13 Superstitions

Since it's Friday the 13th today, I thought I would do a post all about superstitions. 

"Superstition is the belief in supernatural causality—that one event causes another without any natural process linking the two events—such as astrology, religion, omens, witchcraft, and prophecies, that contradicts natural science"  

13: Black cats crossing your path

The black cat superstition varies from culture to culture in my understanding and in early Egyptian times cats (no matter the colour) were all held in high esteem and killing one was considered to be a capital crime. In different cultures a black cat crossing your path means various thing. Pirates from the 19th century thought that a black cat walking towards you meant bad luck where as the Scottish (yay for being Scottish) believe a black cat showing up at your house means prosperity. 

12: Walking under a Ladder.

The walking under a ladder superstition is one that I never really took notice of growing up. I always heard others talking about it but thought it was a lot of rubbish, But looking into it now I see that it was considered to be very very bad luck and in some theories they have went as far as to say it was akin to blaspheming. This theory comes from the very early days of Christianity. 

11: Opening an umbrella inside.

I never, ever dared open an umbrella inside growing up and I still don't. I can't put my finger on it but something just freaks me out about opening one inside. I tried to find the origin of this one but I couldn't get a clear answer, although there was one that was connected to the Egyptians that quite interested me.

10:  Spilling salt.

I never believed in the spilling salt superstition growing up, no matter how many times my gran would tell me about it. The European superstition believes that spilling salt is an evil omen, it was also believed that because salt was so expensive that spilling it meant future loss. I'm unclear on the origin of the superstition but I can see people believing this many years ago.

09: Step on a crack, break your mothers back.

Looking into this superstition I came across one theory about the origin that made me feel very un-easy as it was linked to racism in the 19th century- early 20th century. I went through a phase when I was around 8 that seen me avoiding cracks everywhere! it was right around the time my uncle passed away and I was so scared that stepping on a crack would mean that my mother back would break and she would die too. Very morbid thoughts for an 8 year old.

08: Smashing a mirror brings 7 years of bad luck.

Now this superstition is one that has haunted me my whole life! I was always petrified in case I smashed a mirror and got 7 years of bad luck, I have always been and always will be so careful around mirrors! I have read a few different theories on where this superstition originated and it's so interesting.

07: "Touch Wood"

When ever anyone in my house hold talked about something bad happening they would always say "Touch wood" before or after their sentences as to not jinx it happening. I didn't know what it meant until I was in my teenage years and I continued to do it just because I was simply brought up with it. I am un-sure of the origin of the superstition but it is one I will carry with me through life.

06: New shoes off the table... 

When ever I got a new pair of shoes I was warned not to put them on any of the tables in the house because it would bring bad luck, one time I accidentally did put them on the dinning table and I think my gran would have had a heart attack if I hadn't whipped them right off. I have found myself even doing it now, I don't even realise I am saying it then my friends will look at me funny and it clicks that I am turning into my Gran.

05: A rabbits foot brings good Luck.

when I was younger we used to get women coming round the doors selling all kinds of thinks like heather or good luck charms, I was used to it then one day a woman came to the door and tried to sell me a rabbits foot! A RABBITS FOOT! I was so scared that I screamed. Later that night my gran explained to me that some people believed that carrying a rabbits foot brought good luck. I really don't see it, but some people believe in it I guess. 

04: Splitting a pole brings bad luck

This is a superstition that never really interested me, I didn't believe in it at all but one of my friends did and they always made a big thing about it any time it happened. They would tell me to say Bread and Butter three times with them so that we didn't get bad luck. I just thought it was totally bonkers but they believed in it and it didn't do any harm.

03: It comes in threes

I don't know about you, but my gran always say's that it "comes in threes". Now when she says this she means bad luck and good luck. So when something bad happens I always worry that another two bad things will happen and sometimes it freaks me out that three bad things do happen, it's not just bad luck though, it happens with good luck too. I guess it's probably coincidence really, but I'll always believe it.

02: Walking over three stanks

Ok, so I am really guilty of this one, like really guilty. A lot of my friends get annoyed at me for it because I refuse point blank at walking over three stanks in a row. It's even got to the point that I don't let Leon walk over three stanks. I'm not sure where I got it from as my mum or gran don't believe in it but I must have picked it up somewhere. Anytime I walk over three stanks something bad happens, it's probably in my mind but I'm taking no chances!

01: Friday the 13th.

People often associate Friday the 13th with bad luck, but for me, it's lucky. Something good always lucky happens to me wither it be I find money, I have an exceptionally good day or I just don't have any pain for once, Friday the 13th always turns out to be a good day for me. 

What superstitions do you believe in? let me know in the comments!
And Happy Friday 13th folks!

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  1. Youve coverd all the ones i know plus more. I so avoid crossing on stairs, opening umbrellas in the house and walking under ladders. When i was told my son would be delivers by c section on friday the 13th my first thought was nooo not today its bad luck!

    1. I'm not one for the crossing on stairs but I will not open and umbrella in the house. Friday the 13th tends to be a lucky day for me so it doesn't bother me too much. Aww wow! But that's good luck that he came then :D You got a little bundle of joy and happiness on a day that's meant to be unlucky.