Monday, March 10, 2014

Part 3: What's behind Some Superstitions? Ladders, Magpies, Rocking Chairs, Spilled Salt

Tom was watching the PBS TV series "Doc Martin" recently and someone threw salt over their left shoulder. We wondered what that meant, so I looked it up and found this interesting article on line. Maybe it'll explain some things you've heard about!   There are a lot of superstitions, so you'll be able to read about them over the course of several days.
- Rob
Part 3: What's behind Some Superstitions? Ladders, Magpies, Rocking Chairs, Spilled Salt

Ladders -  Often thought to arise from a risk of falling scaffolding, the fear of walking under ladders may have far more complex origins. It is believed that the triangular shape made by a ladder leaning against the wall invokes the Holy Trinity and that walking through the triangle is desecration.
If you’ve wandered under one by accident, the only solution is to walk back underneath it, saying a prayer as you do so.
Magpies - Throughout Europe, magpies are seen as birds of ill omen.  And apocryphal tales recount that the magpie was the one bird that refused to sing and comfort Christ when he died on the cross.
The number of magpies you spot will determine whether you enjoy good or ill fortune. As the popular rhyme suggests: One for sorrow,

Two for mirth, Three for a funeral, Four for a birth.

Rocking chairs -   An old Irish superstition claims that if you set an empty rocking chair rocking, you invite evil spirits to occupy the empty seat.

Spilled salt: Because of Judas Iscariot, spilling the seasoning is associated with lies. The Last Supper has given us two common superstitions: the first is that you should never seat 13 at dinner, and the second is that spilling salt brings bad luck. If you look closely at Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper, you can see that Judas has knocked the salt cellar over with his elbow. Thanks to Judas Iscariot, spilled salt is associated with treachery and lies. If you do spill salt, a pinch thrown over your left shoulder is supposed to blind the devil waiting there.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next