Superstition – Real or Not?

Superstition is the belief in supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any natural process linking the two events, such as astrology, religion, omens, witchcraft, etc., that contradicts natural science. (wikipedia)

I am the type of person that likes to defy the natural order and go against what others believe t be bad luck.  When I was a kid, I stepped on every crack I could find,  and my mother’s back is just fine.  (And no I wasn’t trying to hurt her!).

This doesn’t mean I don’t believe in magic or other things that science can’t prove, because I absolutely do believe in things I can’t see or explain. (Ghosts, Witches, Magic, reincarnation, and the creatures that I swear live in the wall sockets.)   I think I just like to live on the edge a little.  I’m the kind of person who wants to jump out of a perfectly good airplane!

Seriously it’s on my bucket list!

But back to superstition.  I have no issues going under a ladder, crossing a black cat (cause they are too cute!),or  opening an umbrella in the house just because it drives people nuts!  I don’t understand how people can come to the conclusion that these will cause bad luck.  How did this come to be?  And how does the superstition remain in this day and age?  I swear I must have broken at least a dozen mirrors in my lifetime and I really don’t have any more bad luck than the next guy.  Of course that is totally subjective.  Maybe if I had been more careful I would be a millionaire by now!  Or a world famous Author!

I came across this site with many common superstitions and I shook my head when I read them.

I mean seriously “A cat will try to take the breath from a baby”.  The cat just likes the smell of the milk the baby drank, they are not evil creatures.  How dare they insult the  kitty!  Kitty’s are sacred in some cultures.

The Egyptians new how to treat a cat! (Of course they also buried them with the dead to protect them in the next life – poor kitty)

Maybe I love black cats because of the Witch in me?  They are just adorable.  How can anyone ever think this guy is bad luck?

So my question to you is …Do you believe in any superstitions? What are they?  How did you come to believe in this?  I love hearing from you, so please leave a comment.

3 responses to “Superstition – Real or Not?

  1. I hate the fact that so many people think that black cats are bad luck – they’re just like any other cat (and no, they don’t try to take the breath from a baby…)! I actually have a name all picked out if I were to ever get a black cat – Binx, after the cat in the movie Hocus Pocus – but right now I’m enjoying the one I have, and feel I would lose something if I were to get a second.

    As for superstitions, I don’t think I really have any. I mean, I dread Friday the 13th just because it makes me groan that so many people make such a big deal about it and it’s just a normal day.

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