When we think of superstitions, we usually believe they are just stories. However, some stories have a pretty magical past.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, ‘superstition‘ is a belief that is not based on reason or scientific thinking and that explains the causes for events in ways that are connected to magic. Considering the majority of people do not believe in magic, superstitions have become synonymous with eye-rolling. To quote one friend, “superstitions are rubbish.”
But what if they weren’t?
I came across an article by Magical Recipes Online, which explains a few more superstitions and their magical past than I am sharing here, but these 5 are the most commonly heard of:
1. Knocking on Wood when Ill Omen is presented
Maybe the most popular superstition is this. Knocking on wood every-time ill fate is predicted. We actually do this when carriers of bad luck are presented or someone talks ill about you or someone you love.
The Arcane Truth: Knocking on Wood actually comes from the belief that every tree is inhabited by a spirit known as a Hamadryad or Dryad. The action of knocking was practiced by ancient priests to immediately summon this spirit to aid the Priest or Priestess in order to ward off evil or even fulfill a wish. So the next time you knock on wood, remember that you are actually Summoning the Spirits of the Tree.
2. Garlic to Ward off Evil
It is very popular all over the Mediterranean Sea, Middle Ease, India and America. Why do we hang garlic? To drive a way bad luck or even invite good luck.
The Arcane Truth: Well, little do they know, that Garlic is actually one of the most potent plants associated with Mars. The energy of this planet is associated with fighting bad luck, warding off evil spirits and gambling! Even the presence of Garlic creates an aura of protection, warding off maleficent entities. Moreover, it invites good luck and helps us break the bad karma.
3. Black Cats are omens of Bad Luck
Don’t tell me you never even thought of how things are going to turn up when you see a black cat. According to most places of the world, watching a black cat is an omen of bad luck. However, did you know that exactly the opposite is believed in the U.K.? In Britain, they believe that a black cat is an auspicious omen!
The Arcane Truth: Black cats are in fact omens of change of luck. Nothing more, nothing less. (See more about it here). The black cats are here to inform you that a change is coming and you should be ready for it.
4. Covering Mirrors prior Sleeping
Again, this superstition is kinda popular. Mirrors are feared and people like to cover or hide them in the bedroom. If you ask why, they probably tell you silly things. Fear of the unknown is the best answer. But witches know better…
The Arcane Truth: While we are sleeping we may project in the Astral Plane. In this case,if it happens to see our reflection we might get scared and violently be pushed back to our material bodies. This is why witches cover their mirrors. Because they know that sleeping is only a gateway!
5. Tossing Salt to ward off evil
Many people believe that tossing salt behind their back, or towards the source of bad lack can change things. Most usually people toss salt behind their left shoulder, where devil is supposed to be.
The Arcane Truth: Salt is a powerful tool for banishing. Tossing salt with banishing intention usually does the trick. Simple as that, Witches love to carry salt with them in case of ‘spiritual emergency’. Moreover, they like to toss salt behind their left shoulder, to banish the temptations of the ‘left path’, where selfish decisions are made, regardless of the Law of Free Will.