Are you superstitious? Tomorrow is Friday the 13th, a day many believe is unlucky. But truly, how can any Friday be considered unlucky? I’ve always thought of it as the best day of the week, especially when I was working my 9-5 job. Still, I do believe in chance, I have a bit of a thing with numbers and if you sneeze round me I’ll likely bless you! So, does that make me superstitious?
What even is luck?
In 2016, on another Friday the 13th, I published a post called Fortunes and Flashbacks. In it I reminisced about my good fortune in winning an all expenses paid gourmet culinary trip to Tuscany, back in 2002. Now that was pure luck personified!
Fast forward to 2020 and I think about all the folklores and concepts that have, over time, influenced how we feel about certain things. Superstitions that often shape decisions and actions that colour our lives. Like these …
Walking under a ladder is bad luck.
So is having a black cat cross your path.
Don’t stand on the cracks in the pavement.
Don’t open umbrellas indoors.
Cross our fingers and toes (and whatever else) if you need extra luck.
Itchy palm? It’s most likely good luck.
Do you throw salt over your shoulder when you spill it?
Or knock on wood?
Some cultures take it to extremes. For example, in Romania if your palm is itchy you’ll either receive money or, on the other extreme, get beaten. If you sit in the corner of a table you’ll never get married. And never make payments on a Monday or else you will give money all week. Never leave your purse on the floor in Romania or you’ll lose money. However, if you spill your coffee you’ll receive money.
Whistling indoors supposedly leads to financial problems in Russia. In Norway, whistling at the sun is said to cause rain. And in Romania it’s meant to rain when cows raise their tails.
It gets weirder. We all know that if a bird poops on you it’s meant to bring good luck but did you know that stepping in dog poop is actually considered good luck in France, but only if you you do it with your left foot. Maybe someone can explain that one to me.
As I wrote in my post four years ago I’m not superstitious although I do believe in signs. I love black cats and believe in the synchronicity of angel numbers. I think many symbols of our time have been inverted to make us doubt, fear and question what we don’t understand.
For example 666 has always been considered the number of the beast. But why and is it really? Have a listen to this short explanation by Jason Shurka.
Superstition comes from a time when life was uncertain and you felt you didn’t have control. People needed hope. Does that feel familiar?
For me personally, in the four years since I wrote Fortunes and Flashbacks life has been filled with the perpetual ups and downs, with many blessings and a few hardships. The greatest was losing my beautiful mum to a prolonged brain injury. Even in that time of grieving and loss there were lessons and she left me a legacy of kindness, gratitude and compassion.
Today, in November 2020, I look at the world through awakened eyes and feel the energy that is continuously shifting. If we can let go of the fear and the uncertainty there’s so much earthly wonder beyond what we can imagine. So much infinite possibility for a better world.
The truth, I believe, is that we create our own reality and our own “luck”. We know that thoughts create our beliefs. Like attracts like. Love attracts love or, at the very least, a peaceful heart. Our world is an illusion and when we take note of the signs things begin to make sense.
Look beyond the exterior and find your focus. At a time when things seem to be in disarray we can find a sense of calm and stillness within. I liken it to around my home at the moment which needs a mountain of maintenance. I could become overwhelmed or I can see what I have, a sanctuary that keeps me active, co-creating with nature and her miraculous cycles.
Life is all about perspective.
2020 has been a year like no other. It’s tested us, challenged our beliefs, made us question what’s real and what is illusion and, fundamentally, what is important. And it’s not over yet. There are signs all around us, of the bigger picture, of what’s to come, if we keep our eyes and minds open.
Signs and superstitions. Call them harmless, spooky, fun or frivolous, it’s all in our perception. Believe in the power of the Universe and open yourself to its laws of luck, synchronicity and abundance. It’s all there, within us.
Wherever you are in the world I wish you peace, happiness and an open heart filled with unwavering hope and love. And an extra dash of good ole fashioned luck!
In love and light