Joining up with Five on Friday over at Amy's Love Made My Home soon to be hosted by the wonderful Tricky and Carly over at FAST - Family Attempting to Survive the Times.
The last couple of days I've been thinking about little sayings, rhymes, phrases and tales that Mum used to share when I was younger and things we still natter about when we do get together. I'll never have enough of hearing her stories about her childhood. Anyway, this week I thought I'd share five superstitions that she's shared - some passed down from her Mum. I find them really fascinating. Superstitions have such great history and though most of us don't believe them we still find ourselves following them 'just in case'. I find myself having trouble walking under a ladder even though I logically know nothing bad will happen - but still.
If you spill salt you have to throw some over your left shoulder. My kids always laugh when I do this. A part of me does too! I was told the devil or evil lurks on your left so it has to be your left shoulder and salt wards off the evil.
Don't put new shoes on the table! I wasn't ever sure why I was just told not to do it. Apparently it means someone in your family might die. Some people say this goes back to when new shoes were generally put on the dead who were laid out OR that typically in the North shoes on the table were a way to announce the death of a family member.
You can't cut your nails on a Sunday! Why not, Mum? You'll have bad luck all week. Grrr...what about that hangnail or broken nail? Apparently there's a whole rhyme about this too. I think this is something like the one Mum told me - her mother told her.
Cut them on Monday, you cut them for health;
Cut them on Tuesday, you cut them for wealth;
Cut them on Wednesday, you cut them for news;
Cut them on Thursday, a pair of new shoes;
Cut them on Friday, you cut them for sorrow;
Cut them on Saturday, you 'll see your true-love to-morrow;
Cut them on Sunday, and you will have ill fortune all through the week.
No passing on the stairs! Another one that makes my kids laugh as I always go back down if they are coming down. Not to mention it is a bit of a squish. It looks like this one goes back to being able to defend oneself and sword usage. Sort of silly in today's world but it still feels a bit strange. Anyone else?
Black cats. Yes, I know this isn't a black cat but I don't have a picture of one so I thought I'd share a pic of my cat Shadow. Anyway I was always told that a black cat crossing your path was good luck. It was only when I got to the states that I heard it was considered bad luck here! I'd rather go with the good luck.
Isn't it strange how we hold onto these superstitions? Even though we don't really believe them we still follow some of them. I think it's good to talk about them, pass on the myths and histories so they aren't forgotten. So many thing seem to be forgotten - nursery rhymes and fairy tales and the history behind them. I find it all so fascinating.
What superstitions were passed on to you? Do you still follow them? I'd be interested to know!