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Pondering all the big questions without ignoring the little ones. No religion, no agenda, nothing for sale. Talk about everything from string theory to sacred geometry and from meditation to summoning spirits. There is no specific category for the musings here just that there's a bit of the mystical rubbed on it. Dream interpretation? Definitely. Astral trips? Absolutely. Tarot? Terrific. OK, enough alliteration. This zone builds itself.
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Superstition & Fear

    Superstition & Fear
    "Knock on wood!" Yes, I admit it, I do it all the time, habit I guess. I have also heard that one should  never leave cupboard doors open, if you do people will gossip about you. Spilled salt is thrown over the left shoulder with the right hand. There are a lot of little things folks do for a lot of reasons. To many, black cats represent good luck, not bad and some folks never develop a fear of the number 13, for some it is a favorite number. One can hammer 3 nails in the shape of a triangle on the door for protection or place an amulet in a tree outside. A strategically placed  Mojo bag under the porch or even a "Witch Bottle" under the kitchen sink have all been used, even egg shells have a purpose. Mostly these things are done to protect home and family and to bring prosperity.


    I like doing some of these little things myself, I feel as though I'm taking steps to improve my life and luck. I like taking action. My choice has generally been to not leave my fate in the hands of others, or even in a god. I'm less the wait in the pew to be told what to do type and more the mad scientist. When I think of these little things, these reminders and participate it feels right to me. Taking action and making otherwise mundane moments really mean something is helpful to me. I can really only speak to the reasons that I live the way I do, I wouldn't presume to speak for anyone else. Often my choices are against the normal flow of things and that is often a challenge. One thing that helps, that reminds me to pay attention, are these little “superstitions” that I have, none are fear driven, in point of fact, there is absolutely no fear involved.

    To me it makes no sense at all to associate fear with superstition. There are so many ways to look at superstitions, so many ways to define them and different choices to make with regard to them. It can be found in certain dictionaries broken down to Super meaning "above" and stition which is allegedly the Latin for "to stand", I've seen varied spellings of "stition." In that  breakdown we get “stand above” or “stand over.” I have not found a Latin dictionary that has that word however and how that came to be associated with other current definitions is beyond me since many current definitions mention irrational fear and ignorance. Even if it did mean to stand over, it is generally not the ignorant mind that would "stand over" something. It could  suggest living an examined life, standing over things, contemplating them putting thought before action. Still, if you peruse various dictionaries and the definitions of the word superstition you will see words like irrational, ignorant and unreasonable, why? I suppose it's like anything else, a choice.

    In a nutshell I guess it's clear that I think superstition, despite the random oddness and variance of definitions, can be productive as a motivating factor should one make that choice. I suppose that's because I have my own definition for it and the words irrational, ignorant and unreasonable are not any part of the way I define the mystery and fun. Science has attempted  to figure out whether or not there is any legitimacy to superstition, more than likely to figure out a way to market the pill that would go along with the diagnonsense. B.F. Skinner was able to trigger what could only be described as a superstitious response in pigeons with one of his experiments. Of course pigeons are sneaky little buggers. At any rate, I’ll continue to throw salt over my left shoulder and keep my cupboard doors closed.

    "Ritual is to the internal sciences what experiment is to the external sciences."
    -Timothy Leary