Are you superstitious?
By ruth roberts
December 5, 2017 6:07am CST
After discussing about weding rings and some people never taking them off it struck me about superstitions? Are you superstitious at all? Each country will have their own versions - but I think I can honestly say I am not superstitious about anything. Take black cats - some say to have one walk in front is bad luck - while others say it is good luck - so work that out! personally I have had three black cats and I don't think they affected my luck one way or the other. Walking under a ladder? Not bad luck at all - unless someone happens to be on it with a tin of paint or a hammer that could drop on you. Odd one this - I had a visitor who wouldn't leave through a different door from the one they came through - never heard of that one before. What about shoes on a table? Seems to stem form when dead people were laid out on the household table - but how can it bring bad luck? The same goes for opening an umbrella indoors - so what! Friday 13th - its just another day. Touching wood? Its just a common saying - but doesn't mean you have to do it - if you can find any! Something to do with wood from Jesus's cross I believe and the time when people believed in relic. What about wearing green being bad luck - something to do with offending the fairies. It amazes me that some people can still believe this fairy tale stuff. I like finding our about the origins form a historical point of view - but to actually live your life by them...? I can understand how they came about - when like and its workings were a mystery to ordinary people and they sought to explain the inexplicable. But now in these days of general enlightenment its odd to see that people still hold on to these beliefs. I've heard recently about people not liking birds on wallpaper, or finding peacock feathers unlucky in the house, or a robin flying into a house signifying death - personally I think its all hogwash! Magpies - 1 for sorrow - well only for the poor bird if he's lonely. Its just like as children we tried to walk along the pavement avoiding the cracks - but that was just for fun - not to ward off ill omens or evil spirits.
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I can underwrite everything you've said. Yet, I have to object to this, "in these days of general enlightenment" If only . . . You're a newbie on this site. After a while and reading around you'll wonder if the Dark Ages are over. "Do you believe in ghosts?" is a question which will get you many reads.
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@LadyDuck Before I came to the sites bubblews and myLot, I had a different view of humankind. I was so naive to believe that at the beginning of the 21st century people were more enlightened and advanced in their thinking. Fact is, however, that in quite a lot of brains it's still pitch dark.
• Mangalore, India
No I am not superstitious , although my extended family is quite superstitious when it comes to certain traditions like looking for auspicious time for all important matters that concern the family and a blind Faith in religious customs. I fall in with their wishes because I don't want to displease them.
• Derby, England
I am not really superstitious but don't go looking for trouble by walking under ladders and I won't put shoes on a table, its unhygienic for a start. Black cats are the hardest to re home in cat re- homing places but my family always choose them.
• United Kingdom
Yes I can understand the 'dirty shoes' bit but I think the superstition was for 'new shoes'. Yes poor black cats - we have adopted three strays - don't see the colour makes any difference to the poor animals. I did read that it was because in these days of selfies etc they didn't photograph so good to be posted on Facebook etc - how fickle some people are!