Superstitious beliefs - what superstitions do you believe?
Superstitious beliefs have become part of our folklore, every country has their own version of these beliefs, although perhaps a little different.
When we lived in the UK we had a black cat called Sam. Black cats are considered to be good luck in the UK, but when we moved to Spain with Sam, one of our Spanish neighbours saw him and told us black cats in Spain are a sign of bad luck.
It always amazes me how normally sane, intelligent people, succumb to these beliefs and resort to becoming part of a mindless rabble.
Take the number thirteen for instance. Why is it that no one wants to live in a house numbered thirteen?
In fact many large hotels and apartment blocks will not have a thirteenth floor.
In reality they do of course have a floor that is numbered thirteen but it will become number fourteen where the room numbering is concerned.
Simply because no one wants to stay in a room thats number starts with a thirteen!
Then on Friday 13th things become even stranger. People will book the day off work so they can stay at home and try and avoid an accident. Even stranger when you consider that most accidents happen in the home.
Ring up an airline to book a flight on Friday 13th and you could probably choose whatever seat you want, as the plane will be virtually empty. Because no one wants to fly on Friday 13th, it's too risky.
As a matter of interest, here in Spain they have a similar reaction to Tuesday 13th!
Some superstitious beliefs though, are in fact just plain common sense. Don't walk under a ladder, it's bad luck! Well it certainly would be if someone was working up there and dropped something onto your head. More than bad luck it's down right dangerous.
But why do people in these modern times still allow such superstitious beliefs to affect their lives.
Superstitious beliefs, like rumours, grow with the passage of time. The majority of superstitious beliefs date back hundreds of years to a time when people lived a much simpler life. They did not have the advantage of books and knowledge at their fingertips as we do today.
So when one day they look up at the sky and see the moon eclipse the sun, and the day plunged into darkness, it was reasonable for them to assume that their crops would fail and that a year of bad luck would descend upon them.
But superstitious beliefs, or just plain beliefs, don't have to contain any truth to them. They are simply thoughts that we constantly think that go onto form a belief.
Let's look at Friday 13th again! Why is that date surrounded by such superstitious beliefs?
The fact is, there are many reasons why such superstitious beliefs are associated with this date. Reasons like; King Philip of France arresting and torturing the Knights Templar on Friday 13th, in 1306, marking the occasion as a day of evil.
In Britain, Friday was the traditional day for public hangings. There where supposedly thirteen steps leading up to the noose.
The Bible refers to the unlucky thirteen. It was the thirteenth guest to the Last Supper, Judas the apostle, who betrayed Jesus.
Add these facts together, plus a couple of hundred years, and over time the facts begin to morph into the superstition. Beware Friday 13th!
We live in much more intelligent times now, but still people let their superstitious beliefs get the better of them. But the point is, if you believe something bad is going to happen to you on Friday 13th, and you belief it strongly enough, by the Law of Attraction it will.
Keep a look out for the beliefs you hold, they could be doing you more harm than you realise.Superstitious Beliefs
Take a look at the superstitious beliefs below and see if you identify with any of them, then ask yourself is this really a belief I should hold in these modern times.
- The sound of bells drives away demons because they're afraid of the loud noise
- When a bell rings, a new angel has received his wings
- If a candle lighted as part of a ceremony blows out, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby
- If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it walks away, it takes the good luck with it
- It is bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same match
- It's good luck to find a four-leaf clover
- It's bad luck to leave a house through a different door than the one used to come into it
- Ivy growing on a house protects the inhabitants from witchcraft and evil
- It is bad luck to walk under a ladder
- It's bad luck to let milk boil over
- To break a mirror means 7 years bad luck
- If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first
- Bad luck will follow the spilling of salt unless a pinch is thrown over the left shoulder into the face of the devil waiting there
- Do not place shoes upon a table, for this will bring bad luck for the day, cause trouble with your mate and you might even lose your job as a result
- You sleep best with your head to the north and your feet to the south
- Place a hand in front of your mouth when sneezing. Your soul may escape otherwise
- If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over
- It's bad luck to open an umbrella inside the house, especially if you put it over your head
- If you make a wish while throwing a coin into a well or fountain, the wish will come true
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