Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous
55% of full

Farmers Almanac
The 2016 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Bad Luck Superstition?

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Add to Google+ Share on Pinterest Subscribe by Email Print This Post

Ever give any thought to some of the superstitions that have been handed down from generation to generation. For example- why is it considered bad luck to walk under a ladder?

Well, first and foremost, it is dangerous to walk under a ladder in case it slips, but there’s more to the superstition than that. Since a ladder, leaning against a wall, forms a triangle with the ground and the wall, the belief it that you’d better not step through it and break it, or evil may befall you.

The triangle was a sacred symbol to the early Christians, representing the Blessed Trinity–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Walking under a ladder was considered a serious sin because it weakened God’s power, and thus released evil demons into the world. Before the gallows were invented, murderers were hung from the top rungs of ladders. Many people believed that their ghosts had a habit of hanging round under those ladders where the bodies fell, so it behooved a wise person to not walk under a ladder.

More superstitions to come. What are some superstitions that you think have some or no merit? Share them here.

Articles you might also like...

2 comments

1 TheTrueNeptune@Msn.Com { 05.20.10 at 5:34 am }

Ohhhh… I know that one…. It’s said that either lightning will strike or It’s just generally bad luck to open an umbrella indoors… Right???

2 deb { 05.13.10 at 9:27 am }

Very interesting, can’t wait to hear about opening the umbrella in the house.

Leave a Comment

Note: Comments that further the discussion of the above content are likely to be approved. Those comments that are vague or are simply submitted in order to promote a product, service or web site, although not necessarily considered "spam," are generally not approved.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

Winter Is Coming – Sign Up Today!

Get our ALL-ACCESS PASS and get 365 days of access to our online calendars along with a copy of the 2017 Almanac (Now Shipping!) for only $13.99 $11.99!

Subscribe Today »