Cross Your Fingers Questions

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Steven asks…

Why do we cross our fingers for good luck?

I’m just curious. Also is it seen as bad luck to cross both hands?

Thanks in advance for those who answer!! 😉

Suzi Q answers:

It was used a long time ago as a gesture to warn off witches and anyone else who was possessed by demons or evil spirits. It was thought that any negativity would be trapped at the point where the two fingers meet.

Yes, it is thought to be bad luck to cross your fingers with both hands. Sorry, but I don’t know the reason why it is considered unlucky.





Jenny asks…

Do people still CROSS their Fingers for GOOD LUCK?

* Do you or have you crossed your fingers for good luck?

Suzi Q answers:

Hell yah.. Lol





John asks…

Why do people cross their fingers for good luck?

I don’t understand, how is that suppose to help you? And who made this poo up?

Suzi Q answers:

The boogie man made it up
its all his fault
and he also made up step on a crack and break your mothers back





Chris asks…

do you cross your fingers for good luck ?

or anything else for that matter when your hoping to win ?

Suzi Q answers:

I do , yes…
And sometimes my toes, but that hurts a little so i stick to the finger crossing instead 🙂





Michael asks…

If you CROSS YOUR FINGERS for GOOD LUCK do you Usually Cross Fingers for Good Luck on One Hand or Both Hands?

Suzi Q answers:

For hope one hand for luck both





Lisa asks…

Where did the “cross your fingers” for good luck come from?

Does it work? Where did it come from?

Suzi Q answers:

It’s like making the sign of the cross. Like a manual prayer.





Mary asks…

why do we cross our fingers for good luck?

Suzi Q answers:

I found the answer for you on Wikipedia.
It dates back to when crossed fingers were used to ward off witches and evil.

There are several different stories on how it all began so I posted a link that will tell you about all of them.





Sandra asks…

How did crossing fingers for good luck originate?

Suzi Q answers:

Crossing the first two fingers is a good luck sign recognised around the world. It is, however, not so common in Buddhist and Muslim cultures, suggesting that the symbol’s origin is Christian and was imported to Asian countries along with other Western ideas, food, fashion, technology, karaoke (no, wait a minute…).

We have no reliable evidence to support this, but one theory goes that during the various times when Christianity was illegal, the crossing of fingers was a secret sign for Christians to recognise each other. Yet whilst the Sign of the Cross has evolved into a good luck symbol and retained its Christian meaning, Fingers Crossed has lost any Christian connection.

This change of emphasis may have begun during the so-called ‘Hundred Years War’ between France and England (1337-1457). An archer would cross his first and second fingers, pray or wish for luck, and then draw back his longbow string with those same fingers.

Another theory suggests that the sign pre-dates Christianity, when it was believed that benign spirits dwelt at the intersecting point of the cross, as in the Solar Cross. In Europe, the sign was made by two people; the first to make the wish and the second to support it. Linking their fingers firmly would squeeze and energize the spirits into beneficial action.

In China, crossing the index and middle fingers is the sign for the number ten, which happens to coincide with the Chinese and Japanese written character for ten, which is . (The origin of this character is usually, yet erroneously, explained as two lines crossing to symbolise the four main directions, which in turn expressed the concept of completeness and by association all the fingers, i.e. Ten. However, this seems a confused version of its actual origin. It derives from a depiction of a sewing needle with thread passing through the eye, and was used as a substitute for the more complex character , meaning ‘hands together’, i.e. Ten fingers.)

The Roman numeral for ten (decem) is X, so it’s no surprise that when deaf people communicate in sign language, crossed fingers spell the alphabet letter X. But what is interesting is that the crossed fingers spell the sign for X only in Swedish sign (Svenska Handalfabetet). In other alphabets, the sign spells the letter R in English, Я (ya) in Russian (Cyrillic), (ra) in Japanese (hiragana), and the first half of (ss) in Korean (Hangul).





Ken asks…

why do people cross there fingers for good luck?

what i meant was where does it orinate from and has it got a meaning

Suzi Q answers:

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