Friday, October 27, 2006

Superstitions

Growing up in a 'country' family (though we lived in the city for the most part), I learned a lot of superstitions. My lovely daughter, now 25, broke out in chicken pox on Friday the 13th. Now it's become a tradition for her to surround herself with rabbit's feet on that dire day. She ignores me when I mention that the original owners of said feet didn't seem too lucky :D Maybe it's just us country folk who believe in ghosts and spooks and haunts and bad luck but, just in case, I thought I'd share some of the superstitions I've run into over the years.

Once you leave the house, you can't go back inside (because
you've forgotten something) or you'll have bad luck.

Spilling salt is considered bad luck, probably because it
was once so valuable. Superstition has it a person is
doomed to shed as many tears as it takes to dissolve the
spilled salt.

Evil spirits can't harm you when you stand inside a circle.

Suspend a wedding band over the palm of the pregnant girl.
If the ring swings in a circular motion it will be a girl.
If the ring swings in a straight line the baby will be a
boy.

Taking a broom from the old house to a new one brings all
the bad luck with you.

A knife as a gift from a lover means that the love will
soon end.
[Especially if the knife is delivered to your back.]

If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used for
studying for the test, the pencil will remember the answers.

The number of Xs in the palm of your right hand is the
number of children you will have.

You must hold your breath while going past a cemetery or
you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently
died.

5 comments:

MK Mancos/Kathleen Scott said...

I used to sleep with my notebooks under my pillow so I'd do better on tests. Hehehehehhehe... I can't speak for the scientific aspects of this, but I did pass every test I used this on.

-Kat

Skylar Masey said...

A couple of other superstitious sayings I've heard are:

Always leave by the same door you entered.

Raise your feet when you go over a railroad track or you'll have back luck.

Never let something (tree, pole, solid object) come between you and a loved one or there will be strife in your relationship.

Cross yourself if a black cat crosses your path. (I cross myself and mark an X on my windshield to be on the safe side.)

I've also seen the boy or girl pregnancy test down with a pencil and string suspended over the woman's left wrist.

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

I tend to avoid walking under ladders [you never know what might fall on your head]

My best friend has two all black cats, so I'm in deep doodoo as far as that goes.

I spilled salt the other day and yes, I tossed some over my shoulder just to be on the safe side.

Lynda K. Scott said...

My daughter has a black cat and while she lived with us, Squeak's favorite pastime was to zip around our feet as we walked. No way to avoid 'a black cat crossing your path' :D I don't think we got any bad luck out of it...unless we got so much that it sort of rebounded. There's probably a limit, LOL

Cassandra Kane said...

A knife as a gift from a lover means that the love will
soon end.


I wish I'd known this before! I gave my ex a v ornate pocket knife as a prezzie and we did split up soon after. Spooky!