In this modern age it’s almost difficult to believe we still need to be so superstitious. Most of us probably don’t even know why we feel so unnerved at the thought of Friday the 13th or why we say ‘bless you’ when somebody sneezes. Many superstitions have a colorful and tantalizing history though.
Take Friday the 13th for instance. Even I have been fazed by that date at certain points in my life, quite silly really. It’s probably the most common superstition of all.
Did you know the fear of Friday the 13th is called ‘paraskavedekatriaphobia’, while the fear of the number 13 is called ‘Triskaidekaphobia’?
It is said that Judas was the 13th guest at the Last Supper and that Christ was crucified on a Friday. It makes sense then to feel uneasy on such a date. On the other hand, are we not the true rulers of our own destinies and is it not possible that we, through our negative expectations, might just be setting ourselves up to fail on that day?
Instead of walking under, I usually walk around a ladder. It makes common sense to me that if there is a ladder perched against a building, it is there for good reason. It is quite possible there is a man somewhere above me, a painter perhaps, or a builder. Getting a few drops of paint on my clothes wouldn’t really hurt me. A hammer or loose brick on the other hand, might actually knock some sense into me…or not. Apparently there is more to this superstition than that though. few drops of paint on my clothes wouldn’t really hurt me. A hammer or loose brick on the other hand, might actually knock some sense into me…or not. Apparently there is more to this superstition than that though.
In medieval times, a leaning ladder was thought to resemble a gallows. If you were then to walk under it you were pretty much guaranteeing your death by hanging. The triangle it forms is the symbol of the Holy Trinity. Then, by walking through the triangle you are violating and insulting God
Although trust me, all is not lost. We certainly are a cleaver bunch and there is always a way out of a bind. Of course, if we can create a superstition, we must be able to remedy the bad luck consequence of that superstition. You could always spit through the its rungs or cross your fingers until you see a dog. Maybe even spit on your shoe and continue walking without looking down until the spit has dried. Or why not try backing up out of the ladder and making a wish as you do so? Amazing! You could even cross the fingers on both hands to call upon the sign of the cross to protect you. Seriously, enough already!
That’s enough for today
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