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Ivy

The ivy is associated with Bacchus the Roman god and is therefore thought to bring good luck, fun and ecstatic happiness! Growing the plant on the outside walls of a house is believed to be a strong deterrent against misfortune, but if a house plant dies then financial strains may be approaching. If a man places one of ten leaves gathered on 31 October (Halloween) under his pillow it is thought he will dream of his future bride. Women are advised to recite the following once they have collected the leaves "Ivy, ivy, I love you, In my bosom I put you, The first young man who speaks to me, My future husband he shall be". In Shropshire it was believed that drinking from an ivy cup would cure a child of whooping cough, whilst an alcoholic would be cured of the problem if he drank from a cup made if ivy wood.