Another Friday the thirteenth ! So that's two things to worry about then - Friday and Thirteen.
So presumably double bad luck in the air.
However much I tell my self it is all nonsense - that all these silly superstitions have been imposed upon the natural world by human beings - I still have a few vestiges of superstition that I cannot shake off.
Do you knowingly walk under a ladder without crossing your fingers? I certainly don't; I even cross my fingers if I walk under scaffolding.
And if I see the new moon for the first time through a glass window I am less than happy and have a sudden urge to say "abracadabra, fiddle-de-dee, gobble-do-gook" (if I am alone - yes I will admit it - I have been known to say it and to turn around three times). Both these things I have remembered from my childhood, living with a mother who was absolutely riddled with superstitions She would never bring May (hawthorn) blossom into the house, nor ivy.
In the old days, when we killed a pig each December and cured or stored the meat, there would be a rule that no pregnant woman was to come anywhere near the house until the whole operation was over, as a pregnant woman would taint the meat!
One of my Father's regular sayings on a Thursday evening, would be "Ah well, tomorrow will be Friday and we've caught no fish today!" I understand that fishermen still consider it bad luck to put out to sea on a Friday. Is this so?
Mother's ornaments, if they had faces, had to be looking into the room, not out of it.
I suspect that we have come quite a long way since you could be burnt at the stake for witchcraft five hundred years ago - but old habits die hard and there are still a lot of superstitions about.
I still say "rabbits" on the first of the month (at school we used to say "a pinch and a punch for the first of the month"!)
And why exactly is thirteen unlucky? (Isn't it something to do with Jesus and the Apostles?) And why, if you are acting in Macbeth, must you never say the name of the play?
I could go on - but I would love to know it you have any superstitions which you adhere to, even though you know it is rubbish.
Do you do any of the following for example:
Never leave scissors open on the table.
Never put shoes on the table.
Never cross knives on the table.
Always throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder if you spill it.
Never say thankyou if you drop a glove and someone else picks it up for you.
Say "touch wood" if you say something that tempts fate.
So, I ask again. Are you superstitious? No? Think carefully - and let me know. Good luck!!