WHAT does a sneeze mean to you? To many, it may be a trivial, everyday occurrence, but in the study of omens, sneezes can carry messages.
Ancient civilisations like those of the Hindus, Romans, Greeks and Chinese, viewed these involuntary convulsions as indications of the likelihood of an auspicious or inauspicious event taking place.
Because sneezes are involuntary, they are regarded as messages from god foretelling future events.
In India, trips are delayed, events and decisions are postponed, and prayers are offered if a sneeze indicates a bad omen.
Sneezing twice in quick succession is auspicious, as is sneezing while walking – this portends the end of troubles. It is also favourable if a child sneezes.
Other sneezes can be inauspicious:
Other involuntary body functions or movements can also have significance. Learning what these signs are and what they portend can possibly help fend off unpleasant incidents. Don’t ignore or dismiss this as mere superstition as ancient mystical sciences regard such signs as nature’s warning.
Today, many people, particularly Hindus, still note and use these signs as a guide in their lives. Here’s a quick look at what twitching and itching in certain parts of the body can portend:
Other omens are as follows
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