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Wild Superstitions From Around the World

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Wild Superstitions From Around the World

Anyone who has ever dealt with strong beliefs in the metaphysical or occult environment, have heard of or actually participated in superstitions. Some we have an idea of where they got started, others its because that is what our family has done for generations and you do it absent mindedly without even giving it any thought.

Doing a little research beyond just the psychic, metaphysical and occult arena, I found some hilarious superstitions that are devotedly followed through by the believers. I even recognized a few my great aunt used to do. Her favorite and one she most adamantly believed in was, when you spilled salt, to throw a few grains over your right shoulder and spit towards the North to keep the evil eye away from you.

Here are a few superstitions that we still do and some that are really bizarre but still followed.

  1. Don’t let your purse touch the floor. STILL do this one. To have your purse sit on the floor means you’ll become penniless.
  2. People claim a demon lives in Hell’s Half Acre, which is near Hot Springs, Arkansas, saying that animals and birds will not cross or fly near the area. It is thought to be an ancient Native American burial ground.
  3. Don’t take a rock or sand from the beach or a lava rock from a volcano away from Hawaii. You’ll be cursed by the fire goddess Pele, who plays a role in many superstitions in the island state.
  4. The angel statue at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City turned black from its previous golden bronze color because of a woman’s infidelity. Among the superstitions connected with the statue: any girl who is kissed near the statue at night will die within six months.
  5. In Louisiana which is filled with all kinds of voodoo superstitions and legends. To keep money flowing your way, never eat both ends of a loaf of bread, throw one away.
  6. A door painted bright red keeps evil forces and financial trouble at bay.
  7. If you let an empty rocking chair keep rocking after you get out of it, you invite evil spirits or you will get sick within a year.
  8. Witches supposedly take the form of owls in New Mexico and the hoot of an owl is said to be a bad omen.
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  10. If you’re a bridesmaid in exactly three weddings, you’ll never be married.
  11. When Catholics want to get the best offer on their houses, they bury a statue of St. Joseph in their front yard. The statue should be buried near the “for sale” sign or close to the road. It should also be buried upside down, facing the house. Sellers should pray to St. Joseph until the house is sold, then unearth the statue and bring it to their new home.
  12. Route 666 is known as The Devil’s Highway or Satan’s Highway. The number 666 is the number of “the Beast” and signifies the Antichrist, as noted in the Book of Revelations. Truckers feel uneasy driving the 85 mile stretch from New Mexico through Colorado and Utah as many unexplained deaths have happened there.
  13. From German and Scottish cultures, one superstition is that after someone dies, their pictures begin to fade.
  14. Don’t place two mirrors opposite each other as facing mirrors open a doorway for the devil.
  15. Don’t go right home after a funeral. Otherwise a bad spirit might tag along and come inside with you. Mourners should make a stop at a restaurant or store first just in case.
  16. Whistling indoors invites evil into your home and summons demons according to a Lithuanian superstition.
  17. Avoid sleeping with your head facing north. According to Japanese superstition, sleeping with your head in this direction is bad luck because that’s how the deceased are laid to rest.
  18. Don’t walk under a ladder. We are all familiar with this one and it dates back to medieval times. The ladder, back then, symbolized the gallows where people were hanged.
  19. Don’t open umbrellas indoor. According to this superstition, if you open up an umbrella before you head outside, bad luck will “rain” on you. There are some who say this belief came from the early Egyptians.

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Susan Z’s Verdict

Some we are familiar with and even do. I have said to friends many times, “don’t open the umbrella inside, it brings bad luck to the house!” Do I believe it? In a way yes, because what you believe and what your environment was in your upbringing about superstitions is what you draw to your energy.


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Susan Z Rich is an emotional addiction counselor, spiritual intuitive and holistic therapist. She counsels others to see life in a more positive way and teaches personal accountability for life choices. She is also the author of several children’s books and Soul Windows…Secrets From The Divine. (life cycles) Learn more at her website: www.szrwhitewings.com

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2 Comments

  1. HI SUSAN I TRULY ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE IN AND WAS RAISED WITH MAJORITY OF WHAT YOU MENTIONED LIKE NEVER PUT YOUR PURSE DOWN ON THE FLOOR AND ALSO ITS LIKE A SOMEBODY WAS TO SAY I LIKE YOUR HAIR OR I LIKE YOUR SHOES OR YOUR EYES IT’S CALLED OJO AND PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY OR MY FAMILY MEMBERS OR WHY DO THEY SAY PLEASE TOUCH MY HAIR OR MY FACE CUZ YOU’RE GOING TO GIVE ME OJO I DON’T KNOW IF YOU EVER HEARD OF THAT WHEN IT’S CALLED EYEBALL LIKE BECAUSE SOMEBODY IS STARING YOU GOT TO TOUCH IT BECAUSE IF NOT YOU’LL GET SICK IT’S WEIRD BUT THAT’S HOW I WAS TAUGHT SO I TRULY BELIEVE IN THAT AND THERE’S OTHER THINGS I HAVE BELIEVES IN I’M VERY SUPERSTITIOUS BUT NOT ONLY CUZ OF THAT IS BECAUSE I CAN FEEL THINGS IN MY GUT SHIRT AND SEEING CERTAIN WAYS LIKE LIGHTING CANDLES FOR PEOPLE THAT PASSED AWAY TODAY I FEEL LIKE THEY’RE SPIRITS AROUND AND I GOT TO LET THEM REST A LOT OF STUFF I REALLY LIKE YOUR POSTS THE THINGS THAT YOU PUT YOUR BELIEFS I TRULY TO MY SOUL BELIEVE EVERYTHING BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT I FEEL A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK I’M CRAZY BECAUSE OF WHAT I SHARE THEY THINK I’M NUTTY BUT IT’S OKAY BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT I STILL AND I KNOW WHAT I BELIEVE IN

  2. Linda,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with our 7th Sense readers. Most gifted and psychic people are deemed a little crazy by those who do not understand how energy works in life. We are unable to answer specific questions here on the stories page but if you would like to contact one of our amazing psychics, you may be surprised at how your much your superstitions and experiences make sense.
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    Namaste
    Psychic Susan Z

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