Whether you suffer from triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, or you simply think it’s best to play it a little safer than usual on Friday the 13th, there are plenty of reasons you might want to add a little extra luck into your life.
As we prepare ourselves for Friday the 13th to strike again, we thought we’d bring you a handful of traditions (7, in fact!) that are thought to be especially lucky or unlucky. So get out your paintbrushes and brooms – you’ll need them for some of these traditions and superstitions!
Paint Your Porch Blue
In Southern US culture, a blue-painted porch (specifically, the ceiling) is thought to keep ghosts away from your home. This stems from the belief that spirits can’t cross water, and so using this watery hue will protect your home from “haints,” or restless spirits.
Hang a Horseshoe
Whether you want to invite additional luck into your home, or you want to shower luck on those entering your place, you can’t go wrong with a horseshoe over the door! Traditions vary as to whether the horseshoe should be placed right-side-up (to collect good fortunate) or upside-down (to offer luck to others).
Redo Your Door in Red
A cheery pop of color at the front door never hurt a home! But one color, specifically, is thought to bring luck and good fortune to your home. Painting your front door red is a tradition that comes from many different cultures. In the Chinese Feng Shui philosophy, red is a powerful color associated with fire energy. In American tradition, a red door is a sure sign of welcome. And finally, in Scotland, a red door represents that the homeowner is mortgage-free.
Put Away Your Shoes
Putting shoes on a table is said to bring misfortune to the person who does it. This superstition can be traced back to an old coal miner tradition of placing the shoes of a dead person on the table. While the jury’s still out on whether it’s unlucky, it’s definitely unsanitary!
Sweep With the Sun
If you don’t want to bring bad luck into your home, you shouldn’t sweep at night – at least, not according to this tradition from India. While it’s said to bring misfortune to your home, the real truth is that it’s practical: Before electricity, sweeping at night could lead you to inadvertently sweep valuables out of your home!
Place an Acorn
Want to keep lightning from striking your house? According to an old Norwegian superstition, placing an acorn on your windowsill can protect your home from lightning strikes and bring in luck. Today, acorn-shaped curtain pulls are a popular way to bring this tradition into homes.
Protect Your Mirrors
If you want to avoid 7 whole years of terrible luck, don’t break a mirror in your home! This superstition dates back to when mirrors weren’t widely available. Ancient Greeks thought that disrupting a reflection was akin to disrupting one’s soul. Later on, mirrors were expensive, and in addition to bad luck, you’d also have to replace a very costly item. So, better not to break it in the first place!
If your home is unlucky (or you’re just looking for a new place to call home), Howard Hanna is here to help! Get in touch with one of our friendly neighborhood real estate experts, or use our advanced property search to find the perfect home for you. Then, get out the paintbrush and start painting! It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?