Having an itching palm is not just an idiom for greed, or the desire for money. According to tradition, if your left palm itches, it means you will soon receive money; if your right palm itches, it means that you will lose or have to pay money. If your left palm itches, scratch it on wood and you will be sure to receive money; if your right palm itches, do not scratch it at all, because then you will lose money.
Some of the variations of the itching palm superstition include:
* Itchy hands - right to receive and left to leave (fortune and luck), rub on wood
and it's sure to be good, rub on brass and it will come fast
* If the palm of your right hand is itchy, then it foretells that money is coming to you, but don’t scratch it as that stops the money from coming! If it's your left
palm that is itchy, then scratch away, as that means that you'll soon be paying out money for something.
* If your left hand itches, you're going to be rich. If your right hand itches, you're going to be poor.
* If your palm itches, you will receive money, and if the back of your hand itches you will lose money.
* If your palm itches, you will soon receive money. If you itch it, your money will never come.
According to several sources, this belief originated with the Saxons, who felt that rubbing diseased skin with silver would cure it. It could also be related to the Celtic belief that touching wood invokes good fortune.
Money isn’t always the reason for an itching palm. There are those who that itching shows there is some kind of internal energy that is moving through your palms. The right hand is supposed to be active and the left hand is passive or the receptive one. Therefore, it your right palm itches it indicates your energy or services are moving out. However, if your left palm itches it means you are on the receptive mode and should expect new services in life.
It is, however, generally agreed that you shouldn’t scratch your palm yourself. You can touch or rub your right hand over wood or brass and your left hand should be rubbed on the corner of a wooden table. Be careful while rubbing your left hand on the corner. An unexpected splinter in the table may lead to bad luck.