Are you superstitious??

May 15, 2008 5:56am CST
Are you? If so what are your superstitions?? 'During the time of a plague, Saint Gregory I the Great ordered that people say "God bless you" when somebody sneezed, to prevent the spread of the disease.' I always say bless you when someone sneezes. A lad I work with always says that we all have a fairy sitting on our shoulders and when we sneeze, we blow it off so we have to say bless you to bring it back!! I think this is real sweet for a bloke to be discussing 'fairies'!! lol What about Urban Lengends?? Do you think they are superstitions or just legends
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• Philippines
16 May 08
I don't really believe in them. My mom believes in them and I think it's because its her culture. She's a Chinese. My mom says we should wear red on new year's eve so that good luck will come in our family. We would usually obey her because there's no harm in doing such superstitions.
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@MGjhaud (22304)
• Philippines
16 May 08
No, but my mother is really superstitious. She do believe in some from those ancient people like her mother. My father is not, it's actually what we make fun of hehehe.. My mother would sometimes comment about this and that regarding her beliefs and my father would joke on it. Anyway, it's all in the minds I believe.
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@mikeysmom (2091)
• United States
15 May 08
i am not at all superstitious. i do not believe in any of that stuff like walking under a ladder or seeing a black cat or breaking a mirror. i have enough bad luck without all that stuff anyway.
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@gemini_rose (16192)
15 May 08
Oh I love that, a fairy sitting on shoulders when we sneeze, how cute!! I used to be extremely superstitious, but I have calmed down a lot now. I still have a few that I believe in though, not walking under ladders, not stepping on three grids in a row, saluting a magpie if it is on its own and saying good morning or afternoon. Throwing salt over my shoulder if I spill it, not killing a spider, I go mad if the kids try to cross me on the stairs, I probably have lots more too but cannot think of them!!
15 May 08
My boyfriend doesnt like crossing on the stairs, not that they are wide enough to cross on!! I didnt hear about the magpie one until about 6 years ago!! I dont understand it so I dont salute them!! I never understood that one about 3 grids either, I had a friend who wouldnt walk on any grids, it was a pain walking to school with her!! lol
@gemini_rose (16192)
16 May 08
Well the reasoning for the magpie is that to not salute it will bring sorrow and bad luck, you salute it and say "Morning Mr Magpie,how are you and your family". The grids I have not got a clue about, but that came from school and is classed as bad luck too.
@freak369 (5123)
• United States
15 May 08
I don't make it a practice to walk under ladders or mess with black cats mostly because I hate cats and there's usually a moron on the ladder . I think that passing up a penny on the ground is bad luck but the only real superstition that I have is handing people knives or scissors or accepting them from someone. I always put them on the table or counter and ask others to do the same.
15 May 08
I dont walk under ladders, just incase something falls on me!! If I see a penny and am able to reach it I will pick it up. Whats the ssuperstition about with knives and scissors?? Ive never heard of that one!!
@obidan (368)
• Romania
15 May 08
I'm not superstitious , but when somebody tells me for example that I said something that if I don't knock on the wood 3 times I will have bad luck, I would go like : why Not? But I'm not superstitious , I think that these are only coincidences , I'm more of the guy that needs proof , more of a scientist:D
15 May 08
Im amazed at how many superstitions there are and how they all came about!! Im not superstitious as thiongs inlife happen for a reason and may just be coincidences like you said!!
• United States
13 Jul 08
I'm not overly superstitious, now. But when I was a child, I would always save a seat next to me, in the car, for my angel to ride along!
• United States
10 Jul 08
I have another one for you. The superstition I heard is that when you sneeze, it opens the way for the Devil to run up your nose. Saying "bless you" blocks the way so the Devil can't get up there. I say bless you for one reason, and this is the truth. When you sneeze, your heart actually stops for a second, then starts back up. Its a blessing that your heart starts back up after that, so I say bless you for that reason alone. But since there are a lot of people with allergies in my family, especially my mom, I only say bless you for the first one in my presence. I know there are more to follow, sometimes many more, so I feel that saying it once should make due for all of them. By the way, I am not superstitious and I never will be (knock on wood lol)
@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
15 May 08
No. I don't believe in saying "bless you". I'm not afraid of Friday the 13th. I don't carry a "lucky charm" with me such as a rabbit's foot. And I'm not afraid of black cats. I'd rather have faith in God, that He has His reasons why things happen to us. Perhaps He's just teaching us some lessons or just leading us to our destiny.
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
15 May 08
Part of me says that I am not superstitious, but I still won't walk under ladders or open unbrellas in the house just in case. I always say bless you when someone sneezes because I feel it is the right thing to do, and besides who couldn't use a little blessing now and again?
@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
15 May 08
I did a thread about superstitions and one about urban legends. I think some urban legends can be based on events that happened at some point, although likely exageratted a bit. As for superstitions, I don't have ordinary ones. Superstition by definition is something believed in blindly, without reason and I along those lines I do believe in the power of thought, which is what I think superstitions and "curses" would be based on. I think that our thoughts can bring us bad luck or make us sick. I think our body believes what we think. I also believe in "self fufilling prophecies", if we believe we can't do something we can't. Another theory about the origin God bless you is the old belief that when you sneezed demons were leaving your body and the phrase in its enitrety is "The Lord God has blessed you." HAppy posting!
15 May 08
I guess I am not consciously superstitious but I do say 'bless you' more because it seems polite. I do pick up pennies and avoid ladders. I guess I just don't want to tempt fate rather than actually believing that something bad would happen if I did these things...lol
@excellence7 (3496)
• Mauritius
15 May 08
Superstitious... I am not completely superstitious but in some ways, we are all superstitious because it does happen in life someday that we do believe the unbelievable. I don't really believe but sometimes I wonder whether it is true or false. This wondering itself is a link to superstitions. But I think that in today's world, superstition is fading away gradually. A man must believe in his action, not in superstition. Because it is the deeds of mankind that determines the future.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
15 May 08
no, I am not superstitious. Neither was Saint Gregory the Great, he was faithful. Not only did he institute that a "God Bless You" be prayed but also the Sign of the Cross be made... Isn't it wonderful that such a practice continues to this day?
@mamacathie (3929)
• United States
15 May 08
No, I don't believe in superstitions but my precious mama did. I remember once we were driving down the road and a black cat ran across in front of us and she made my daddy turn his cap around. LOL Then you never went around a post different from someone else without saying, "Bread and butter." And you NEVER walked under an open ladder! Those three stick in my mind most of all. LOL We used to have a ball picking on mama because of these.
@kamit24 (1456)
• India
15 May 08
superstition  - superstition
no i'm not..i don't believe in all these things...
@kmt2207 (47)
15 May 08
the only superstition that really gets me is seeing magpie's you know one for sorrow , two for joy etc if you see one on its own supposed to salute, i look like a complete lunatic driving along the motorway saluting every 20 seconds!!
• Philippines
15 May 08
I'm not superstitious...coz i dont believe in such things...anyway..."to see is to belive"
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
15 May 08
I am not superstious I got married on Friday the 13th and it was a wonderful day. My mom is very superstitious if a black cat starts to cross in front of her she will turn around and go the other way! I do say "God Bless You When Someone Sneezes"
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
15 May 08
I have this superstition that I will not buy any family member or close friend a pair of shoes. I can buy anything else for that person but shoes because I feel that will cause the person to walk out of my life. This excludes children because you must buy them clothes and shoes all the time, it's just the adults. If I was in a situation where I had to buy an adult family member shoes I would make them give me one dollar of their own money that way they paid me back something for the shoes. I know this sounds dumb but I can't break away from this.