Saturday, April 7, 2012

Superstitions



With Friday the 13th next week, I thought it would be fun to discuss superstitions. Superstitions are any belief that is based on fear and is inconsistent with the known laws of science. We've all heard of the common superstitions of bad luck. Such as, walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror or seeing a black cat cross your path. But, I found a few new superstitions that I had never heard of.

It is bad luck to turn a loaf of bread upside down after a slice has been cut from it.

It is bad luck to leave the house through a different door than one used to come into it.

If a candle blows out, evil spirits are nearby.

How about one that is good luck. If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of Autumn you will not catch a cold all winter. I’m the director at an early childhood center and I’m going to take the entire staff and the children outside to catch leaves and see if this helps us in Fall.

Anyone have a superstition that hasn’t been mentioned? I’d love to hear a few more.

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4 comments:

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

If you spill the salt, throw some over your shoulder or you'll get into a fight and have bad luck?

Getting into a fight is bad luck. Oh well.

Jude Johnson said...

Knocking on wood when you mention good fortune keeps the pixies from spoiling it. I always wondered why people said to knock on wood--or as my Very Southern mother-in-law says it, "Peck on wood." Researching some Celtic myths explained it with the pixies, but I don't know for certain if that's the basis for so many people; it certainly is a very widespread superstition! (There was even a song about it in the late Sixties, "Knock on Wood")

~Jude
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Big Mike said...

Never heard those, interesting.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year, (2008 and 2009)

January Bain said...

I actually practice the two that Julie and Jude mentioned! My Irish nature is supersticious and I used this "reading of the signs of fate" in my first book being released July 2.