Since we moved to a new home, I decided to look at some of the superstitions involved in such an activity. I remember when we moved from the condo to the apartment, we were told to have a full container of rice as well as a lot of salt and sugar. And that we did too.
I have previously looked at some blogs about these superstitions and I read that you are supposed to move in when the moon is waxing – but sadly, that was not something we could do. The house was not ready when the moon was waxing and it would be too late to wait for this month’s. I read you should not move on particular days, but I got conflicting information on this, as some said Saturday was a good day while others said it was not. I did read that the date should be on one that had a number that when written ended on top rather than on the bottom, like zero and eight.
Here are some of the Filipino superstitions I stumbled into:
- When you move to a new house, always enter first with a loaf of bread and a new broom. Never bring an old broom into the house.
- If the previous owners have been kind, they will have left some bread (or rice, depending where you are in the world) and salt behind for you. If the realtor got rid of it, don’t worry, just make sure the first person to enter carries these items, plus a new broom.
- The salt should be sprinkled in all the rooms and across the door sills, so evil spirits will never enter.
- Pick your move-in date very carefully. Regardless of contract exchange, escrow or lengthy chains, you should move in when the moon is waxing. Avoid Fridays, Saturdays and rainy days.
- The first time you leave your new home, make sure you exit by the same door that you entered, otherwise you will never settle.
- If a pal brings you a set of knives as a housewarming present, don’t accept it, or offer them a coin in exchange, unless you expect your friend to become an enemy before too long.
- The number of steps on a staircase should not be in multiples of three. Count off the steps as oro (gold), plata (silver), and mata (death). The last step must not fall on mata.
- Always move into a new house on a Wednesday or Saturday.
- When moving into a new home, scatter coins in the living room so prosperity will reign.
- Bees found inside the house will bring fortune and good luck to its occupants.
- If you want to rid your house of bedbugs (fleas), place some on a piece of paper then leave them in someone else’s house. The bedbugs will move to that house.
- If you wish to rid your home of unwanted visitors, secretly sprinkle salt around the house and they will soon depart.
—> see? conflicting ideas. We did move in on a Saturday because it was the 8th and it did not involve taking a leave from work.
Here are some of the blogs I stumbled upon: