What’s your good luck ritual?
Today is September 1st, and I remembered to say “rabbit, rabbit,” the very first thing when I woke. It’s one of the good luck rituals I know will bring me good luck the rest of the month.
Per English tradition, repeating the words “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit”, “white rabbit” or any variation out loud upon waking on the first morning of a new month will ensure good luck for the rest of the month.
How did I pick up this strange tradition? I read it in a book when I was younger. I know of only one other person who is familiar with this good luck ritual.
Railroad good luck rituals
- When riding in a car, lift your feet off the floor while going over a railroad track.
- If you count railroad cars, the total will equal how many years you’ll live. Obviously, you only want to count the really long trains.
Cemetery good luck rituals
When in a car, hold your breath while passing a cemetery to avoid the spirits entering your body. I disagree with this one as I grew up living across the street from a cemetery. It was a quiet neighborhood.
Counting cars in the funeral procession—the number of cars equals the days left until your own death. Best stick to counting train cars, eh?
If you accidentally spill salt, one good luck ritual includes tossing a pinch of spilled salt over your left shoulder to ward off the devil. The devil evidently hovers behind you to the left and a salt shot in the eye will send him away.
The superstition traces back to the time of the Last Supper. Judas Iscariot spilled salt on the table, and we all know the bad luck that caused.
- Finding a ladybug is a sign of good luck. Killing one is bad luck.
- The number of dots on the back of a ladybug equals the number of years of good luck you will have.
- A ladybug landing on your hand indicates good weather is near.
Other good luck rituals
- A horseshoe nailed over your front door will bring good luck, but only if it’s open side up. If it’s open side down, your luck will run out.
- When eating any fowl, save the breast wishbone. When it dries, with a friend, each of you pull on one end of the wishbone. The one who gets the bigger piece will have good luck.
These are some of the weird good luck rituals I learned growing up. Do you have a different ritual or belief in your family or culture? Leave them in the comments below.
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