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13 Superstitions And How They Started

Happy Friday the 13th! Here are the most common superstitions and how they came about!

13 SuperstitionsAnd How TheyStarted

  1. Beginner’s Luck- This is normally muttered by a expert  after the novice starts to win. Beginners might come out ahead in some cases because they are less stressed out about winning.
  2. Walking Under Ladders- There is a Christian belief that a ladder leaning against a wall forms a triangle (holy trinity) and breaking that triangle is blasphemous. 
  3. Black Cats- It is believed that black cats are actually morphed witches. 
  4. Breaking A Mirror- There are beliefs that mirrors hold parts of your soul if a mirror breaks part of your soul will be trapped. 
  5. 666-In the Book of Revelation 666 is given as the number of the “beast” and is a sign of the end of times. 
  6.  Knocking On Wood- It is thought that by knocking on wood is used after a positive statement and that you’re tempting fate by acknowledging your good fortune.
  7. When You Wish Upon A Star- The Greeks believed that the stars were falling human souls, and it was lucky to make a wish on them.
  8. Umbrellas Inside-  A theory states that an umbrella protects you against the storms of life. Opening one inside your house insults the guardian spirits of your home (whom also protects you from the storms of life), causing them to leave you unprotected.
  9.  Four Leaf Clovers- Four leaf clovers for centuries have meant good luck and fortune. It can also be luck for finding your soul mate. It is also believed that if you find one and are single you should eat it. Once you eat it the luck powers will activate and the first single person you come in contact with will be your future mate. 
  10.  Making A Wish On A Wishbone- It is thought that the  first-century Romans used to fight over dried wishbones. They believed were good luck and would accidentally break them with the idea that whoever has the largest bit of bone gets their wish. 
  11.  Crossing Your Fingers- The story goes that two people used to cross index fingers when making a wish. This was used as a symbol of support from a friend to the person making the wish. Anything associated with the shape of the Christian cross was thought to  be good luck.
  12.  Horseshoe- A horseshoe has seven holes, which is considered to be a lucky number, and is made of iron, so it can supposedly ward off evil spirits that may haunt you in your dreams.
  13. Friday The 13th- If you’re not scared of Friday the 13th, you should be scared of the word used to describe those who are: friggatriskaidekaphobics. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in North Carolina, about 17 million people fear Friday the 13th.