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Cricket Superstitions

Cricket Superstitions – Good Luck or Bad Luck, Your Choice

By Charles L Harmon

Cricket Luck – in most instances crickets are considered good luck. They are a creature that will bring good luck to the person that sees them. Cricket luck is the friendly chirping sound of many crickets sounding like a fine tuned orchestra on a summer’s night.

That’s an exaggeration, but in general, cricket chirping is a reminder of cheerfulness. Over the ages that cricket chirping sound has been associated with a comfortable domestic life.

It’s only the male cricket that chirps. The chirp is produced by the friction of its wing covers rubbing together. In literature the chirping is often associated with its animated, lively, and gay quality.

Cricket Superstitions

Cricket Luck - Good Luck or Bad Luck

At one time in ancient Greece, cricket amulets were raised high above the people in temples. That was to protect everyone from the evil glances of wicked spirits. Those same spirits were thought to be lurking around when temple bells were silent.

Shakespeare himself alluded many times about the fact that crickets in the house were a sign of mirth and plenty. Who wouldn’t want that, mirth being gaiety or jollity?

There were those people who believed that if a cricket departs from a hearth where it has been heard chirping for a long time, that its departure signals misfortune. In such a case its regarded as a direct calamity by the family.

Possibly that same feeling is present today for those persons still believing in this old superstition.

There are a lot of cricket luck superstitions and here are a few:

  • A strange cricket in the house is an unfailing sign of death
  • To kill a cricket on Sunday is especially unlucky
  • If crickets sing louder than usual, expect rain
  • To see a white cricket denotes an absent love will return
  • Kill a crickets mate and it will eat holes in your clothes, especially stockings
  • Crickets are enchanted beings hundreds of years old
  • Never kill a cricket that’s in your house, lest a member of your family will meet the same fate

Crickets and similar insects make popular charms or lucky pieces. Some superstitious singers and musicians believed that to be near or in contact with a musical cricket (not all are musical) might inspire them in their own professional work. Also that common association with the chirping cricket helps keep them happy and cheerful.

“Far from all resort of mirth, / Save the cricket on the hearth!”

John Milton

An ordinary cricket at the foot of the fireplace may be considered a sign of good fortune. On the other hand, a cricket in the ground, the mole cricket, is a serious farm pest. That cricket is a sign of bad cricket luck for a farmer.

It will uproot seedlings and menaces the newly planted field or garden.

So if you want to play it safe when you see a cricket chirping in your house, think twice what you are going to do. Before you decide to do deadly harm to that little creature or even shoo it out the door; it could just be your good luck you are tampering with.

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Questions about Crickets and Luck

Ken asks…

Why do ppl say crickets are good luck?

Plz help if u knw why??? Homework for skill…….

Suzi Q answers:

It’s folklore and mythology from various countries that people say that the singing or chirping of crickets is a good luck singn of a rainfall.

Sharon asks…

Are crickets good luck?

Suzi Q answers:

Crickets throughout history have had all kinds of old wives tales and superstitions surround them. Some of the most popular include:

If you find a cricket on your hearth, it is a sign of good luck for your entire household for thousands of years to come.

If a cricket suddenly stops chirping, danger is close by.

Crickets bring good luck to the entire family if they enter your home.

Images of crickets on necklaces, bracelets, or paintings can ward off the evil eye.

Killing a cricket, even if you killed it by accident is very very bad luck, so you had better not use them for fishing.

The chirping of a cricket brings good luck to all that hear.

Copying the chirping sound of a cricket brings bad luck upon the person imitating the cricket.

Many people use the image of crickets on weather vanes or yard ornaments to ward off evil spirits and to bring good luck to the home. These legends can be found in prehistoric times, China, other Asian countries, Native Americans, and of course many have been passed down from generation to generation without the known origin.

Susan asks…

Why are crickets good luck while black cats aren’t?

Luvli_ Mystii answers:

My pet cricket died in a week, my black cat lived twenty years.

Betty asks…

Poll: If having 1 Cricket in your house is good luck …?

…. What do you get if you have 425 Crickets?
GOOD MORNING or GOOD AFTERNOON Depending on your Global Orientation !!!!!!

Luvli_ Mystii answers:

OMG one time when we still had a lizard I gave my son the crickets to put them into the cricket pot, so he does and drops the crickets.

They got out of there like their butts was on fire. I caught most of them, but one got away and got into the walls.

In the middle of the night it started chirping, so I had to clear out my ex husband’s closet completely to get to it!!

My husband at the time woke up and saw all of his stuff in the middle of the bedroom, He thought he was moving out LOL

If anything. I think so many crickets, especially outside the house, are a sign of trouble or maybe bad luck.

Left Eye Twitching

Mary asks…

Are crickets good luck?

chinese luck or bigtime myth

Luvli_ Mystii answers:

I don’t think so. But mostly Chinese keep them as pets and stuff. (shhhh….but it is a bigtime myth)

Here is something from Wikipedia:

“Crickets are popular pets and are considered good luck in Asia, especially China where they are kept in cages (Carrera 1991). It is also common to have them as caged pets”

Donald asks…

Why are crickets considered good luck?

admin answers:

A long time ago it was a sign of safety. If any enemy or animal was around to hurt you at night the crickets would stop chirping. As long as you heard crickets you were ok-ie lucky! It just grew outta that.

Paul asks…

How to care for a good luck cricket?

I’m being serious here. How can I care for a good luck cricket? What kind of caging, and food, I am not going to feed it to anything, so do I have to feed it gutload? I am buying that water gell stuff, but I don’t want to feed it gutload food. I have always wanted a good luck cricket, and I had one for like 4 days when I was like, 5, but it died, because I didn’t know what they ate, to be honest, I don’t think I even knew they HAD to eat.
I said I wasn’t going to feed it TO anything, read the question right! I am not going to let anything else eat IT.

Luvli_ Mystii answers:

Fresh fruit and veges

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