Freitag, 31. Dezember 2010

Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year 2011

  • We kiss those dearest to us at midnight not only to share a moment of celebration with our favorite people, but also to ensure those affections and ties will continue throughout the next twelve months. To fail to smooch our significant others at the stroke of twelve would be to set the stage for a year of coldness.
  • The new year must not be seen in with bare cupboards, lest that be the way of things for the year. Larders must be topped up and plenty of money must be placed in every wallet in the home to guarantee prosperity.
  • The new year should not be begun with the household in debt, so checks should be written and mailed off prior to January 1st. Likewise, personal debts should be settled before the New Year arrives.
  • The first person to enter your home after the stroke of midnight will influence the year you're about to have. Ideally, he should be dark-haired, tall, and good-looking, and it would be even better if he came bearing certain small gifts such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt. Blonde and redhead first footers bring bad luck, and female first footers should be shooed away before they bring disaster down on the household. Aim a gun at them if you have to, but don't let them near your door before a man crosses the threshold. The first footer (sometimes called the "Lucky Bird") should knock and be let in rather than unceremoniously use a key, even if he is one of the householders. After greeting those in the house and dropping off whatever small tokens of luck he has brought with him, he should make his way through the house and leave by a different door than the one through which he entered. No one should leave the premises before the first footer arrives — the first traffic across the threshold must be headed in rather than striking out. First footers must not be cross-eyed or have flat feet or eyebrows that meet in the middle. Nothing prevents the cagey householder from stationing a dark-haired man outside the home just before midnight to ensure the speedy arrival of a suitable first footer as soon as the chimes sound. If one of the partygoers is recruited for this purpose, impress upon him the need to slip out quietly just prior to the witching hour.
  • Nothing, absolutely nothing, not even garbage, is to leave the house on the first day of the year. If you've presents to deliver on New Year's Day, leave them in the car overnight. Don't so much as shake out a rug or take the empties to the recycle bin. Some people soften this rule by saying it's okay to remove things from the home on New Year's Day provided something else has been brought in first. This is similar to the caution regarding first footers; the year must begin with something's being added to the home before anything subtracts from it. One who lives alone might place a lucky item or two in a basket that has a string tied to it, then set the basket just outside the front door before midnight. After midnight, the lone celebrant hauls in his catch, being careful to bring the item across the door jamb by pulling the string rather than by reaching out to retrieve it and thus breaking the plane of the threshold.
  • Make sure to do — and be successful at — something related to your work on the first day of the year, even if you don't go near your place of employment that day. Limit your activity to a token amount, though, because to engage in a serious work project on that day is very unlucky.
  • Wear something new on January 1 to increase the likelihood of your receiving more new garments during the year to follow.
  • Do not pay back loans or lend money or other precious items on New Year's Day. To do so is to guarantee you'll be paying out all year.
  • Avoid breaking things on that first day lest wreckage be part of your year. Also, avoid crying on the first day of the year lest that activity set the tone for the next twelve months.
  • At midnight, all the doors of a house must be opened to let the old year escape unimpeded. He must leave before the New Year can come in, says popular wisdom, so doors are flung open to assist him in finding his way out.
  • Make as much noise as possible at midnight. You're not just celebrating; you're scaring away evil spirits, so do a darned good job of it! According to widespread superstition, evil spirits and the Devil himself hate loud noise. We celebrate by making as much of a din as possible not just as an expression of joy at having a new year at our disposal, but also to make sure Old Scratch and his minions don't stick around.
  • Examine the weather in the early hours of New Year's Day. If the wind blows from the south, there will be fine weather and prosperous times in the year ahead. If it comes from the north, it will be a year of bad weather. The wind blowing from the east brings famine and calamities. Strangest of all, if the wind blows from the west, the year will witness plentiful supplies of milk and fish but will also see the death of a very important person. If there's no wind at all, a joyful and prosperous year may be expected by all.
  • Holding a piece of silver or gold as the New Year begins is said to increase the chances of prosperity in the coming year...some place a silver coin over the doorway or a penny on the windowsill or have money in your pocket.
  • The youngest boy in the household lighting a candle at dusk to burn through the night until morning light is another Celtic tradition — that may be a citified version of lighting bonfires or a carryover of the Samhain tradition of lighting tapers in the windows to chase the evil spirits.
  •  Women should wear red underwear to make sure to have a very lucky year in love affairs
  • Do not leave your laundry hanging during the night. Brings the dirt and bad things from the year before right into the new one.

Sonntag, 31. Oktober 2010

Happy Samhain, Happy Halloween, Happy All Hallow's Eve!

  • If you catch a falling leaf on Samhain before it touches the ground it will bring you good luck and health for the coming winter.
  • On the morning of November 1st a silver coin was thrown through the front door of the house. The coin had to remain where it had fallen in order to bring financial luck.
  • An old belief is that by peeling an apple on Hallowe'en and keeping the peel in one piece, then throwing it over your shoulder you will discover the initials of a future lover.
  • By candlelight go alone to a mirror and eat an apple before it, whilst combing your hair. Your future love will be seen in the glass over your shoulder. If you will die without being married, a skull will appear in the mirror.
  • To ward off evil on Halloween you should walk around your home three times clockwise and three times counterclockwise.
  • To see a spider on Halloween means it is a relative returning from the dead to check on you.
  • If a bat flies around your house on Halloween it is a death omen.
  • Single girls should scatter hempseed in a field on Halloween night and they will dream of their future husband.
  • Light a candle to remember your departed loved ones on Halloween night. If the flame of a candle goes out on Halloween then you are in the company of a ghost. When the candle flame flickers on Halloween night it is being touched by the spirits of dead ancestors.
  • Lock your cats up on Halloween as an elf could travel on your cats back into your home and create havoc.
  • Ring a bell (not a doorbell) which would ward off evil spirits for the entire year.
  • If you see an Owl diving then he/she is coming to take your soul away.
  • To see a black cat on Halloween is very good luck for the next year. To see a white cat on Halloween is very bad luck for the next year.

  • **~°~** Use the magic of this time to say goodbye to a bad habit or addication, an old relationship (!!!!!) or anything else negative in your life - Samhain is the night to leave it all behind. **~°~**

Montag, 18. Januar 2010

Erste Sätze

German only, sorry.

Mögliche Sätze, die in meinem Buch vorkommen könnten.
Erste Sätze? Oder welche, die man irgendwo mittendrin lesen könnte? Welche müssen dabei sein?
Wer abstimmen will, bitte per Kommentarfunktion!

  1. Sie erhörte also endlich die Muse, die ihr seit annähernd zwei Wochen praktisch schon ins Gesicht schrie, setzte sich hin, klappte den Laptop auf und begann zu schreiben.

  2. Das Jahr war um und es war bei weitem nicht das so glückliche gewesen, das man ihr prophezeit hatte.

  3. Sie hatte es so unendlich satt, ständig dieselben Sätze, Ausflüchte und Entschuldigungen zu hören, beschloss dem ein Ende zu setzen und abzurechnen - damit wären die Vorwürfe, denen sich sich gegenüber sah wenigstens gerechtfertig.

  4. "Jetzt reicht's", dachte sie und knallte den Laptop zu, der die rohe Behandlung offensichtlich nicht so vertrug und mit einem lauten "ZZZOING" das Zeitliche segnete.

  5. Da war sie: über 30, single, alleine in einem viel zu großen Haus lebend, hübsch - wenn auch ein wenig zu pummelig - das Studium endlich hinter sich gebracht, sich in der Arbeit tagtäglich schlechter Mitarbeiterführung ausgesetzt sehend, aber voller Vorfreude bereit, sich an ihren (vorwiegend) männlichen Lebensabschnittsstolperfallen der letzten beide Jahre zu rächen.