posted on Aug, 31 2004 @ 10:27 AM
[Bless You @ sneezes If a person sneezes you are supposed to bless them. This came about during Roman times when people believed that a sneeze
could release your soul to the world. They believed that you were having some sort of internal struggle to hold onto your soul and offering you a
blessing was a way of helping out. "God Bless you" became the materialization of that assistance. When the Black Death plague came about in 1348 AD
sneezing became a sign of the sick and infected. It meant the person was going to die so it became customary and law to bless the sneezer.
Bad luck to walk under a ladder. This came from the early Christian belief that a leaning ladder formed a triangle with the wall and ground.
You must never violate the Holy Trinity by walking through a triangle, lest you be considered in league with the devil. (And you all know what good
Christians did to people they suspected of being in league with the devil.)
[b]Thirteen Supossedly, Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden on a Friday, Noah's flood started on a Friday, and Christ was
crucified on a Friday. Christians also noted that twelve witches plus one devil are present at Satanic ceremonies so Friday and 13 make a deadly
combination. Which of course, being a Witch, I know this is absurdly ridiculous!
Knocking on wood The habit of knocking on wood to prevent bad luck was first a Roman custom, to communicate with the dryads, or tree spirits.
So when one said something good about oneself or one's luck, one would also knock on the wood of a nearby object because it was also good luck to
have the dryads in one's favor. (And being remembered in the wood was nice.)
Birthday Spankings There are a few suspected origins to this tradition.
The Romans had "Lupercalia" in the spring in which they had a custom of switching young girls in belief that it would give them longer life and
fertility. The ancient Germans were a bit more intense by whipping women/young girls for the same reasons as the Romans. And, the Druids also did
the same thing for the same reason. As a result, in *some* homes today, on a person's birthday they gently get a spanking on their rear for each
year they were born (so far) + one to grow on, one to be good on, one to live long on, one to have a good marriage on...etc.
Horseshoes The horseshoe is considered a super witch repellent because of it's shape being crescent and resembling the new moon. This
crescent shape is feared also by "little people" aka goblins. All horseshoes should be hung above a doorway with the ends facing up so that good
luck can not run out.