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How to Neutralize Bad Omens with Common Superstitions

With so many things believed to cause bad luck, it's comforting to know that there's something you can do about it.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Reverse the bad luck curse of a black cat crossing your path by walking in a circle, walking backward across the place you saw the cat, and then counting to 13.
  • Step 2: Reverse the bad luck that befalls a theater, play, and cast when someone says "Macbeth" in the theater. Have the person who said it leave the theater, spin around three times while saying a profanity, and then ask permission to come back in. Take charge of your luck and neutralize every bad omen you can.
  • FACT: Stevie Wonder's 1973 hit "Superstition" won the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Song.
  • Step 3: Watch our for white cats if you're in school. Some schoolchildren believe that seeing a white cat on their way to school is a bad omen, but you can counter it if you either spit or turn around once and make the sign of the cross.
  • TIP: Superstition holds that the Devil is always standing behind you, so, when you throw salt over your shoulder, you effectively blind the Devil.
  • TIP: If you're in Puerto Rico, spend the evening of the 23rd on the beach and enter the water at midnight.
  • Step 4: Neutralize the seven years of bad luck caused by breaking a mirror. Bury the broken shards in the moonlight.
  • Step 5: Grab a pinch of the salt that spilled when you knocked over the shaker, and throw it over your left shoulder to dodge bad luck.
  • Step 6: Stand on a dock or pier with your back to an ocean or lake and fall backward into the water. Many people believe that falling backward into the sea on June 24 -- Saint John the Baptist Day -- will cleanse them of bad luck and grant them good fortune.

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