Monday, April 4, 2011

Walking on Eggshells


When I was a kid, I came across an old superstition that said witches would use eggshells to ride out to sea and call up storms. You were supposed to crack the bottoms of the shells once you’d used them so that the witches would drown. I did this diligently for several weeks, before I realised the truth: I liked storms. 

After that I used to leave the uncracked shells outside so the witches would find them more easily. And at night, lying in bed listening to the thunder, I used to feel very smug and powerful.



What are some of your favourite superstitions, and do you still follow their rules today? 

14 comments:

  1. Oh, I like this post. I think my favorite superstition that I still tend to follow (most of the time) is the one about not telling what you have wished for, whether it be a wish on a star or when blowing out the birthday candle, whatever. Telling the wish is supposed to rob it of its power to come true, like pulling an ascending kite down out of the stream of air that's lifting it.

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  2. I love that superstition, very cool. The only thing I'm really superstitious about is a hat on the bed. Blame the film Drugstore Cowboy :)

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  3. Margo, I like the analogy about the kite. I've never thought of wishes that way! Beautiful!

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  4. Girl Friday, what is it with hats on beds that is bad luck? I saw Drugstore Cowboy so long ago I can't remember!

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  5. I love the image of a witch riding out to see on an eggshell. I've never heard that superstition before. I love a good storm and would have kept the shells intact too.

    I don't really have too many superstitions of my own, and I always seem to have good luck on Friday the 13th. Maybe because I'm always expecting the worst on that day, everything looks better. :)

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  6. I couldn't think of any superstition until Margo mentionned the wish thing. I indeed do that. Oh, and I throw pennies in fountains.

    By the way, I LOVE your superstition. :)

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  7. LG, I like Friday the 13th, and always have! Maybe it's all those Freaky Friday movies, but I always enjoy the possibility that weird things might happen. They never do, though!

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  8. Claudie, I did once throw coins in the Trevi Fountain. The whole over the shoulder thing. I was a very poor backpacker at the time though, and probably would have been better off keeping them to put towards lunch. I wonder how much money fountains make in a year for local councils.

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  9. Oh I love this post! What a great superstition.

    I don't know that I have any superstitions exactly, but I do change my behavior based on "Omens" of the ridiculous and coincidental sort. Like, for example, if I'm driving along and I am listening to the radio and singing along to a song that's playing, and then I switched stations and the EXACT same song starts playing, I become convinced I'm about to be in a horrible car accident. I'll drive super carefully or find someplace to stop so I can get out of the car before it like, explodes or something.

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  10. Sommer, will you be offended if I tell you that you're strange? In a very cool way, of course! I do work on the theory that I won't have a car accident as long as I'm expecting one... I'm hoping it makes me a more cautious driver!
    But now I want to know where you got the idea. Have you ever been in a car accident? And did this happen before? Or are you, just like me, half-expecting something bad to happen to spoil your day whenever things are going well?

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  11. Sommer! Is it wrong that your comment made me laugh? I agree with Margo's superstition about not telling wishes. I also wish on the first star I see that night (when looking, of course).

    I finally grew beyond my need to hold my breath when passing cemeteries, but I still only take short breaths. Also, I can't sleep with my foot hanging down over the side lest any monsters cut off my feet. Those are likely more demonstrations of my closet craziness and not so much superstitions though. ;)

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  12. TL, that is so funny! When I was a kid I had to tuck my feet in under the blankets because I thought gnomes would come and hack my toes off. And I have no idea where I got that idea from!

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  13. It's not really a superstition but when I got out in a storm, I'll always listen to the wind in case it tells me something.
    You know? When it's windy enough you hear sounds? Yes, I'd listen to the winds :)

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  14. Bluesdarky, I do love the sound of a good storm! I loved it more before the cyclone - now when it gets windy I tend to get nervous, but I'm sure that will pass now cyclone season is almost over! I also love a good electrical storm, when the thunder is so loud it shakes the house.

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