Will you admit to being superstitious?

Are you superstitious? Or do you believe all that stuff is just "Mumbo Jumbo"? Well, it's been proven that even today when objective evidence is necessary, few people can honestly say they don't secretly have one or two irrational beliefs or superstitions. These beliefs come in all different shapes and sizes.

Superstition has played an enormous part in the history of the world. In the early times, even before Christ some of the famous warriors would not go into battle unless their personnel Astronomer checked to see if the positions of the stars were favorable. These so called 'Star Gazers' could they really see the future? Or did they just have lucky guesses?

Things changed slowly, by the middle ages anyone trying to talk about what the future would hold, was asking for trouble. If this individual was also black cat lover, that person was a witch and therefore a tool of the devil and had to be destroyed.

One persons religion is another persons superstition. For example, a christian may believe that in time of trouble he'll be guided by the bible; by opening it at random and reading the text that first strikes his eyes.

Where did these superstitions really come from? Who determined that the # 7 should be a lucky number; that Friday the 13th should be unlucky?

What do you do, when a black cat crosses the road right in front of you? Do you turn off and go around the block or do you keep driving, just to prove there is nothing to that myth?

Did you know it's unlucky to talk about your dreams before you've had breakfast? According to my children it was unlucky to clean their room more then once a year. (Now they're clean freaks)

Some people call them old wives tales and they come in loads of different versions. I've been collecting them for years, in categories ridiculous, more ridiculous and worse.

Here are a few examples:

  • Gentlemen this one is for you. Drop a fork and you'll have a female visitor.
  • Ladies you would have to drop a knife and hopefully next time you open the door there stands your dream man...., never mind that...
  • Speaking of cutlery, remember never cross your silverware. It pronounces hunger in your future, especially if you're getting ready to eat and all your knives and forks are in the sink. Really you could starve by the time they're washed and dried.
  • How about more company? Bang your elbow, it's really effective if you get it right in the funny bone. This one will summon up your landlord, especially when you're behind in the rent...
  • In the morning after the night before, do not, I stress the fact, do not look in the mirror, your sight will crack it and you'll have to fight off bad luck for the next seven years.
  • Are you looking for your tax refund? To speed it on it's way check for fallen eyelashes. Carefully pick it up between thumb and forefinger, spit on it three times and send it on it's way down your shirt front and guaranteed the refund will arrive soon, that is as soon as it's turn comes up.

Ridiculous right? I have a friend who is a chronicle beter. He'll bet on anything, from the color of your socks to the exact time of the next bus, but only when he carries his lucky button.

  • Next time you have an itchy palm, don't scratch it, spit in it three times and bingo you'll receive money.
  • 'Break a leg' now really is that nice to wish that onto anyone?

My Grandma was quite superstitious she had some kind of comment for every situation, like 'don't invite trouble' or 'don't spill the salt, that causes fights' .

  • Well I guess it's just as easy to walk around a ladder then under it, right?
  • Next time you have tea, check for bubbles at the rim of your cup. Those bubbles can mean one of two things. 1) You'll be in the money soon. 2) It's possible your cup still had dish-soap in it.

Talking about tea, have you ever been to an honestly good fortune teller? Well, this lady will read your future out of a pack of vicious looking tarot cards, tea leaves, coffee grinds, your finger nails, and the length of your fingers. The creases in your palm will tell her if you'll live long or die young. She'll try to convince you that by counting the creases on the side of your wrist you'll know how many children you'll have. If she thinks you don't believe, she'll pull out her crystal ball. With that you've had it, she'll know your past, present and future. You'll be an open book.

Do you check out your horoscope? Isn't it weird one magazine will tell you what a great day you'll have. The next one is sure your friend will stab you in the back, your stocks are down and you're broke, where-as the next one will advise you to quit being such a drifter, you should plan for your future... which one to believe? I guess it'll depend on your mood, so take your pick.

Then there is another superstition, the preventive medicine. You'll need to carry it in a pouch around your neck. In the olden days these pouches were made from a poor animals gallbladder. Now they can come in fashionable hand dyed leather. The everyday kit should include:

  • garlic - to ward off vampires
  • a bottle of perfume -to ward off the garlic smell
  • a cross- also against vampires
  • a medallion- to ward off the evil eye ( I don't know whose, but better safe then sorry.. )
  • a rabbits foot- to help you hop (optional) also for luck
  • a piece of wood- to knock on
  • a tooth- I guess you can leave it for the tooth fairy, so you'll never be broke
  • a lucky penny
  • a lucky # 7
  • lucky dice
  • some chewing gum - you'll never know when the fork or knife trick will work
  • a horseshoe
  • potion #9- so you don't loose your hair
  • voodoo doll with long hat pins

Feel free to add lucky charms (cereal? in case you get hungry) This kit should prepare you for the basics and can be yours for the low, low price of $49.99 (just kidding)

Enough of this silliness. I, myself don't believe in any of this 'Mumbo Jumbo' but just in case my pouch is made out of beautiful soft moose hide dyed dark magenta.

Getting back on track, where did superstition come from? Well some can be traced back to the dark ages. Some individuals fears were blown out of shape, then exaggerated in the retelling from person to person ... Bingo superstition and myths are born.

Picture life without electricity. All the shadows created by lantern, candles, bonfires etc. could be spooky. A person with some imaginative stories could scare the 'sweet begeebers' out of anyone... again retold with a little added here and there... Bingo unearthly, mysterious, irrational beliefs are created.

Happy Halloween

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Zsuzsy Bee 3 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya desireegordian, thanks for reading and commenting and especially for the addition. I had not heard of that superstition yet.... I can picture this.... hahahaha.... a bunch of women gossiping in a room 'spitting' into the air every so often.... maybe time for an umbrella? I just love these silly old beliefs. Thanks again.

regards Zsuzsy


desireegordian 3 years ago

This article was really fun to read! In Dominican Republic when a woman talks about another woman's misfortune, she spits on her own chest so that God doesn't punish her with the same bad luck. Thought this might add to your collection :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Horse feathers, I'll make coffee. Thanks for visiting.

regards Zsuzsy


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Horse Feathers 5 years ago from Indiana USA

Every time I think of it I'm going to the silverware and getting a fork to drop it. Maybe I'll see you.

Great hub!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

That's funny Greek. You know the 'twit' in those stupid scary movies who doesn't know how to run away before whatever gory spook comes along, well I'm her, I need to know what made that noise or find an explanation for whatever...mainly because the dead do not scare me but the crazy and evil living ones sure do.

have a great day zs


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

I did part of my (compulsory) military service guarding an ammunition depot next to a cemetery. I was 19 and I remember that In the day time I was an atheist, but at night I became an agnostic. (My pride would not permit me to give in to my strong urge to slip grovelling into religious fervour, despite all my senses demanding that I do)... :-))


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Yo Greek, always glad when you come for a visit and thanks for commenting.

I'm absolutely positive that nothing that's dead at the cemetery can hurt anyone... it's the living that will do the hurting...by the way, why do you want to be at the cemetery at nighttime though that's the question (hehehe)

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

I am never superstitious. Unless it's nighttimes at a cemetery, in which case one must concede that cautious agnosticism might be the better part of valour.. :-))


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Amulets, glad you came by for a visit. I just love to collect all these different superstitions and have fun with them.

thanks for your comments

regards Zsuzsy


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amulets 6 years ago from Singapore

Very good hub about superstitious. Same goes when I am doing Feng Shui yearly and those who do not believe in it, saying that this is entire superstitious. They will claim that there is no such thing of Qi energy so how can do Feng shui to invite Qi energy to settle into your house.

Nevertheless, I still gain with Feng Shui with yearly renewal of positive Qi energy.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

You are right about the funny reaction of people. Glad you came for a visit thanks for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I have 2 black cats! Love them to death!

You be surprise how people react when you remind them it's Friday the 13th. Kinda funny?


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Trish! I have cockatiels. Had them for years. I'm also sure that it's if a wild bird flies into the house that's to be the bad omen. zs


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trish1048 8 years ago

I agree! I want to think there was no truth to that at all! We have a pet parrot, about the size of a fat parakeet, called a sun conure. Nothing bad has happened so I do believe they were referring to black birds, those creatures from Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds lol,,,


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Trish! I don't like the bird in the house one either... I ignore those kinds. Selective memory I call it. zs


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trish1048 8 years ago

hi zsuzsy,

So did my grandma, and my mom, I think my whole family did it lol. Just remembered another, if a bird flew into your house it was supposedly a harbinger of death,,,scary thought, but I was too young to know if it really was true or not.

Trish


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Trish! So glad when you come for a visit. I just love to read all the ridiculous ways people in the oldend days explained ordinairy occurances. My Grandma was forever throwing salt over her shoulder. Fun stuff.

regards Zsuzsy


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trish1048 8 years ago

hi zsuzsy,

Your commenters are right, this was a fun hub to read.  I recall if you had an itchy palm, it meant you were coming into money.  If your nose itched, you were going to fight with somebody.  I too grew up with hearing about the male/female visitors arriving depending on what utensil fell to the floor.  Another one went something like, throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder, to, I think, ward off evil spirits?  Not quite sure about that one.  Just recently heard if your home has a green door, you will lose money, and the Chinese believe, if you have a red door, it lets money flow in.  Well, my house is a soft sky blue, I don't think red will complement it too well lol.  Perhaps if the blue was navy, maybe then. But perhaps I should try it anyway, I can always use more money :)

Trish


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Robie! Glad you enjoyed the hub. I always have fun when I find a new superstition to add to my collection.

thanks for coming by regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Angela! glad you came by for a visit. I just love to collect all these different superstitions and have fun with them.

thanks for your comments regards Zsuzsy


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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

Wonderful topic Zsuzxy--hate to admit it, but I am totally superstitious. Left to my own devices I could easily be found wearing a garlic necklace and planning my day by consulting an old gypsy who reads entrails:-) This was great fun and I enjoyed every minute of it--thanks for another good read.


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Angela Harris 8 years ago from Around the USA

This was so much fun to read. I admit it. I am very superstitious. And we do the eyelash thing a bit differently. If an eyelash falls out, you put it between thumb and index finger. Make a wish. Then blow the eyelash away for your wish to come true.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for taking a look Manoharv2001

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks Wajay!

I've collected a bunch and just love to have fun with them.

regards Zsuzsy


wajay_47 8 years ago

ZsuzyBee, great hub. You've covered most of the superstitions that I've heard of and a few that I've never heard of. I think most people have at least one superstition, mine is the one about walking under ladders. However, Friday the 13th has often proven to be a lucky day for me. Thanks for a nice hub.

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