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Since its Halloween and I actually finnished cleaning out my closet (Horah), I remembered that my mother told me not to put my shoes above my head, as its bad luck.  So I started to wonder, why someone would start such a superstition as that.  I first thought, well, perhaps a giant boot may have fallen off a high shelve and killed someone then I thought that it could be impossible death by falling boot, but that would be very bad luck, to be killed by our own falling boot.  Then I started thinking of all the superstitions, like not walking under a ladder, or turning around if a black cat crossed your path, and how Ive always just automatically done this as mother would have a fit if I didnt.  

My sisters husband always laughed at the black cat superstition until last year he was comming home from work late he was tired and a black cat crossed his path and he kept going then hit a cow crossing the road in the dark.  It totaled his truck and he was injured but survived and I went to the hospital and he lay there moaning, it was a black cat.  I said, to my sister he is delireous he hit a cow not a cat... she said, no you dont understand, when Im in the car with him and a black cat crossed our path I always make him stop and go another route or go back several miles then go down the road again, later.  And he always gets so mad at me, and this time I wasent with him and he told me he was laughing out loud about how he didnt care about a black cat.. then kaboom.. he hit a cow.

There are other superstitions like not walking under a ladder, stepping on a crack, saying Bless you after a sneeze to keep from getting sick, lucky horse shoes, etc.

My mother will never exit a different door that she enters from, the exit has the be from the same way or its bad luck, she said its an Irish thing. We went shopping and she told me not to step on a crack.. I ignore all of this and enter where I may and deliberately step on cracks in front of her to show her, Im not superstitous.

On the Cherokee side, my grandmother watched the birds and nature.  If a hoot owl was outside your window it was bad luck or a warning.  If a bird flew in your house it was a bad omen, if a red bird flew in front of you or you see one to make a wish or say a prayer, if a broom fell it meant company was comming, if you planted a sweet potatoe it was bad luck.

My grandfather was a good man and christian but he would bet on horses sometimes and always had great luck.  My grandmother the Cherokee believed all gambling was anti christian so she would plant sweet pototoes and hide them under her bed to give him bad luck.  I remember him comming home from work after loosing a bet and saying I lost a bet today and I know my mother in law has planted her sweet taters.. then he would search and find them and get rid of them.

For me, my right hand itches when I get money and my left itches when I pay money.  My right foot itches before I travel and my left foot itches when I travel and will walk on foreign soil.  My grandmother told me they were all Cherokee traits.  Like never getting lost.  I never get lost no matter where I go.. Im like a walking compass.

Different cultures have different superstitions, and I think it would be fun for Halloween to share our superstitions, and why.

P.S.  Im a christian and Im in no way condoning superstitions.

What are your superstitions and where did they come from and why ?



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 26, 2008
    • Okay...I have a very good friend who is very superstitious as well.  

      Have you ever heard of the purple plant called “wandering jew” or “moses in the boat“...it’s a deep purple.

      Well...she says that if you have that growing in your yard or in a pot..you will have bad luck.  The only way to get rid of it is to burn it and throw it in your neighbors yard,,gee..that’s nice.  Anyway....I have it growing in my backyard...guess that is the reason of all the bad luck I had iin 2007.  

      And she said once...a bird flew in her aunt’s house through the chimney.  Her aunt had a fit and so a cousin of hers try to get the bird out through the front door.  The aunt yelled “no..you can’t do that...it has to go out the same way it came in“.  He tried to make the bird fly back up the chimney..and I don’t know if they got it out or not.  I can’t remember.  

      One more....I always use to tell my kids at school when I taught...that on the first day of every month...when  you wake up in the morning...you have to say “rabbits” before your feet touch the ground.  A school teacher taught me that when I was little.  Crazy I know...

      I love to hear about superstitions...



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 26, 2008
    • Mary I never heard about the Rabbits, and Im glad you reminded me about the Wandering Jew.  I love that plant and always plant it in my garden or a pot.  I have Jewish Blood so it makes me feel at peace.  I too have heard its bad luck but only if its brought inside your house, as the Wandering Jew must be free to roam.  Nice Picture.

      Vintagediva, your right Friday the 13th is supposed to be bad luck, it was the day that the Knights of the Templar was killed by the King in a massive slaughter.  So, since then the day was considered bad luck.



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 26, 2008
    • I told my friend with all of the superstitions...that I wasn’t getting rid of my Wandering Jew.  I think it’s a pretty plant...very easy to grow....and it goes great with my yellow lantana.



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 26, 2008
    • Good for you, I love that plant and Purple and Yeally are great together.



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      Kristinw wrote Oct 26, 2008
    • I have a wierd superstition about hanging things on the wall. The only thing I usually hang is a calendar.
      At least twice I’ve hung pictures on the wall and within 2 months I’ve moved. I know it is a strange thing, but I have no pictures hung in my apartment right now. I need to get over this one.



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 26, 2008
    • Kristinw wow, I would just die if I couldnt decorate my walls, it just makes the place homey.  Remember home is where you lay your hat and where you rest your head and where your heart is.  Hang those pictures and take them with you if you move and keep hanging them.. It will make you feel at home.



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 27, 2008
    • My mom also plants a statue in her yard when its time to sell her house, they actually sell the kit at the religious stores.  Its a statue of a saint and you say a prayer at midnight, plant him in the yard and dig him up when the house sells for good luck.  

      She made me do it when my house sold but I forgot where I planted mine and would go out at night poking in my yard trying to figure out where and mom had a fit that I couldnt find him...ooops.  I had to tell the new owners if they found him in the yard it was just a religous statue not to worry.. he will probably be escavated in a million years and people will be curious as to what kind of cave mentality would bury a statue in the yard.. Ha



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 28, 2008
    • Teeky..you do the exact opposite of what I use to tell my kindergarten children when it was a full moon.  Of course they act so crazy when it’s a full moon...and if you don’t believe that...I’ll call you a liar...because they do.  But I use to tell them TO NOT GO OUTSIDE and let those MOON RAYS hit them...that it might do something to them.  

      Of course I don’t think they listened to me.......lol

      By the way....do you act crazy after getting re-energized by the full moon?  LOL (You know I’m must pickin)



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 28, 2008
    • LOL....well....I’m already a member....



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 29, 2008
    • annie123, I never heard of the red ribbon.  And Teeky and mary, I never heard of the crystal.  Jesus girl, I agree there is no such thing as superstions, but its just a question to explore in fun, all the different superstitions we have seen, heard or done.  Like saying bless you after a sneeze, that was a Christian superstition that if you didnt say it youd get sick.  Just an interesting subject Jesus Girl.. No offense, please.



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