Shaken Not Stirred

Monday, May 01, 2006

Very Superstitious

On one Grey's Anatomy episode (a show I really really love and if I had to give up all other shows for just one, this would be the one I would keep), they had a patient with OCD. This patient had to turn the lights on and off several times for good luck. He truly believed that his luck would change if he didn't do this. Sadly in the end, when he wasn't allowed to finish his light clicking, he passed away due to a complication during his surgery. Meredith Grey said "Superstition was based on waht we can and can't control..." yada, yada, yada with her voice over and shots of Seattle Grace Hospital. I don't get the voice overs. I usually turn to this channel during the end of Desperate Housewives and once again there is a voice over summing up the moral/virtue/lesson of their show.

Anyway, I believe that I'm a pretty superstitious person. I've written a post about this once, it was because some of my so called friends send me those frickin forwards that state my cause/time of death if I don't continue the forward. What I hate the most is forwarding it to friends I know won't forward it because they aren't spooked by it. And then I will bear the guilt if they should succumb to the nasty predictions of the forward.

I also always pick pennies up. At first because I was told it would bring good-luck. Later I learned in microbiology class that these ground dwelling items could be the harbinger of a multitude of germs. But now I pick it up because of a forward that I got that said you should pick it up becuase of the printed statement "In God We Trust" on it.

I've never broken a mirror, nor have I walked under a ladder. I stay away from black cats, step over cracks in the side walk, never walk over someone's grave...I'm a listener of old wives tales. I think that cold shivers are because a soul/ghost has passed thru the room and my friends and I have discussed the effects of a full moon.

Does anyone else have certain superstitions they abide by?


  • I love that show too. That is my most favorite show as well.
    I remember that episode you are talking about. I used to be more OCD than I am now. I would count things (always even though). I no longer do that, but I still have set ways of doing things and I do have to have the volume level on the tv on an even number. Oh well!
    I pick up pennies too...for luck. (and I know they are full of germs, but I used to work in a bank and all money is disgusting). Talk about washing your hands many times in a day. When I worked in the bank, I would wash them before and after going to the ladies room!

    By Blogger Lee Ann, at 11:05 PM  

  • I don't believe in superstitions. I always heard that if someone sweeps under your feet that you wouldn't ever be married. I let people sweep under my feet all the time but I still ended up hitched. It's all bunk.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 11:43 PM  

  • Sorry my friend...I'm the least superstitious I know!
    In fact, I generally go out of my way to walk under ladders, and Friday the 13th is one of my favorite days.
    (I'm just so difficult!)

    But you know...I'm one of the most fortunate people!

    By Blogger Tai, at 11:45 PM  

  • When I played baseball, I would NEVER take the first sign given as pitcher- even if it was the pitch I wanted.

    By Blogger coloradohurricane, at 12:15 AM  

  • Never pick up pennies in New Orleans- they have spells on them!

    My nana has filled us with them...
    no hats on the bed EVER, no shoes under the bed, beds must point to sunrise, never walk in your new home without a bible first, cross out black cats that cross your path, fava bean in your purse fro money.....oh I could go on!!!!!

    By Blogger sabatkes, at 12:58 AM  

  • Never squash a spider--bad luck. :)

    I'm superstitions about half the time--but I try to rationalize them and only go for the positive ones.

    For instance, picking up a penny (which I ALWAYS do if I see one) IS lucky--you are richer automatically and it's good exercise bending down. And you can nickel and dime your way to fortune after all.

    By Blogger Spider Girl, at 1:13 AM  

  • Breaking Glass - years of badluck. I am quite superstitious about this

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:28 AM  

  • Black cats are good luck not bad. I know because I used to own a black cat.

    I have never had luck for picking up pennies, and figured the bad luck from walking under a ladder comes from people above you dropping things.

    I used to believe killing spiders made it rain, but that was before I lived in British Columbia's rainforest climate--it never needs an excuse to rain in B.C.

    So, overall, I'd say superstions are bunkum.

    By Blogger blackcrag, at 2:39 AM  

  • I never thought I was superstitious, but now that I think about it, I am a little bit. I always "touch wood" so I don't put a jinx on myself when I'm talking about something good about myself. I never give a purse or a wallet as a gift, without putting a coin in it, cause if you don't then that purse will always be empty !! I also never, ever, ever walk over a grave when in a cemetary ... eeewww, that's too creepy.
    Great post, Angel. Thanks.
    Take care, Meow

    By Blogger Meow, at 3:30 AM  

  • In the UK a black cat is considered lucky!

    My mother is very superstitious but sometimes to the point that it was so hilarious.. maybe that's why I never picked it up... I just thought it was so funny!

    By Blogger missy, at 4:20 AM  

  • I'm not superstitious, but when grocery shopping I never "take the one in front." I always move the front box aside to take the one behind it. The same goes for magazines.

    I think it's a germ thing. And I like my magazines to be wrinkle free.

    By Blogger JJ, at 7:03 AM  

  • Angel, you've got issues... ;) lol

    My OCD goes only as far as folding my towels an exact way, making sure the tag is on the same corner whenever the bed is made, and other small things like that. Oh, and I'm obsessive with spelling. If I am reading an old post of mine from 5 months ago, and I notice a typo, I will go and fix it. =)

    By Blogger the_mrs, at 1:23 PM  

  • No, never been one to be superstitious, but I do have a OCD like habit of repeating words, phrases or tunes in the back of my mind like background music. not sure why this is the case, but I have always done it.

    By Blogger epicurist, at 3:30 PM  

  • if i want something truly
    i don't tell anyone -
    i keep it to myself until
    it comes true...

    By Blogger Maddy, at 4:53 PM  

  • you know i think it's all in the head.. mind over matter. if you believe it it can be true. don't underestimate the power of the mind. we do not know it's full power!

    having said that - if you put both hands on the sides of a doorway , ie you stand in a doorway, touching both sides with your hands, that means you're gonna be in a fight. so you have to clap your hands to dispel it. that'a a persian superstition!

    By Blogger Leila, at 7:36 PM  

  • I'm not superstitious, but I am a firm believer in Murphy's law :)

    I couldn't find an e-mail, but wanted to ask you if you'd consider getting in touch with your Beastly side for a guest post on Beauty vs. the Beast. If so, you can e-mail me at I'll fill you in on all the gory details :)

    Thanks - Siren

    By Blogger siren, at 9:53 PM  

  • You know, I really love that show. I don't watch too much, but I always make sure to catch American Idol and Grey's Anatomy.

    I'm not superstitious anymore. But when I was competing in sports, I did have my rituals.

    Superstitions are a way to give people a sense of control over things they really cannot control.

    By Blogger The Phoenix, at 10:16 PM  

  • Love is all you need:)

    By Anonymous Babette, at 12:04 AM  

  • I like what Phoenix said. It seems true yet I have to admit I have a few superstitions of my own. I do pick up pennies and even pick them up when they are face down. The foot of my bed can never be directly in front of a doorway. I got this from Feng-shui and something about being vulnerable in that position because the dead are drug out through the doorway by their feet. I also never look in a mirror in the dark but I think that's more out of fear than superstition.

    Those chain forwards that I get on a daily basis are deleted immediately. I've never believed in those and I think they are silly. If I like the message then I usually cut and paste and foward that part and leave out the "you will die if you don't forward this to x amount of people within the first minute of opening this email.. muaahaahah."

    I don't see Friday the 13th as unlucky either. My dad was born on that day and has had nothing but good luck on those days. And I love black kitties so I just consider myself lucky to be in their presence.

    By Blogger LostInTX, at 9:45 AM  

  • I like the show, but I don't have supersticions. Except that is possible, always take the opportunity for the donkey punch.

    By Blogger slopmaster, at 2:00 PM  

  • Im not superstitious at all.

    By Blogger Princess Pessimism, at 4:59 PM  

  • i have a superstition, it's a little thing i do when somebody talks of death (not in general, but about the possibility of early death). I can't explain it, it's something i do to chase it away. If i say it i am afraid i am going to break the spell (it is really working, up to now)

    By Blogger Chloe, at 6:11 PM  

  • I have only one superstition -- and it's to never, EVER, comment on blogs about my superstition.

    Oh shit.

    -- david

    By Blogger David Amulet, at 8:52 PM  

  • the number 11 is bad luck- a shady number. there has been many bad occurences associated with this #- including 9/11.

    By Blogger vani, at 9:50 PM  

  • well, no i don't think so? so, you are aware of the theory of people predicting their own destiny, and how that tends to fulfill itself. i can't remember what its called. bf skinner, carl rogers, seligman, one of those. carl jung maybe?

    By Blogger Badoozie, at 12:32 AM  

  • I have this lovely shirt I never wear because of the all the bad things that happen when I wear it!

    By Blogger Wriju, at 2:23 AM  

  • When I was a kid, my best friends mom told me to put my thumbs up when I pass a grave yard. It meant good luck and to this day I still put my thumbs up when I pass a grave yard.

    Sometimes I forward those things and sometimes I don't. I'm still here and alive and doing well. I forwarded one yesterday that said I had eight minutes to forward it to eight people including the one that forwarded it to me. I only got one response. Crazy!

    By Blogger Lucy Stern, at 7:09 AM  

  • I usually pick up pennies. I don't know why, but I prefer the ones that have the head facing up.
    I sometimes am superstitous, sometimes not. It all just depends on what mood I am in.

    By Blogger No one asked us, at 7:20 AM  

  • DONT make fun of spirits or the afterlife....

    Freaky things may happen

    By Blogger Cari, at 9:35 AM  


    that's sweet.. you and my mom would get along.. hehehehehe

    By Blogger madame P, at 9:54 AM  

  • I rarely step on cracks (don't want to break my mother's back). Playing sports was all about trying to do the same stuff you did when you were successful, I went a little nuts on that.

    By Blogger Big Ben, at 5:48 PM  

  • How about holding your breath when driving by cemetaries. I used to do that when I was younger...

    By Blogger zippyjake, at 10:10 AM  

  • Other than being a handwashing obsessive, the only possibly superstitious thing I do is say "rabbit," on the first of every month. It started when I was 13 and one of the nuns at school said that since it was the first of the month, saying "rabbit" was for good luck.

    I never heard an explanation for why a bunny call on the first of the month would be good luck, but there it is. I also didn't start doing this till my early 30s. Guess it definitely means I'm heading in a downward spiral toward senility.

    How are your studies coming along? And when are you taking your exam?

    By Blogger Tea and Books, etc, at 6:16 PM  

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