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EDDD 7 – Superstitious Feelin’

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Superstitions are fun, aren’t they?

There are the old standbys, like not walking under a ladder (which is really common sense if you think about it), or the black cat crossing your path being bad luck. For good luck we have the found penny, though it seems to me there are fewer good luck superstitions than bad ones.

If you think of any more, leave them in the comments.

Anyway. The real reason for this post is to talk about the superstitions that run in families. Many of us have them I think.

Mine include:

  • if your hand itches: rub it on wood and it’s sure to be good, rub it on your ass and it’s sure to pass. This refers to good luck. Hey, there’s one!
  • lilies signify death. Don’t give them.
  • never seat 13 at the table – I’ve never known quite what to do if I actually have 12 guests. Then again, I’ve never had a table big enough. πŸ˜›
  • if you drop a knife, don’t pick it up yourself or you’ll have a bad surprise. When someone else picks it up for you, don’t say thank you, or they’ll have a bad surprise. So if you come to my house and there’s a knife on the floor, you’ll know why. And don’t expect any appreciation if you pick it up.Β  πŸ˜‰

What are some of yours?

 
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Author: Linda G. Hill

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43 thoughts on “EDDD 7 – Superstitious Feelin’

  1. My grandmother used to say that if you spilled sugar you had to put some on your finger and taste it before cleaning it up. That was supposed to be good luck – although I think it was Granny after another sugar hit!! Never put up an umbrella in the house, don’t put your shoes on the table, throw salt over your left shoulder… there are some of them. Oh, and we always say “Don’t try to catch a falling knife”…
    I like the one about the spilled wine bringing good luck. Guess I just bought myself a heap of it at the work Christmas party!! πŸ˜‰

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    • Haha! It sounds like you’re bound to have a great Christmas. πŸ™‚

      If I drop a knife I jump out of the way – I don’t think I’ve ever tried to catch one, and not because of a superstition. I like my toes right where they are – my fingers too. πŸ˜›

      Nice ones, Sue. Thanks for contributing πŸ˜€

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  2. If you see your socks are inside out you have to leaves them that way unless you want bad luck, if you drop a glove some one else must pick it up or it;s bad luck! …… I could go on my mother was full of sayings.

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  3. I throw salt over my shoulder after a spill, I handle mirrors carefully because of bad luck, we blow loose eyelashes, neither a hat nor shoes can go on the bed, don’t open an umbrella in the house, never return an empty dish, wallets and purses must include money if given as a gift, don’t rock an empty rocking chair, don’t push an empty baby carriage, spilled wine brings good luck, men must never give perfume as a gift, a bird in the house brings death — seriously, I am very superstitious. I think it might be all the generous influences of my ancestry.

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  4. I’m afraid no one threw salt over their shoulder if they spilled it, so I can’t say I know of many in the family, but here’s a couple of general ones: step on a crack and you’ll break your back – break a mirror and it’s 7 years bad luck – if you don’t have your Christmas decorations put away by Dec 31st you’ll have a year of bad luck…

    I do remember one thing from when I was a very little girl. My grandmother was saying this series of prayers over me to help me get well and according to tradition I had to wash my face in salt water when she was finished praying. I remember my mom getting all upset because the prayers were good but the other was superstition. My grandmother shrugged and said ‘ let her wash her face anyway to make sure she gets better.” Who do you suppose we were making a pact with? Perhaps one of those saints who got kicked off the calendar years later.

    And that’s that.

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  5. If I don’t have a beer, the world will end. One isn’t enough. The Rule of 3. };-)>

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  6. Closest thing I can think of is my family considering ’13’ a lucky number. Beyond that I got nothing.

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  7. I’ve never understood superstitions, like how can a horseshoe be lucky? Shergar had four of them. Or a rabbit’s foot for luck is another one..didn’t turn out so well for the rabbit though.

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    • Haha! Actually, I’ve been kicked by a horseshoe-wearing horse. It didn’t feel lucky at all. But hey, it did feel a lot luckier once I had the damned thing hanging on a wall instead. πŸ˜€

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  8. Don’t do laundry more than once a month? Does that count? Wait, that’s not superstition. That’s an overabundance of clothes and laziness. While playing shooters with my brothers, don’t move sporadically in front of their line of fire? Nope. That’s just being polite. Let’s see…. Friday the 13th holds a special place in my heart. I also like celebrating the Solstice. But that’s about as much as I do.

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  10. In our Irish family, you never put a hat on a bed or there would be a death. Also, you did not give knives as a gift at a shower or wedding. It was bad luck for the couple. People in theatre and sports have a few. We all know “break a leg” to t he actor before going on stage. Athletes wear their lucky socks or carry a lucky emblem or women may wear a certain bracelet or charm. Most superstitions involve warding off bad spirits or for safety. Few seem to address good luck. Perhaps humans are more concerned with avoiding the evil than attracting the good. Strange.

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    • It is strange, isn’t it?

      Oh, and don’t forget “Macbeth”!

      Very nice list. I hadn’t heard of most of them, but your hat on the bed reminded me of one of my mother’s – don’t put gloves on a table. It’s bad luck.

      Thanks for sharing this, Professor! πŸ™‚

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  11. I am hung up on The Rule of 3s. In fact, I was just about to make a brief post about it. Seems like everything happens in threes.

    Also, Book Nanny posted a link this morning that you might be interested in. The Autism Initiatives Group short story writing competition, here:
    http://asdi.ie/?tabindex=33&tabid=3746

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  12. Haha, Linda…. I could never walk under a ladder and the sight of a black cat, creeps me out!!

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  13. Well, we are religiously not supposed to believe in those, but we have some nonetheless:
    -if your left hand itches: you’re getting money soon, if its the right, you’re spending it (my mom swears by this actually).
    -if your eye twitches, you’re having an unexpected guest.
    – if a hair from your lashes on your cheek, you blow it away and make a wish πŸ™‚

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  14. As for knife, there is one that one must not pass over the knife to others, the blade side pointed towards them. Always hold the blade and pass so that the other person could take it from the handle. And also if the milk gets spilled, it is said to be a sign of an unwanted guest arriving at the doorstep. πŸ˜€

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  15. I have habits and routines, but I don’t have superstitions…

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  16. Those are funny. We never had any in my family. I wonder why. I’m not sure my family was normal though.

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