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It’s Friday the 13th again. You may not be as superstitious as others, but it would be well to still be aware of these common omens or actions that could possibly indicate dire circumstances ahead:

  • Black cat crossing your path
  • Broken mirrors
  • Walking beneath a ladder
  • Three 6s in a row
  • Opening an umbrella inside
  • Three Three 6 Mafia songs in a row
  • A square pancake
  • A group of crows having a breakdance battle
  • Moon falling from sky, over and over and over again
  • Empty egg
  • Coffee mad at you
  • Fiancé turns into a frog
  • And then explodes
  • But your parents are crazy about him
  • And already put a deposit down for the wedding
  • So you gotta scoop up his guts and marry the bits of toad anyway
  • Um, yeah. Try to avoid that one.
Eight bad omens

1. When you see a single magpie, the size of a double-decker bus, descend from a storm-dark sky above Manhattan to peck shiny stuff off the top of skyscrapers.
2. When a black cat crosses your path as you are trying to pick your way through a minefield.
3. When you break a mirror over the head of someone who was previously a good friend of yours.
4. When the lift is heading for the thirteenth floor, but the building only has ten floors and the lift is not very aerodynamic.
5. When you open an umbrella indoors because it is raining indoors because you no longer have a roof.
6. When you are eating with giant metal chopsticks during a thunderstorm and you leave them sticking upwards in the bowl.
7. When you say ‘Macbeth’ in a theatre to a genie who has just asked you which play you would like them to make your life resemble more closely.
8. When you walk under a ladder which is being used by a loose coalition of supervillains to climb into the sky and put out the sun.

Common Samhain and Halloween Superstitions

  • If you see a spider on Samhain the spirit of a loved one is near
  • If you wear your clothes inside out and walk backwards, you’ll see a witch at midnight
  • If you hear an owl on Samhain someone will soon die
  • If you bob for apples and catch one on the first try, you will find true love
  • If a bat is seen flying over a house three times, one occupant will soon die
  • Crossing paths with a black cat on Halloween is a sign that a witch is nearby
  • Anyone who lies in a coffin on Samhain is inviting death into their lives
  • If you hurt a black cat on Halloween you’ll have seven years of bad luck
  • If a black cat meows on your porch or near a window, a death will soon occur in the family
  • If you go to a crossroads at Halloween and listen to the wind, you will learn all the most important things that will befall you during the next twelve months
  • If a candle lighted as part of a ceremony blows out, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby.
  • Children born on Halloween are believed to have supernatural powers, such as warding off evil and second sight
  • Those who hear a sigh in the wind of Samhain believed to be destined to die within the year
  • Burn new candles on Halloween for good luck in the year to come
  • To protect your home, walk around it backwards and clockwise three times
A Collection of Superstitions

***Please note some of these directly contradict one another, as is the way of folklore and superstition.***

Denotes or causes good luck…

  • Getting pooped on by a bird.
  • Finding a horseshoe.
  • Finding a four-leaf clover.
  • Treading in cowpat.
  • Wearing clothes inside-out, but you can’t change it until you would normally remove the item, or the good luck is nullified.
  • Finding a cricket in the house.
  • Meeting a black cat, especially one you know. (Only path-crossing black cats cause bad luck.)
  • Touching wood, especially to protect good fortune that has been mentioned from being ruined. For example, touching wood whilst/after saying “The whole family is healthy,” or “If he gets the job”. 
  • Nailing a horseshoe above the door, though the points must face up or the luck will “run out”. 
  • Seeing three butterflies together.
  • Seeing a ladybird. The richer the red and greater number of spots, the better the luck.
  • Carrying an acorn.
  • Wearing clothes back-to-front.
  • Meeting a herd of cows on the road.
  • Pictures of elephants that face the door. 
  • Leaving an open pair of scissors beneath a pillow (please be careful).
  • Seeing a hearse.
  • Catching falling autumn leaves.
  • Meeting a chimney sweep by chance.
  • Saying “white rabbit” 3 times as your first words of the month.
  • An itchy right eye.
  • Keeping clover in the house.
  • Breaking a glass or dish.
  • A frog entering the house.
  • Lifting your feet whilst driving over railway lines.
  • Sneezing at the same time as someone else.
  • Wearing new clothes on Easter.
  • A black cat walking towards you. 
  • “Find a penny that lays heads up, all day long you’ll have good luck.”
  • Using a new broom to sweep into the house before you do anything else with it, will also sweep luck in. 
  • If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, the whole year will be lucky.

Denotes or causes bad luck…

  • Friday the 13th.
  • A black cat crossing your path.
  • Opening an umbrella indoors.
  • Rocking an empty rocking chair.
  • Peacock feathers indoors.
  • Walking under a ladder. Reversing back through it undoes the bad luck. 
  • Empty bottles on the table.
  • Putting new shoes on the table.
  • Spilling salt. Throw a pinch over the left shoulder to dispel this bad luck.
  • Breaking a mirror gets seven years. To dispel it bury the pieces outside, or run them under a stream.
  • An itchy left eye. 
  • Killing a ladybird.
  • A single jackdaw perching on a house.
  • Seeing a hearse, hold your collar until you see a 4 legged animal to undo the bad luck.
  • Entering a building left foot first.
  • A black cat walking away from you. 
  • Passing someone on the stairs.
  • Starting a task on a Friday you can’t finish by the end of the week. 
  • Getting out of bed on a different side than the one you got in on will make you unlucky until you return to bed the next evening. 
  • Lighting three cigarettes with the same match.
  • If you have been given a container of food (plate, tub etc) it must not be returned home without some new food in it.
  • Patching clothes whilst wearing them.
  • If you borrow salt, it should be paid back with sugar, or bad luck will follow you. 
  • Bees should always be told before they are moved, not doing so may cause bad luck. 
  • New money containers, like wallets or purses, that are given as gifts should always have a little money in when they’re given. A penny is traditional. Not doing so would give both giver and recipient bad luck. 

Ward off evil or bad luck by…

  • Crossing fingers.
  • Spinning seven times in a circle, clockwise.
  • Touching wood, as above. 
  • Spitting three times over your shoulder. Some people just say “spit-spit-spit”.

To get a wish…

  • Blow out all birthday candles with the first attempted breath.
  • Hold your breath all the way through a tunnel.
  • Catch a clock at 11:11.
  • Kiss a necklace clasp that has fallen round to the front before moving it back to its proper place.
  • See a chimney sweep, but you must have met by chance. Arranged encounters are cheating!
  • Make it in a bed that has never been slept in. 
  • Two people wrap their little fingers around opposite ends of a wishbone. Each should silently wish, and pull it apart; whoever gets the larger piece should get their wish. 
  • Swallow a whole chicken heart.
  • The first robin you see in spring can be wished on, but you must finish the wish before the robin flies away. 
  • Burn onions whilst you wish.
  • Do it on a shooting star: “Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight.”
  • Sneeze, but only once!

Death and The Dead

  • Crows carry the souls of the dead. If one perches near you, take the chance to say goodbye to someone who came before. 
  • Out of respect, hold your breath if you are passing through a graveyard.

Health and Wellness.

  • Don’t turn a new loaf upside down after cutting the first slice, someone in the house will fall ill. 
  • “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” 
  • Carrying an acorn will ensure longevity. 
  • If you are interrupted making the bed, all sleeps between those sheets will be restless. 
  • “If you wish to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.” 
  • Cross yourself if an ambulance passes you, saying ‘God between harm and me and mine’ to protect yourselves and your family.

Dreams and Nightmares

  • A horseshoe in the bedroom keeps away nightmare.
  • If one has a realistic dream, it will come true if mentioned before breakfast. Use this as you will. 
  • Share a pillow with a dog and you will have the same dreams.

Marriage and Romance

  • If you start making a bedspread or quilt, you will not find a successful romantic relationship until it is finished. 
  • Having your feet sept with a broom will prevent you from ever marrying.
  • Sewing a swans feather into a husbands pillow ensures fidelity.
  • A single woman who sits with the corner of the table pointing at her will never marry.
  • A bride who goes to the altar with salt in their pocket will always be happy. 
  • If you don’t sweep the house properly, you will have a bald husband.

Friends and Conversations

  • Don’t say goodbye to a friend on a bridge, or you will not see each other again. 
  • Running into a spider’s web means you’ll meet a new friend.
  • Crossing knives or spilt pepper causes arguments.
  • “Stir with a knife, stir up strife.”
  • If walking as a pair, splitting to walk around opposite sides of a pole will cause an argument, unless you both say “bread and butter” afterwards.
  • If your ear itches or burns, it means someone is talking about you.
  • Biting your tongue when eating means you’ve recently lied.
  • If a knife is given as a gift, it will sever the relationship between giver and recipient. To prevent this, the knife can be bought with any small coin. You can even give the person the money to give back to you!

Money and Material Things

  • Itchy right palms predicts coming money, whereas itching on the left palm suggests you’ll lose some. 
  • Ants building a nest near your door means financial security is in our future. 
  • Seeing a spider spinning a web means you will get new clothes soon. 
  • A bee landing on the hand fortells coming money. 
  • Several jackdaws landing on a house means money is coming. 
  • A small spider dropping onto you means your finances will improve.
  • Keeping black-eyed peas and change in your pocket on New Years Day will mean all your needs will be met during the coming year. 
  • Wearing clothes inside out means you will get beaten up, it’s viewed as easiest to let a friend lightly hit you to see the prediction as met. However, if the friend who swats you is younger than you, they must then pull on your shirt or skirt 3 times, or you will never marry.

House and Home

  • Bringing an old broom to a new home will bring any strife and all limitations of the old home with you. Always throw them out and buy a new one. 
  • Growing ivy on a house or placing salt on the doorstep prevents evil from entering it. 
  • If you break a glass or dish, you will inevitably break a second by the end of the day. It’s often seen as best to break something small or unimportant to fulfil the superstition.

Craft

  • Knitting one of your own hairs into a project binds the recipient to you.
  • Sewing left unfinished on New Year’s will stay that way all year. 
  • An unfinished project brings bad luck to the intended recipient.  
  • When making items in pairs (like socks or gloves) the second must be started immediately after the first is finished. 
  • If you break a needle making a garment, you will live to wear the garment out. 
  • If you pause a project during the first step, like the cast-on row of knitting, you will never be able to finish it.

Messages, Travel and Visitors

  • Itches on the sole of the foot mean a journey approaches.
  • A bee, hen or rooster entering the home is a sign there’ll be a visitor. 
  • A bird flying into the house means an important message is coming.
  • To prevent an unwelcome guest from returning, immediately after they leave sweep the room, sweeping everything out of the door. 
  • Seeing a spider run down a web in the afternoon means you’ll take a trip. 

Knowledge and Tests

  • If you find a spider in your home, collect and carefully release it, you may ask it one question. Expect an answer to come in a week. 
  • If you use the same pencil to study and take the test, the pencil will remember the answers.

Fae Folk

  • Clover will protect a person from faeries. 
  • Keeping iron or silver on your person will stop you being taken by the faeries. 
  • A lone tree in the middle of a field is a faery tree. You should bow to show respect to the tree and the Folk, especially if you wish to shelter beneath it.
  • If you run anti-clockwise around a church 3 times, you will be taken by the Folk.

Miscellaneous 

  • As per the children’s rhyme, magpies indicate certain things coming into the life. “One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret, never to be told. Eight for a wish, Nine for a kiss, Ten for a bird you must not miss.” This tune does have variations.
  • Following on from the above, there are several ways to nullify the sorrow that lone magpies predict: Salute them, doff your hat, blow a kiss, say “Hello Mr Magpie, how’s your wife?/how’s the wife and kids?”, “Hurry, run away and find your mate, Mr Magpie.”
  • Crows also have a counting rhyme, “One’s bad, Two’s luck, Three’s health, Four’s wealth, Five’s sickness, Six is death.”
  • Sneezing also indicates things; “Once for a wish, Twice for a kiss, Thrice for a letter, Four for something better.”
  • The day you find the fist flower of Spring also has meaning! “Monday means good fortune, Tuesday means greatest attempts will be successful, Wednesday means marriage, Thursday means warning of small profits, Friday means wealth, Saturday means misfortune, Sunday means excellent luck for weeks.”
  • A bee landing on the head means the person will rise to greatness. 
  • Dropping a comb whilst using it indicates future disappointment. 
  • 13 should never dine together, or the first to rise will be the first to die.
10 One Sentence Adventure Hooks

1. Your party stumbles across several open graves, each has a stone marker with a party members name engraved and tomorrows date

2. Several villagers have spotted very odd looking bipedal hoof prints in the snow

3. The city’s beggars are disappearing at a rapid rate each night, but the citizen’s don’t seem to care

 4.The duke has not been seen in weeks, but new and conflicting orders keep coming from his keep. 

 5. The water in every well in the village has turned to blood.

 6. A band of highwaymen are waylaying all of the baron’s men, or are they…

 7. A black cat keeps crossing the path of your adventurers.

 8. A traveling circus appeared in town, and the day they left several items and people were missing

 9. One member of the party keeps seeing and hearing things that the rest of the party cannot

 10.A very large dark tree sprung up in the center of town overnight, it gives off a troubling feeling and has a fetid reek


Have fun with these! Let us know if you make anything of them!


-deo

The signs as Superstitions
  • Aries: "Cross your fingers"
  • Taurus: Walking under a ladder
  • Gemini: Breaking a wishbone and making a wish
  • Cancer: Having a lucky rabbit's foot
  • Leo: "Beginnger's Luck"
  • Virgo: Breaking a mirror causes 7 years of bad luck
  • Libra: Saying "Hello Mr. Cat" when a black cat crosses your path
  • Scorpio: Friday the 13th
  • Sagittarius: Opening an umbrella indoors
  • Capricorn: Finding a penny on the ground is lucky
  • Aquarius: Referring to "Macbeth" as the Scottish play
  • Pisces: "Knock on wood"
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The first Friday 13th :

Black cats (crossing your path) are considered a sign of good luck in the Uk and Japan. And I hope everywhere else anno 2017…

So, here is a black cat for good luck today. (Maybe my headaches will soon go away) 

(via : Raphaël Tuck Postcards -UK -( real photograph printed in england, copyright London

(Ancient) Egyptian Superstitions

  • Sweet smelling perfume was believed to attract good spirits, and strong foul odours such as garlic was believed to ward off evil spirits.
  • The Egyptians believed that the ear was a particularly vulnerable organ; allowing demons to easily enter to capture the soul; thus earrings had to be carefully designed in order to disallow malevolent spirits to enter the body.
  • When babies were born they would not be bathed for 2 weeks, in order to deflect the evil eye.
  • Leaving shoes upside down was said to bring forth bad luck.
  • The colour turquoise is said to ward off the evil eye.
  • Do not open and close scissors through empty air for one could be cutting or disturbing the spirits, and once again one could face bad luck.
  • The Egyptians believed that the number 13 brings good fortune.
  • Suddenly awaking someone caused a high risk of their soul to escape their body.
  • If women wanted to create a delectable meal, they would throw salt over their shoulders beforehand. 
  • If a black cat crosses one’s path it will bring bad luck.
  • If a couple wanted good luck in their marriage, the bride would be pinched by all the female attendants on the wedding day. 
  • The belief that a cat had nine lives goes back to Ancient Egypt.
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i wanted to draw an age progression for my dnd character, friday. he’s a catfolk rogue. he’s also cursed by the goddess bastet because his parents committed an evil act, so he gives bad luck to everyone he gets close to. specifically, people who’s lives he gets involved in tend to get in bad accidents and die.

get it. black cat crosses your path. heh

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::Lookie here, The first imagine of many. Since you guys haven’t requested anything yet, I thought I’d make up my own imagine to get you guys an idea of what your requests might end up looking like.::

                                                                                                        -Nobody


         You were running around, building to building, mask and all; The usual morning routine. Some mortals calling it ‘parkour’. You huff, thinking back to the skater boy that said such a stupid thing about your beloved hobby. And then you smirk, after a black cat so happened to cross the boy’s path, the boy was flung off of his board and right into a fire hydrant. You weren’t sure if he was unconscious or dead, and you didn’t really care. You were a mischief maker, at least that’s what you proudly made yourself to be. Not a killer, no, your tricks were all in good fun; It was their fault that they couldn’t take a well thought out prank. And no, your power isn’t “telekinesis” not one of those overused powers, It was just some simple bad luck. Could have used it for good, but just as you always said, “How boring!~” This being said while you were one on one with THE Chloe Decker, Lady Justice as you’d named her. Well, in your mind she was special, especially if this chick could bring the pain to the immortal Lucifer himself. At first you only liked her because she provided a challenge, but after hearing about the little shot in the facility… Well, knowing that they knew each other made teasing the hot head even more of a thrill.

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i got home late last night and thought exporting a 30 minute video wouldnt be too bad. it was rly bad. i set my alarm for every hour on the hour throughout the night to check on the rendering status and it kept freezing up but i finally just started the whole damn thing (rip to 2 weeks of work) over at 6am and finished it by 11. now it’s done and i am done and free and paid and free

and i sent it to my boss & he just left a voicemail saying that he’s crying bc i did such a good job and that he appreciates mE 

for something i completely fucked up on!! guess tthe black cat that crossed my path twice this week wont get the last laugh this time

I am all for boy witches.

Boy witches who wear lace and plant a garden of enchanted herbs and flowers

Boy witches who have cat familiars and stop along their way every time a black cat crosses their path to greet it and pet it and maybe give it a little treat

Boy witches who use sygils in soft, loving ways. To protect their families and friends and favourite material objects from harm

Boy witches who have rituals to praise the intelligence of the universe and thank every atom for what they’ve done to take care of those that are important in their life

Boy witches who are strongly against being called a wizard, or worse, a warlock

Boy witches who always go on rants and tangents correcting people who claim wizards or warlocks are the male equivalents of witches and teaching them sternly but kindly that wizards are something of fiction and warlocks are actually witches that were cast out of their coven for breaking the rules (usually by turning to dark magic and extreme negativity and violence in their wishes and spells)

Boy witches who take care of those that cross their path in any good way. Who use their energy and magic on people who they know are kind but are just having a bad day, and quietly enchants something they give the sad person to make their day just a little better

Boy witches who have way too much incense and still buy more

Boy witches that communicate with the dead to help them cross over to the other side peacefully

Boy witches that design robes and hats and dresses for special rituals

Boy witches who support the idea that witches are primarily feminine because they see that feminine energy is the most condusive environment to happiness and love

Boy witches just being happy and healthy and magical

Just. Happy boy witches

(This includes boy witches of any and all ethnicity, skin tone, trans or cis and masc nb)

Evidence that Izaya is actually a  cat

-He wears mostly black. His hair is black. Superstition says that if a black cat crosses your path, bad things happen. What happens when an Izaya crosses your path? Likely bad things.

-He has a love for wearing coats with fluff on them. He obviously takes pride in his fluff, or should I say, “pelt”?

-His favorite food is fatty tuna sushi. Cats love tuna. I bet his breath smells like tuna 70% of the time, no matter how much he brushes his teeth, just like a cat.

-He hates dogs. From the behavior he exhibits around them, he is also afraid of them. He climbs up slippery poles to escape them, and him climbing up a tree surely wouldn’t be out of the range of possibilities…

-Furthermore, dogs seem to enjoy chasing after him and barking at him as they would a cat. They may just want to play, but dogs are very sensitive animals, and they can likely see through his disguise.

-Izaya is a master of parkour. He scales large buildings and jumps like a cat. He’s quick and nimble. He can jump down from higher places without injuring himself.

-He enjoys heights. Many cats enjoy perching themselves in high places to get a good look at their surrounding territory…and to watch things from a wider view…

-He loves to observe humans. He watches them whenever he can. What does a cat do when you walk past it, even if it’s distrustful of humans? It watches. Its eyes follow you until you’re out of sight. The cat watches, waiting to see what your next move will be.

-He’s an asshole, and he loves messing with and annoying others, yet wishes to be loved. Cats do things to annoy us, and can seem like assholes whether it’s intentional or not. The cat will break your glass, knock over the potted plant, and lay on your keyboard, but still expect to be pampered and praised.

-He bathes daily. Cats spend a good portion of their lives obsessively licking themselves clean. Not everyone bathes daily. It is considered healthier to bathe every 2-3 days.

-While he may not be very physically strong, he’s skillful with small, sharp objects, such as pocket knives. Cats, although not very powerful, have razor sharp claws that strike at lightening speed.

-Izaya runs extremely fast. Cats are also very fast. The Cheetah, a big cat, is the fastest land mammal in the world.

-While Izaya isolates himself from other people, he still feels a desire to connect with others and be loved deep down. Cats are usually independent, but still enjoy contact with others at times, whether they be human or animal. Even domestic cats may only be truly friendly with a few humans or pets that it has grown up around, but is wary of others. Both of them keep a watchful eye on things around them even when they are alone.

-Izaya hides his pain, whether it is emotional or physical. Cats will hide their pain until it may be too late.

-Izaya is said to love food, but does not like anything compressed, in a can, or just junky food in general. Cats are known to be finicky about their food. Usually the higher quality the food, the better. Just watch their reactions to fish scraps from a restaurant compared to normal cat food. They know what’s really good.

-Izaya can seem like a nice guy when he wants to be, but could turn on you and mess with you at any moment. A cat can be purring and sweet one second, and then will bite you and hiss the next if you hit the wrong spot.

-In merchandise, Izaya is commonly seen with cat eared hoodies while his enemy, Shizuo, has dog eared ones. Official art exists where Shizuo holds a dog while Izaya holds a cat. Izaya hates dogs, but shows no issues with holding a cat. In Minidura, he is sometimes drawn with a cat shaped mouth. One of his alternates from the dvds shows him as an artist with his own cat.  Those who do official art for the series know what’s up.

-Shizuo calls him “Flea.”  Animals such as cats are prime targets for fleas. Perhaps he secretly has a flea problem? The poor ole fleabag Perhaps…this is why he bathes daily? He must have a nice stock of flea killing shampoo in a special, locked, closet.

-He doesn’t care much for sweets. Cats are unable to taste sweetness, as their tongues lack the necessary taste buds.

-Cats were worshiped by people such as the Ancient Egyptians. Izaya had a group of “worshipers” in high school.

-Izaya has been through a lot of situations that could have, or perhaps realistically, would’ve killed him. His fights with Shizuo, getting stabbed, being involved with dangerous people, unrealistic jumping abilities…Perhaps he has nine lives? Like the old myth that cats have nine lives? Nine lives or not, both Izaya and cats are good at surviving through some sticky situations.

-While dogs are always excited and eager to please their owners, cats can seem mysterious or hard to read. Like a cat, everything that there is to Izaya’s personality and inner workings isn’t out on the table to see. No matter what face he’s showing, it can be hard to get a read on what he’s really thinking or feeling.

-You know that face? When a cat is really content and/or pleased with themself? When their eyes are half slitted and they look sort of smug? Yeah, we’ve seen that look on Izaya’s face many times…

The evidence is there. It’s so obvious that it’s painful. Izaya is actually a cat with the ability to shape-shift into a human being. Nobody knows but him and his family. Then why does Shinra say he’s more human than anyone? Perhaps Izaya has spent so much time in his human form, that he’s almost convinced himself that he’s truly human, yet still “apart” from others for his cat reasons. Perhaps this also has a connection to his feelings of animosity towards those who appear human, but have inhuman qualities. It stems from a personal conflict with himself, who truly wishes he was human. His ego is there to cover up those insecurities.

There’s no denying it. Izaya is a cat.