List of unlucky symbols

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This is a list of symbols and signs believed to be unlucky according to superstition:

  • Using crutches or a wheelchair when not needed
  • A black cat crossing one's path
  • Certain numbers:
  • Friday the 13th
  • Opening an umbrella indoors
  • Failing to respond to a chain letter
  • Viewing one's doppelgänger may be considered a harbinger of bad luck
  • Walking under a ladder
  • Entering and leaving a home through different doors. E.g. entering from the front door and leaving from the back door will result in a romantic curse according to Greek tradition, especially if the home owners have unmarried children.
  • According to Eastern cultures[which?], spitting in public, as the spit may land on invisible spirits, who in response to the disrespect, may place a curse on the spitter. Greek's spit to ward off evil e.g. spitting into fishing nets.
  • Hanging a horseshoe with the ends pointing down, as it is believed that the luck will 'fall out'[1]
  • Breaking a mirror
  • Placing chopsticks in a bowl of food sticking upward
  • United States two-dollar bill
  • Shoes on a table
  • On the Isle of Man, the mention of the word "longtail" (referring to a rat)
  • Three on a match (superstition)
  • Giving a clock as a gift in Chinese culture, as in Chinese, to give a clock has the same pronunciation as attending their funeral[2]
  • Saying the word "Macbeth" while inside a theatre
  • A hanging picture falling from the wall
  • Stepping on a grave
  • Ravens
  • Spilling salt
  • Giving pocket knife as a gift
  • Closing a pocket knife opened by someone else
  • Ouija board
  • Greek Orthodox Priest in the Street. It’s considered a bad omen to see a priest walking in the street, and superstitious people whisper ‘ΣΚΟΡΔΑΛΙΑ (garlic)’ under their breath.
  • Even numbered bridal party. Greeks traditionally choose an odd numbered bridal party of 3,5 or 7 members.
  • Wedding ring. Greeks tradionally avoid wearing wedding rings any time before the wedding. Its also bad luck to buy an engagement and wedding rings on the same day.
  • Bridemaids' shoes. Greek bridesmaids, write down the names of three suitors on the sole of their left shoe. At the end of the night,if one name remain he will be her groom but if no names remain the bridesmaid will remain a spinster.
  • Overturned shoes: Greeks considered shoes left with the soles up omens of death.
  • Pointing at feces
  • Navajo: pointing at a rainbow[3][4]
  • Navajo: throwing rocks into the wind[3][4]
  • Navajo: Coyote crossing your path[3] heading north[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Luck and Horseshoes Webpage accessed 22 Aug. 2010". Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  2. ^ "Cutural China - Festivals and Customs - Taboo 2 - Giving a clock".  External link in |website= (help);
  3. ^ a b c Ernest Bulows. "Navajo Taboos for Nature, Domestic and Wild Animals". Retrieved March 26, 2016. [better source needed]
  4. ^ a b c Alysa Landry (July 24, 2014). "10 Things You Need to Know About Navajos". Indian Country Today Media Network. Retrieved March 26, 2016.