The world is full of many different superstitions and you can find one on just about anything you can think of. But for this post we’re going to discuss Iron and it’s many superstitions.
I briefly discussed some superstitions about iron quite a while back in my post Superstitions of Wood, Mirrors and Iron, but I thought it would be cool to get into it a little deeper.
Some History on Iron
Iron and it’s association with fire as well as it being one of the main materials used on Earth for all kinds of creations makes it one of the most important of all the metals. According to the ancient Egyptians iron had supernatural powers and was capable of warding off evil spirits. To this day, iron is still widely used as a means to ward off evil and bad luck.
For example the best way to stop a witch from entering your house is to place a knife or a pair of scissors underneath your door mat. It’s said that a witch can not cross over iron elements. A lot of folks also believe that touching iron is a good method for avoiding the “evil eye”. There are many posts on the blog that discuss the “evil eye” if you want more information on that.
Not only is iron a good defense against evil, but iron made objects such as horseshoes and nails are supposed to be quite effective in bringing and preserving good luck.
Other Superstitions About Iron
One popular superstition about iron says you should bite down on a piece the day before Easter in order to avoid having a toothache for the rest of the year.
In order to help butter form, you should stick a red-hot iron rod or poker into the
butter churn. You can also place the poker or rod in the outside corner of a room to help bring good luck.
Looking to cure the sick? Then place a piece of iron on the afflicted area and then nail the iron to a tree. This will help promote fast and effective healing.
Upon the death of a household member, stick all of the food items with a piece of iron in order to keep death from spoiling it.
Iron may also be used to protect your newborn baby. Simply place an iron object in the cradle to ward off evil. Although this one sounds rather dangerous, many people will swear by it. How they know it’s working is beyond me.
Superstitious Uses for Rusty Iron
Ward off cramp by keeping a rusty sword beside the bed. And if witches are your problem, then keep an iron scythe over the bed to keep them out of your bedroom.
Superstitions of When Not to Use Iron
You must make sure the iron is actually rusty, because if you bring it into your house and it’s just dull instead of rusted, then misfortune will follow with it.
Be sure to keep iron far away from any medicinal plants, especially mistletoe. The iron coming into contact with medicinal plants will cause the plants to lose all their healing properties.
Lastly, if you’re a blacksmith then you probably already know this one. But it’s said you shouldn’t work with iron on Good Friday out of respect for the nails used on the cross.
Any more great superstitions concerning iron or metals? Please share with us in the comments below.