Description: If a spider falls on your body (and you don't kill it) you will receive some money.
In England, Ireland and Portugal the superstition ran that a spider running on your body was there to spin new clothes - implying financial good fortune. Other superstitions held that it was good luck if a spider fell from the ceiling on to your face.
In Somerset in England, someone suffering an illness would be advised to catch a spider and keep it in a box until it died - as the spider expired, the illness would pass. Other medical practices at the time included eating rolled-up spiders'-webs as a treatment for asthma.
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
The text is covered by
copyright law - please do not use without first requesting permission.