Black Cats, Clover, Horseshoes, and Hats

Happy Friday the 13th! Personally, I’ve never been bothered or apprehensive about this day. On the contrary, the Italian culture in which I grew up considered 13 a lucky number! It would seem, then, that superstition is all a matter of belief . . . and opinion. So on this lucky day, I’d thought today I’d share a #FlashbackFriday post about superstitions. Enjoy! 

Earlier today on the phone with a friend we started talking about superstitions, and the topic has been on my mind since. Sure, most of these  old wives’ tales seem silly, but honestly, I am a little superstitious sometimes. I’ll admit I won’t walk under a ladder if I can avoid it, and I am disappointed if a mirror breaks; but I rather like black cats and the number thirteen.

How many of these superstitions are you familiar with? Which ones do you believe?

  • Never put a hat on a bed
  • It’s bad luck if a black cat crosses your path
  • It’s bad luck to position your bed with the footboard facing the door
  • Never walk under a ladder
  • A broken mirror means 7 years bad luck
  • Rain on your wedding day will bring good luck to your marriage
  • It’s good luck if a bird “drops” on you
  • When your ears burn someone is talking about you
  • If you feel a chill someone has just walked over your grave
  • Elephants with their trunks turned up bring good luck
  • A horseshoe hung above the doorway brings good luck to the home,


  • A horseshoe is hung upside down will let all the luck run out
  • Killing a ladybug is bad luck
  • Spilling wine is good luck
  • If a broomstick falls, company’s coming

What old wives’ tales and superstitions do you know? Please share, I’d love to hear them!

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