Omens and signs

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: 

  • Sneezing while entering a house.  

  • Sneezing at the start of a religious ceremony.  

  • Sneezing at the start of a trip – it should be cancelled or postponed.  

  • Sneezing when purchasing a product.  

  • Sneezing before leaving for work indicates obstacles at work. 

  • Sneezing when putting on shoes – the journey should be delayed. 

  • Sneezing while asking a question indicates an unfavourable reply.  

    Other signs 

    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: 

  • If a man’s right eye twitches, or if a woman’s left eye does so, before undertaking a task, it indicates success. If a woman’s right eye twitches, it indicates worries.  

  • Twitching of the forehead means the individual will experience challenging times at work and financial losses.  

  • Twitching of the right side of the neck means happiness and prosperity.  

  • Twitching of the left side of the neck indicates the individual will find a partner.  

  • Twitching of the right side of the nose indicates quarrels.  

  • Twitching in the right shoulder indicates worries.  

  • Twitching in the left shoulder indicates success.  

  • Twitching in both shoulders indicates disputes with close friends and partners.  

  • An itchy head indicates favourable luck. 

  • An itchy left eye indicates disappointment.  

  • An itchy right eye indicates the likelihood of meeting a partner of the opposite sex.  

  • An itchy nose is inauspicious. 

  • An itchy chin indicates prosperity.  

  • An itchy left palm means expenditure.  

  • An itchy right palm indicates unexpected monetary gain.  

  • An itchy right foot indicates a successful overseas trip.  

  • An itchy left foot indicates a failed journey.  

    Other omens are as follows 

  • If a beggar approaches you at the start of a journey, it portends loss and troubles.  

  • If it drizzles at the start of a journey, it is auspicious.  

  • It is inauspicious if a person hears a quarrel or fight in the neighbourhood at the start of a journey.  

  • Tears in the eyes of a dog or cat at the start of a journey portend difficult times.  

    Vasthu talks 

    The columnist will give a talk on the science of meditation, spirituality and Vasthu Sastra on Nov 26 at 7pm at Bilik A, B, C Dewan Sri Pinang, Jalan Padang Kota Lama, Penang. Admission is by contribution of RM10 to Amma’s Home. To register, contact Aravin Rajappa at 012-345 6132. 

    Another talk on Vasthu Sastra for health, wealth, happiness and peace of mind will be on Dec 11 at 7pm at the State Library Hall, Jalan Gambut, Kuantan. Admission is by contribution of RM10 to the Asian Institute of Medical Science and Technology. To register, contact M. Ravi at 012-987 3831 or A. Selvakumar at 013-930 0988.  

  • T. Selva, The Star’s Maritime Editor, has spent years researching this ancient Indian science of construction, better known as ‘Indian feng shui’. He is a student of 7th generation Vasthu Sastra Master Yuvaraj Sowma from Chennai, India. He can be contacted at 

    The Star does not give any warranty on accuracy, completeness, usefulness, fitness for any particular purpose or other assurances as to the opinions and views expressed in this column. The Star disclaims all responsibility for any losses suffered directly or indirectly arising from reliance on such opinions and views. 

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