said that he didn’t want anyone to come. But no matter, Mom and Sundance and Brown Bear and Princess Penelope The Frog are wonderful company; polite and well-mannered and they never call him names or push him in the dirt.

Kurt watches the leaves twirl and twist, squints his eyes against the sunlight and kicks a table leg. Mom is taking a million years with that tea.


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Percy's Pea Problem

Hey friends! Sorry for the slightly late arrival, this is just a silly little one-shot based on a tradition that my family takes part in every New Year.
Hope you guys laugh!c: xoxo -Lucy

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Jason’s POV


“To a new year, a year hopefully without any stupid quests and annoying gods!”

“Hera.” Percy coughed into his drink.
Annabeth snorted.

“To a new year!” The demigods said in union and tipped their glasses back. You would think that a group full of half-gods would be obliterated in their spots for wishing for a year absent of the immortals, but after what they had endured with Gaea, Jason assumed that his dad knew they weren’t speaking of the Olympians.

Except for maybe Percy, who had a score to settle with just about all of them.

“And now for the family tradition!” Annabeth emerged from her parents’ kitchen, holding a pan full of little tan peas with a stack of dishes against her hip. Jason had never heard of this tradition before, but Annabeth’s dad had briefly explained it to them shortly after the demigods arrived to his household. The idea was that if you had at least one black-eyed pea on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, you would have good luck for the year to come. Jason had immediately grown fond of the idea, since being a demigod involved just about everything except good luck.

“Oh no.” Percy shook his head. “I’m gonna sit this out.”

Annabeth shot him an irritated look. “What are you talking about?”

Percy looked at her sheepishly. “My mom used to make me eat those all the time, but they gave me awful stomachaches. She always thought I was making that up so I wouldn’t have to eat them next time.”

Annabeth rolled her eyes. “They probably made you sick because your stomach was used to jelly beans instead of the real ones.”

Percy glanced at the small blue box in his hands. “That’s probably true.”

Scowling, Annabeth snatched the little box from Percy. “I will not tolerate you refusing to participate in this. We all scraped our asses to get money to fly here and be here together, and I will not have you sit out on something just because you have a pea problem.”

Percy threw up his hands. “They give me stomachaches!”

“One pea will not kill you!”

Jason glanced at his other demigod friends, who were also trying hard not to laugh. He believed they all silently agreed that no matter how much they loved Percy and Annabeth, it was hilarious watching them bicker. They silently watched the stare-down between the couple, wondering who was going to win.

Jason had to admit, Percy had a lot of nerve arguing with Annabeth at a time like this. It had been a long time since his Camp Half Blood and Camp Jupiter friends had gotten together, and Annabeth had arranged plane tickets for the Greeks to stay at her dad’s house in California for New Year’s so they could visit their Roman friends. Annabeth would never admit it, but Jason and his friends knew the entire thing drained her quite a bit. She had been rather…on edge lately. This had made Percy even more moody and temperamental than usual, because he was the one who was expected to calm her down.

Percy, who had also raised hell at the idea of traveling by plane. The only compromise was him insisting to sit by Jason the entire time, his reasons being something like “If your dad’s gonna blast me out of the sky he’s gonna have to blast his son out too”. The ride from New York to California had been the longest plane ride Percy had ever been on, and whenever the turbulence went off, he would practically sit on Jason’s lap in terror. Percy wouldn’t even let Jason get up for a bathroom break. He would say something stupid like; “If you’re going to the bathroom dude, I’m going with you.”

That was not an option.

Jason was jolted out of his thoughts by the sound of a pan slamming down on the kitchen table in front of Percy.

"Eat. The. Pea.”


“Dammit, Percy!” Annabeth turned to Piper. “Charmspeak him.”

“No!” Percy shrieked.

Piper grinned. She began in a sultry voice, “It’s been a long day Percy. Don’t black eyed peas sound-“

Suddenly all of the glasses on the table began quivering. “If you charmspeak me, all of the contents in these glasses will go hurling at your boyfriend.” Percy’s eyes were wide.
Suddenly Jason realized that meant him. “

"Wha-Me? Dude!”

“Bro, I’m sorry, but I cannot eat that pea.” The glasses began teetering back and forth, back and forth.

“If you splash me, I will refuse to sit by you on the plane ride home!” Jason snarled.

"Fine! Would you rather have Nico get splashed?”


Nico’s face darkened in a scowl. “If that water touches me I will end you.”

“Like hell it will touch you!” Will Solace squawked.

Everyone began chattering and complaining in union. Percy snapping something at Will that made Nico reach across the table, Hazel holding him back. Reyna getting an important call from New Rome and yelling at everyone to be quiet. Leo cracking jokes through the whole thing, making the situation only worsen. Piper continuing to charmspeak Percy, which only enraged him. And then there was Jason and Frank, who were trying desperately to calm everybody down.

“Shut up! Shut up! Dakota is on the other line!”

“Piper, stop! You’re only making it worse!”

“What do Greek gods wear on their feet?”

“Will, get out of my way!”

“I’m going to kill you!”

“Tennis Zeus! Ha!”

And then, in the midst of the chaos, Annabeth did something so impressive that Jason didn’t even have time to insult Leo on his terrible joke about Jason’s dad.

"Hey Percy!” “Wha-“Percy stopped midsentence, choking.

“What’s wrong with him?” Hazel cried.

Annabeth waved a hand in dismissal, staring at her boyfriend smugly. “He’s fine.”

Everyone looked worried and a little confused, except for Jason. He had watched the entire brilliant scene play out. While everyone was arguing, Annabeth had snuck a pea out of the pan and angled herself so she was right in front of Percy when he swiveled his head. When he opened his mouth to reply to his name, Annabeth had chucked the pea right into his mouth.

After a moment of clutching his throat, Percy gulped audibly and stared dumbstruck at Annabeth. He pointed a finger. “You…you!”

“Yes?” Annabeth replied sweetly.

“You tricked me!”

“I did?” Annabeth cocked her head to the side in a ‘dumb blonde’ sort of way. Percy stared right back at her, his mouth open and his eyes surprised. As he stared at his girlfriend, Jason watched his expression change to something of amusement. He cracked a smile.

"You know what? I’m sorry, Annabeth. I know I’ve been extra ornery lately. This is a party that you spent a really long time planning, and I ruined it because I was too stubborn to eat one stinking pea. My mother would be ashamed of me.”

Annabeth laughed and kissed Percy on the cheek. “It’s okay. Your Seaweed Brain moments make for excellent stories to tell the younger campers.” Percy rolled his eyes, but the corners of his mouth were tilted upwards.

“Jason, bro, I’m sorry I almost splashed you with water and champagne. As much as plane rides suck, I would have missed holding your hand.” Percy batted his eyes and Jason blushed as everyone turned to him with raised eyebrows.

“Hey! We did not hold hands!”

“Well if you’d ever like to…” Percy slid his hand across the table. Everyone laughed as Jason averted his flushed gaze. Percy turned to Nico.

“Sorry I threatened you man, but we all know that if Hazel would have let go of you, you would have totally kicked my ass.” Percy gave him a sheepish smile.

"Heck, he would have kicked my ass if I hadn’t gotten out of the way fast enough!” Will interjected, laughing.

Percy turned to Will. “And Will, sorry for snapping at you. You’re awesome. Also, you’ll soon discover that having a partner that can kick your ass is actually pretty hot.”

Percy grinned at Annabeth, who backhanded him in the head.

Nico muttered something that sounded something like “shithead,” into his drink as his face went crimson. As everyone laughed off the situation, Annabeth passed plates around so everyone could get their dish of black-eyed peas. Jason was actually a little relieved the fighting had happened, because it seemed to have leeched the stress out of Annabeth and the argumentative attitude out of Percy.

It didn’t take long for the demigods to begin chatting and conversing with each other normally, until Leo leaned back into his chair and spoke up.

“You know, now that I think about it, I’m not really in the mood for black-eyed peas.”

Everyone halted what they were doing.

“You have got to be fucking kidding me.”


my life as a movie from 2008
  • narrator: THE FROG GUY HAD IT ALL
  • jason biggs: oh man.. I'm married to the hottest chick in my old school and all those jocks got fat and old
  • : [that freak out song plays]
  • rob schneider as my frog sidekick: WHAT HAPPENS TO ME!! YOU SAID THAT EXTRA ROOM IS FOR ME!!
  • jason biggs: look you can still stay but we got you a frog cage!!
  • rob schneider: oh for the love of black eyed peas...