Walking Under a Ladder Superstition

Some superstitions are easier to explain to rational people than others. Some could never be rationalized even by the most superstitious among us. The “walking under a ladder” superstition falls into the second category. But the fact is that many people will go to great lengths to avoid walking under a ladder. How the “walking under a ladder” superstition got started is a little fuzzy. Some say that the belief that bad luck would be caused by walking under a ladder began when someone (no one knows exactly who) noticed that a leaning ladder resembled the gallows and determined that walking under a ladder would bring about your own execution. Another explanation about the origins of the walking under a …

Southern Superstitions

Some people call beliefs in luck and the measures one should take to prevent bad luck and encourage good luck nothing more that superstition. Others say that these beliefs are based upon experience of our ancestors and are, in fact, much more than just superstition. They say that these sayings and beliefs are actually the wisdom of the ages, and that the warnings should be heeded. Which school of thought is right? I don’t know, and the fact is that nobody else knows either. How can it be positively stated that going out a different door than the one you entered by did NOT cause the bad luck that followed or that using the same door to enter and leave …

Broken Mirror Superstition

One of the most common and persistent superstitions alive and well in the world today is that “breaking a mirror will cause seven years of bad luck and/or cause the death of a loved one.” (Pick one or choose both.) Mankind has always been fascinated by his reflection. From the earliest days of the caveman in the prehistoric world, people gazed into water and saw a likeness of their “other selves.” By the time that mankind had advanced to the point of being able to actually record history, it was determined that if one saw one’s image in a stream, a lake, or a pond, and the image was distorted, it foretold of coming disaster. The ancient Egyptians invented an …