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Superstitions Category

Dowsing

fieldDowsing is a psychic technique used to find lost or hidden objects by tapping into their energy fields. Used for several generations, dowsing has been used to locate everything from lost jewellery to underground water sources.

In previous centuries, dowsing was declared to be a practise of evil, and the moving of dowsing tools was thought to be the work of the devil. Sceptics concluded that dowsing was simply a superstitious performance due to the fact that the process was mainly made up of paranormal and extrasensory techniques. For this reason, dowsing can also be referred to as ‘water witching’. Despite the scepticism, dowsing has collected some well-known practitioners throughout the years including Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Uri Geller.

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Numerology

List of numbersNumerology is the term which is given to the analysis of the perceived relationship between certain numbers and events which are believed to be correlated. These relationships between numbers and events are believed to be mystical and controlled by a divine power.

Numerology as an idea is not a new concept; in fact it is a practice that spans back over many hundreds and even thousands of years. One notable historical figure in particular, Pythagoras, the great Ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician was amongst the early adopters of Numerology systems. He professed that because of the solid structure of mathematical concepts, in which you are able to group and qualify elements and distinguish them from each other, that mathematical concepts such as numerology were the most relevant in developing our understanding of the world (more…)

Ouija Boards

Ouija boardOuija boards have been popularised in films and continue to be associated with the paranormal. Although they appear to be mystical devices they were actually invented as a harmless parlour game by a businessman named Elijah Bond in 1890. The name Ouija board is actually patented and now owned by Hasbro who make other board games such as Monopoly and Scrabble. Many “Ouija boards” are therefore known as spirit or talking boards. (more…)

Superstitions

Do you live your life avoiding walking over cracks in the pavement or walking under ladders? How about searching for the second magpie afterFriday 13th Calendar seeing just the one or wanting to cry for breaking a mirror? Well if so, you’re not alone or crazy! Having a superstition is common amongst us all wherever we are in the world and we all try to avoid doing certain things…just in case! Did you know that there’s not one, or two, but three Friday 13th’s this year, tomorrow being one of them? And they say everything happens in threes! Superstition dates back to early Ancient times and have somehow been passed on over centuries and generations. Here are some of the more common and our favourite superstitions…

Walking under ladders is probably one of the most established forms of superstition, but why do we go out of way to avoid it? Well, it originates back to the early Christian teachings, where an object that has three points, represents the Holy Trinity, which is the case when a ladder is leaning against the wall.They believed that, if you were to walk under a ladder, then you would have been labelled as being a witch and in the same league as the Devil, something we don’t want! Breaking a mirror is said to give you seven years bad luck. We all know that when we look into a mirror, we see our reflection; therefore, if the mirror was to break, it doesn’t just shatter our reflection but our soul too. Throwing salt over your left shoulder should be immediate, if any has been spilt, in order to keep the devil away. Remember, the left shoulder is supposedly where the devil sits.We’ve all been told not to open an umbrella indoors, but what is the big problem with doing it? The Ancient Egyptians used umbrellas for the opposite reason to how we use them now. They were simply for sun protection and the Egyptians feared that they would be punished with bad luck by the sun God – Ra if they were to be opened indoors. Have you even been shouted at for putting shoes on a table? Did you just think it was because you would leave marks or make the table dirty? How about this for a superstitious myth…putting shoes on a table is a resemblance of death? Miners work boots were placed on a table of their family as a symbol to say they have died. Also, back in the day when criminals were hanged, the table represents the final platform before being suspended. Cross your fingers when passing someone on the stairs to avoid any bad luck and remember to salute a magpie if you see one. Not all superstitions are bad!There are a fair few lucky ones too… (more…)