13 Silly Superstitions on Friday the 13th
Are you superstitious? Superstitions come from the same place deep down inside us that makes us believe in ghosts and monsters or Friday the 13th. Our brain is an amazing thing! Not able to explain something, your brain makes something up. It also comes from the same place as believing in yourself will make good things happen. You may think you aren’t, but how many of the following superstitions do you find yourself following?
Usually what an unhappy loser says about someone who won. This is the belief that newbies are much more likely to win their first try. Sometimes it happens because the newbie isn’t as stressed as the more experienced person who knows what to expect. Also, it may come from the belief that you are more likely to remember things that are in your worldview.
See a penny…
I’ve always heard it said “See a penny, pick it up and all the day you’ll have good luck. See a penny and let it lay, misfortune is heaped on your all day.” Also to take it even further, you only pick it up if it lands on heads if it is on tails let it be and the person who does pick it up will have the bad luck to him. This superstition may come from the fact that finding money is lucky in and of itself.
Don’t walk under that ladder!
While this superstition falls under the category of practical, there is a theory that it comes from a Christian belief in the Trinity. This comes from the fact that the ladder leaning against the wall forms a triangle, therefore, if you broke the “triangle or trinity” it was a sin.
Don’t let a black cat cross your path.
Relating back to witches, this superstition refers to the witch’s familiar. Familiars were believed to take the shape of a tamed animal, like cats.
A rabbit’s foot will bring good luck.
The belief that talismans and amulets kept away evil goes back a very long time. Rabbit feet go all the way back to the early Celtic tribes in Britain. Two other examples of this type of superstitions are crosses and garlic to keep away vampires.
6. Bad luck comes in threes.
When a couple of bad things go wrong, then you start looking for other things to go wrong. I have always heard it said that death comes in threes.
Don’t break a mirror!
Breaking a mirror brings seven years bad luck according to this superstition. This belief says that not only does a mirror hold your image, but also pieces of your soul. Long ago people believed in covering all the mirrors in the house when someone died so their soul wouldn’t be trapped inside. They also stopped the clocks at the exact time of death. 7 is associated with luck. Seven is considered to be a long time to be unlucky.
666 = the mark of Satan
This number gives some people chill bumps! 666 is found in the Bible in the book of Revelation and is said to be the number of the “beast.” It also symbolizes the end times. Three sixes also symbolize the Roman Emperor Nero.
Knock on Wood
How many times have you done this without even thinking what you were doing? This acts like another talisman to keep bad luck away. The idea of using wood to knock on may actually come from the idea that good spirits were in trees or the symbol of the Christian cross.
Make a wish on a wishbone
This superstition goes all the way back to the first century. Supposedly, Romans used to fight over the wishbone which they believed were good luck. This also brought in the idea of whoever got the largest piece of the wishbone, when broken, would get their wish. Did you realize that bird bones have been used throughout history for divination? Supposedly the seer would throw the bones out and the pattern they fell in would foretell the future.
Cross your fingers
If you want luck, you just cross one finger over the top of the other one. There is a story dating back from early Christianity that when 2 people made a wish, they would cross their index fingers. Symbolizing support of a friend to the wish maker. Anything associated with the shape of the Christian cross was said to be good luck.
Don’t open your umbrella inside.
Another bad luck omen. Supposedly a Roman woman opened her umbrella moments before her house collapsed, which is amazing as umbrellas weren’t invented until 1852. Another story says a British prince accepted 2 umbrellas from a king who was visiting and died within months. Although, more likely not opening an umbrella inside is more a safety precaution.
Friday the 13th
Also known as friggatriskaidekaphobia. (An alternative, though just as tongue-twisty, word for the fear is “paraskevidekatriaphobia.”) Seemingly a new superstition, it only dates back to the 1800s. Although Friday has been considered unlucky for a much longer time period!. Jesus was crucified on a Friday. The number 13 also has been considered unlucky. There are so many people who actually have that fear according to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in North Carolina. Can you believe that 17 million people have the fear of Friday the 13th.
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