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Superstitions And Wives Tales

Updated on August 24, 2010
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The Power Of Superstition

How many of you will not walk under a ladder? You're heading toward a ladder on a street and you see the ladder ahead. You hesitate a moment. You try to walk under it and say, "This is stupid. It won't bring me bad luck." Yet, you make a sharp jerking motion to the left to avoid it, every time! Come on you know you do it, most of us do. Why?

Superstitionis a very powerful word. It evokes an uneasy feeling deep at the core. You try to fool yourself and say that is ridiculous and sometimes it really is. However, you go back to the time you dropped that mirror as a kid and had a really bad day. Oooops, must be the mirror.

Somewhere in the back of your head you really want it to be sunny on your wedding day and not because it will screw up the pictures. Who wants that haunting feeling of, "Oh no it rained on my wedding day."

Engineers seem to think that people take superstition so far that they often leave the 13 floor out of the numbering of the floors of a building. Approximately, 80% of high rise buildings have no 13th floor. Take a look the next time you fly on an airplane. Look for the 13th row?

In Florence, Italy there are streets where the houses are numbered 11, 121/2, 14.

How many of us look at a star and make a wish. "Wish upon a star." How many of us, if lucky enough to see a shooting star, quickly wish and say, "I hope it comes true."

How about the coin in the fountain. How many of us pass that up. You're always giving your kids pennies reinforcing that superstition. The Fountain Of Trevi in Italy basically sole purpose is to have visitors throw coins in and wish. Gotta do that when in Italy.

The Blarney Stone. Kiss it and your in for all the luck of The Irish. Hmmmmmm.

If that black cat goes running past you what do you say? "Damn that was a black cat. Did it have any other color in it?" Yes, you do.

There are countless examples of how superstition plays a huge role in many people's lives, even if they don't realize it does. Many take it way too far and don't make a move without reading their horoscope, pulling an oracle card, rubbing a Buddhas belly and so on. Then there is OCD which can reek havoc on the psyche with superstition. The truly logical people of this world are completely unaffected by superstition. If they can't see it, feel it, or hear it -it simply is not there. OK, may be that is less stressful??????


Rain On Your Wedding Day(happy marriage). I can see some overzealous aunt comforting her crying niece with, "Don't worry honey didn't you know it is good luck when it rains on your wedding day?"

Knock On Wood(ward of danger) Very few people do not do tis one. This is widely accepted and even business professionals do it.

Lucky Rabbit's Foot (good luck) There was a time when almost every young boy carried one of these. With animal rights you don't see many of these. But, they did come in an array of colors very popular marketing choice.

Don't Step On A Crack Break Your Mother's Back (self explanatory)

Throw Salt Over Your Left Shoulder (ward off bad luck) It was said that the salt went into the Devil's mouth.

Open Umbrella In The House or Dropping an Umbrella In The House (bad luck)

Opals: Only people who are born in October can wear opals or if you have an opal someone has to give it to you (bad luck).

If You Bite Your Tongue: You are telling a lie.

Hold Breath While Passing A Cemetery: (bad luck).

Leprecon: Good Luck.


Wives Tales

Place An Onion Under Your Bed: Draw out a fever.

Scissor Drop On The Floor: Bad luck.

Sparrows: Carry the soul of a dead loved one.

Put Salt at Your Doorstep: Ward of evil.

Three People In A Photo: Middle one will die first.

A Bird Flys In Your Window: Death.

Rainbow: Good luck.

If You Touch A Loved One After They Die: You will not dream of them.

Clock Chimes That Has Not Worked: Death

Left Eye Twitches: Death In Family.

White Moth In Your House: Death.

Pregnant Women Should Not Go To Funerals: Troubles with pregnancy.

Pregnant Women Should Not Go To Scary Movies: Baby will be malformed.

Sneezing: Must say God Bless because the soul escapes.

See a penny pick it up. All the day you'll have good luck.

Forever Superstitions And Wives Tales?

Our culture will forever remain superstitious. It takes a very long time to 'forget' something bad or the fear of it. Did you ever realized how bad memories linger and have more power than good ones. Sure the good ones are there but the scared ego comes and does not lets us forget the bad and scary.

Fear is one of the most powerful emotions that exists. Probably some wives tails and superstitions were started for a good reason (I do buy that). Negativity attracts negativity and it is possible that we as humans have created a mass power of 'negativity" to somethings and that The Law Of Attraction to kick in, hence the event happens.

Or how about this is all crock. Superstition is silly and Wives Tales are just that tales. They have no bearing on reality and are completely fool hardy. What do you think?



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    • Scarlett Black profile imageAUTHOR

      Scarlett Black 

      8 years ago from New York

      Fascinating Michael. I wonder?

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      8 years ago

      I want to know if superstition is building our culture

    • Scarlett Black profile imageAUTHOR

      Scarlett Black 

      8 years ago from New York

      I absolutely pick up pennies all the time. There is this theory that the more you pick up the more you get. Also, that they are little reminders from passed on loved ones. So I pick up all pennies. I may lunge two feet to get one, people have been known to laugh!

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I'm not a superstitious person, but I admit I sometimes do pick up pennies.... maybe I'm just cheap. LOL


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