Happy Friday the Thirteenth in - hello- October! Pretty spooky. Not very romantic really, for a romance writer, but I guess some couples like watching scary movies together just for the, "Oh, I'm scared, hold me," factor. That works.
Since I'm writing about legends and demons and supernatural stuff, I got to wondering about some of these common superstitions that we know and love so well. Do any of you put any stock into things like this? Do you avoid black cats, ladders and broken mirrors?
Let's take a look at some of these things and see hoe they fit into the modern world.
The Black Cat -
Poor black kitty, you get such a bad rap. I this comes from the fact that a lot of ancient religions thought cats were gods or spirit beings of some sort. And, I mean, come on, the running motor sound they make is creepy as hell. But they're still pretty cute, even when you do catch them somewhere as unobvious as the top of the refrigerator, staring down at you with their glowing yellow eyes, still as a statue like they're trying to see into your brain or steal your soul or something. Or maybe they're just trying to will you to open the fridge and poor them some damn milk already, M-n-Fer (that's cat talk).
Okay, okay, we know, don't walk under a ladder. I would think this would one would be obvious and I always adhere to this simple rule. Why? Because, usually, ladders are used to do some type of work or handy person type job and, at the top of them there's, most likely, something you do not want to have fall on your head! Like a hammer or a can of paint - just sayin. Avoid, avoid, danger, danger!
Again, pretty plain. I don't know about the seven years thing but who wants to clean up broken shards of glass? And didn't mirrors used to have mercury in them? Not very lucky. Careful with the mirrors dummy (this is what I tell myself.)
Don't Spill the Salt-
This one's just annoying. Almost as annoying as every friend who will walk up to you in a hockey mask between now and the 31st of this month because they're going to "scare the bejeezus out of you" and that's just so - ahee- funny. Like you won't notice the rest of their all too familiar dork body behind the stupid mask.
But I digress.
The salt thing just seems wasteful. You spill something so then, what? Spill more of it?! If I ever get hit in the eye by someone hucking salt over their shoulder, they really will have bad luck but it won't be from the universe.
Those are my thoughts on this oooh spooky day.
Happy Friday the Thirteenth everyone :)
Do any of you have superstitions you observe (or find ridiculous)?
About the Author
Amanda V Shane is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance and is currently working on her Tides of Atlantis series about the super hot lost kings of Atlantis as well as her Enchanted Lands Romances.