I of course could’ve posted this post yesterday, on the day of doom itself 😉 But I decided not to, because as this post is all about ‘myths and superstitions.’ I do believe these ones are pretty common, but I loving hearing about those I missed!
1. Friday the 13th
Many believe Friday the 13th is a ‘misfortune’ day. A day filled with bad luck. If you’re afraid of having to live through this day, you suffer paraskevidekatris phobia. It’s a composition from the Greek words paraskevi (Friday), deka (ten) and tris (three). It’s unknown where it originally comes from, but it has been written down in some old bible stories; saying 13 has always been a bad number.
2. Walking under a ladder
Many people believe that walking under a ladder will cause bad luck. An oblique ladder forms a triangle, together with the wall and ground. A triangle is the symbol of the Holy Trinity. If you walked under a ladder, people said you were connected to the devil. Eventually, two more were added: you’d die walking under a ladder, or a woman wouldn’t marry in that same year.
3. Black cats
I love black cats. I mean, my sweet cat is a black cat. He’s the sweetest thing and I love him with my entire heart. But some people dislike black cats. Why? Because black seems to be the colour of the ‘death’, meaning a black cat represents the devil’s body. That’s why they love using black cats in (horror)movies, being owned by a bad person.
A horseshoe represents luck, meaning it should always be hanged with the endings pointing to the top. Once that’s done, the luck can ‘flow’ into it. But once it’s hanged upside down, people believe the luck will ‘fall out.’
5. ‘Dusting’ or ‘knocking’
Something we all do: knocking under the table to ‘dust’ bad luck off of you. However, some people believe you should only knock or dust on raw oak, willow or apple tree wood.
6. Breaking a mirror
This stems from the Roman time, where Romans believed that your reflection was a reflection reflection of your soul. Once you broke a mirror, you were breaking your soul. And according to the myth, it’d take seven years for your soul to fully recover. But some people nowadays believe shards mean luck!
7. Crossing fingers
By crossing your fingers, people believe you avert disaster. Your fingers will literally form a cross. Those who believe, believe Jesus will protect them from doom or evil.
Opening an umbrella inside your house, is said to cause bad luck. Some legends say an umbrella will protect you from the storms passing by in your life. If you’d open your umbrella inside your house, you’d insult your protectors.
9. Celebrating your birthday earlier
Many people believe it’ll cause bad luck when you celebrate your birthday earlier than the date of your birthday itself. Some people don’t organize a baby shower, because a child hasn’t been born yet. Meaning the gifts would cause bad luck.
If you accidentally ‘spoil’ salt, a fight will happen. In the old days, salt was used to throw onto witches. People believed a witch wouldn’t be able to stand up, once their back was covered in salt.
Magpies were seen as bad luck birds. Once you saw a magpie, it meant death or disaster.
12. Shoes on the table
If you put your shoes on a table, you’ll become poor.
13. Never sweep with an old broom
Once you sweep with an old broom in your house, some say you ‘sweep’ the luck away.
Do you believe in these superstitions? Or is there one you’d like to add?
Love, Deem ❤
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