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Superstitions-Where did they come from?

While driving home the other day, I drove under a ladder. As strange as that sounds, a utility truck had a ladder swung over the road, and I couldn’t change lanes. Once I drove under the thing, I immediately thought-bad luck. It got me thinking, where did this belief come from? And would bad luck befall me for driving rather than walking under a ladder?

Then I wondered about the many other superstitions that are really knee-jerk beliefs we have. Even though we may not really think bad luck will happen, we sometimes do the very thing to ward off the negative result of our action.

In honor of Halloween, I’ve researched 3 such beliefs. Why 3? Well, it is the magic number after all.

The number 13

Triskaidekaphobia- Fear of the number 13.

Across the world people believe the number 13 is bad luck, so much so that hotels, offices, and other buildings do not have a 13th floor.

One theory of where this belief came from is that Judas was the 13th person to sit at The Last Supper and he betrayed Jesus, thus 13 is bad luck.

 

 

In Norse mythology, 12 gods sat down to a banquet, and Loki, the 13th uninvited god, came and slay the others resulting in Ragnarök (The death of many gods, natural disasters, and annihilation of all on earth save two humans).

 

There used to be 13 steps leading up to the gallows. The Knights Templar were arrested and executed on Friday, October 13, 1307.

 

How do you counteract the bad luck of 13?

I have no idea, but suggest buying a baker’s dozen and pondering the thought.

 

 

Black Cat crossing your path

During the middle ages black cats were seen as evil demons and companions to witches. Since black cats were demons, one crossing your path broke your connection to God and thus your ability to enter Heaven.

On the bright side, a black cat walking toward you brings good luck, while one walking away takes your luck with it. So, if a black cat is walking away, just to be safe, you may want to call, “Kitty, kitty, kitty,” in hopes of bringing the cat back toward you and ensuring your good fortune.

Walking under a ladder

The origins of this superstition date back to medieval times when a ladder signified the gallows. It was believed if someone walked under a ladder they would surely meet their death by hanging. People were hung on the top rungs of ladders, and it was believed their spirits resided in the triangle formed by the leaning ladder.

Egyptians believed pyramids were sacred. To walk under a ladder, which formed a triangle, they believed the power of the sacred triangle was broken.

To undo this terrible fate of bad luck, walk back under the ladder and get a second chance of better luck. If that fails, cross your fingers until you see a dog.


Back to my drive under the ladder, I can now rest assured that I won’t have disastrous effects due to driving under it as it was not attached to a wall, pole or anything else that formed a triangle…whew!  As they didn’t have cars back in medieval times, I don’t think it matters how you traverse under the ladder, just if the triangle is formed.

 I’m giving away a $5.00 Amazon gift card to a LUCKY winner. Leave a comment below with a superstition you either believe in, or have an automatic thought about when it happens.

I’ll put all the names in a pumpkin and draw the winner on November 1st. Be sure to either leave me your email in the comment, or check back to see if you’ve won so I can get your prize to you.


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