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Category Bad Luck superstitions
Bad Luck: Friday the Thirteenth - The Scandinavian's believed that the number 13 was unlucky due to the mythological 12 demigods being joined by a 13th, an evil one, who brought misfortune upon humans. It was also said that Christ was crucified on Friday and the number of guests at the party of the Last Supper was 13, with the 13th guest being Judas, the traitor.

Bad Luck: Walking under a ladder - A leaning ladder forms a triangle with the wall and ground. Triangles represent the Holy Trinity, and violating the Trinity by breaking it (walking through it) would put you in league with the devil himself.

Bad Luck: Black Cats - In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Bast was a black, female cat. Christians, wanting to rid society of all traces of other religions, convinced the ignorant that black cats were demons in disguise and should thus be destroyed. In the process, they also destroyed the kindly ladies who cared for the cats, believing them to be witches. Being demons, a black cat crossing your path would create a barrier of evil, cutting you off from God and blocking the entrance to heaven.

Bad Luck: Spilling Salt - Salt used to be an expensive commodity used mainly for medicinal purposes. For this reason, spillage was to be avoided at all costs. The idea that it is unlucky to do so probably stems from the belief that Judas spilt salt during the last supper. Throwing spilt salt over the left shoulder is linked to its medicinal use. If it could not be administered, the next best thing was to throw it into the eye of the evil spirits that brought sickness upon us. These spirits were thought to lurk behind your shoulder, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

Bad Luck: A bat flying into the house

Bad Luck: An owl hooting 3 times

Bad Luck: 3 butterflies together

Bad Luck: Looking at the new moon over your left shoulder

Bad Luck: A 5-leaf clover

Bad Luck: Breaking a glass while proposing a toast

Bad Luck: Putting a shirt on inside out

Bad Luck: Red and white flowers together

Bad Luck: Hearing a rooster crow at night

Bad Luck: Cutting your nails on a Friday

Bad Luck: Putting a hat on a bed

Bad Luck: Getting out of bed left foot first

Bad Luck: Violets blooming out of season

Bad Luck: A picture falling

Bad Luck: Breaking a mirror

Bad Luck: Singing before breakfast

Bad Luck: Opening an umbrella indoors

Bad Luck: Giving away a wedding present

Bad Luck: Stepping on cracks in the sidewalk

Bad Luck: An itch inside your nose

Bad Luck: Crossed knives

Bad Luck: seeing an owl during daylight

Bad Luck: If a dog suddenly barks for no apparent reason in a house that has a sick person then

Bad Luck: You must wear new clothes at Easter or you will have bad luck

Bad Luck: There will be an argument if knifes are crossed at a table. Also, if a lover gives you a

Bad Luck: Breaking a mirror means 7 years of bad luck, unless you take the pieces outside & bury them in moonlight. Also, an undisturbed mirror in a house suddenly fall & smashes then it means that there will soon be a death.

Bad Luck: Unless you were born in October, the wearing of an Opal will be ill-fated

Bad Luck: If pepper is spilt, then you will have a serious argument with a friend.

Bad Luck: Sparrows are said to carry the souls of the deceased to the after-life. To kill one means that you will be cursed.

Bad Luck: It is extremely unlucky to open an umbrella inside a house.

Bad Luck: If a groom drops the ring during the ceremony then the marriage is doomed to failure.

Bad Luck: Breaking a plate, especially if it had not already been cracked.

Bad Luck: To see the new moon for the first time through glass. Upon seeing the new moon you should turn whatever silver you have in your pockets or handbag, and thus ensure prosperity for a month.

Bad Luck: To upset pepper

Bad Luck: The blossom must never be cut from the tree and brought into the house before May 1, or ill fortune will attend you.

Bad Luck: Never mend a garment while you are wearing it, or misfortune will follow.

Bad Luck: Breaking a mirror portends seven years of bad luck. It is also extremely unlucky to receive a mirror as a present

Bad Luck: To make a present of a knife or any other sharp instrument unless you receive something in exchange.

Bad Luck: Walking under a ladder, unless you cross their fingers while doing so.

Bad Luck: It brings ill fortune if a lease or any contract is signed in the months of April, July, or November.

Bad Luck: To spill ink threatens worry, annoyance, and the failure of a project that is on foot.

Bad Luck: Crossing two table-knives by accident portends bad luck.

Bad Luck: To give a pair of gloves to a friend unless you receive something in exchange.

Bad Luck: To encounter a gravedigger coming towards you. Usually this means there will be a severe illness.

Bad Luck: For those who completely rake out a fire before retiring. A few embers should always be left.

Bad Luck: To break a glass bottle portends misfortune

Bad Luck: If you fasten a button into the wrong buttonhole

Bad Luck: if a candle falls over

Bad Luck: For a golfer to borrow your partners umbrella

Bad Luck: Throwing stones into the sea cause bad luck

Bad Luck: Starting a cruise on a Friday

Bad Luck: Stepping on board a ship with your left foot

Bad Luck: To open an umbrella in the house

Bad Luck: It is unlucky to sit on a table unless one foot is touching the ground

Bad Luck: If a person stumbles when leaving his house at the beginning of a journey, or trips or stumbles more than once during the course of the journey, it is advisable to postpone it.

Bad Luck: To pass anyone on the staircase.

Bad Luck: New shoes should never be left on a table

Bad Luck: To put on the left shoe before the right, and it is worse still to put the right shoe on the left foot, or vice versa.

Bad Luck: Spilling salt. If both salt and pepper are spilt at the same time, the force of this ill omen is doubled.


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