What Are Common Bad Luck Superstitions

People have been plagued by bad luck superstitions for centuries. Thus, remedies and charms for warding off bad luck have evolved, with many people fully participating, even if they know better. From inauspicious days on the calendar to "xxx," bad luck superstitions may actually make someone unlucky if she truly believes in them.

Do's And Don'ts
Breaking a mirror is said to bring seven years of bad luck. The only way to remedy the situation is to bury the pieces in the ground without gazing into the mirror. Walking under a ladder is bad luck, as it is reminiscent of the gallows. Never open an umbrella in the house, refuse a kiss under the mistletoe or walk past a penny on the ground-bad luck is sure to follow.

Clothing And Body Superstitions
Many bad luck superstitions surround what you wear and how you groom your body. A hat on a bed means bad luck, as do shoes on a table. It's bad luck for a groom to see the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony, and never wear an opal unless it's your birthstone. Don't cut fingernails on Friday or Sunday, and, if the left palm itches, money will soon be lost. Avoid getting dressed with the left leg, arm, foot or hand first.

Animals
Black cats and bats are considered unlucky in most of Europe and North America. Other unlucky animal superstitions with roots in European pagan cultures are ravens, black dogs and owls. Killing a sparrow, robin, stork or an albatross is also a sure way to bring on bad luck. If a cat, weasel, or fox crosses the path in front of someone, they'll experience bad luck. When fishing, throw back the first one caught, or suffer bad luck that day.

Good Luck Charms
There are many charms and rituals designed to ward off bad luck. Ringing a bell has long been associated with scaring evil spirits away. Horseshoes, horseshoe nails, a rabbit's foot and four-leaf clovers are also considered to keep bad luck at bay. Many people say "white rabbit" first thing in the morning on the first day of the month. Wood is a strong natural element that, when touched or rapped on, will prevent something unlucky from happening.

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