Okay, so it’s Friday the 13th. People fear traveling on this day. They expect bad things to happen. Are you afraid of this day? Here’s some fun facts on the superstition… as well as a few others for you to ponder:
- Friday the 13th: One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day. In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of divine organizational arrangement, e.g. the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock day, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve Apostles, twelve signs of the Zodiac etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness.
- Walking under open ladders: While common sense is one explanation for the origins of this false notion, the other is that the open ladder is the symbol of life in many mythologies. Therefore, transcending the symbol is viewed as tempting fate and even angering ghostly spirits.
- Breaking a mirror: The origins of the superstition can also be found in mythology, when the ancients used to consider the image in the mirror as a reflection of the soul. Since breaking it meant that you are virtually shattering the soul, they chose 7 years for the time it needs to recover.
- Opening an umbrella indoors: Supposedly, the umbrella myth comes from the early religions that worshiped the Sun god, when people believed that opening it indoors and away from direct sunlight is an offense to him.
- Knocking on wood: In the druidic culture, their idea of divinity involved nature and the trees were their gods, knocking on wood was considered a form of physical contact with them which brought along good fortune.
- Avoiding black cats: The poor cats get blamed for people’s misfortune on a daily basis because during the Dark Ages, these animals were presumably the companions of magic wielders, like warlocks and witches. Another theory suggests that the black cats themselves became witches and devils after seven years.
- Salt over the shoulder: The condiment that makes our food taste better is also a valued weapon in the battle against evil spirits thanks to its purification and warding capabilities. Therefore, tossing it over the shoulder is supposed to create a magical barrier that will keep your safe from harm. Even after walking under the ladder!
I’m always knocking on wood… don’t want to “jinx” anything!
What are your superstitions?