I decided to write a post about superstitions and superstitious people, can we say paranoid people?. As a Spiritualist/Traditionalist I meet these people every day, daunting as it may be I try to manage to deal with their fears, encouraging them that all is the mind!. Superstitious people are evil!. Yes they are. I say this because, if something natural happens to them out of the blue, when the normal circumstances of life occurs, the first thing that comes from their mouths is that it is witchcraft!!., and this belief will give most the excuse of trying to harm who they fear, regardless if they were wrong.
Even the blood pleading Christians who hangs on to the helm of Christ, are quick to be suspicious of each other and everyone. Yes!, they come to me, to my house, for consultations, divinations, shrouded in their black cloth, and in the middle of the night, and even in the day time, the Pastors and Bishops, accusing even their families of witchcraft and other things. There are the everyday superstitions like, the right eye jumping, or the left, the right hand itching or the left, a black cat, a ladder, and so on!. It’s all good when these things are dealt with topically, but when it is taken seriously it becomes almost comedic and a lot sad!. In Jamaica everything is Science, Witchcraft, Voodoo, JuJu, if somebody dies the community begins to whisper that it is Obeah. And sometimes the Obeah is retaliated upon some innocent person, because some lame Obeah man expand on your fears for money and facilitate your lies and madness for money. Come on people, be the doubtful Thomas, I am!. As a spiritual woman, that knows that witchcraft exists I do not accuse people of witchcraft unless it is proven, or can be proven by oracle or otherwise, you do the same!.. Here is a very good article I found from, Lifescript.com. Read and enjoy.
Common superstitions can be described as beliefs that have no rational basis. Some superstitions may be just for fun while others may affect you deeply enough to affect your choices in life. None of them are based in fact, but many have roots deep in tradition and history. Most of us probably don’t even know why we give a little shudder when we see a Friday the 13th looming on the calendar or toss salt over the shoulder when the shaker gets spilled. However, many of our common superstitions come with a colorful history or story that may date back centuries. If you would like to know why you shouldn’t walk under a ladder or whether a black cat is really a creature to avoid, read on for the best list of common superstitions that are still a part of our culture and where they came from.
1. Friday the 13th – Bad Luck
Many of us can’t help but get a shiver of trepidation when we realize that a Friday the 13th is lurking within the current month. A fear of the number 13 is one of the most common superstitions around, and is so widespread that many apartments and hotels omit the 13th floor and some airlines fly without a 13th row. The most popular thought on the origin of this origin is that Judas was the 13th guest at the Last Supper and that Christ was crucified on a Friday. Put it all together, and you have one unlucky day of the year.
2. Itchy Palm – Good Luck
When you walk though the triangle, you are tempting the fates. You may also awaken spirits that live within the triangle (including evil spirits who may not be happy with the disturbance). If you do accidentally walk under a ladder, you can counter the bad luck by placing your thumb between your index and middle finger. Another method is to cross the fingers on both hands to call upon the sign of the cross to protect you from evil.
4. Breaking a Mirror – Bad Luck
When the umbrella is opened inside and out of the way of sun’s rays it offends the sun god. It may even signify impending death or ill fortune for both the person who opened it and the people who live within the home.
Do you take great care with mirror glass? Would you never even dream of walking under a ladder? Well, aside from seeming eccentric in your avoidance of some pretty harmless things, you’re also probably very superstitious. Though some people take certain age old beliefs as seriously as they do the law, there are varying degrees of superstition. Take this quizto find out where you fall on the superstitious scale. And if it makes you feel better, you can rub your good luck charm before we begin.
Obara Meji is a spiritualist, Ifa-Orisa practitioner, and teacher of metaphysics. Since 2011 she has used her online platform to share her personal experiences to those seeking answers about spirituality. Her teachings will expand into short stories, novels, and public speaking to continue her mission of bringing enlightenment to the world.