by Paul Schroeder
Phantoms fill the air around us, electromagnetic energy fogs with memories and identity, and superstitions have arisen, as forms of protection against the evil unseen.
Numbers, as supernatural protection, intersect with paranormal magic when the intent of the person’s energy attaches to such numbers.
Seven has always been considered an exponentially lucky number used against that present yet unseen evil.
The Old Testament Bible is the original source that holds seven as a magic number:
-the seventh son of a seventh son,
-seven times around the walls of Jericho,
-the seven seas-
– the seven wonders of the world,
-seven years of good prosperity and seven years of famine,
-the seven ages of man,
-the seven deadly sins,
-seven years bad luck for breaking a silver mirror,
-seven lucky temples of the Arabians,
-seven as a winning throw in dice,
-seven ancient original planets (six and the sun as the seventh),
-seven stars in His hand (Revelations),
-seven days to create the Earth and Heaven, and rest
-seven Brethren to make a perfect lodge,
-and beyond the Bible:
– the seven dwarfs,
-the seven orders of architecture,
-the seven sisters of the Pleiades,
-The 7 Lucky Artifacts:
- rabbit’s foot
- white elephant charm
- key with heart-lock
- four-leaf clover
- swastika (the symbol is pre-Hitlerian)
-the Chinese seven valuables, and so on, ad infinitum.
Rabbit’s feet were always considered lucky and were carried in Ancient and Medieval pockets of garments as a guaranteed ward against bad luck.
Today, one can purchase a dyed novelty item rabbit’s foot for a key-chain, but it will be of a front paw, useless, as only a rabbit’s rear foot has value magically.
It was well known that wild rabbits will rapidly thump their hind foot as an approach signal of danger, to warn other rabbits in their warren, in much the same way that beavers slap their tails onto the water to alert their families of approaching danger.
Remember ‘Thumper’, of Disney ilk?
So, too, it was thought in ancient times, that if one carried the rear paw of a wild rabbit hidden in one’s garment or pocket, that the paw would ‘thump’ within, to apprise one of impending imminent or approaching danger, just as the paw did, in life.
However, the rabbit’s foot available today, is the front paw of a domestic rabbit and only a wild rabbit’s hind paw, will suffice as a ward against danger and bring one magical good luck.
Knocking on wood originated in England with the people who built Stonehenge, the ancient Druids, who believed in human sacrifices and also that good spirits dwelled in Pine trees.
Their belief held that if such a Pine tree were brought into one’s home and ‘knocked on’, that the good spirits dwelling within it, would then be released into the home, thus bringing magical good luck.
Modern Christians on Christmas who bring Pine trees into the house and decorate them, are following this ancient pagan Druid’s rite which the Church tried unsuccessfully to extinguish.
This ancient Druid pagan holy day, was originally on December 25th.
The Church stole and supplanted this Druid holiday date in an attempt to substitute it and replace it with their own Holy Day of Christ’s Mass, (Christmas) symbolically representing December 25th as the date of the ‘birth of Christ’ instead of the pagan holy date.
It is an a’ priori fact that nobody had known, has known, or ever will know, the true date, of Our Savior’s birth for
only uneducated, superstitious people, without historical knowledge, believe this birth of Christ date as fact.
Ancient Druids exchanged gifts with each other in their pagan celebration of that Roman agricultural holiday, on December 25th.
Christians today exchange gifts, still following that pagan ritual, which has nothing to do with what the church tried hard to impose, as Christianity.
The church was patently unable to erase this gift giving Druid element of pagan celebration, despite prodigious efforts to punish those who did.
Mistletoe was revered by these ancient Druids such that it was never allowed to touch the floor and instead was hung from eves, above doorways, and from ceilings.
In their pagan rites, revered and valued mistletoe was used as an aphrodisiac, a sexual stimulant, for under its horny influence hundreds of young Druid women and young Druid men would go into the fields (‘children of the corn’) to lasciviously and licentiously copulate in public in great numbers, to excite and thus encourage the ‘Gods’, to do likewise, a type of Godly pornography.
Druids believed that the rains which enriched the fields at this holiday time, which fell from the sky, were the ‘seeds of the Gods’, or God’s sperm, which fell down to earth from Godly sexual unions, and were essential in order to stimulate agricultural growth.
Christians who still hang mistletoe are displaying the vestigial remnants of this shameless sexual rite of the pagan Druids, as on Christmas, one can kiss anyone who stands under this herb, without owning guilt or shame.
The Church was unable to extinguish this Druid magical pagan practice.
Outside of the Church, superstitions of magic also held innate spiritual truths, attached to them.
Black cats were firmly believed to be witches’ ‘familiars’, creatures possessed by demons, evil inhuman creatures, summoned into black cats, to do evil; if a black cat crossed your path, it was no accident, but a curse.
Thus, black cats were virtually exterminated from England.
Breaking a mirror, as a portent of bad luck, originated with prehistoric man, who held that his reflected image was not merely his image, but an actual picture of his spirit and inner soul, itself.If such a primitive saw his reflection in a puddle or in a pond’s surface, it would cause certain bad luck or even likely death to disrupt that image, by tossing a pebble or stone into it causing ripples.
Interrupting the ‘image’, interrupted life, itself, and thus the mirror shattering superstition prevailed.
Certain African tribes, Middle Eastern as well as American Mennonites consider the taking of their picture with a photograph to be a ‘soul stealing’ intrusive and unacceptable event.
The number 13, has long been considered bad luck for millennia; today one will not likely see a number for a 13th airline flight or a designated 13th floor in a city skyscraper; one will likely see 12a or 12b as a utility floor, instead.
This fear of 13 as magical evil goes back into ancient history.
Prehistoric man counted with the only calculator that he had, his two hands with a total of ten fingers and his two feet, counted as not having ten toes, but as each foot being a single digit.
Twelve represented that which could be ‘known’ and
prehistoric man knew therefore that twelve was natural,
considered good and known, twelve months to a year, twelve people on a jury, and so on.
Thirteen represented and symbolized that beyond which could be counted, or known and thus , since
prehistoric man feared anything unknown, that number was considered magical and evil and still remains so.
The unknown has always been considered sinister and worthy of being feared.
This precedes the myth notion that the Last Supper (a Jewish Passover dinner) had 12 disciples and that Judas who betrayed Him, was the unlucky 13th.
However, the number 13 is considered very lucky by the Chinese and Jewish cultures both of whom respectively have thirteen lunar months in their calendars.
The Chinese also have thirteen valuable talisman: gold, silver, copper, bronze, jade, ivory, amber, wood, water, moon,
fire, silk and ruby.
Superstitions’ magic in avoiding bad luck, reminds me of the quote,”I wondered why the baseball seemed to be growing so much larger in size, and then.. it hit me.”
Nine is good magic from the novena, the Catholic prayer that extends to nine days, as is three on a match, is considered bad luck ; from combat experience, a sniper could on seeing an enemy’s distant flame, from the first smoker, to get aim, the second smoker, to get range and the third person lost his face and cigarette to a bullet.
Throwing things at people, is also considered magical, and
throwing certain things, considered good luck.
Throwing rice at wedding was, from ancient times, considered a sign of good luck, as rice was so prolific, that tossing a handful into a puddle caused it to germinate within a few days.
Throwing rice, therefore, was thought to bring good marital reproductive luck, to magically cause the bride to have many healthy babies.
If one doesn’t like the groom, one may throw five pound bags of rice, in an attempt to seriously wound him.
Throwing coins into a wedding fountain accompanied by good wishes and throwing bridal bouquets also are both magically attributed with bringing good luck.
Throwing salt over one’s left shoulder, prevents evil from approaching, as salt is magical, absorbs negative energy and is reputed to kill witches.
It’s called the ‘spice of life’.
Before refrigeration, salt was widely used to preserve any perishable food.
In Roman times, a soldier’s pay was given in bag measures of salt, (saline) instead of in coin money and thus the word,’ salary’ comes from the word ‘salt’, given as payment for military services rendered.
Salt that is blessed and left in a continuous line to encircle a house troubled with loathsome spirits, can create an effective ward or barrier to protect those inside from more harassment.
I know from personal experience, that this particular aspect of blessed salt is positively true, and not at all mere superstition.
Salt is so valuable and so magical that if one spills salt accidentally, one is left unprotected by its magic, and evil ones approach at once over one’s left shoulder.
Throwing salt over one’s left shoulder into evil’s face reestablishes salt’s protection for your aural/astral energies, against evil ones.
The very word for ‘left’, in French is ‘gauche’ which literally means ‘wrong’.
A left handed handshake was always considered very sinister.
‘Right’, on the other hand, to coin a pun, is considered good; one seats one’s most favored guests at a wedding to the right of one on a dais and one’s ‘right hand man’ is more than one’s best friend.
In fact for the first 100 years of our country’s educational system children were forced to write with their right hand if they were naturally southpaws, as left handedness was then surely considered a sign of the devil.
One is still hard pressed to find any left handed desks for pupils to write with today in too many modern classrooms.
Directions aside, finally, magic exists in ladders.
If one leaves a high open ladder in evidence in the middle of a busy city street, many people will avoid walking under it.
Walking under a ladder as a sign of bad luck originated in England in the 17th century, when pickpockets were hung from the neck until death, from tall ladders, publicly, capital punishment for the minor crime of being a pickpocket.
Pickpockets roamed and picked pockets, and worked those crowds who had assembled to witness such executions, a grim reminder that capital punishment, as a deterrent, simply doesn’t ever work.
It was believed that should someone walk under that ladder, after the hanged criminal’s body was removed, the ghostly spirit of the dead criminal lingering there would attach to and follow one home, to cause havoc and eventually spiritual possession, in an attempt to continue to steal, but this time, the most valuable of assets, one’s soul.
Are these foolhardy assumptions, contrary to science or do they point towards remnants of lost spiritual truths, about how the Universe reacts to evil, bad luck and unseen sinister entities?
Science stumbles when the paranormal, magic or spirit is discussed, however,
the laws of the unseen all around us , extend within the paranormal and the mind’s superstitions mixed with the mind’s intent, can indeed often protect against it.
—=Additional superstitions that have defied my etymological research:
Put almonds in your pocket when you need to find something.
Scatter chili peppers around your house to break a curse.
Never blow out the first candle you lit before you blow out the others or bad luck will follow.
Throw rice in the air to make it rain.
Ask an orange a yes or no question and count the seeds. An even number of seeds means no and an odd number means yes.
In a photograph of three, the person in the middle will die first.
Walk through the branches of a maple tree to have a long life.
Carry peach wood to have a long life. Eat a peach to assist in making a tough decision.
Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to repel evil.
Do not whistle at night.
Eat mustard seed to ensure fertility.
Place chips of cedar wood in a box with some coins to draw money to you.
If you bite your tongue, someone is talking about you or thinking of you.
Hanging up a new calendar before the year is over will bring bad luck