superstitionAt some point during my childhood, I developed a few strange superstitions. As an adult, I often think back on the superstitions I believed in as a child and laugh. Some of which I still believe to this day. I have learned that superstitions can be both cultural and/or religious and develop from a belief system. They can even be subconscious, and in my case, that’s what they’ve always been.

As a child, I had the somewhat common and typical superstition to not ever sleep with my legs or arms hanging off the bed. Perhaps my strangest superstition was that I believed that if I were in trouble, I could walk outside of my house, do a 180 spin, and walk back into my house. Suddenly, I’d be free of my punishment. The one superstition I still follow to this day is always lifting my legs when I am crossing over railroad tracks. 

I have compiled a list of both common and uncommon superstitions believed around the world. 

  1. Finding a horseshoe brings good luck.
  2. Never open an umbrella inside the house. 
  3. Never walk underneath a ladder. 
  4. Don’t cheers with water.
  5. Keep shoes off the table. 
  6. Bird poop brings good luck. 
  7. Black cats and owls are bad omens. 
  8. Beginner’s luck.
  9. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue on your wedding day. 
  10. Catch the bouquet, and you’re next to wed. 
  11. Find a penny, pick it up, all day long, you’ll have good luck. 
  12. If you spill salt, throw some over your left shoulder. 
  13. Picking daisy petals, “He loves me, he loves me not…”
  14. Don’t see your bride/groom the night before your wedding.
  15. Saying, “God Bless You” after a sneeze.
  16. Friday the 13th brings bad luck. 
  17. If you have an itchy palm, it means good fortune is coming your way.
  18. Knocking on wood reverses bad luck. 
  19. A broken mirror means seven years of bad luck.
  20. There should be no 13th floor in a hotel. 

Some people believe a superstition is a belief in magic, a misunderstanding of science, developed from fear, or a perceived supernatural influence. If taken too seriously, they can cause anxiety or obsessive-compulsive tendencies. For me, they’ve always just been for fun. 

Do you have any superstitions?


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