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MARY’S MEANDERINGS: Oct. 30: Superstition and the new moon

I am not superstitious, but I think it’s neat to look back on some superstitions that folks have put stock in over the years. An why not? After all, there’s a lot out there we still don’t understand.

Throughout time, people have tried to explain why certain, often mysterious, things happen. Superstitions emerged to help us avoid bad luck and bring good fortune. While science and progress have helped us to better understand our world, we can draw our own conclusions. (Just be sure to look the right way.)

  • Looking at a new moon over your right shoulder is good luck. Looking at it over your left shoulder is bad luck.
  • It’s good luck to get out of bed the same side you got in. And if you’re making up your bed, don’t stop in the middle or you’ll have a restless night’s sleep.
  • If the bottom of your foot itches, you’re going to take a trip. If your nose itches, watch out, you’re going to get into a fight (or be kissed by a fool.)
  • Tearing a garment on a bush or briar is good luck and money may be in your future, but mending a garment while you’re wearing it will turn your good luck bad.
  • When a frog or cricket jumps into your house, it’s good luck.
  • When you see the first robin of spring, make a wish, and your wish will come true.
  • Catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn and you won’t catch a cold all winter long.
  • Cut your own wood and you’ll warm yourself twice.

Be on the lookout for more sayings from time to time. I enjoy sharing when I find them and…you can draw your own conclusion.