Did You Get Good Luck by Being Born Lucky?
This is not an astrological piece exploring whether you were born lucky or not! Even the act of creation, of birth is good luck because you have become an intrinsic part of the great Universe and given a chance to lead ‘life’.
Apparently, people in earlier times believed in thoughts and concepts that they associated with the birth of a child – some were lucky and some were not. To be clear we are not considering those whose parents were royalty or of a high class or had lots of money, etc. just regular people or the commoner.
Read some of the prevalent beliefs:
Note: These are universal, not highlighting any particular country or culture.
First Left Feet on the Ground
A child who was born with the left feet being visible first was believed to possess healing powers. Such children were born lucky because such a child can heal sprains, lumbago, and rheumatism either by rubbing on the effected part or by trampling on it. In the Denham Tracts II, it is mentioned that this factor was also a popular remedy for sleepwalking.
Characteristic for Each Day
On which day were you born? Each day has certain characteristics associated with it and it is widely believed that a child definitely inherits those qualities.
Let’s see what those are –
- Monday’s child is fair of face;
- Tuesday’s child is full of grace;
- Wednesday’s child is full of woe;
- Thursday’s child has far to go;
- Friday’s child is loving and giving;
- Saturday’s child works hard for its living;
- Sunday’s child is bonny, good, and gay.
Let’s see, I am Friday born so I have to be loving and giving. Need to do a reality check here a bit!
Please Don’t Cry on Your Birthday
Girls (why not boys?) should not cry on their birthdays because then the rest of the year will be bad for her. I don’t know why! But why would a girl cry on her birthday? Won’t she celebrate?
Pregnancy and Birth – Never Ending Cycle
The 1939 edition of Folklore mentions that an outsider who helps in the washing in a house where a birth has occurred will become pregnant if her age makes it possible. Similarly, if you feed a cow who has stopped giving milk with the straws of the bed of a woman who has recently given birth but not been to the church yet, it will help in making the cow produce milk again. Furthermore, if a newly delivered woman enters the house of another person, she is bound to get pregnant. This superstition notwithstanding, if that would bring good luck of getting pregnant it would be a godsend for many women.
Nevertheless, birth is undoubtedly an act of creation. According to me, there is no purpose in frowning or disregarding the above viewpoints because always remember humans create good and bad luck. Maybe at some point or the other, people had felt that, let’s say, the person born with left feet was born with natural healing powers and since then, this belief came into existence.
Over the years people have tried many ways to get good luck. Such superstitions of being born lucky is a natural way to get good luck and if you are one of the lucky ones to get natural good luck by being born of the right circumstances be sure to pass on some of your good luck to others. As a matter of fact, pass some good luck this way – I could certainly use some.
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