Spooky Superstitions

I’m probably one of the least superstitious people ever – however, I do find it pretty interesting to read about what other people believe in and how they shape their lives around superstitions and “old wives tales.” I thought this would tie in nicely as Halloween is on its way and some of these superstitions can really be quite daunting and creepy.

Superstitions can really play with peoples’ brains; I remember when I was little and I broke a mirror, I was really upset and worried because I’d been taught to believe you’d get seven years bad luck for doing so. We tend to inherit these beliefs from our family and friends, some of them being passed down through various generations. Until a few years ago I’d still pick a penny up off the floor to pass on to someone because I thought that it meant good luck. As I’ve grown a little older, I don’t really follow them anymore but I asked around the blogging community to see if anyone had any of their own to share. Here’s a few that were sent to me:

“No new shoes allowed on the table and no crossing past someone on the stairs.”Veronica

“I don’t walk on three drains in a row because I stood on a drain one time and I fell in. So now I try not to stand on any, but three drains in particular. Also, when I was little I used to pick my scabs and my mum would tell me that it’s bad luck to pick them and they bleed. I thought if I did it and no one saw it would keep growing until it covered my whole body.”Jade

“I don’t necessarily believe in it but I always salute magpies just in case.”Megan

I had heard of both of Ronnie’s superstitions before, a lot of people at the office I work in won’t cross past me on the stairs. It’s really strange to me because I don’t have that belief but other people strictly follow it. It’s the same with new shoes being on the table, I remember a family member going mad once because I’d plonked a box with new shoes in on the table as I’d walked into the house. I thought they were messing with me at first but it turns out a lot of people actually follow this.

I found Jade’s three drains one interesting because I had heard of this before and it led me to notice that a lot of things tend to be in threes. For example, there’s the belief that bad luck comes in threes. This is one of the only superstitions I loosely believe but there’s an explanation behind it. If something bad has happened, say you’ve lost something special to you and you believe that three bad things in a row happen then you’re going to look out for the two other things no matter how small they are. You’re focused on the belief that three bad things are going to happen so you’re going to count any minor thing as another ‘bad happening.’

I’d never actually heard of Megan’s magpie superstition before but there are a lot surrounding birds and other animals. There’s the well-known rhyme, “one for sorrow, two for joy…” that I’ve heard many times which basically gives you predictions for the future based on how many magpies you see at one occasion. Magpies are compared to witches within superstition as it is thought that they are reincarnations of them so this is where the majority of tales surrounding them stem from. Another animal-related one is that it’s bad luck if a black cat crosses your path as these are also thought to be bad witches. Admittedly, this happened to me not long ago and I freaked out but I think it was more that the cat looked ready to fight rather than being worried about a witches curse.

Another one I do believe to an extent is the concept of beginner’s luck because I felt like I had experienced this once. If you haven’t heard of this before, it’s basically the idea that if it’s your first time doing something such as learning to play chess then you’re destined to win due to luck. The way I remember one of my experiences is that we were playing card games in sixth form and I’d never played any of these games before but I remember winning a round of every game we played. Although I’d like to think that I’m really skilled, there’s also an explanation for this based on remembering the positives and cancelling out anything else. You remember winning so many times as a positive memory in your life but you may push out of your mind the fact that you also lost various other times. So yes, to an extent I do think beginner’s luck can be a thing but it’s thought to be largely down to the way our brain remembers certain events.

It’s been so interesting to read up on peoples’ beliefs and there’s so many great stories to back up why people think they’re genuine. It’s also been pretty eye-opening to read some of the logical explanations behind these superstitions that look into how our brains function with these kind of things. I would say that they’re mostly fairly harmless but I wouldn’t go making yourself constantly terrified that you’re damned to seven years of bad luck just because you broke a mirror – I’m really clumsy though so I have to tell myself this. What are your opinions on superstitions, are there any that you believe in and follow? I’d love to hear them so please pop them in the comments below!

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22 Comments

  1. October 22, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    I’m like you, I don’t think there’s many that I actually believe! For me, I don’t believe in bad luck with putting shoes on the table, my mum has always screamed at me whenever I put new shoes on the table! I’m not sure which ones I believe though. I’m not a very superstitious person if I’m honest.

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

    • October 23, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      Me neither, I struggled to think of anything I actually live by haha x

  2. October 22, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    I won’t step on three drains either and I’ve fully passed it onto my boyfriend, we look like a bunch of weirdos when holding hands walking either side of drains now haha! My nan was always superstitious about the lone magpie thing too but I don’t do that so much anymore although I always think about it when I see one. I do think superstitions are just odd wives tales though!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

  3. October 22, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    I have never put those two beliefs together! That has really opened my eyes, I forgot about the three bad things happening! How weird is that though? Things like this really freak me out!xo

    • October 23, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      They are a little weird how some of them play out to be true! x

  4. October 23, 2017 / 9:36 am

    My mother has got me into the habit of always saluting magpies, especially if there’s only the one alone, alongside the words ‘Good morning Mr Magpie, and how’s your wife?’ It seems crazy saying the whole thing out loud, but I just can’t not do it.. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  5. theglassofclass
    October 24, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    There are so many superstitions out there! I remember people telling me it was bad luck to go back to your house if you forgot something and you should sit on a chair inside when it happens. I don’t remember why exactly anymore though. I just find them funny, really. If people want to believe in them, they are bound to notice anything that’s related to them just to prove they were right. If it makes sense.

    Julia xx
    theglassofclass.com

    • October 25, 2017 / 9:41 am

      It would be better if you had to go back to bed and skip work 😉 Yeah that makes a lot of sense! xx

  6. October 24, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Ohh what a great idea for a Blogtober post! I’m definitely superstitious about the drain thing, apparently if you walk over three drains and say toast you don’t get bad luck haha, what a weird world we live in!x

    Chessie | everythingchessie.co.uk 🌿

  7. October 24, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Love this! When I was younger I was superstitious but now I kinda have grown out of it. I’ll walk on 3 drains, under ladders, open umbrellas inside, put my shoes on side tables. Maybe I should care some more but honestly just living my life to it’s fullest over here 😉 x

    • October 25, 2017 / 9:39 am

      Yeah I think I believed in some when I was younger too but not really now haha. I always get told off for opening umbrellas inside, oops. Haha, for real! xx

  8. October 25, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Such an interesting read. I don’t believe in superstitions but I like to learn about the explanations behind the superstitions. 🙂

    • October 25, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Yeah I always find other peoples’ beliefs super interesting! x

  9. Emily Isobelle Jane
    October 26, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    I still dont walk on drains and i dont like crossing on stairs, its so silly! I love this post such an interesting idea and read!

    Emily

    http://www.isobellejane.com

  10. October 28, 2017 / 2:15 am

    I’ve never been a superstitious type person, surprisingly. I just never really believed in any of them for some reason

  11. Anu
    October 29, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Ooh this was such an interesting post to read! I’m not sure if I really believe in it but I do still make a wish at 11:11 :)x

    Anu | Based On blog | Bloglovin

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