There is something magical about the way a fire lights up a room. Shadows dancing across the walls, a cosy orange hue casting out it’s warming light and forcing back the chilly darkness. Staring into the flickering flames can inspire the imagination and evoke prehistoric fascination. Today the fireplace is a popular addition to a room, but not always the main feature.
However, not so long ago, the fireplace was the centre of the home.
People cooked their meals, warmed themselves and sat around it, sharing stories. By playing such a key role in day to day life, it is no wonder so many superstitions flared up.
As we near the spooky season, we’ve selected our favourite, quaint, creepy and sometimes downright weird superstitions involving the fireplace:
“If a log rolls off the andirons in the fireplace, it is a sign of a visitor. You should quickly spit on it and make a wish before it hits the hearth, to ensure the one you wished for to come.”
“If your chimney is not drawing the smoke up the chimney and it was rolling out into the room, it was taken as a sign that a witch is sitting on top of your chimney and you should go outside to shoo her off.”
“Should you mark the back of the fireplace, you will have bad luck.”
“When sparks fly out of the fire, a maiden may expect a call from her sweetheart.”
“Never poke another man’s fire unless you’ve known him for more than seven years. It could provoke all kinds of misunderstandings.”
“Keeping a fire all the time, without letting it go out is a sign that you will always be well supplied with everything.“
Taken from Encyclopedia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World.