Needles and Pinlore



Leave a loaf of freshly baked bread, stuck with many nails at a crossroads, and all who pass it will be cursed.


Stick pins in your sleeve on St. Agnes Eve and you will see the the lad you'll marry.


Like a pendulum; hold a needle on a thread above the head or belly of a pregnant woman; it was once believed, in simpler times, that a circle would indicate a girl and a linear swing would indicate a boy.


If two needles named for lovers are placed in a bowl of water float together, the lovers will stay together.  But if they drift apart, so would their love.


Nine pins in a black bottle, with noxious substances and ill-wishes, buried in the garden of your foe, will hex them deeply.


A wax heart stuck with nine pins and roasted over a fire will burn the heart of he who you have named the heart for.


A dolly stuck with pins, lets the pain and evils in.


Nine needles stuck in the blade bone of a rabbit, which is then placed under the bed, will produce prophetic dreams.


Stick nine needles in a candle one by one from top to bottom and name each for a foe.  As the candle burns down, so will those named.


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