Throughout our lives, we are surrounded by superstitious beliefs. From breaking mirrors to carrying a rabbit’s foot, some of these superstitions bring bad luck, and some bring good.
When it comes to money, I bet we all wish we could have a bit more luck. Growing up, one lucky thing I learned about was that your left palm itching means money coming into your life.
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What Do Itchy Palms Mean? (Medical Reason)
Are you superstitious? Based on a 2019 research study by YouGov, only about 1 in 4 Americans believe in superstitions, with most of them ranging from age 25 to 34. If you are not one of those superstitious few, itchy hands may simply just be itchy hands.
According to Healthline, itchy palms may also be a sign of the following health conditions:
- Dry skin
- Skin damage
However, if you’re experiencing an itchy left palm (or itchy right palm) and you are spiritual, it can mean something completely different. According to different cultures around the world, one palm itching symbolizes that you will receive money, and the other means you will lose money.
What Does Itching On Your Left Hand Mean?
According to my wise young mother, the left hand itching means you are about to come into some money.
Left to receive, right to give.
This good fortune you are about to receive could come in many different forms and amounts.
You could find a shiny quarter on the ground or win the lottery for a billion dollars. The dresser you have been trying to sell online for the longest time could suddenly get an offer on it tomorrow, or you get an unexpected raise at work. The possibilities are endless, if you believe.
Of course, I wouldn’t make any rash life changes because of expecting money from my itching left palm, but this crazy superstition has worked out well for some. In one such case, is the story of Mary Shammas.
Mary Shammas won $64 million dollars in 2010. She was riding the bus home in Brooklyn, New York when she had a very itchy left hand. So, she got off the bus and went to buy a lottery ticket.
Her left palm was itching so much, she knew it must have meant something, and she was right! That night, she became a millionaire. According to Fox News, she won using her favorite lottery numbers, (5, 14, 17, 19, 24, & 25).
On the other hand, my mother also let me know that the fortunate hand for each person is different. In order to know yours, you have to track what happens in the days after you experience your palms itching.
Also, it’s believed that you should have someone scratch that lucky palm with their opposite hand to enhance the fortune. Meaning, if your left hand is itching, you should have someone scratch it for you with their right hand. You can also increase your luck by scratching it against wood.
What Does It Mean When Your Right Hand Itches?
Now if your left hand is the fortunate one, then your right hand itching is the unfortunate symbol.
Your right palm itching could symbolize that you are about to lose money. It can come at a time when your bills are due or new expenses pop out of nowhere.
This means your car could suddenly break down or your refrigerator isn’t running and you have to catch that repairman to fix it (Ha! Sorry I’m not very funny).
Whatever happens, a case of an itchy right hand means bad financial luck, unless it’s not your giving hand.
What Does Itching Mean Spiritually?
From a religious standpoint, there is also something to be said about this superstition. On the subject of itching hands, the Bible says that:
“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” – (Matthew 6:3 New International Version (NIV))
From this, one could assume that the right hand gives, and the left hand receives; However, another passage could be interpreted as the opposite:
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” – (Isaiah 41:13 New International Version (NIV))
Maybe the right hand both gives and receives? The right hand itching could still mean good fortune for receiving money and also giving money out of benevolence. But, the left hand could mean losing money or giving money, but not in a charitable way.
In the Hindu religion, the Goddess Lakshmi symbolizes good fortune, wealth, fertility, and prosperity. When your left palm itches, people in India believe it means that the Goddess is leaving you. Therefore, right to receive, left to give. However, the meaning of the left hand itching is different for a female. The left palm itching is supposed to bring fortune for her, while the right hand itching means the female will lose money.
There is so much power in faith. To get rid of your doubts and stay positive, take a look at these powerful financial affirmations for manifesting money by the law of attraction.
What Are YOUR Itchy Palms A Sign Of?
What do you believe? Do you think the left or right hand itching means that you’ll luck into money soon? Or do you believe that they’re just old wives’ tales and superstitions? Let me know in the comments below.
Either way, it doesn’t hurt to believe in receiving good fortune. I believe that if there won’t be any consequences, it’s good to have positivity like this in life.
Looking back to when I lost my wallet, I wonder if the right or left palm of my hand was itching on that day or any of the days before. I sure wish I had some warning to take extra care that day.
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Other Superstitions about Body Parts
Wondering what it means when other body parts itch? Here are some other superstitions:
- Itchy eyes: An itchy right eye is lucky, while an itchy left eye means bad luck.
- Itchy chin: An itching chin is said to happen prior to life changes.
- Lip itching: Someone is about to kiss you, or someone is speaking ill of you.
- Itchy forehead: Your forehead itching can bring you luck or be a sign of sickness.
- Itchy thumb: For some, thumbs itching is a foreboding sign of evil; however, it can also mean receiving money like the rest of your hand.
- Left eyebrow itching: Both eyebrows itching is a good sign. By themselves, your right eyebrow itching can be a good sign of meeting someone, while the left eyebrow may mean meeting someone who wishes you ill.
- Itchy index finger: An itching index finger is usually grouped in with the rest of your hand.
- Itchy ring finger: This can be a sign that you will get married soon.
- Itching feet: Having an itchy foot means you’re about to go on a journey.
- Itchy neck: An itching neck can signify an illness in your family.
- Itchy back: This can signify a disappointment coming or a wrench thrown in your plans.
- Right knee itching: An itchy right knee means you’ll have a happy journey, while your left knee itching means a bad journey is coming.
- Itchy nose: Your nose itching means you’ll have company soon or meet a new person.
- Itchy elbows: This can signify getting a new partner or developing a stronger relationship whether it’s romantic or work.
- Itchy wrist: Itching wrists are a sign of losing or gaining money as well. It could also mean you need to set boundaries with people (right wrist) or relax and let nature happen (left wrist).
Other Money Superstitions
Now you know what itchy palms mean, but there are also other signs that you can look out for. From bizarre practices to signs and dreams, I’ve heard of many financial superstitions in my culture. Here are a few more relating to money:
1. Putting your purse on the floor
It’s considered bad luck to put your bag on the floor and you will lose money if you do so. Think about it, the floor is full of germs!
It’s disrespectful to your money if you place it in such a place and must signal the universe that you don’t value it.
2. Bird poop is good luck
I don’t know why, but I’ve always grown up hearing that a bird pooping on you is good luck and you’ll be receiving money. I think I will take a pass on the bird droppings!
However, if it does happen that a bird poops on me, I may be inclined to test my luck.
3. Penny on the floor
If you find a penny (or any coin on the ground) that is face up, you should pick it up and put it in your pocket for good luck.
However, if you find the coin tails up, you have to immediately give it away to someone to get good luck.