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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What's Your Superstition?

Niki - An Eskimo charm for good fortune
Are you superstitious? I can be sometimes. I blame my parents for some of it.
  • Dad told us never to put hats or shoes on a table - not sure if that was etiquette, hygiene or superstition, but he was adamant about that one. To this day, I will not put a hat on a table and absolutely would not dream of perching a pair of shoes there, new or otherwise.
  • Mom used to tell us to hold off on mentioning the possibility of something good happening until it actually happened, for fear of jinxing ourselves.
I have my own little superstitions/quirks:
My Guardian Angel
  1. I don't like people speaking in jest about dying, for fear that Death might see it as a challenge.
  2. I have a pendant called a Niki, which is an Eskimo charm for good fortune. My parents gave it to me when I was a girl, and I wear it all the time.
  3. I have a little plastic angel about the size of my thumb that sits on my computer desk. I like to think she's watching out for me, because, you know, computer work can be so hazardous.
  4. When I was a girl and I wanted to avoid bad dreams, I would always sleep facing the nearest wall. Now, when MasterFive is afraid of bad dreams, I encourage him to do this also. I reckon there will always be a wall to face, unless we go camping (and that's not likely) and it gives him something within his control to combat bad dreams. Aside: I told him this morning that I wanted him to make sure he always wears his helmet when he does stunts with his skateboard, because I had a bad dream that he banged his head. He immediately replied with, "Next time, just make sure you face the wall when you go to bed, Mummy."
  5. I believe that lamenting about how bad things are for you is a surefire way for them to get a whole lot worse, so count your blessings and be grateful for what you have.
Some superstitions that don't bother me:
  • Spilling Salt: I don't bother throwing salt over my shoulder when I've spilt it, because it would be me that has to clean it up. I mean really, who thinks of these things?
  • Walking Under a Ladder: I will walk under a ladder, but will look up first to make sure there isn't a can of paint about to fall on my head.
  • A Black Cat Crossing Your Path: Cats are everywhere in our neighbourhood, and there is a black one that prowls through our yard and uses our garden bed as a litter box, so I guess they are bad luck, but this kind of bad luck is not determined by the colour of the cat.
  • Breaking a Mirror Means Seven Years Bad Luck: I have never broken a mirror, and I have had my fair share of bad luck, so I don't think mirrors have anything to do with it. Oops I just broke my own Rule #5, I guess I have to throw a cat over my shoulder, spill salt under a ladder and turn around three times to counteract it.
So why all the talk about superstitions? It's because of this.

I was given this 'Lucky' Bamboo for my birthday three years ago. I have a black thumb rather than a green one. So my 'Lucky' Bamboo wasn't very lucky the day it came into my neglectful care. My dilemma is that I want to throw away this eye-sore of a plant, but can't bring myself to do it, because...well it's supposed to be lucky.

So it's your turn. What little quirks or superstitions do you follow? What is the weirdest one you've ever heard?

Digital Parents Blog Carnival

This is my submission for the Digital Parents Blog Carnival for August 2011.


  1. I'm not superstitious in any way. I don't believe in luck, even though I wish it to people at times. I don't believe in fate or destiny. Your life is what you make it.

  2. Shelley.. Pls let me tell you this. By keeping this dead plant, you're just keeping the negative chi (energy) in your home. Goodness gracious me..throw that awful thing out!

    LOL. I have no major superstition per se, but when I was younger, I knew that if I laughed too much.. I would cry just as much!


    (and trust me on that bamboo thingy..even if you didn't believe that fengshui crap I just told you)... :)

  3. She: I am a fence-sitter through and through. I believe you can't just sit around and wait for things to happen to you, but I keep my charms just in case I need a little help from Lady Luck!

    Su Chin: You are my most favourite person today! You gave me a good reason to get rid of that horrible thing. And do you know what good luck came my way? Now I have a funky vase in which to place the lovely blooms that my children pick off my gardenia bush. I feel a weight lifted! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  4. You're the only other person I know who's heard of the shoes on the table superstition. My mother used to freak about that one - it really scared her. I don't consider myself superstitious, but to this day I still hesitate before placing shoes on the table - even a brand new pair still in their box. Go figure.

  5. I don't believe in superstitions, but I do believe in Feng Shui and karma.

    Yes, any dead plant or flowers in the house brings negative energy.Toss it out!

  6. Kara: So glad I'm not alone! So it IS a superstition!

    Ms Bibi: It is gone, I've only kept the vase it came in, and I feel like my luck has changed already, except for this cold.

    That reminds me of another one: Never say something stupid like, "Gee, it's been ages since I've had a cold..."

  7. Are you Buddhist? Zen Buddhists often sit facing a wall when they meditate. It's supposed to block out distractions and help calm the mind.

    My superstition is that I always unplug my toaster because I feel like it's dangerous, even when it's off.

    Lola from Buddhatropolis

  8. Hahaha! The Lucky Bamboo cracks me up! I have done the same thing...I couldn't bear to part with it, even after it was dead and gone! My husband finally threw it away! I now have more...we will see how long it lasts!

  9. My brother and I always lifted our feet when we drove past a cemetery. Don't know what we did if we had to walk past one?!?!? Have no idea where that one came from.

  10. I don't think I am but the shoes on the table thing, it gets me. sucker that I am.

  11. Eek. I am a very logical person, work in IT, love science and pure atheist - HOWEVER I come from a long line of ridiculously superstitious women.

    Shoes on the table, salt over the shoulder, ladders, mirrors, umbrella's inside, dropping knives, spilling sugar and many other things that I forget until they happen - still make me think (very illogically) about the consequences of these actions.

    In fact my grandmother was inexplicably superstitious of the colour Green - it was Bad Luck with a capital 'B' - oh plants and grass and natural green was ok (why I don't know) but she never ever bought anything green or had anything green in her house or ever wore anything green.

    And now all my aunties are equally prejudice of green and even my 29 year old male cousin is inflicted with the 'green' dilemma. This is one thing I have deliberately gone against. Although I still think of it often when I send my son off to pre-school with his green bag, green drink bottle and green lunch box ... will his bad luck be my fault?? - Totally absurd.


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