Superstitions are beliefs not based on knowledge or reason. Here are some common superstitions and the origins:
1 Walking under a ladder – When leaning against a wall it forms a triangle like a pyramid. Triangles were sacred so walking through one was a no no.
2 Breaking a mirror is 7 years bad luck – Looking at a reflection in a mirror was a way to predict the future in ancient Greek times. Looking at a distorted reflection was bad.
3 A black cat crossing your path – King Charles the first felt that his luck was gone after he lost his beloved black cat. He was charged the next day with treason. In the middle ages, cats were seen as demons.
4 The number 13- Judas sat at the 13th spot at the Last Supper. He later betrayed Jesus.
5 Carrying the bride over the threshold- Brides were carried in Western Europe because it was bad luck if she starts off her marriage by tripping over the threshold of her new home.
6 Opening an umbrella inside – originated in Britain because the metal spokes and large circumference could cause injury indoors.
7 Lady bugs are good luck – There was an insect problem in Europe, and they were eating the crops. Farmers prayed and the Virgin Mary sent lady bugs that ate the insects.
8 Knocking on wood – Making a hopeful statement tested fate. Trees were believed to house good spirits, so you knocked on wood for protection.
9 Ides of March (March 15) – The day debts were settled in Rome, and the day Julius Caesar was assassinated.
10 Bad luck comes in threes – It is unknown as to the origin, but psychologists believe that people like to know their bad luck will come to an end and three is a number that usually equates to balance (the holy trinity, a triangle, and a common pattern in our lives).
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