Superstitions by Elizabeth Rose PIN 7430

British Superstitions


Even in our 21st century technological age we are still quite superstitious.

Years ago, many superstitions were connected to food. In Yorkshire they used to believe that the bread would not rise if there were a corpse in the vicinity. And, if you cut off both ends of the bread it would make the Devil fly over your house!

When at a table it was bad luck to have thirteen people of course. 

If the salt was spilt then you had to immediately throw a pinch of salt over your left shoulder into the Devils eyes.

After eating a boiled egg, you had to put the spoon through the bottom of the shell to let the Devil out!

If the cutlery was crossed that you indicate a quarrel that would certainly happen.

If you dropped a knife then you could expect a male visitor, and if you dropped a fork then you could expect a female visitor.

A tablecloth was never left on overnight as that would mean a shroud would soon be needed.

It would be lucky to meet a black cat.

To knock on wood would mean that something would come true.

To find a four-leaf clover would be very lucky.

If you put money in the pocket of new clothes it was believed that it would bring you good luck.

If you broke a mirror then you would have bad luck for seven years, this superstition arises from the past when it was believed that mirrors were the tools of the Gods.

If a sparrow flew into a house, it was thought that someone in that house would die. If someone caught a sparrow then it would have to be put to death immediately or the person who caught it would die.

If you saw or heard bats, it was considered very unlucky, as bats were thought to be associated to witches.

Predictions or Coincidences? By Elizabeth Rose PIN 7430

In 1888 an author Edward Bellamy predicted credit cards. In his book called “Looking Backward” he wrote. Each person is given a physical punch card “with which he procures at the public storehouses, found in every community, whatever he desires whenever he desires it. This arrangement, you will see, totally obviates the necessity for business transactions of any sort between individuals and consumers”. Was this a premonition or just a coincidence?

Jules Verne predicted many details that were close in 1865. He wrote about the weightlessness that astronauts experienced, something that he could not have possibly known. He also predicted that three astronauts would be on that first moon mission and that they would launch from Tampa Florida. The Apollo 11 mission launched from the Kennedy Space Centre in Orlando nearby.

The first organ major transplant was in 1954. How ever a chemist called Robert Boyle predicted transplants 300 years ago. He had a list and nearly all of his predictions have come true. It is incredible that he made this prediction in 1660 when the medical world new so little. Surely not just a coincidence?

Superstitions March 2021 – By Elizabeth Rose PIN 7430

There are some really strange superstitions. My sister-in-law for instance will not take off her cardigan or any other clothing and put it the right way round if she has accidently put them on inside out, as she believes it will bring her bad luck. But leaving it on inside out could bring her good luck. It does look like the general opinion for this superstition stems from the fact that someone had worn their clothes inside out and had great luck that day, so a superstition is born.

Keeping your fingers crossed is a worldwide known way of hoping for your own good luck and to show solidarity to others. There are two schools of thought where this is derived from.  One is thought to go way back to the middle ages. Before Christianity they would show a cross, which was considered a very powerful symbol, and they believed it would bring spirits to bring them luck and they kept this sign until their wish came true. The other derived from a way to show support to someone.  You would cross your index finger over their index finger. They eventually realized that they could do this themselves, by crossing their own two fingers.

Salt has many superstitions. Spilling salt is bad luck. Buddhists believed salt wards off evil spirits and after a funeral they throw salt over their left shoulder. There was a belief that the devil hung around your left shoulder and the salt would ward him off.