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Thursday, January 1, 2015

First-Bird Fortunes told

My neighbor always arranges to have a tall, dark-haired guy be the first visitor at her house on January 1st to bring her good luck. The first-foot tradition is an old Scottish and Northern English folklore that says the first person to enter the household of a home on New Year's Day will foretell the fortune for the coming year. It is said to be desirable for the first-foot to be a tall, dark-haired male; a female or fair-haired male are in some places regarded as unlucky.
I’ve started my own tradition and named it First-bird. I’ve made up some fun fortunes to go with some common backyard birds:

Northern Cardinal – A bright and loving person will come into your life.
House Sparrow – You are going to find extra opportunities to make money.
American Goldfinch – Your health and fitness goals are achieved this year.
House Finch - A long journey is ahead! Great expectations.
Dark-eyed Junco - All the troubles you have will pass away very quickly.
Tufted Titmouse - Beware friends may try to impose, work calmly and silently.
Woodpeckers - Don’t worry; prosperity will knock on your door soon.
Black-capped Chickadee – People find it difficult to resist your persuasive manner.
Blue Jay – This year you will be surrounded by good friends and laughter.
Nuthatches - Your hard work will payoff finally.
Mourning Dove - Pennies from heaven find their way to your doorstep this year.
American Crow – Quick wits will get you out of a lot of tough situations.
Hawk - Your energy returns and you get things done.

Happy New Year!