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Dark Omens, Signs and Superstitions of Misfortune
is thought by many to be a portent that precedes a significant future event. Most omens are historically based upon ancient superstitions and cultural folklore.
Some omens are indicative of good fortune, while others are symbolic of impending hardship and doom. Here are a few common omens, their origins, the resulting curses and cures, (if known), that warn of bad luck and dark days ahead....
Lucky Charms and Pendants
One legend claims that when Eve had to leave paradise she took a four-leafed Clover along for Good Luck.
1. Breaking a Mirror
This superstition began because our ancestors thought that a mirror image could collect and harbor our very soul. Thus, a broken mirror represented your soul pulled from your body and trapped in the shattered pieces.
- The reason the bad luck lasted for seven years was because the Romans believed that after seven years the body was physically renewed and the soul could once again return whole.
To break the spell of misfortune from a broken mirror, you must wait seven hours, (one for each year of bad luck), before picking up the broken pieces and burying them outside, in the moonlight.
2. The Number Thirteen
There are many theories about the origin of 13 being considered an unlucky number.
- At Valhalla, the Norse home of the gods, if you had twelve guests at a feast and a thirteenth turned up uninvited; he was thought to be "the god of deceit".
- Many Christians believe that the superstition began when a dark witches' coven consisted of 12 members, the devil being the 13th. Although, pagans now consider 13 a sacred number that represents the 13 full moons of the year.
- For Christians, 13 was also the number of attendees at the Christ's Last Supper, Judas, who betrayed Jesus was the thirteenth.
TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA is the fear of the number 13.
Friday the 13th
- One legend claims that Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden on a Friday, Noah's flood was thought to have started on a Friday and Christ was crucified on a Friday, so it is likely these days and numbers combined were given the signal of bad luck.
- There is the belief that stems from the order given by King Philip IV, on Friday, October 13, 1307, to round up the Knights Templar and kill or torture them. (VERY bad luck for the Knights indeed!)
PARASKEVIDEKATRIAPHOBIA is the fear of Friday 13th.
3. Walking Under a Ladder
- If you walk under a ladder you are breaking a spiritual triangle of the Holy Trinity, that leaves you vulnerable to the devil.
- Before gallows, criminals were hung from the top rung of a ladder, their spirits were thought to linger underneath. Thus, when you walked beneath an open ladder you passed through a triangle of evil ghosts and spirits.
If you should unwittingly wander under a ladder, you can save yourself by crossing your fingers and spitting three times through the ladder's rungs.
4. "Step on a Crack; Break your Mother's Back"
Cracks and fear of stepping on them, comes from an ancient fear of letting the soul out of the Square. The four corners are an ancient symbol of balance and perfection.
5. Spilling Salt
At one time salt was a rare commodity and thought to have magical powers. It has long been useful as a preservative, in medicine, and is also used in magical rituals to purify, give blessings and drive away evil.
Spilled salt was said to predict future family troubles and death.
To ward off any bad luck, throw a pinch over your shoulder and all will be well.
6. Black Cats
Black cats have long been believed to be a supernatural omen, since the witch hunts of the middle ages, when cats were thought to be connected to evil. Since then, it is considered bad luck if a black cat crosses your path.
Ironically, a black cat walking towards you is considered lucky, while one walking away is said to be stealing your luck.
Sources: Originsnetwork.net, Katharine Kurtz, Tales of the Knights Templar, Warner Books, 1995. http://www.trivialibrary.com/a/origin-of-common-superstitions-breaking-a-mirror.htm
Black Cat Talisman
This is a beautiful piece especially if you have the Cat as your animal guide, the use is limited only by your imagination. It is also excellent for a gift for someone special.
Common Myths & Folklore
Learn About Urban Legends
~ If an Owl looks in your window or if you see one in the daylight bad luck and death awaits you.
~ If a bird flies through your house, it indicates important news. If it can't get out, the news will be death.
~ If a bird flies towards you, bad fortune is imminent.
~ Crows are viewed as a bad omen, often foretelling death. If they "caw", death is very near.
~ If the flame of a candle flickers and then turns blue, there's a spirit in the room.
~ If you feel a chill up your spine, someone is walking on your future grave.
~ You must hold your breath when you go past a cemetery or else you will breath in the soul of someone who has recently died.
~ You must knock on wood 3 times after mentioning good fortune or the evil spirits will ruin things for you.
~ The superstition of knocking on wood for good luck originates from pagan beliefs in regards to trees.
~ A bat in the house is a sign of death.
~ If your left palm itches, it means you will soon receive money; if your right palm itches, it means that you will lose or have to pay money.
~ If you can remove one white hair off an all black cat, without getting scratched, you have a very powerful good luck talisman.
~ Cats can physically see spirits, so they make excellent guardians against evil spirits. They also love to play with friendly or beneficial spirits.
~ A hat on a bed will bring bad luck.
~ Open an umbrella indoors and bad luck will "rain" on you.
~ Eat an apple on Christmas Eve for good health the next year.
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