I’m not superstitious

I was thinking about superstitions just the other day and how I’m not superstitious as I uncrossed a couple of knives on the draining board… This is what I wrote about good and/or bad luck a couple of years ago:

I am not superstitious at all, I don’t believe in ghosts or the supernatural, or fairies or bad or good luck… however… when I notice a pair of knives with crossed blades, I always uncross them, I’m always cheered by the sight of a black cat crossing my path, I always say ‘good morning/afternoon’ three times if I see a single magpie, and I’m always a little cautious of walking under ladders – sensible really because something might fall from above… See a pin and pick it up, and all that day you’ll have good luck – if I pick up a pin I’ll usually put it through my collar… if I’m wearing on of course!

Are people still superstitious? When I was young there were always comments about two teaspoons in a saucer (someone’s expecting twins) spilt salt (quick! throw some over you shoulder) knocking or touching wood for good luck, not opening an umbrella indoors, not putting new shoes on a table… And yet I’m sure my parents didn’t believe in these things, so how did we know them? I asked my daughter about young people and superstitions; one I had never heard of was not walking on three drains – drains in a pavement… I’ve heard of not walking on cracks in a pavement, but three drains?

Horseshoes, a sprig of mistletoe left over from Christmas, not giving or accepting scissors or knives as a gift without ‘paying back’ with a coin, even if it’s only a penny, whistling when you say the same thing as somebody else at exactly the same time, itchy palms, accidentally wearing clothes back to front or inside out (I’m forever doing that) dropping a knife on the floor and of course lucky or unlucky thirteen and broken mirrors!

Of course, I don’t believe in superstitions, although I’ll just touch wood to make sure all’s well after that statement!


  1. Klausbernd

    Dear Lois,
    interesting question of how do we know about these superstitions. Jung would have said they are in the subconscience of mankind like archetypes. But I feel that is not a satisfying answer.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Lois

      Dear Fabs, I feel the same. I wonder if animals such as monkeys have behaviours which could be described as traditions or superstitions? Interesting thought!
      Best wishes from the grey skies of the west!

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  2. Ian Kay

    I suppose if it’s all nonsense, going along with the rituals can’t do us any harm; but if it is true, then going along with it is the better thing to do.

    My late grandad was a wag. If he had an empty paper bag, he couldn’t resist inflating it to burst it violently with the other hand, making us all jump. It annoyed my late grandmother as she believed it would portend some misfortune to friends or family.

    With me, I feel it’s bad luck to leave the last biscuit in a packet. But maybe that’s nothing to do with superstition. 😁

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