This week PC Guy wants our opinions on superstitions. Do we observe them, do we even believe in them? I once wrote a whole post about unlucky plants so how could I resist joining in.
Whether tossing a pinch of salt over your shoulder or not walking under ladders, and whether you believe in the superstition or not, what superstition, if any, do you still observe?
When I was growing up Mum was full of advice about what caused bad luck, breaking a mirror, spilling salt, walking under a ladder, bringing blossoms into the house, peacock feathers, putting your umbrella up indoors.
Although I don’t really believe that some of these will cause me terminal bad luck I do try not to do them anyway.
Actually, walking under a ladder is not a great idea anyway, the person on it might drop something on you or you might knock it over which would be bad luck for them. Same with umbrellas, opening one in a confined space could poke someone’s eye out. Of course accidents happen but I haven’t broken a mirror in a very long time and I hope I won’t in the future (touch wood). I don’t need seven years bad luck.
The one about bringing blossoms into the house is interesting. Mum always said it was bad luck but I never found out why. A few years ago I came across a British website where they were collecting some of these superstitions about flowers and plants and the comments section was full of people who said their mother/aunt/grandma had told them these superstitions but never explained the background. I still don’t bring blossoms into my house.
Peacock feathers, I remember my grandmother having some in her house that the family had picked up on their travels. I don’t know the reason they are considered unlucky either but wondered if it was something to do with the pattern on the tail feathers looking like an eye.
If you spill salt you are supposed to throw some over your shoulder but I can never remember if it’s left or right. I usually do both to be safe.
So I guess I am still a slave to superstition even if I don’t take them all that seriously.