Today being Friday 13th will mean that the superstitious among us will feel a little uneasy as it is supposed to be very unlucky, particularly in western culture. It is taken so seriously that some people will refuse to get married, travel (particularly by air) or even go to work. Although it has not been proven that Friday 13th is worse than any other day, the fact that it is a ‘double-whammy’ due to both Friday and the number 13 being seen as unlucky some people just want to hide themselves away and not take any chances.
Perhaps they might feel better if a bird pooped on them or their car! After all, this is supposed to bring good luck. It’s even better if you could get a flock of birds to poop on you all at once. Apparently the more poo, the more riches you will receive. Mind you, it takes forever to get off the car and is dreadful on the paint work. Getting poo on your person is not very pleasant either, especially if it lands on your head and drips down your face!
Now if you had an umbrella, you might have been spared the poo in the hair thing, but under no circumstances should you open it indoors. If you do that, then you are asking for bad luck, or storms to ‘rain’ down on you. Nobody wants that. Personally, I would be more concerned with having someone’s eye out if I opened my brolly indoors, knowing how clumsy I am.
Speaking of which, what about seven years bad luck for breaking a mirror, That’s a bit harsh isn’t it?! It’s those Romans who are to blame for scaremongering on this one. Apparently, it has something to do with a mirror reflecting your soul so if you break it your soul will be damaged hence the bad luck. It was also believed that the soul only renewed itself every seven years. Practically speaking maybe you should be more worried about all that sharp glass scattered about that could give you a nasty cut!
Similarly, walking under a ladder might get you brained with a pot of paint, or a bucket! However, that is not the original reason the superstition arose. Oh no, it was because the ladder points (on a double ladder) forms a trinity, as does a single ladder leaned up against a wall. Christians believed that if you walked through this trinity then you were in cahoots with the Devil, and might even be a witch!
Talking of the devil, what do you do when you knock over the salt? I pick some of it up and chuck it over my left shoulder, supposedly in order to throw it in the eye of the devil who may be lurking there and therefore ward off his malevolent intentions. There are several explanations as to how this originated, but the most common belief is that Judas Iscariot knocked over the salt at the last supper, which was depicted in Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting.
Having a black cat, normally a witch’s favoured pet, walk past. Here in Britain, and in Japan, it is considered good luck to have a black cat cross your path whereas in other countries is it considered bad luck, take your pick!
Are you superstitious or sceptical?
Happy Friday 13th everyone!
Whatever happens to you is deemed positive or negative depending on where you are!
Today being Friday the 13th means nothing but joy for us Sikhs as it is also Vaisakhi!!!!
Big celebrations around here!
Yes, some people deem it to be lucky, but I find superstitions interesting and find myself doing some of the things like,touching wood or throwing salt, almost without thinking as I was brought up with those around me doing it!
Have a fantastic day today Sis.
Happy Vaisakhi! 🙂
Happy Friday the 13th Judy! I’ve never had a bad day on a Friday 13th so I’m not superstitious about it. In fact my yougest daugher was born on Fri 13th and that was a truly amazing day.
This is interesting Judy because I didnt know where these superstitions originated from.
I am a little bit superstitious. I love when a black cat crosses my path. I don’t like spilling salt – I will throw a little over my shoulder. I salute a magpie if he’s alone. But I think it has become a habit…..I don’t really believe anything bad will happen if I don’t follow the rules!
Here’s to a good day Judy! 😀
I say I am not superstitious but I also throw salt over my shoulder and salute magpies (I forgot about that one) as well as other stuff as I don’t want to ‘tempt fate!’ I am sure it was an amazing day when your daughter was born on a Friday 13th, there can be nothing better than welcoming a child into the world.
Have a lovely day Gloria! 🙂
A sceptic. I’ve always felt rather sorry for number 13. That said… I never put a hat on a bed or new shoes on a table.
Ha! Me neither…just in case! 🙂
Oh yes….I forgot that I never put new shoes on the table. (just in case)
I am a little scared of that one too, you never know! 🙂
Bird discharge? How is that fecking lucky? Gross!
I’m not superstitious, but… I did start the day out with a “discussion” with my better half. Hmmm, maybe there is something to this Friday, the 13th thing.
Thanks for the laugh 🙂
I know, it is disgusting! I don’t think it is very lucky when I have hung my freshly washed clothes out to dry and a bird has pooped all over them on the washing line!!!
I am glad you enjoyed the laugh though. 🙂
I’ve never experienced any of the superstition rubbish except when I’ve slept in, then the day that followed proceeded from bad to worse. Could be on a Friday 13th or not. 😀 😀 😀
Oh yes, if I sleep in then it mucks up the whole day! 🙂
Not at all, sis! It is a day like any other day too. Actually it is a great day for me. Today I got the keys to my new apartment and I had a wonderful afternoon with my son. A lucky day for me!
Oooh, that is very exciting for you Sis. congratulations on your new apartment. Lovely for you to spend some tie with your son too 🙂
Thank you, sis! A lot of work now (and already behind) but it is worth it. I enjoyed it so much and he has been also a great help😊
That is wonderful, Sis 🙂
I am not superstitious, especially if it involves courting bird poop.
HAHA! I know, how unpleasant! 🙂
I am surprised I have grown up at our mum was so superstitious. Practically mum had a reason saying or worry for everything. Goodness knows what she would of made of one of her grandchildren getting Married on Friday 13th. 💜💜💜
My Nan was a bit like that, It is enough to put the fear of God into you and not do anything. She covered mirrors during thunderstorms and had some pretty scary saying as well.
I am glad that we are not ruled by them as they were! 🙂
Yes my poor mum was just the same 💜💜🌹
I was born on a Friday, but not on the 13th, but both my mum and dad were. I’m not superstitious, other than always ensuring the Christmas decorations are down by or on the 6th January. For some reason, that one really does scare me, Judy. Thanks for giving me the chance to talk about Christmas in April. 🎅
HA! Trust you to get Christmas in there, Hugh! Friday 13th seems to be a good day for you seeing as both your parents were born on a Friday 13th. 🙂
I didn’t have a bad Friday 13th at all. I do have some superstitions though!
It seems that many of us have at least one, Rachael. 🙂
I don’t consider myself supersticious but wouldn’t walk under a ladder! Interesting read, thanx
HA! I think we all have something that we don’t want to chance! 🙂
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