Two posts in one day! I really must be feeling better. 🙂 Here is this week’s Friday Five.
1. Are you superstitious?
Not really, no. When I was younger, I was very superstitious. I always thought Friday the 13th was awful, and I never walked under a ladder, etc. Now, there aren’t very many superstitions I believe in. I do try to be aware of some Chinese superstitions because of quanta’s parents. It is likely that we won’t get married this year because 4 is a very unlike number for Chinese.
2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?
I really don’t know. There doesn’t seem to be much talk of superstitions any more. They seem to have been replaced by urban legends. Maybe urban legends are our modern superstitions.
I guess having no 13th floor in a building is a little extreme in my opinion. It is pretty obvious that the 14th floor is really the 13th floor. The building we used to live in, as well as several we looked at, didn’t have a 13th floor.
3. Believer or not, what’s your favorite superstition?
I suppose I like the superstitions about black cats the most. The are just so odd, and so obviously untrue. But, sadly, I think it has lead to the death of more then a few poor cats.
4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?
I guess I do believe in luck to a certain degree, but I also believe you make your own luck. You can’t just sit at home and wait for opportunity to knock (and believe me, I know!), you’ve got to go out there and encourage it.
I don’t believe in destiny either. Or rather, I don’t believe our future is totally planned out. I think that there are certain lessons we are meant to learn during our lifetime, but how we learn those lessons is pretty much up in the air.
5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?
Yes and no. I think a well cast natal chart can provide a lot of insight into one’s personality. But, I don’t believe in the daily or monthly horoscopes. Astrology needs to be highly personalized to provide any useful information, and it is difficult to do that.