Friday the 13th and other Superstitions
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Since this is the Paranormal and Supernatural Writer’s group, I am opening a fun topic today about Friday the 13th, which is known as the unluckiest day, as well as other superstitions. Personally, I’ve never had a bad experience on Friday the 13th, but there are plenty more to come in the future so that could change. Have you ever had bad luck on a past Friday the 13th? Did you think it was a coincidence or did you blame it on the day? Although I can’t say I believe that bad things happen on Friday the 13th, I do believe in some other superstitions like: deaths come in threes, hot ears means someone is speaking ill of you, and if the palm of your right hand itches it means you will be getting money. Are there any superstitions that you believe in? Or do you think they are all old wives tales? Just for fun, here are two of the oddest superstitions I have heard: 1. If you make a bedspread, or a quilt, be sure to finish it or marriage will never come to you. I am not married, and I have a half-finished quilt that I started years ago. YIKES! I guess I better get on that! 2. To dream of a lizard is a sign that you have a secret enemy. I don’t like lizards, and I had a dream about one two nights ago. Hmm... What is the strangest superstition you have heard? Now to finish this post I will ask if you have written about superstition or used the theme in one of your stories. Please tell us about it! I’m sure we’d all be interest to know. And Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! :)
  • I am so deeply sorry about your best friend. :(

    I don't think you're nuts! I've experienced some strange things too. Years ago, when I was living in a new apartment, I always got a strange feeling when I was in my bedroom. And at night, while I was trying to go to sleep, I'd look up at the corner of my room because I could sense something was there. And every time I could see a dark mass. Then I started to notice that my cat would look in the corner of the room and her head would move along the ceiling and she'd stare just above my head. Back and forth she would do this. It really freaked me out! And I was convinced it was a dark entity....

    I have many stories I could tell about my psychic feelings that turned out to be true, but that would be a long conversation. lol

  • I can sense spirits. Maybe that's a superstition in it's own way. When I first came to live in my apartment strange things happened, like items getting thrown of stable surfaces. Cans of paint suddenly falling over. And in one room I always feel weird. So I started talking, because that's what I do. just in case someone is listening. Telling who I am, what I was doing. At some point I swear I heard footsteps! So I started to ask my neighbors if something was up with my house. Turns out that years before their lived a single mum here who neglected her kids and one of her girls died in that room where I'd rather not be. I still talk to her when ever I go into that room.

    And I get physically sick when something bad is about to happen to people I really care about. At one point back in 1997 I got so sick I couldn't do anything any more. In that week my best friend was murdered and later that week my brother almost died due to a brain infection. 

    Well, if this doesn't convince people I'm nuts... :/

  • I understand! :) There are some superstitions that, to me, just seem silly! :P I also believe in premonitions . . . I was actually considered psychic among my family and best friend back in the day. ;)

  • Hahaha, yes, I think experiences make all the difference too. For example: When I was a teen my parents were still together. My friends parents were divorced. I felt sorry for her. I could imagine what it must feel like, but I couldn't really grasp what that actually means. Until my parents after 27 years split up.

    I did say I'm not superstitious, but as I believe in this one, and kind of in premonitions, I'm actually contradicting myself now. I believe in some superstitions haha, just not in the obvious ones like walking under a ladder of the black cat thing. ;)

  • Wow! I got goosebumps as soon as I read "her phone rings". 

    There is a superstition about a picture falling off the wall and it is considered a bad sign. I don't particularly believe in this one because a picture of my oldest sister fell off the wall once for no reason, but nothing bad happened to her. 

    It's interesting that people who aren't normally superstitious can believe at least one superstition after experiencing it. Experience makes all the difference I guess.

    Thanks for sharing, Avalon!

  • I was drinking coffee with one of my friends when we noticed that there was 'rain' on my living room window. Just a bit, right in the middle of that window. It was dry outside, we hadn't had rain for days. No neighbor washing the windows. It was all very strange. Jokingly she tells me about the superstition she heard about it raining like that on some one's window. It meant that some close to you has died. Two hour after she told me - I will never forget this - her phone rings. It's her dad telling her, her granddad had suddenly past away a few hours ago.

    I'm not superstitious by nature, but this had me rattled for quite a while.

    I actually tried writing this fact up as a story, but half way into the story a picture of me fell down from the wall where I used to write. Save to say I took it as a bad sign and abandoned the project hehe. Better save than sorry...

  • That was the interesting part about the bird if you had asked me prior to that if I would have believed in that particular omen I probably would have said no, but that feeling was so strong when it flew in that I guess I believed without knowing I did? Lets just say that I hope I never get a bird in the house again because that made me a believer now!

  • I don't believe in the superstitions you mentioned either, RB. Especially the one about black cats. I've had a black cat most of my life and we've crossed a lot of paths, but nothing bad has ever happened. lol And I once broke a mirror, out of anger, and while I've had some bad luck, I've also had good luck. ;)

    I'm glad you liked this post. :)

  • Thank you so much, Samantha! I created this group shortly after joining She Writes and I thought I was nuts, so knowing that you (and others in the group) appreciate it makes me feel good. :D

    The reason why I believe in some superstitions is for the same reason you said, because it seems like they actually happen.

    Thank you for participating! :)

  • This is a wonderful discussion! I also believe the same exact things that you do, simply because it seems like they actually happen. My grandmother a devout and strict Christian actually taught them to me, which goes to show you how deep superstition goes.

    There was one that I knew from reading an almanac once as a teen where if a bird flys into your house that its an omen for death. The one and only time a bird flew into our house I immediately KNEW inside it had to do with my friend Stephen all the way in Australia! When I called him he said his mother had died. THAT was freaky.

    Also, if a broom falls on its own accord all the sudden,its supposed to be a death omen.

    Im SO glad you started this group! Keep up the good work!