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5 Strange Superstitions Involving Nature

Cindy is a paranormal enthusiast and author of over twenty books on the subject of true supernatural phenomena.

While it's okay to gaze at a landscape after sundown, resist the temptation to capture the moment on film.

While it's okay to gaze at a landscape after sundown, resist the temptation to capture the moment on film.

1. Taking Pictures of Open Areas at Night Attracts Spirits

As beautiful as green valleys are during the day, they are even more so under the light of the moon. Nevertheless, superstition dictates that it is ill-advised to snap pictures of the lush scenery, lest you capture more than you bargained for.

The theory behind this spooky little gem is that the myriad of spirits that roam the countryside will appear on film once night has fallen. The results are jolting and disturbing to see, to put it mildly.

To make matters worse, in addition to picking up their images, an unsuspecting photographer may find that they have attracted the attention of a parasitic specter who will attach to them and follow them home.

Once this occurs, well, let's just say that it's better to avoid the problem altogether than to find yourself in this thoroughly unpleasant situation. With this in mind, you'd do well to take a mental picture and leave it at that.

Swimming in a natural body of water past dusk leaves you vulnerable to whatever lurks beneath the surface.

Swimming in a natural body of water past dusk leaves you vulnerable to whatever lurks beneath the surface.

2. Swimming in Lakes After Dark Can Awaken the Dead

Diving into a nice cool lake is the perfect end to a day spent baking in the sun, or so you would think. Those who fear that something sinister is always waiting for a chance to strike know to steer clear of swimming holes after the sun goes down. According to them, these deep pools hold the souls of drowning victims who disappeared beneath the surface and never reemerged.

To enter dark water in the twilight hours is to announce your presence to these lonely spirits. Drawn to your lifeforce, they will grab your legs and attempt to drag you to the bottom. Once there, they will feed off of the little time you have left until you too become a permanent denizen of the lake.

So, the next time you are camping and happen upon a secluded body of water that calls to you, pass it by. While not nearly as inviting, a hotel pool is a much safer bet, or so they say.

Seeing squirrels frolicking overhead can be fortuitous.

Seeing squirrels frolicking overhead can be fortuitous.

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3. Squirrels are Divine Messengers

The next time you are out on a nature walk, keep your eyes open for squirrels playing high up in the trees. According to superstition, these tiny woodland dwellers have the ability to communicate with the deities who oversee all of humankind.

Supposedly, squirrels can only decipher what you have to say if they are situated above your head, which brings them closer to the heavens. After hearing you out, they will share your message with the forest gods at their discretion. For true believers, it would seem that prayers are not only carried on the wings of doves, but also in the mouths of squirrels.

Trees can predict weather yet to come.

Trees can predict weather yet to come.

4. Trees are Nature's Barometers

While your hometown meteorologist may be unreliable at times, trees are surprisingly accurate at predicting the weather. For instance, if a tree sheds its leaves from the top, this indicates that frigid temperatures lie ahead. As a rule of thumb, if you spy a specimen that only sports leaves on the bottom, be prepared for a long, cold winter.

On the other hand, a tree that is full on top but bare down below suggests that a mild winter is on the way. Rather than bundling up in the coming months, you can look forward to unseasonably warm temperatures.

Berries aren't the only things that spring from elder trees.

Berries aren't the only things that spring from elder trees.

5. Elder Trees Shelter Witches

Elder trees are famous for producing immune-boosting berries that are loaded with antioxidants. What the more superstitious among us know that others don't is that they are also thought to be a safe haven for witches.

It is for this reason that furniture should never be constructed from an elder tree. Those who throw caution to the wind and build a crib or chair using the tainted wood soon find themselves plagued by a seemingly endless spate of bad luck. These unfortunate souls learn—too late—that the wood carries the curse of the displaced witch who once called it home.

If you feel the need to plant an elder tree on your property, be sure to position it far away from any entrances to the main dwelling. To do otherwise is to give the witch who came part and parcel with the tree access to your residence. If this nefarious character is allowed to gain entry, there will be no going back. As legend has it, once they make themselves at home, they'll never leave.

Resources:

·greeneville.sun.com, localiiz.com, auntyflo.com, gardenerspath.com

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