I have a confession to make that although I may regard myself as a somewhat rational person, I have a few kinks.
Case in point, years ago I’d have to park my car near work, but some mornings it was a tedious act of circling around looking for someone to drive off and put me out of my misery.
There was, however, one sure way that a parking spot was right around the corner:
A black cat (but I wasn’t all too bothered with the exact colour) would cross the road right in front of me.
As far-fetched as it may sound, each time one would appear within my line of vision I was guaranteed to find a spot on the next round.
For the record I firmly do believe that there’s more than mere superstition at play here:
Fortune-telling traffic-regulating felines?
Cat’s getting ready to take over the world one parking spot at a time?
I’m either becoming a superstitious fool or slowly transforming into the village witch- just call me Baba Jaga 😉
I also grab a button when I see a chimney sweep, but seeing I don’t actually live next door to Mary Poppins, that’s perhaps a moot point.
Of course, there are people who are superstitious about a number of things.
My mum won’t change the sheets on a Friday nor will she willingly make an appointment to see a doctor (irony of ironies, her weekly chemo is schedule for that day…).
She will sit down, at least for a few seconds, when she’s had to come back home after forgetting something.
Some superstitions are just common sense:
Don’t walk under a ladder (or the bucket will drop on your head)
Don’t open an umbrella indoors (or you’ll take someone’s eye out)
Don’t crack a mirror or when applied, your eyeliner will end up all dodgy
The there are superstitions that differ in countries and regions:
In English they say that bad luck comes in threes, in Poland they are actually paired.
We knock on wood but in Poland it’s important that the wood is unpainted/bear.
In English you cross your fingers, in Poland we “hold our thumbs” for good luck.
As a child raised in 2 cultures I have actually perfected the art of simultaneous finger-crossing/thumb-holding to double my chances and I bet at least a few of you are trying it out this very moment 😉
Yup, Poland may be a bit of an odd country because we regard being pooped on by birds and stepping in dog crap as a sign of good luck and prosperity, so think of that the next time you’re washing sh*t off your new coat or shoes…
The reason that I bring all of this up is that today as me and my pups were driving home a black cat appeared.
Granted, it didn’t cross the road but rather ran alongside us for a few meters, but I’m taking that as a good omen.
Over to you:
What are the superstitions in your country, which ones bring you luck?