Appalachian Mountain Predictions About Your Baby
To predict the sex of a baby:
Take a wedding band, tie a length of thread to it, and suspend it over the
open left palm of the pregnant girl. It is more accurate if the
wedding band belongs to the pregnant girl. If the ring swings in a circular motion
the baby will be a girl, if it swings in a straight line it will be a boy.
To learn the initials of the person your baby will marry:
Get together with a friend who's willing to help you without telling anybody else about it.
Put a bible on the table in fron of the two of you and open it to the first page of the book of
Ruth. Take a pair of scissors, open them 1/2 way, wrap a tissue around them, and sset them
down on the open bible. Each of you places the tip of your little finger in one of the eyes
of the scissors handle. If you are right handed use your left hand, and vice versa.
The helper says the letter "A" aloud, then the mother who wants to know says aloud:
"And Ruth said, Retreat me not to leave thee, or return from following
after thee. Whither thou goest, I will go. Whiter thou lodgest, I will
lodge. Thy people shall be my people and thy God my God.”
Repeat for "B", then "C", and so on. Twice during during this process, when the quote
is being repeated, the scissors will slip from your finger tips. The first time will name
the initial of the first name of the spouse-to-be, and the second tie gives the last name.
How prosperous will your baby be?
In the springtime collect 13 buttercup flowers on the first rainy
day after a full moon. Place them in a bunch, hold them under your baby's
chin, and observe the reflection. The more deeply the yellow color shows up,
the more well off your baby will be.
How long will your baby live?
Take three hairs from your baby's head and loosly weave them together. Put a drop of candle
wax on one end of the strands and hold the other end. Light them on fire and
observe how they burn. A steady flame means a long natural life, uniterrupted by ajor
medical issues. Spitting and sputtering means a younger death, more sputtering means
proportionately less life.
Will your baby be happy in life?
This one can only be done after your baby is crawling. Take your baby's left sock off
and hide it in the corner of a room. Place your baby in the middle of the floor in that room
and wait for her to move. When she stops, closer to the sock means a happier life.