Did you recently have one of those moments when your nose starts to itch for no apparent reason? You try to ignore it, but it won’t leave you alone. Annoyed, you finally give in and scratch. Immediately, you wonder if you’ve just fallen victim to some age-old superstition you can’t quite recall.
Is money coming your way? Were you just mentioned in someone else’s conversation? Are you about to go on an unexpected trip? Before you drive yourself crazy trying to decode the meaning behind your nose’s mysterious itch, let’s take a look at the origins of this and other common superstitions.
Old Wives’ Tales About An Itchy Nose
According to many old wives’ tales, an itchy nose is said to mean someone is thinking about you. If it’s the right side of your nose, the person thinking of you is speaking positively. The left side supposedly means the chatter isn’t so nice.
Some say an itch on the tip of your nose signifies a fight or argument with someone close to you. Scratching the itch is thought to make the disagreement worse, so try to resist the urge!
Others believe an itchy nose foretells of good fortune coming your way, like money or success. The itch is supposedly the universe’s way of giving you a little heads up about the good luck on the horizon.
In some Hispanic cultures, a nose itch signifies disappointment or sadness approaching. To prevent the letdown, rub the itch with a gold ring.
An itchy nose is said to mean money or financial gain is coming soon. Maybe you’ll get an unexpected bonus at work, win some cash in a contest, or come into an inheritance from a long-lost relative. Cha-ching! Keep your eyes peeled for those new dollar signs appearing on the horizon.
If your nose tickles, it could indicate you’re about to meet an interesting new person who may become a good friend or companion. Someone fun and engaging is going to come into your life, adding more social interaction and connection. How exciting! Be open to new encounters, and don’t be afraid to put yourself in unfamiliar places where you’re likely to cross paths with new potential pals (even if you do not believe in superstitions.)
A Trip May Be In The Cards
An itch on the nose is thought by some to portend upcoming travel in your future. Maybe a fun getaway, vacation, or adventure is coming down the road. If you’ve been wanting to take a trip, now is the time to start planning in earnest! Pack your bags, renew your passport, and prepare to embark on a journey.
A Fake Person or A Liar Around You
My grandpa had a real funny saying when I was growing up. He’d always tell us, “I can smell a liar or a fake person from a mile away!” As a kid, I just thought he was joking around. But as I got older, I started thinking more about what he meant.
Grandpa wasn’t the type to just say things. There was usually some wisdom behind his words. So when I started having to deal with tricky people in life and noticed my nose started to itch, his saying popped into my head. It made me wonder – did grandpa have some kind of sixth sense about character?
According to old Slavic superstitions, if your nose starts itching, it means there’s someone dishonest around you. It’s like your nose is trying to warn you – it’s sensing that the person has bad intentions or isn’t being real. The story goes that an itchy nose is a sign you should steer clear of that person.
Interestingly, it is believed that an itchy nose means someone nearby has bad intentions, not someone living far away. The idea is that your nose will only itch when a certain person is around. So, if your nose starts itching when you’re with someone, it could be a sign that the person isn’t being completely honest or has something hidden about them. Of course, an itchy nose is usually just due to allergies or dry air. But it’s an interesting superstition.
Take It With A Grain of Salt
Superstitions are fun to explore, but at the end of the day, there are rational explanations for almost everything in life. Your nose knows what it’s doing – it’s just doing its job. No need to read into it or worry yourself.
And while these old folklore beliefs about an itchy nose may not be backed by science, they’re certainly optimistic and positive. And you have to admit, the notion of new money, friends, or travel coming your way sounds rather appealing!