Friday the 13th!

May 13, 2011 at 10:14 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Yes today is Friday the 13th and for those who are superstitious, you better wear your beskar today and not step on any cracks (less you break a Hutt’s back!). Interestingly enough Friday the 13th occurs in any month that starts with Sunday. Every year has at least one Friday the 13th and at most three (this year there is only one). For those who have a fear of Friday the 13th, it’s called paraskavedekatriaphobia (which may also be the name of a Squib of royal blood). The earliest known documented reference to Friday the 13th in the English language is in a biography of Gioachino Rossini in 1869. As for the origins, they vary from ancient Norse mythology to the date the Knights Templar were arrested, and even a book written in 1907 entitle Friday, the Thirteenth.

Now for some popular superstitions you may or may not want to be on the look out for today…

Itchy palm: if your left palm itches you’ll lose money, if your right itches you’ll gain it (and if you scratch it you won’t get it)
Walking under a ladder: bad luck as it ‘awakens evil spirits’ by walking through the triangle
Breaking a mirror: seven years bad luck because the mirror ‘reflects a person’s soul’ thus damaging it
Opening an umbrella indoors: believed to bring bad luck
Knocking on wood: averts something bad from happening due to a particular statement you made that may ‘tempt the fates.’
Spilling salt: if you spill the salt, an ‘evil omen’, you are suppose to toss some over your shoulder to negate it
Black cats: crossing a black cat’s path brings bad luck, but this is generally a western belief. In England they bring good luck.

Posted By: Skuldren

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