Bacon’s Tales of Terror

13 Jul

Welcome back my friends to Bacon’s Tales of Terror on this 13th of the month.

Today, I want to talk about superstitions – that’s great for a 13th posting isn’t it?  Snorts.

Did you know that back in the day, breathing ‘in’ was interpreted as breathing in life while sneezing was interpreted as a swift exit of your essence or soul.  If your soul left your body through a sneeze then you would die without your soul.  This was the basis for further superstitions about sneezing throughout the centuries.

Do you tell people that sneeze, “God Bless You?”  This is actually a practice that is practiced all over the world and dates back to February 16, 590 AD.  Pope Gregory the Great decreed that prayers must be said to fight against a deadly plague in Italy at that time.  The plague was associated to be fatal by those who sneezed.  Telling someone, “God Bless You”, after they sneezed would protect people from the effects of the plague.

Saying, “God Bless You” can also be linked to around 1665 during the black plague in Europe.  Violent sneezing with the black plague was the sign of the end of the disease and death was certain to follow.  The pope made it a law so those that sneezed would be blessed due to their soon-to-be death.  It was also during this time that cover one’s mouth with their hand or cloth was put into place in order to stop the spread of further diseases.

In 17th century England if someone sneezed, people around them would remove their hats, curtsy or bow and wish them, “God Bless You”.  In the 1800’s in England, this poem came out:

Sneeze on Monday – sneeze for danger.  

Sneeze on Tuesday – kiss a stranger.  

Sneeze on Wednesday – sneeze for a letter.  

Sneeze on Thursday – something better.  

Sneeze on Friday – sneeze for woe.  

Sneeze on Saturday – a journey to go.  

Sneeze on Sunday – your safety seek – for Satan will have you for the rest of the week!

There is good luck also associated with sneezing:  if you sneeze between noon and midnight; if the family cat sneezes; if two people sneeze at the same time; if you sneeze twice in a row; or if you turn your head right when you sneezed.

But there’s also bad luck associated with sneezing:  if you sneeze in the morning while getting dressed; if you turn your head left while sneezing; if you sneeze three times in a row and someone is talking bad about you while sneezing four times is the sign of a cold.


Contributions to the Psychic Library on this information on sneezing superstitious.


Posted by on 07/13/2014 in Bacons Tales of Terror


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37 responses to “Bacon’s Tales of Terror

  1. hairballexpress

    07/13/2014 at 1:19 am

    Love it, Bacon! Pawsome post!! *(trills)*

  2. andy1076

    07/13/2014 at 1:35 am

    Bacon, I’m stuck on whether to bless someone sneezing anymore now lol 🙂

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 12:39 pm

      Snorts. So true. XOXO – Bacon

      • andy1076

        07/13/2014 at 12:40 pm


  3. purrfectkitties

    07/13/2014 at 3:44 am

    Oh MY Cats! That’s a really interesting post! We didn’t know any of these things! Thanks for sharing, sweetie! We love to learn new things! 🙂 Have a PAWSOME Sunday! xx Roxy & Tigerlino ❤

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you my friend. You have a fantastic time as well today! XOXO – Bacon

  4. kolytyi

    07/13/2014 at 5:12 am

    Hmmm, Bacon, as I see, the prospects for an eventful pollen allergy season look really good for me!

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 12:38 pm

      Oh yes. We have the pollen here really bad. Even I’m sneezing all of the time. XOXO – Bacon

  5. onespoiledcat

    07/13/2014 at 6:05 am

    Gosh……always wondered about “God Bless You” and how that got started… for sneezing – my Mom’s a champion at that – sometimes sneezes 20 times before she STOP!!!!!! ACHOOOO!

    Hugs, Sammy

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 12:36 pm

      Oh my cousin. Your mom is a sneezaholic. Snorts. My mom does that at times too. XOXO – Bacon

  6. easyweimaraner

    07/13/2014 at 6:48 am

    Oh great.. I just sneezed, my “soul” hangs on mom’s pants… and I bet I will get an interesting week now! Great post, I bet all peeps&pets will remember the poem now for the rest of their life… or furever&ever like the Overlook-twins said :o)

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 12:35 pm

      Snorts. That is so true brother. I’ve been saying that poem all morning now. XOXO – Bacon

  7. fozziemum

    07/13/2014 at 8:53 am

    Bacon great post we knew of the superstitions about sneezing but I have my own..if you sneeze and wet your pants…means you had too many kids bwahahaahahh 🙂 silly me…loves Fozziemum xx

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 12:34 pm

      Snorts. That is too funny!! I have that same problem at times. XOXO – Bacon

      • fozziemum

        07/14/2014 at 7:45 am

        It is a worry my friend 😉 bwahahaah loves Fozziemum xxx

  8. Jovina Coughlin

    07/13/2014 at 9:12 am

    Oh my!

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 12:33 pm

      That’s what I thought. Snorts. XOXO – Bacon

  9. Reilly & Denny

    07/13/2014 at 11:21 am

    well that explains it – Mom has always been the joke because she always sneezes 3 times in a row…..and now we know why she isn’t lucky 🙂

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 12:33 pm

      Snorts. Sounds like my mom. XOXO – Bacon

  10. Tina Del Buono, PMAC

    07/13/2014 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for the great history lesson 🙂

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 12:33 pm

      You are so welcome my friend. XOXO – Bacon

  11. peacelovenwhiskers

    07/13/2014 at 12:52 pm

    Good to know. But remember sneezes travel very fast, everyone closes their eyes when they sneeze mythbusters proved it. And don’t hold in a sneeze if you have gas…it will hurt. 😉

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 2:14 pm

      Snorts. Trust me I won’t hold either in.
      XOXO – Bacon

  12. katsrus

    07/13/2014 at 1:39 pm

    Very interesting. I didn’t know any of that.
    Sue B

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 2:13 pm

      We didn’t either until we researched it. It was neat huh? XOXO – Bacon

  13. Misaki

    07/13/2014 at 2:12 pm

    who knew snoozing meant so much

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 2:13 pm

      Exactly. Snorts. XOXO – Bacon

  14. pawedblog

    07/13/2014 at 3:23 pm

    Oh my gosh Bacon!! I fear I am in for a hell of a week… I’ve been sneezing all day and all night for a while now… damn hay fever! Please bless me, just in case!
    Hugs, Carrie and Pups x

    • PigLove

      07/13/2014 at 3:54 pm

      Oink snorts bless you my sweet dear friend. May your hay fever blow away with the wind. XOXO – Bacon

  15. Nylabluesmum

    07/13/2014 at 7:39 pm

    Ahhhh Ahhhhh Ahhhchooooooo oooooooo….
    Gesundheit! We sayz it in German cause Mum iz half German…
    She iz allwayz sneezez in three’z…she sneezez allmost ebery day in three’z….iz guud fing we nott superstishuss anymore….MOL…
    Lub Nylablue ❤

    • PigLove

      07/14/2014 at 8:00 am

      That is so true my love. My mom sneezes a lot at one time too. I think our moms are cute that way. XOXO – Bacon

  16. Basil

    07/14/2014 at 6:35 am

    Typist was once told that if someone says ‘bless you’ and the sneezer says ‘thank you’ a fairy dies, so if the sneezer says ‘thank you’ they then have to clap their hands as this stops the fairy from dying. No idea where she heard that from!

    • PigLove

      07/14/2014 at 9:39 am

      OMP (oh my pig). I so have to remember that. I’ve killed fairies. Oh NO!! Tell me that’s not so. Thank you for letting me know this information. I’m off to tell mom and dad this now. We must stop the fairy killing! XOXO – Bacon

      • Basil

        07/15/2014 at 4:47 am

        typist always claps…just in case! ;0)

      • PigLove

        07/15/2014 at 8:17 am

        We are now ASAP. I told daddy that last night. We can’t kill off anymore fairies. Nope. Can’t. Not anymore. Thank you so kindly for the information. Safe the fairies XOXO – Bacon


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