Kooky Beliefs or Geniune Fear?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

What better a time to write of the many superstitions certain people believe or rather choose to believe than the month of October?  If a black cat crosses a person’s path from right to left it indicates a bad omen, one should never walk under a ladder, if a person accidentally spills some salt they must immediately toss a pinch over his or her left shoulder, into the face of the Devil who lurks there and many other myths which are not only intriguing they pose the question regarding whether or not there’s any validity to them or if they’re nothing more than fallacy.  


Take mirrors for example.  Legend has it that if you break a mirror then seven years of bad luck will follow but if that’s true most people will be cursed for years to come.  Think about it, compacts that accidentally get dropped thus shattering, large mirrors being carried or that are hung then accidentally drop or fall as countless shards disperse everywhere and many other ways they can easily break.  Is that really gonna cause the person who dropped it to endure seven long years of bad luck?  Hell, I’ve lost track of the number of compacts or small mirrors I’ve broken and if that old wives’ tale is really true then I guess I’ll be cursed for the rest of my life.  This is how my entries are so unlike others.  Seeing that I’m writing on the topic of mirrors and that I’m 80sgirl4ever I feel the need to note the fact that every single time I see a mirror or even say/hear the word the song “Mirror Mirror” by the iconic Diana Ross instantly comes to mind.  


Next is the penny misconception which I’ve always thought was foolish in that you should only pick up a penny if the heads are showing and a penny with the tails up should be turned over for another person to find and there’s actually a rhyme that goes “Find a penny pick it up.  All day long you’ll have good luck.”  Yet other people feel that any kind of penny is good luck for them.  Horse pucky!  If I see a penny on the floor or ground I could care less what it says I’m not touching it.  With my luck I were to pick either side up I’d probably pinch a nerve or pull a muscle in my back which would promptly become bad luck.  And as for the part of someone picking it up and turning it over for it to be heads so another person can pick it up is completely idiotic.  I can just see someone bending down to pick up a penny and turning it over to bring someone else luck followed by him or her feeling a great pain in their chest which could be the onset of a heart attack thus proving the accuracy of the phrase “No good deed goes unpunished.”  Penny that!  


Now to the all-time urban legend called the 27 Club which is a list of musicians, actors or other famous people who’ve all died at the budding age of 27, though skeptics continue to debunk that notion.  Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at 27 years old.  At the time due to their wild, rock star lifestyles the public deemed their deaths coincidental but it wasn’t until 1994 when Kurt Cobain who also happened to be 27 died that the term “27 Club” began to gain notoriety.  Now fast forward t0 2011 when Amy Winehouse died at that same daunting age of 27 which only added speculation to the ongoing rumors circulating.  Yet while the media consisting of television shows, magazines and the internet has turned this into something of a legend due to artists having died at the same age there’s never been any scientific proof that it’s anything more than a coincidence.  Furthermore, what each and every person in this so-called 27 Club have in common is that they did not die of natural causes.  Drugs, alcohol and/or prescription painkillers all played a pivotal role in their untimely deaths.  Yet that still hasn’t deterred the rumors which have only gotten more compelling over the years which makes for great T.V. shows, films, articles and conversation pieces similar to that of conspiracy theories which, ironically enough has continued to surround the death of Kurt Cobain in regards to whether or not he did indeed commit suicide or was in fact murdered.  


Despite peoples’ opinions/views there’s really no way to prove or disprove this unsupported claim but in my opinion there is no curse or anything else associated with the age of 27 other than the fact that all six of these people lived hard and partied harder like the rock stars they were.  It just so happened to be that they were all the same age so I think it’s safe to say if one leads a reckless-free life without abusing any type of illegal or prescription drugs they’ll live beyond the age of 27.  So another words the entire idea that a Club 27 exists is nothing but a fabricated rumor created and built up by the media as the topic is still as popular today as it was when it first originated.  Maybe even more.    


Lastly is the one superstition I wholeheartedly believe in, fear and always adhere to whenever I feel it necessary which is to knock on wood in order to ward off any evil spirits or bad luck.  Knocking on wood is done by wrapping one’s knuckles on a piece of wood, usually three times.  The origin is derived from the fact that wood and trees have good spirits in mythology.  Apparently it was considered good luck to tap trees in order to let the wood spirits within you know you were there.  According to pagan belief evil spirits inhabited wood and if someone was hoping for something good to happen to them they needed to touch or knock on wood in order to prevent the spirits from hearing their wish and thus averting it from coming true.  


It’s also interesting that in the states we use the term “knock on wood” whereas in Britain, Australia and Ireland they say “touch wood.”  While there are many superstitions people have which may include wearing a particular piece of clothing or jewelry or doing something some may consider to be eccentric this particular belief is one I absolutely will not f*ck with in regards to preventing any evil spirits from making their way towards me.  For example, if I’m speaking with someone and tell him or her that I’ve never been stung by a bee you damn well better believe I’m gonna immediately find some type of wood to knock on be it the floor, a door or even our shed if I have to race outside in the blistering cold come hell or high water I’ll be knock, knock, knocking away.  Otherwise I’d soon end up getting stung not by a bee but by a nest of hornets resulting in me going to the emergency all due to not following my most feared superstition.  


*  Maybe that’s why Amii Stewart sang that very popular disco song “Knock on Wood.”  

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