There are superstitions about everything. In some cultures, it is thought that dreaming about someone means that that person is thinking about you. In other cultures, people believe that whistling at night can attract ghosts. Many of these superstitions have existed for hundreds of years. They are so old that it is often hard to tell where they came from or why they exist. Out of the many superstitions, some of the most unusual involve itchy feet. While you may have just thought that your feet were unusually scratchy or dry, some cultures believe that itchy feet mean something is going to happen.
Some of the most common superstitions about your feet says that itching means that you will go on a long journey or will have an opportunity to travel soon. In one superstition, an itchy left foot means that you will start a journey that has a bad ending. In another superstition, an itchy right foot means that your journey will end in a place where you will feel at home. Another superstition says that an itchy foot means that you cannot sit still.
Other cultures say that an itchy foot means that someone is talking about you while you are walking. Another superstition says that itchy feet is a sign that you will get new shoes that won’t work out. Other superstitions say that itchy feet mean that a family member will die.
Left Versus Right Feet
Many of the superstitions are different depending on which foot is itching. An itchy left sole could mean that you will have a journey that will cause losses. Meanwhile, an itchy right sole means that you will have a profitable journey. A left, itchy sole can also mean you will fail at something you are about to do. A right, itchy sole can also mean that you will start something new and be successful. If the bottom of your feet itch, some cultures believe that you will soon walk on strange ground.
Some people believe that an itchy right foot is a sign of good luck or that you will be welcome wherever you go. If your left foot itches, it means that you will not be welcome or you will have bad luck.
In general, the right foot is associated with good things like a successful journey, a welcoming environment, profits or last-minute travel plans. The left foot is often associated with bad luck. It may mean that a journey will be unsuccessful, you may lose money or you will receive a cold welcome. If your left foot itches, some people believe that you should stay home if someone offers you a journey because you will only encounter failure or disappointment. When the soles are itchy, it can mean that your tasks or projects will succeed or fail depending on if it is your right or left foot.
Some cultures vary from these interpretations. Instead of believing that an itchy foot means a journey, they think that it means a kind of sorrow. An itchy foot means that the person is unfulfilled, melancholy or unsatisfied.
At a more basic level, itchy feet could mean that you are going to buy a new pair of shoes. This superstition seems rather self-fulfilling—after all, you could just buy a new pair of shoes after your foot itches. Considering how many shoes people have, the chances of you buying a new pair in the next few months seems very good.
While these superstitions are interesting, they are unlikely to be true. Ancient people did not have science to guide them in understanding how the human body, the solar system or physics worked. They made up these superstitions as a way to make sense of the universe. Because of this, your itchy feet probably don’t mean anything.