Yesterday I dropped a mirror and it broke. It wasn’t a large mirror, just a handbag size one. As it dropped to the floor I held my breath, and hoped it hadn’t broken. I immediately thought of my friend, who when we were flat mates, almost became hysterical. She did not want 7 years of bad luck. She rushed around, covered the broken glass with newspaper and then cleared it away. So long as her reflection didn’t show in the mirror, she would be all right. I picked up the pieces being careful not to catch my own reflection. After all I didn’t want to chance my luck.
This got me to wondering if any of you do these little rituals in the hope of warding off anything bad. If I spill salt, I always throw some over my shoulder…just in case.
I used to have an aversion to seeing a lone magpie. It is the most common of the magpie superstitions, and throughout the British Isles it is believed that it is unlucky to look upon a lone magpie. There are some interesting regional beliefs about what you should do to ward off any bad luck. As I said I used to, because a group of magpies nest in the trees around our house. I see them everyday, and in the summer they even peck the window and wake us up!! I guess I’ve been desensitized to them.
Do any of you walk under a ladder? I know I don’t. If I see a black cat cross my path…Well, I really can’t remember if it’s lucky or unlucky. It’s one of those superstitions that can mean either. In Britain it is supposed to bring good luck, but in the US I believe it is the complete opposite. I’d love you to share your thoughts on this.