FOLKLORE AND FORETELLING LOVE ..... (Part of the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop)

February is the month of love, and people have attempted to foretell their future partners for centuries. I remember skipping rhymes and folded paper games as a kid, and Saturday afternoon sessions with Ouija boards as a teen! But there are many other methods of divination. I’ve collected a number of myths, folklore, traditions and superstitions to share with you! (But remember these are just for fun, okay?)

The apple has been associated with love for centuries. In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a woman was a proposal of marriage – and catching it was equivalent to saying yes! Both guys and gals use the humble apple to tell the future in many European countries. One method is to twist the stem of an apple while reciting the alphabet. Whatever letter you’re on when the stem pops off is said to be the first letter of your true love’s name. 

You can also peel an apple, making sure to keep the peeling all in one long strip. Throw the peeling over your left shoulder onto the floor. Now go and look straight down at it – whatever letter the fallen peeling most resembles is believed to be the first letter of your true love’s name.

Tradition tells us that if you eat an apple at midnight while looking into a mirror, you’ll see the face of your future wife or husband. And if you need to decide between lovers, folklore says to name an apple seed for each one. Get the seeds wet and throw them at the ceiling. Whichever one sticks is the one you will be happiest with.

Four-leaf clovers are lucky according to tradition, but they’re also associated with love. If someone finds a four-leaf clover, they’ll meet their future spouse on that day. Dreaming of a four-leaf clover implies a happy and prosperous marriage in your future. And in Ireland, if a woman eats a four-leaf clover while concentrating on the man of her affections, it’s said that he’ll eventually be hers!

There are many methods which are said to invoke nighttime visions of the one you will marry. Rubbing the headboard with lemon peel before bed or wearing your nightclothes inside out will cause you to dream of your future lover. Sleeping with a piece of wedding cake under your pillow will also do the trick – and so will a handful of daisies, a mirror, a silver coin, five bay leaves or a wedding ring from a happy marriage! Efforts to dream of marriage partners are said to be most effective on Valentine’s Day (of course!) but also on the eve of St. Andrew’s Day (November 30). In addition to his other jobs, St. Andrew is the patron saint of unmarried women! In old Austria, young women would drink wine and then recite the Andreasgebet (St. Andrew's prayer), while naked and kicking a straw bed. This was supposed to cause the future husband to appear in her dreams. 

On this day in Poland, melted lead was poured into cold water – the shape that the metal took was said to provide clues to the true love’s occupation. In Slovakia and the Czech Republic, names of potential husbands were written on slips of paper and rolled into balls of dough on St. Andrew’s Day. The dough balls were then boiled like dumplings. Whichever piece of dough cooked first, floated to the surface -- with the name of the future spouse inside.

Birds have often been used to foretell future spouses too. Seeing a goldfinch on St. Valentine’s Day was said to mean you’d marry a wealthy man. A sparrow indicated a poor but happy marriage. The sight of a robin flying overhead means you’ll marry a sailor. A flock of doves?  A happy marriage is in store for you. If you hear the coo of a dove on the first day of Spring, the next person you meet of the opposite sex is said to be your ideal mate. And last but not least, if you want to know if you’ll marry within a year, stand outside a chicken coop at midnight and knock on the door. If you hear a rooster, tradition says the answer is yes. If you hear a hen, the answer is no.

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97 comments:

  1. I never did try and foretell who my future Hubby would be. I am glad I didn't, I would have never figured it out.

    ellepaulette@gmail.com

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    1. Me neither - my hubby is my greatest blessing and also my biggest surprise!

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  2. I never tried to foretell who my husband would be. It was all about timing. We knew each other at two different times in our lives.
    farinrochelle(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I agree about the timing. My daughter and her hubby were like that. They weren't really ready for each other the first time around, but when they met again a few years later, SHAZAM! They've been inseparable ever since.

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  3. i have never tried to foretell who my husband may be but maybe it's worth a shot! :)

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

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  4. I have never tried to foretell my future partner.
    natasha_donohoo_8@hotmail.com

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  5. I never did try to foretell who my husband would be. My husband and I attend the same college and our love for each other grew after a couple dates. I did have a foretell of what my future would be like though. Some of it was true so far but not all of it. I've been thinking about having another foretell of my future to see what may have changed from the previous one though.
    beckyqward@gmail.com

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    1. I think things change. It's like Yoda said - "Always in motion is the future".

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  6. To be honest, I've never tried to see the future of anyone in my life. Not even myself. I always thought that the future is always changing with the choices we make so nothing is ever set in stone.
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

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    1. If we did manage to foretell the future, I agree that our prophecies could be obsolete almost immediately.

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  7. I remember as a young girl we used to play a paper game with initials on it and seeing what his first name started with. Of course mine was Elvis and we all know that didn't happen. lol
    With 2 exes I probably should have tried to foretell. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) co

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    1. According to the paper game we played as kids, I was going to marry Mr. Spock, and that didn't happen either, LOL!

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  8. Now that is an interesting thought. I have never foretold my future husband but I have wondered about what my future husband is doing right now. It is a mind-blowing thought!

    stella(dot)chen1994(at)hotmail(dot)ca

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  9. Yes, when I was younger my friend and I read Tarot cards to see if we could get a clue as to our future husbands. Well, they didn't help because they are too vague to really get a clear answer.

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

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    1. Tarot cards work better for tapping into your own intuition and subconscious. It might tell you if you're open to a relationship and ready for one. I use mine to get a feel for how I'm doing and what I might need to work on.

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  10. those are fabulous! I never did any, but when I was in collage I had a tarot card reading that said I would meet my future husband in the near future and I would spend the rest of my life with him :) been 20 years so far ;) thanks for the cool info

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    1. How cool is that? Congrats on the 20 years - that's an accomplishment to be proud of.

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  11. I never had any talents to foresee and never went for readings; I prayed I would meet someone to love and be loved by and I did. I do believe in the supernatural though I haven't had any personal experience with it.

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

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  12. Yes, I went to a palm reader about the same time I met my husband. She did say I would marry in the next year and I did. She also said that before the year was out my mother would cry tears of happiness. It was the same year I had her first grandchild. Weird how it happened.

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Mary
    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

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    1. I think some people have a natural talent to be in tune with the energies of others. What a neat story!

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  13. i didn't have to try to guess, i know who my husband would be as soon as i met him!! :)

    Chezzybear552 at hotmail dot com

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  14. No I never have Thank you for the giveaway crystaley73@yahoo.com

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  15. I've never tried to fortell my future partner but I am still looking for love!
    prettyhaydengurl at yahoo dot com

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  16. No I never tried to foretell who my husband would be. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  17. If playing MASH (does anyone know what that is?) counts, then I suppose hahaha, otherwise, no! who would want to spoil the awesome surprise! It would seem less exciting if you knew it was destined to happen.
    Thanks for the Awesome Giveaway!
    meghangale(at)rogers(dot)com
    GFC- Meghan@OwlReadIt

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  18. No sorry never tried!
    agarcia6510@columbus.rr.com

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  19. Well, you know when we're little we do things, like pulling the stem off the apple and whatever letter it is when that happens is the first letter of the name of the next guy we're going to date. Also, like Meghan above said, we played Mash (or Marsh another variant). I found a version online recently. Nothing real, though.


    GFC: Leah Colson
    leah49 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. Not really. I have played MASH a couple times, but that really doesn't count.

    cigam9(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. No, I never tried, and don't know anyone who has :(
    Thanks for this giveaway.
    kittysneeze_88(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. No I haven't but I wouldn't mind trying just to give it a try

    Megblod(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. No I haven't before nor do I know of anyone who did. haha love the weird question! ^^

    red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  24. Not really... It was a surprise too who I eventually ended up with it... I ended up with a friend that I have known for 10 yrs...

    maybe31 at yahoo.com

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  25. I've never tried but I have heard of people that have and have succeeded in finding that person :D

    supersonic182@gmail.com

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  26. I'm only 17 so no, I never have, haha.

    roniwalker7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I never did! Been married for a long time and don't remember even if I did! Shoot for valentine's day, we went to a party and one of the questions was about the first time we kissed and I just don't remember. Probably wasn't a good one if I didn't!! LOL don't tell him that!! I just finished Changeling Moon and I really enjoyed it!! Thanks for the giveaway!!
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com

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  29. I also played M.A.S.H to try and see who I would marry out of my crushes :P so far It hasn't happened....YET ;)

    ashleydawnloder(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. I never have and do not know anyone who did.

    skovach717@gmail.com

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  31. No, I never tried to foretell my future partner. When I was in my teens, I would dream about a man who I was marrying and when he would turn to face me in front of the preacher his face would be blank. That was very frustrating, no telling what I was thinking about, to make me dream that.

    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

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    1. What an interesting dream! I wonder what it symbolized? It likely had nothing to do with marriage at all and more to do with something that was going on in your life at the time. I know I've woke up in the mornings sometimes wondering what the heck gave me such a strange dream.

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  32. I have never done that or known someone who has. I kind of want to be surprised when I find that perfect person!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Emisbookblog(at)AOL(dot)com

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  33. Oh yes, I played several games with my girl friends including the one with the apple stem you mentioned. The flaw to the plan was that at the time my DH was no where on my radar as I had to travel a few thousand miles and years to meet him.

    Thanks for the fun info and for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

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    1. Me too - I would never have imagined the when, where and who!

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  34. I have never or know anybody who has! Thank you so much for this great giveaway and for taking part in this fun blog hop!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  35. No I never have, and I don't know anyone who has.

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. yes in school with the paper things we would make but it never told me I would meet a man across the world that would leave everything for me and that the first words he would say to me was omg I am going to marry that woman and thats just what he did I am a lucky girl and we have been together for about 2 years and counting sorry for going on but you made me think about how you just never know what will happen with love thanks for the great giveaway

    sutak25@yahoo.com

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    1. You're absolutely right - you just never know what will happen with love. Thanks for sharing your story!

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  37. I never tried it

    fmd518(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. No, and I would have never guessed that I'd have ended up with my husband.

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  39. No, i have never tried it but would love to

    - ( emscout9 at Hotmail dot com)

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  40. no i haven't tried to but i definitely wouldn't mind it : )

    ame1184 at gmail dot com

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  41. I played games like that when I was a child, but I would have never guess I would marry my hubby. We did not get along in high school, and now we are completely in love.

    unabridgedbookshelf at gmail dot com

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    1. It's like Farin's comment near the beginning --- it's all about the timing. :)

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  42. yes i did and I met him
    galyettina at yahoo dot com

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  43. No, I haven't, but I think it would be fun to try! Thanks for the giveaway!

    mdh0115(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I don't think that I really tried to foretell who my future husband would be. I mean, I did the whole high school thing where you list all the qualities you want, but that's about it. I did try to foretell the kids, you know where you have a gold chain and ring and if it circles 1 way its boy or girl...etc... I don't remember, but I think it was wrong.... go figure... Thanks for the contest! Book Savvy Babe
    booksavvybabe at gmail dot com

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  45. No, I haven't and I don't know anyone who has. Thanks for the giveaway.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  46. I had my fortune read some time back who told me somethings that all came true. Not sure if it was destiny or luck
    chaarmedone15122(AT)AOL(DOT)COM

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  47. Since I was probably in the fifth grade, I have been doing the apple stem while reciting the alphabet trick. :) Now I'm 23, and I don't really think that it could possible work because it's a different letter every time but it's still fun. lol
    oneagainst at hotmail dot com

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  48. yes I did both the paper initials game as well as the apple stem twist.
    flanagan@mebtel.net

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  49. Wow, to have a chance for a signed copy of your
    interesting sounding book. AND to score, snag,
    some sweet swag is such a BONUS. follow by gfc as dayleb.
    Interesting question, you might not believe this but
    I had a vision before I meet my future hubby, that I
    would marry a man with a loud race type car with "stuff"
    on the dashboard (his car) It came true. It was a little
    spooky.the (flash of blurry picture in my mind) but we are happy married for years. dayleb at telus dot net
    ps thanks for letting me go back in type. lol.

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  50. I never did try. But considering that I am still single, maybe I should try, lol.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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  51. lol Yes! My Mom taught me a game her and her friends use to do where you write your name and your crush's name down. You cross out all the letters your full names have in common and then add up the left over letters to a little song:
    Love-Friends-Future-Marriage
    Whatever it ends up being is what you are seeing is in your future. Then you add up AEIOU's left over in a 5 digit number. All A's=first digit, all E's second, etc.
    Then you divide the end number by 3. If the number comes out even it is meant to be, if it is leftover by 2/3 another girl is going to come between you two, if it's leftover by 1/3 another boy is going to. lol

    I don't know where/how my Mom and her friends came up with this game, but I have done it on every boy I've liked since I was in 3rd grade!!! lol Something kinda of neat too, is my husband and I came up with Love for my name and Marriage for his name and it came out even so it was meant to be!!! =)

    pixiesprinkles@hotmail.com

    Thanks! =)

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  52. Never did do the foretell thing, but in grade school there were girls who did with that Paper thing you put on your fingers, picked numbers and colour? Sad. The memory is going, lol. Now that I think of it I probably did to a foretell, I just don't remember!

    Glad to have found your blog as part of the hop-_great_ post! Enjoy your Sunday.

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    1. Does anybody know what those paper things are called? I remember those being really popular when I was in grade school. I don't recall many recesses where someone didn't have one.

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  53. I haven't since I was a youngin. I don't even remember the game or how it went, but I know that my friends and I did it a hundred times each at least. It was a fun game, but it never did turn out the way it "foretold". Ah, well, I am a happily married woman now and I have to say that I am thankful those games never worked out, because I wouldn't be married to the most amazing man in the world today.

    jeepgirl529@yahoo.com

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    1. Things have a way of working out for the best. I'm certainly glad I didn't end up married to Mr. Spock (which one of the games predicted) instead of my amazing hubby!

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  54. Yes I did, When I was in grade school I used to twist the apple stem, it always stopped at D. However the first name started with a W. His last name though was Durham. Then When I was in my late 20s I learned how to read tarot cards. I was reading cards in a metaphysical shop when I met him. :^)

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  55. I remember doing the usual paper games in middle school and high school.

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  56. In grade school it seemed like everyone was doing it. So i joined in, but i realized early on in college that my imaginations weren't really and i had to choice my future husband on other things. Thanks for the giveaway

    pulliam_t@yahoo.com

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  57. Sometimes, I dream about who he'd be or what he look like and where we would live. Or try to visulaize whoever I was dating as that man, well that didn't work out. But it's nice to dream. Thanks for the giveaway!

    lilcrickit at gmail dot com

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  58. I have never tried to foretell my future partner, and i'm so glad that I didn't. We actually met 9 years ago on an online game believe it or not aha. Thanks for the giveaway!

    n.dematos@gmail.com

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  59. I never did. I think it's best to be surprised!
    hschrock24112 at yahoo dot com

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  60. Can't enter cause I'm Uk but hearing the apple thing with twisting the stem I remember doing that with my best friend and my cousins only we did twisting the stem to find the first initial and then tapped the side of the apple with the stem til it puntured the apple skin to find the second intial! Never took it seriously though espeacially as you were likely to get different intials each time, although that could just mean you're future partner in life was a con man who liked assuming different identies or just really really confused! Reading Changeling Moon and present and loving it so far!

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    1. Sorry about the giveaway, but the next one will be International. Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting. :) And I'm thrilled to hear that you're enjoying Changeling Moon.

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    2. No problem! I've actually now finished Changeling Moon and I want to get my hands on the next two! I'm definetly getting them as soon as I'm able! I love finding new series' to enjoy like this one!

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  61. I don't remember ever trying to foretell my future partner or my friends doing something like it. I hope that I've found him now though! :) Thanks! allicat0818[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  62. I had my palm read once---she said I would have 2 significant loves in my life and I did---the 2nd one turned out to be my hubby and I am super happy about it!

    kristinaparmenter51(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. No and never heard of anyone who tried either.

    acm05atjuno.com

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  64. I tried once to find out if I was with the right person. All she would say was that I was his heart's desire. No mention of who he was. So I don't know if that worked out very well or not.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  65. No, I didn't try....I don't really think one should try to see the future. It's better to be surprised.

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  66. I went to a fortune teller once. She was wrong about the guy I was dating at the time.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

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  67. No I haven't tried. Thanks for this giveaway!
    mararob80 at gmail dot com

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  68. I've never tried to foretell my future husband but I had a friend who was hilarious about it growing up. She was one of those girls who had a new boyfriend every day and in the short amounts of time she didn't, she would randomly tell me that the next person who walked through the door would be 'the one'. I remember some of the really, uh, less than stellar people her fortune telling stuck her with. My favorite was an ancient substitute teacher who thought it was funny to take out his dentures.

    bittenbooks@gmail.com

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  69. Not my own, but in college I had this weird thing happen 3 times where I told 3 of my roommates who they were going to marry (before they even got serious dating the person) All of them married who they though. Unfortunately, only 2 are still married:)

    runawaybridalplanner(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  70. No I've never tried but it sounds like a interesting ideal.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  71. This sounds like fun mividaloca12@gmail.com Crosses fingers for everyone

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  72. No, I never did try but that is because I think things are always changing and I wanted an open mind about things:)The book looks fantastic. Thanks for the chance!

    bchild5 at aol dot com

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  73. No, I didn't try. When I met my husband, I would never have guessed that I would marry him four years later. Needless to say, I was surprised.

    lisaisabookworm at gmail dot com

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  74. I know this woman who is psychic. She doesnt ask for money or anything like that she just talks to you when she feels you need to hear something. When I was 16 she told me that i would meet my future husband in a limo in Calgary AB. I live like 10 hours from there and I had never been there before so I was like "Yah Right". Anyway lo and behold 2 1/2 years later I went on a road trip with some guy friends and we road in a limo in calgary... My husband was in that limo lol. I didnt remember her prophecy until after we were married but it was still awesome.

    megnate at telus dot net

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  75. LOL.. This is a fun question. I know I am foretold my future on who was going to be my husband. we have been together for 13 years and married for 7 1/2 years and in the end I foretold what my future would be.
    mividaloca12@gmail.com

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  76. As a kid me and my friends used to see how many times we could twist the stem on our apple before it fell off. The number of twists reflected the first name of our future hubbies (1 twist=a, 2=b, etc).
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ghtough(at)gmail(dot)com

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  77. I tried putting a piece of someone's wedding cake under my pillow when I was a teenager to see if I would dream of my future husband, but it didn't work!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

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  78. I had never foretold my future,nor have I went to someone who told my future--instead,I always hoped, imagined and prayed that it would happen...and I'm pretty sure that came true.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    exsedeum@yahoo.com

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  79. Congrats to Jaime Lynn! Her name was drawn from the big pink mixing bowl as the winner of my giveaway.

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left a comment. My next giveaway will be during the LEAP INTO BOOKS BLOG HOP beginning Feb. 29th!

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  80. You always have the most interesting posts!

    You’ve been Tagged. It would be great if you could join in, but it’s completely understandable if you prefer not to. If you choose to answer and do the tag, do let me know so I can check out your answers. Thank you. You’ve been tagged @ http://www.crazyfourbooks.blogspot.com/2012/02/ive-been-tagged.html

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