Have you ever knocked on wood? Or avoided walking under a ladder? I think we’re all at least a smidge superstitious. But Appalachia makes a veritable sport of it! And in this year when everything seems bound to go wrong I was thinking . . . what the heck? Let’s throw some superstition into the mix and see if we can’t change course!
- Always leave a building through the same door you entered it.
- If you see a black cat crossing the road in front of you, draw an X in the air three times to void the bad luck. Do it fast, though! You’ve got to finish before the cat reaches the other side of the road.
- NEVER set an empty rocking chair to rocking.
- Apples are ripening now. If you harvest them from a tree leave at least one to keep the devil away.
- If you spill salt, throw a pinch over your left shoulder. Again, this keeps the devil away.
- If you’re drinking spirits, pour a little out on the ground to satisfy spirits past (the ghostly kind).
I will confess to being skeptical that any of this will improve your luck. But hey, in a year like 2020, can’t hurt!
And remember–hang your horseshoe with the open end pointing UP so the luck doesn’t leak out.
What are your favorite superstitions?