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Reflections! An itchy palm!

An itchy palm!
By William L. Bulla

Recently, I was in a local restaurant when I noticed my server scratching the palm of one of his hands. He asked, "Doesn't an itchy palm mean I may be coming into money?" I replied that I remembered my grandmother saying something like that many years ago.
As I reflected on it, I couldn't remember which hand had to itch or exactly how that expression was worded. I asked a few friends but they were not sure either, and some of my younger friends had no clue what I was talking about.
But there are numerous persons who have heard the old wives tale saying itchy palms are supposed to have something related to money. My research has revealed that if your left palm itches, money is going to leave you, while an itching right palm is money coming in. Of course our first reaction to an itchy palm is to scratch it. But don't do it! You need to avoid scratching. It is said you should not scratch as this will prevent the money from coming! Hmmm, thus, in order to get those dollars into your itchy hand, you should bear the irritating itching sensation? That shouldn't be too difficult if it will help your financial state.
There is a poem about it, "Left to leave, Right to receive. Scratch it on wood to make it come good." It is believed that if your left hand itches you should scratch it on something wooden to stop losing money, but it your right hand itches you shouldn't scratch it because that will prevent the money from coming in. Other sources I explored agree that an itchy left palm means your money is going to leave you but does not state if you scratch that hand, it will prevent the financial loss from happening.
As you can't scratch yourself, the old wives came up with a remedy. You can touch or rub your right hand over wood or brass. This superstition is related to the Celtic belief that touching wood would invoke good fortune. Over the years, we Americans have changed the expression from "touch wood" for good luck to the expression, "knock on wood."
Since itching palms often show new internal energy moving through the hands, there may be something to this old tale. I was told. the left hand is the passive or receptive one, and the right is the active. The itching left palm indicates new energy or services coming into your life. These could probably cost you some money. The right palm itching means energy or services going out, which could mean work you might get paid for. No one seemed to be able to tell me if these same rules hold true for people born left handed.
Oh, yes! There was one other definition for having an "itchy palm." It is an idiom for greed, or the desire for money.

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.

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