Animal, Insect, and Bird Omens and Their Meanings

Updated on June 22, 2018
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Nell has been an online writer for over eight years. Nell is fascinated by the paranormal, including omens and the supernatural.

The black cat omen can be an omen of good or bad luck.
The black cat omen can be an omen of good or bad luck. | Source

Fate, Omens, and superstition are very closely related. In the past, we didn't have the knowledge that we have today. Science was a thing of the future. Medical health was, quite literally, a case of trial and error.

Not knowing that germs, viruses, and diseases originated with bacteria caused the population to be completely bewildered at why they were suddenly struck down by these unknown illnesses. Many superstitions were born as a result.

So, why are we so superstitious? There are many footballers who will only wear the same shirt (even if it's dirty) to make sure that they win their game. Others touch the mantel above the tunnel entrance, and then kiss a crucifix that they are wearing. Of course, there are many people who will just laugh at such silly superstitions. However, I bet they still won't walk underneath a ladder!

Whether you call it superstition, fate, God's will, or just habit, there are many omens and signs out there that people around the world still believe in.

Animal Omens

Human nature is such that we have always found ways to try and bring good luck to ourselves and those around us. Many of the Omens below could possibly have started out as coincidences, such as a plague of locusts descending on a village, a spider bite, or even a flock of birds falling from the sky. These stories would have been passed down through the family and incorporated into the myths and legends of the time. It's hard to know where these animal omens originated, but many people believe them to this day.

12 Omens About Animals

  • Bats: Bats are symbolic of bad luck, especially if they cry while flying.
  • Cats: A black cat may be good luck or bad. Back in the old days, the cat's meaning was said to depend on whether you had done bad deeds or good deeds before you saw it. To kill a cat was meant to signify a coming disaster. If one leaves your home, then disaster will strike. Maybe this was because cats have a sixth sense and know when something bad is going to happen to the house.
  • Dogs: Dogs are not really a sign of bad luck, unless you walk past one and it howls at the moon.
  • Goats: Goats are a sign of good luck.
  • Hares: If a hare crosses your path, it's bad luck.
  • Hedgehogs: Hedgehogs are symbolic of good fortune, especially if you meet one going in the opposite direction.
  • Horses: A piebald is a good omen. However, if you see its tail first, then bad luck will befall a friend. This omen probably started because someone stood behind a horse and got kicked.
  • Mice: Seeing a white or brown mouse is good luck, especially in your love life. A grey one, however, is said to bring bad luck.
  • Sheep: A flock of sheep is really good luck.
  • Rats: Rats are good omens, if white, but bad omens if they are black.
  • Pigs: Pigs are bad omens, especially if you meet one immediately after getting married.
  • Squirrels: Squirrels signify that happiness will be found soon.

Be weary of vampire bats.
Be weary of vampire bats. | Source
The red squirrel is a good luck omen.
The red squirrel is a good luck omen. | Source

What Birds Foretell

Even today, in this age of science and technology, we still have the same subconscious fears that make us superstitious. Maybe one day we will be confident enough in our world to set aside these signs and omens, but I doubt it. Humans are symbolic creatures, and I believe we need these signs to hang onto. It's part of our psyche and, let's face it, it makes the world an interesting place! Humans and birds have had a special relationship for thousands of years. These omens demonstrate just how important birds were to people in the past.

13 Omens About Birds

  • Crows: Crows are a bad omen, especially if you see one to the left of you.
  • Cuckoos: If you hear a cuckoo, it foretells good luck (especially if heard in the right ear).
  • Doves: Doves are a happy omen (particularly for those about to wed).
  • Gulls: Gulls are said to portray the death of a friend. You do not want to get touched by one (unless you are on a boat, then seeing one land near you is good luck).
  • Hawks: Hawks signify that powerful enemies are about to threaten you. This is especially pronounced if you see the bird to your left. The left side is, and has always been, the sign of the devil
  • Kingfishers: Kingfishers signify that a big scandal threatens your happiness.
  • Magpies: Magpies are an omen of bad luck, even death (especially if seen to your left). Seeing two is very lucky. It signifies that good luck will appear within three days.
  • Owl: Owls are always bad luck. If he hoots three times, be extra careful.
  • Robins: Robins represent good luck.
  • Sparrows: Sparrows are a sign of bad luck (except if they are seen by people who are in love).
  • Swallows: Swallows predict very good fortune (especially in early spring). If they build a nest under your room, it's even better luck. It's bad luck if you kill one.
  • Wagtails: Wagtails signify that you will be fortunate (especially if approaching from the left side).
  • Wrens: Wrens are omens of good luck. However, you should never hurt or frighten it, or you will likely find yourself in peril!

Kingfishers are omens, foretelling of future scandals.
Kingfishers are omens, foretelling of future scandals.

Insects and Prophesy

To counteract the bad, we had to find a way to make good luck happen; thus, omens were born. The strange thing was that, even though it was through pure instinct, many people did actually "hit the nail on the head," so to speak. Certain plants were prayed over and picked under a full moon. These plants' medicines were actually more potent at that hour. These plants were very helpful to our species. Also important were the insects that pollinated these plants. There are many omens regarding them as well.

8 Omens About Insects

  • Ants: An ant nest near your home is good luck. However, to be bitten by one means arguments and quarrels will soon come.
  • Bees: If they are inside your house, then bees are a sign of good luck.
  • Cockroaches: If seen in a strange place, then their presence foretells the death of a friend.
  • Crickets: Crickets are very good luck. However, if they leave the house or garden, then bad luck will follow.
  • Grasshoppers: Grasshoppers are a sign of good luck. If you see one, then very good news will follow.
  • Ladybird/bugs: These are thought to be good omens.
  • Spiders: Spiders are bad luck all around. If seen in the morning, then grief will come. If seen in the afternoon, then anxiety will follow. If seen in the evening, then you will have bad luck with money. Never kill one, as this brings bad luck. To see a spider spinning its web signifies that people are plotting against you. If it's found on your body, then it's good luck.
  • Wasps: Wasps foretell a danger caused by jealousy.

Bees can be signs of good luck!
Bees can be signs of good luck!
Grasshopper are signs of good luck.
Grasshopper are signs of good luck.

What Is an Oracle?

Definition: A priest or priestess who acts as a medium, whom prophecy or advice was sought from the God or Gods. Also, a place at which such advice or prophecy was sought thereafter.

Back in the day, many tribes of people would choose a particular person, usually a woman, to be their oracle. In other words, the oracle could either be a person or a place. Either way, oracles existed for people to try to understand what was happening to them.

What Did Oracles Do?

  • Most Oracles were very clever people. They would use the world around them to understand Signs and portents.
  • For example, they would understand such things as weather patterns, therefore giving advice on whether it was safe to travel at a certain time, or would the gods be bringing down torrential rain.

Most people would think the information came from the gods, when really it was a case of trial and error, luck, and reactions within the surrounding world.

Cloud patterns over Switzerland.
Cloud patterns over Switzerland. | Source

How People Defined a Good vs. a Bad Omen

Human nature being what it is, people realised that there must be a reason for their bad luck, but couldn't find a way to express it. So, religion and fate took the brunt of the blame.

There is hardly anything that moves, flies, or crawls that has not, at one time or another, served as a sign of a good or bad omen. Throughout time, human behavior has had a superstition stamped on it. For example, people often place their beds at a certain angle to attract good luck.

For riches to come to the family, the bed should be placed facing east. For a long life, south, and so on. Even stranger, money was supposed to be coming your way if you sneezed to the right!

If you picked up a pin then good luck would come to you. And if you met the same person twice in one day on your travels then you would get the same good luck. How that one works I have no idea, but you get the point.

These could be anything from cloud patterns, a breeze blowing a certain way or even birds flying low in the sky. Sometimes the signs would, in fact, show something that today we would see as real science at work.

For example, if we see flocks of birds falling from the sky, we would realise that that particular flock could possibly have bird flu. Or, as in a recent case of doves dying in Italy last year which had flown too high and frozen to death due to hypoxia.

In the past, the locals would see this event as a sign of bad luck, but not really know why or what was going to happen. We all know the story of Pompeii, where the local populace believed that the volcano was a warning from the gods. Of course, these days we all realise that it is a natural occurrence.

To live with so much superstition must have been hard. Each step that was taken must have been like walking blindfolded through a dark room with holes in the ground. But we have to realise that the signs, oracles, and omens were also a comfort to the people. Knowing that the gods were keeping an eye on them was a way to keep them grounded and safe at a time when the world around them was a strange and terrifying place.

More Superstitions From Around the World

Omen
What Does It Mean?
Never say "Happy Birthday" too early.
Celebrating or congratulating someone on a birthday early brings bad luck, at least in Russia.
Never stick your chopstick straight up.
Poking chopsticks down into your food is a big no-no in Japan. The utensils look like the unlucky number four, which means death.
Don't go right home after a funeral.
A Filipino tradition called "pagpag" says that people never go straight back to the house after a wake. Otherwise a bad spirit might tag along.
Whistling indoors invites evil.
Whistling while you work may be an issue in Lithuania, where it's forbidden to whistle indoors because the noise is believed to summon demons.
Don't place two mirrors opposite each other.
In Mexico, and elsewhere, facing mirrors open a doorway for the devil.
Don't cheers with water.
A German superstition declares that, if you cheers with water, you're actually wishing death upon the people you're drinking with.
Avoid sleeping with your head to the north.
According to Japanese superstition, sleeping with your head in this direction is bad luck because that's how the deceased are laid to rest.
Itchy hands have financial repercussions.
In Turkey, an itchy right hand means you'll come into some money. However, an itch on your left means you'll lose money.
Stepping in dog poop isn't necessarily bad.
Stepping in dog poop is actually considered good luck in France, that is, if you do it with your left foot. It's bad luck if you step with your right foot.
Knitting outside can prolong winter.
In Iceland, you should keep the knitting inside the house. There's a local superstition that doing your needlework on on your doorstep will keep the temperature cold.
Don't get a haircut on Tuesdays.
In India, getting a haircut on a Tuesday will cause bad luck.
Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small
Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small

A fascinating book that kept me reading through the night.

Learn how to spot the tell tale signs of animal Omens.

And there are chapters on animal Totems and Spirit guides, which show a fascinating spiritual connection between animal and human.

One word? Fantastic!

 

Questions & Answers

  • Every morning, a bee flies in my car window and lands on my left shoulder. Just wondering if that has a meaning?

    Every morning? Now that is interesting! It actually means that you have met your soul mate! The bee is just confirming it for you!

  • I saw a dead rat fall from the sky in the morning at around 07:00 hours. I also spotted a few eagles flying 15-20 feet above me. What could this signify?

    I would imagine it would just mean that they had dropped it. Rats on their own signify good luck and a hard worker.

  • Are there any omens about preying mantis'?

    Yes! Evidently, it means that you can reach a state of calm by meditation.

  • I just saw a long brown slug coming out of the bathroom after my girlfriend said she thought she saw someone walk in there. What does that mean?

    If your girlfriend saw someone there after seeing the slug, it could mean that someone is trying to get your attention in the spirit world.

  • I came back from a holiday about a week ago and discovered there was a wasps nest in a wall cavity right outside my bedroom window. Pest control came and put something in the nest, and all the wasps died. Since then more and more wasps have been getting in my room, and we can't tell from where. We have silicone and tape over any holes, and they keep getting in, and I have to sleep elsewhere. What does this mean? Should I be worried?

    I think the answer is that it's not to do with animal omens. This is more a job for an expert in wasp removals.

© 2012 Nell Rose

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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      2 weeks ago from England

      lol! Zia! if that is true then I must be rich! thanks for reading.

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      Zia Uddin 

      2 weeks ago from Birmingham

      Very interesting read. I heard that stepping on dog poop, whichever foot, is a sign of money coming to you. Sounds crazy doesnt it?

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      Pl 

      2 weeks ago

      Pls there is this crawling insect that use to come to on bed and sometimes I will see it on my body and kill it. They're many that if I kill one I will still see another again and am the only one experiencing this. My husband is always safe from them. Pls what could be the problem? This insect is easy to kill but if u see it looks like dangerous insect cos it craws like earthworm.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 weeks ago from England

      Hi Katie, he is a wish granter! to bring you good luck. When you see him again make a wish.

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      Katie lack we 

      2 weeks ago

      Every Tuesday a blue butterfly passes by my window. What does this mean??

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      3 weeks ago from England

      Ouch! I am so sorry to hear that. It could be a sign, or in your case just the final breakdown. do you want to leave? go with your instincts, and good luck.

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      Samantha 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi need advice.i prayed for a sign 3 days ago if leaving was a good idea and in 3 days my cat had a miscarriage 15 of our baby chicks died cars broke down bad weather and somethin ate most of our animal feed.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 weeks ago from England

      Hi Kirsty, I am so sorry to hear about your daughters uncle, sometimes animals do pick up certain signs to make them come and give you a message. I think the others were maybe just coincidences, but the first one was real.

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      Kirsty Smith 

      4 weeks ago

      There was this magpie that appered out of the blue but kept coming back for three days after. On the last day another one appeared. I told my daughter not to look him in the eyes through the window ,but didnt listen same day her uncle hung himself back home in nz. We live in brisbane. Few days later 5 peacocks were on our neigbour roof..? But only to be seen by my partner and children not sure what this means but i asked for a peacock to be my sign for the angels for when i am going to come into $. Then just last night the biggest moth appeared in the house i freaked cause it was so loud i was like wat is that!!!?and then next day one hit me in the head but was much smaller i was thinking gosh now what is this sign.. ? Had many experiences this year unbelievable

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      Nell Rose 

      6 weeks ago from England

      Hi Brandi, sorry to hear about your father, and hope he is well soon. It seems that spirits are more likely than omens involved. one of his relatives who has passed over is keeping an eye on him. Just say a quiet thank you when you walk in the room. they will hear you.

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      Brandi 

      7 weeks ago

      My dad is in the hospital with pnemonia. I went to go visit him yesterday and in the opposite side of the room. His silver ring fell from somewhere and landed 2-3 feet away from me. I wasn’t sure where the ring came from but I didn’t as no where near the area. What could this mean?

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      Nell Rose 

      7 weeks ago from England

      Possibly because they used to congregate there? You need to get rid of them if they are a nuisance. As an Omen dogs are messengers, is there something or someone you need to listen too?

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      Trae 

      7 weeks ago

      Can u tell me why there are random dogs in my front yard? I’ve only lived tear 3 mos. n have had 4 different occurrences

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      Nell Rose 

      2 months ago from England

      LOL! well you never know! good luck!

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      Audrey Montez 

      2 months ago

      I seen 2 flies humping on my calendar on a specific date thats coming up and my husband and i have been trying for baby #2 so i wonder if its a sign of reproduction?

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      Nell Rose 

      2 months ago from England

      Amazing! Definitely some sort of sign. Is there anybody who has passed who maybe wants to send you a message? are you involved in something you are in too deep with? good luck!

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      Jason 

      2 months ago

      I've noticed 3 different dead cardinals during my jogs on a local sidewalk and on the road while driving. Tonight i saw a fox running just at midnight as a thunder/lightning storm was approaching...as this storm approached and i moved toward my car in the parking lot, five small yellow leaves blew toward me on the ground rustling along the way. I was fixated on them for some reason, and they lined up in a perfectly spaced line about a foot or so apart.

      What is all this?

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      Nell Rose 

      2 months ago from England

      Hi Audrina, With the weather so hot at the moment all round the world it may of course be an environmental thing. You mention the Tarot? the death card in the Tarot means an ending, a transition or complete change. And seeing dead insects is pretty much the same. has he changed a job, or something much more dramatic lately? maybe its time he did. it may be dramatic, but its not dangerous. Thanks for reading.

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      Audrina 

      2 months ago

      Hi Neil, My partner and I are a bit concerned because he has been seeing bugs(specifically belly up/upside down) either dead or in the process of dying(legs still wiggling) and we would like to know what this could possibly mean? A good or bad Omen? They are usually crickets or grasshoppers which NORMALLY bring good luck...However, our biggest concern is the fact that every single time he is finding them dead and upside down*. In Tarot card readings, if a card is revealed upside down then the meaning usually becomes opposite of the original. or at least something bad most of the time. Have you ever come across anything like this? or heard of anything similar? If we could please get a response from you we would be so grateful.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 months ago from England

      Don't worry, its only if its pure white then it could mean death, but even that has many different interpretations. such as an ending instead, or change. but when a bird comes calling it means there is a message for you, you just have to watch out for it, okay?

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      Angie Davis 

      2 months ago

      I had a little brownish gray bird fly into my kitchen last night. My front door was open and i finally got it to go out the back door which is in my kitchen. Ive never had this happen to me before!! What does it mean. I was ALWAYS taught that if a bird comes in your house it means death.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      This is more of a cat behaviour than an omen. Maybe check out a cat site to see why they do this? thanks

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      Keri 

      3 months ago

      My male cat always bring leeches to my house & whenever he scrath his body they will always fall all over the house on the floor,although we live in town with clean surroundings with no trees & bushes around ....why is this happening often?

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      I would imagine you just have a nest (smile)

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      Pinky 

      3 months ago

      There's always a red ant passing thru my front door sometimes black ants. What does it mean?

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Hi Victoria, I believe it means that there is someone out there who is annoying you. Just two flies means a small aggravation.

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      VICTORIA 

      3 months ago

      What does it mean to find two dead flies in the same place?

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      Birds represent a soul. If you have someone in the spirit world, they are trying to tell you something! If not, it could be a soul that you don't know, but please keep an eye out for a message, okay?

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      Melissa 

      4 months ago

      We have had a small bird sitting on the window seal looking into house , what’s this mean?

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      To be honest I have no idea. But if I were you I would go and get a tetanus shot.

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      Christiana 

      4 months ago

      A rat bite my right finger at sleep, please what omen does this mean?

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      It is a sign of renewal or good luck!

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      Twangchuk 

      4 months ago

      I have seen crockarch for the first time in my home,so I was wondering if it's good or bad omen.....

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      Hi Kirk, there are a couple of reasons why this might happen. one is the practical reason, maybe you are too near their nest with babies in it, and second if that is not so, then it could be that the bird is trying to warn you or tell you about something. Is the date specific to you?

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      Kirk 

      4 months ago

      I went on a afternoon walk at a park I notice a particular bird grey very big fly very low at my head touching my head and takes off once he lands in the tree it makes A lot of noise then it takes off and come at me again 2 days in a row what does it mean.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Sounds like you are sending out a weird vibe. Is anything bothering you? your mental state if nervous or upset can make insects act strangely.

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      Tina 

      5 months ago

      Came across a spider in my coffee cup in my kitchen then few days later I keep seeing Beatles walk around me by my front door and where I usually sit

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      Nell Rose 

      9 months ago from England

      lol! I remember that one Kari! thanks

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Omens like "step on a crack, break your mother's back". I learned as a child and I still don't step on cracks, lol.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 months ago from England

      I have no idea! but I would imagine the spider must be poisonous! lol! Thanks for reading Auntie Ender.

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      Auntie Ender 

      9 months ago

      What does it mean if there are more than forty dead ladybugs found near a living spider?

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      Nell Rose 

      11 months ago from England

      Not sure to be honest, I would think its just an opportunity thing for the insects to keep warm! lol!

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      lacretia cooper 

      11 months ago

      Is an abundance of cockroachs in your house a sign of a harsh winter

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      Nell Rose 

      11 months ago from England

      I found something pretty close that describes fly type insects, it says its a good omen, and whatever you are doing, work wise etc will be really successful! so good luck!

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      Christina 

      11 months ago

      I was wondering what the meaning of seeing a huge black fly looking insect in the front door of a home? I have tried looking online to see what insect it is but havent really found anything.

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      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      lol! aw thank you for the lovely memory stories! and yes I hope your son did really well! and no, the spiders would last about 10 seconds with me too! thanks Shanmarie!

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      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      lol! you and that vampire bat Paula! yes I love butterfly's too, pity we don't have hummingbirds round here, shame! always good to see you my friend.

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      Shannon Henry 

      12 months ago from Texas

      I see this id an older article, but it showed in my feed since you replied to someone. I think that's how I found your very entertaining and interesting tarot card hub. You provided a reading for someone and it caught my eye.

      As for this one on signs and omens.... You made me smile because you brought back memories. I had a black cat growing up. Such a friendly thing. We had another cat that knew when it would storm hours before we noticed the shift in weather. He used to slink close to the ground when he had to walk somewhere around the home. He started doing that after lightning struck the tree in our front yard. My dad thought Shelby might have been in the window when it happened, but all I remember from the experience is a her her and rude wake up call! And I believe on the sixth sense of animals.

      You also made me think of a funny owl story from when I was little. My grandma lived in a really old house that was kind of creepy at night to the young minds of my cousin and me. We spent the night one night in my aunt's room since she was away. Strange shadows.... Creeking noises.... And an owl somewhere outside that would not hush. So we gathered stuffed animals and put them all around the edge of the bed. To keep us safe, of course, except we ended up screaming and not being so brave. We slept with our grandma that night. She used to have us cousins together often, usually four to six at a time, but that night is my first memory of a sleepover with one.

      My next those gut is that my son can maybe use your football luck suggestions. LOL. He just started playing this year for school so my life got a little more caoric, but it's good for him. Too bad his team needs a ton more practice and LUcK than they'll ever get. Go, 7th grade! He has a game tomorrow, as a matter of fact. Wish them luck. LOL.

      One last thing.... A spider on me is NEVER good luck, especially since it won't live long afterward. I shudder just thinking about it!

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      Paula 

      12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nell....Soooo fascinating. You entertain & educate me very well, my friend! I always enjoy your articles because you teach me things I did not know. (And here I was thinking I knew all there was to know!!) I guess you showed me! I read this and commented 4 years ago...but needed a refresher course!

      I gotta tell you though, that damned vampire bat is so UGLY & frightening-looking....it's the stuff nightmares are made of! I felt the same way about his ugly-A$$ 4 years ago too!

      I'm into butterflies and hummingbirds....lovely, sweet things!! Wonderful article. Take care Nell....Paula

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      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      Hi liz, its good news! it means the end of bad stuff and the beginning of an easier better time for you!

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      liz 

      12 months ago

      I found a dead crow in my rain barrel- this MUST have some omen ?

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      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      Well yeah, they are supposed to be about bringing demons, but of course it could just be a natural occurrence. Mind you, that would have freaked me out big time! lol! thanks for reading Chris.

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      Chris 

      12 months ago

      What about maggots? A guest was staying in one of my cabins and they were bathing in a tub and suddenly a maggot “fell down from the ceiling into the tub” and upon closer inspection discovered maggots all the way around the bathtub edge. We don’t have an infestation and haven’t seen any flies much at all and its odd that they would just fall from the ceiling. Could maggots be a sign of a demon? Perhaps she was a vessel? A maggot of Pestilence, one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse?

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      Nell Rose 

      13 months ago from England

      LOL! sandra!

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      sandra silverman 

      13 months ago

      i researched the symbolism for the housefly yet they are still appearing. why?

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      Nell Rose 

      13 months ago from England

      LOL! me too Susie!

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      Kristen 

      14 months ago

      Months ago I swear I saw a Black wolf through steam (I was in the bathtub) he had red eyes my luck has been pretty bad since then today I had a grasshopper looking bug on my back! whats all this mean??

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      Nell Rose 

      14 months ago from England

      Thanks so much for reading Jayvee, that is amazing! We don't have Cardinals over here in England but I have seen photos, and they are beautiful! I am sure that it was a message from your mother, I am sure I have read something similar before. How wonderful! and thanks again.

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      Jayvee 

      14 months ago

      Informative post.

      I am native American, I have experienced the visitation of Cardinals(red birds) quite often ever since my mother passed away I'm 1996..

      Oddly enough, it is usually when I am experiencing duress in my life.

      The day of my mother's funeral, while waiting for my younger brother to get ready to head to the funeral, I was looking.out my mother's living room window and listening to Eric Clapton's"Tears in Heaven" and low and behold, a beautiful bright red Cardinal flew up and.landed on the hedges right in front of the window I was reflecting.out of...It gave me a strong sense of peace and comfort, and strongly believe the this beautiful bird was being.that to me from my mother...I have only shared.this experience very rarely, as.not.to undermine the credibility of it...

      Has anyone ever experienced this before besides me...?

      Many Aho's

      Mitakye Oyasin.

      J.

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      Nell Rose 

      14 months ago from England

      Hi Carlos, it may just live there, but if it doesn't then by coming back it is bringing news, all depending on what has happened that day. this is usually good news, unless its a comforting sign after bad, good luck!

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      Carlos 

      14 months ago

      My friend found an injured owl in his shed. It leaves then comes back. What does this mean?

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      Nell Rose 

      16 months ago from England

      Hi Belinda, thanks for reading.

      The eagle itself brings the message of renewed life, because it is associated with the east winds - the direction of dawn spring and rebirth. If an individual has been going through a hard time, the eagle not only signals a new beginning, but provides that person with the stamina and resilience to endure the difficulties. If the eagle has appeared, it bestows freedom and courage to look ahead. so there you go, its good luck not bad. thanks

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      Belinda 

      16 months ago

      Hi I have a question, my dads been depressed, he lives 5 hrs away on his own his also getting over the flu. HE came and stayed for a couple of days while he was here a bird flew at the window then on his drive home he rand and said an eagle flew at his car and it's wings were as long as his arms , I'm trying to find a answer for these things happening, what I've found is death is around and the hawk in google meant the devil is around, is 'tis true or could you please give me the correct meaning .

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      Nell Rose 

      16 months ago from England

      Hey Kai, thanks for reading. interesting story, poor guy, and yes maybe a connection?

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      Kai 

      16 months ago

      This is a very nice article...

      and I would like to say...

      There was this guy who played guitar very well...

      He looked a very cheerful guy.

      So what happened is...One day I saw a dead kingfisher...

      the next day I got to know that this guy I told you about, suicided...

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      Nell Rose 

      17 months ago from England

      Thanks Spiders, I actually don't mind them. I have one named Fred who lives in my kitchen! LOL! thanks for reading.

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      Spiders... 

      17 months ago

      Spiders are good for me, unless their dead or threatening, then it's bad.

      Also bad to walk through its web.

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      Nell Rose 

      22 months ago from England

      Sorry Dorothy I can't seem to find one about fly's. maybe you will on google? thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      22 months ago from England

      Hi mpho, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Dorothy Thompson 

      22 months ago

      My son walks out of his house today and he sees all of theses flies on a tree which is on the leaves near his front door is this some type of omen. please explain.

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      Mpho 

      24 months ago

      Thokoza Nell(Greetings),

      Great article this is thank you for sharing such information. Im a young traditional healer / Diviner which is said to be an Oracle in the article.

      Omens and sings play a big role in ones life as much they may not be scientific and are said to be superstitious. They are part of human nature. Im from South Africa and I help people through divine intervention and healing with herbs and general stuff that we would normally have in household but use it for something else, like coarse salt it can be sprinkled in the house to chase away evil spirits that bring bad luck. This article has expanded some of my knowledge that i haved learnt from my ancestors though dreams and even signs and omens.

      Was very interesting to read after being written 3 years ago. Thokoza Gogo!!(Thank you Mam)

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      HI adibo, I doubt it would be famine, its a possibility that you may have a small earth tremor. to be honest I don't really know as I don't live in India, but the best thing to do is to keep your eyes open for the next few days and get ready to leave if necessary. but don't worry, I am sure its fine, okay? please let me know if anything happens.

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      adibo 

      2 years ago

      As i was searching for insects and crawling insects. We are having a strange situation out here, all the living beings that lived inside the earth starts to crawl out on the surface and people are perplexed and panicked by this rare occasion, which made them think that there will be tremor and sesmic wave on it. For me belive their might be famine. i would like to know more about this situation. Your valuable information would be helpful. ASAP!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Sree, I would think you are just unlucky with the area's that you live in, especially if you live in a hot climate, the best thing to do is just get the exterminator out, its horrible to hear that you have to go through this, what country do you live in?

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      Sree 

      5 years ago

      I live with my parents & for so many years now, we have had a lot of insects have built an empire in our house. I remember we had cockroaches in our house & they used to breed in great numbers, we did all the possible methods to get rid of them, and in another house where we lived e had ants red ants building houses & laying eggs in the shelves & breeding like crazy, and then now they have moved in to an apartment & I live in a different house & now there are bed bugs all over , my mom always keeps the house neat & clean, but I do not understand why are all these insects coming into our house & growing in such a huge number, any thoughts??

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Peter, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Peter Geekie 

      5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Nell-rose,

      A really excellent article covering much of folk-law beliefs.

      It takes me back to my Grandmother in Devon who would tell me of these superstitions in such a way I would believe every word. As you say much of reasoning behind these signs were based on known facts which matriarchal figures such as Grandma had memorised and could be used at appropriate times.

      Thanks very much. Voted up, awesome and interesting

      Kind regards Peter.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi midget, you are quite right there, I think we need these mysteries to keep away the normality of everyday things, thanks!

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      I think superstition arises from the fear of the unknown....people need explanations for mysterious things that happen. Thanks for sharing these with us Nell!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Lady G, yes that's true about the mice, never thought of that! lol! thanks so much for reading, and I am glad you liked it, nice to see you!

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      Debra Allen 

      5 years ago from West By God

      Some of these are just funny to read about. If you go by mice it's a wonder there isn't more bad luck cuz there are more grey mice then black or white. How many dogs do you know tht howl at the moon? LOL Oh and Ants being good around your house....hhhmmmmm I dunno about that. it depends on the kind of ants, I would guess. We had carpenter ants destroy some trees around our house and some of the house itself had to be replaced. Superstition indeed. About the Oracles and such in the beginning of your hub...we still have many people believe there are demons instead of actual illnesses that can and are treated.

      Great hub as always Nell. Voted up and interesting.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much ishwaryaa, glad you liked it, yes we are a superstitious bunch over here! lol!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging and well-researched hub! Here in my country, we strongly believe in omen, oracles and signs. Thanks to you, I learnt a lot from the list of animals, birds and insects as signs of good or bad omen. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Yep that gas will get ya! lol! thanks someonewhoknows, nell

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      someonewhoknows 

      5 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Here is an oh-man for you! If a canary drops dead in a coal mine or any kind of mine your in you can be sure your next .

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi rick, thanks for reading, be over in a min! lol!

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      rickzimmerman 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Nell Rose: Great job! I've always followed the significance of animals in literature, lore & history. At this time of year, you might enjoy my hub on reindeer or polar bears or any of my more than two dozen Little-Known Santas, like:

      https://hubpages.com/holidays/Little-Known-Santa-N...

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi mary, l hate roaches too! lol! thanks for reading, nell

      Hi By Lori, wow now that does sound like an omen! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      By Lori 

      5 years ago from USA

      Birds are often omens for me, and that was the first word I ever spoke too, "bird".

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I'm not a superstitious person at all, but this was very interesting to read. I'll tell you: if I see a roach in my house, I know I have a problem. I'm a Southerner and my folks had a million omens they truly believed in.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi kitty, you sound like me! lol! I tend to like the things others hate, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi effer, lol! ah poor little bat! yes I know what you mean about cats, especially when the black cat appears in front of you at night! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Kitty Fields 

      5 years ago from Summerland

      I tend to like all of the animals, birds, and bugs that seem to be the worst of luck to most people. Owls are one of my familiars, as is the hare and the crow. I also have a thing for spiders! LOL. Great hub, and reminds me of ones that I enjoyed writing. Blessings.

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nell........Good Grief.....that vampire bat is about the most horrid-looking creature!! Yuk. He can just keep his ugly butt far away from me!!

      I like to believe that I am not superstitious in the least...but there are times, to be honest, when I dabble in some of the old myths and spooky tales of bad luck.....Your hub can cause some serious thinking and curiosity......I love cats...so I don't really place any mystifying fears upon black cats.....but they do have a certain LOOK to them that makes some people shudder! LOL....UP+++

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Eddy, and you too, hope your not flooded? thanks so much for reading as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Cathy, lol! I certainly hope so! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi alocsin, I believe that most of them started out in Europe, no particular religion I believe, I think it was superstition that covered all the old religions, especially the ones that were transferring their beliefs to Jesus Christ, probably caused a lot of stress, therefore they hung onto the old beliefs, and these beliefs changed over the centuries, but it is interesting to know that different cultures have a different take on it, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      alocsin 

      5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Do you know where these omen information originates? Are they Druidic, Angle-Saxon or just generally European? Obviously, different cultures will treat these omens differently. For example, in some cultures, a spider is considered good luck because it supposedly saved the life of Christ as a child. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Great information and very interesting. I just saw a squirrel, I guess I will have a happy day :o)

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful hub Nell.I am voting up and sharing.

      So well informed ad your obvious hard work has certainly paid off. I wish you a great day.

      Eddy.

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