15 January 2011

Friday The 13th, Black Cats ?????

Do you feel "jinxed" when you see certain things or do things to avoid something like walking under a ladder, have a black cat cross your path, carry a rabbit's foot or a 4 leaf clover???? Then you are not alone!!! There is no rational basis for this because superstitions are not based on fact although there are those who would disagree. Some superstitions originated as religious practices. Often the practices lost their original meaning as they were passed down from generation to generation.

We all know the common superstitions (salt over the shoulder, step on a crack, pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, itchy palm or ear, crossed fingers), but here are some not-so-common ones:

A swan's feather sewed into a husband's pillow will ensure fidelity

If you leave a rocking chair rocking when it's empty, it invites evil spirits into the house to sit in the chair

If 3 people are photographed together, the person in the middle will die first

If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used for studying for the test, it will remember the answers

Mandrake is a plant that has the power of preventing sterility in men & animals

If you catch a falling leaf on the 1st day of autumn, you'll not catch a cold all winter

It is bad luck to cut your fingernails on Friday or Sunday and the nail cuttings should be saved, burned or buried

A dream about angles forecasts success, happiness and friendship

A white moth in the house means death