Are You Scared? Stay away from mirrors, black cats, and ladders.
Are You Scared? Do you stay away from mirrors, black cats, or ladders?
Are you superstitious? Do you have a fear of mirrors, black cats, and ladders. Have you ever heard of throwing salt over your left shoulder for good luck. Well let me get started here.
People have been afraid or superstitious of black cats going back to Medieval Christian times at least 700 or more years ago. Egyptians way back when considered all cats lucky but especially black cats. It wasn't until the European Middle Ages that the legend got started that black cats were the familiars of witches. Believe it or not but the hysteria about black cats was so bad in some European countries that black cats were often rounded up and killed. Laws were passed in Switzerland and France protecting the supposedly evil black cats.
In the United States today many people fear black cats. If a black cat crosses their path they react with fear and dread and in the American Deep South the below words are often said if a black cat crosses their path. They also make the sign of the cross as they repeat the words.
Black cat , black cat cross my path, reverse my luck and make it last.
People in Mississippi who own black cats often tie a small silver bell that has been blessed by a priest around the neck of their black cat on a white ribbon. It is believed that if the cat wears a blessed silver bell it can do no evil or bring about no evil and people will hear the little silver bell and be warned that a black cat is coming near them. It is also in the American Deep South that a pinch of salt is thrown over the left shoulder if you have encountered a black cat.
Some people who live near a black cat and fear it may also go to a root doctor for a protection spell against black cats. On the full of the moon a little white cotton bag has some salt, a little silver bell or cross that has been blessed and some dirt from a graveyard placed in it. The little bag is sewn shut and the person wanting protection from a black cat hangs the little bag around their neck or they place it under their mattress. Some people in parts of the deep south swear that these little root doctor prepared bags protect them from black cats.
Have You Ever Heard Of A Funeral For A Broken Mirror
Believe it or not but there are places in parts of the American Deep South where real funerals are carried out for a broken mirror. A small wooden box that will hold the mirror is obtained and the broken mirror is placed inside. If it needs to be it is broken down so it will fit inside the wooden box. Once it is in the wooden box salt is poured in until the broken mirror is covered. Then Holy Water is sprinkled over the top of the salt and the lid is put on the box. The prayer of protection to the Archangel Michael is often repeated and then the box containing the mirror is buried in the woods under a oak tree. Many people believe that the person who broke the mirror has to dig the hole that the box is buried in.
It is widely known that many people believe that they will have seven years of bad luck if they break a mirror. Some people believe that if you break a mirror you may release an evil spirit or demon into this world and the above funeral for the mirror must be carried out to prevent the evil spirit or demon from getting into this world.
My own Grand Parents were terrified of walking under a ladder. They feared that if a child walked under a ladder that the child would die before their next birthday. My Grandmother would never allow a ladder to be left up for any longer than absolutely necessary. And she would stand there to make sure no one walked under the ladder.
Its really funny what some people are superstitious about. I know that as I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina that we avoided black cats like they were the devil himself and my Grandmother carried out funerals for broken mirrors. I still know where one is buried to this day. We also were instructed from very young children never to walk under a ladder.
And my Grandmother always warned us of Friday the 13th. She said you should stay close to home on Friday the 13th and you should carry some buck eyes in your pocket or wear your rosary around your neck that day to protect you from evil on Friday the 13th. My Grandmother always got the local priest to come and bless the house before any Friday the 13th came along and I even saw her at times pour a circle of salt all the way around the house. She and many other people in the area at that time believed that salt could protect you from all evil. It was their belief that evil could not cross a line of salt so if the house was surrounded by a circle of salt then the entire house and anyone in it was protected.
My Grandmother had a blessed cross in every room of her house and she believed in the protection of those blessed crosses very much. She also had large blessed crosses placed on all the barns and outbuildings. I'm sure that a lot of people today would think my Grandmother strange for her beliefs but even today I find myself thinking about some of her superstitious beliefs. I know for a fact that I don't want to break any mirrors and I'm not going to be walking under any ladders any time soon.
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