Description: Do not lean a broom against a bed, or evil spirit will cast a spell on the bed; if you sweep rubbish out of a door after dark, a stranger will visit; if someone sweeps over your feet you will never get married; never take an old broom to a new house.
Origin: Medieval Europe
Like black cats, brooms have suffered by their common association with old ladies and therefore witches - or so the thinking went in the Middle Ages. Witches were said to ride broomsticks (sometimes pitchforks) because righteous horses refused to let them mount.
And the broomstick is suggestive in other ways - there is belief in Yorkshire and parts of the United States that if a young girl steps over a broom handle, she will become a mother before she becomes a wife.
Evil Broom or Practising to become a
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
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