Do you avoid walking on sidewalk cracks? Walk around ladders rather than under them? Throw salt over your shoulder when someone sneezes? Think a broken mirror brings seven years of bad luck? Dislike or get nervous around black cats?
As you might be able to tell from the picture of my own black cat, Weasel, I'm not at all superstitious.
The one "suspicion-y" behavior I might be able to claim is sports-oriented - and decidedly back in the past. I was a competitive gymnast in high school and college, and I had one pre-competition ritual I had to complete without fail: I had to mentally run at least one clean, no-fall balance beam routine before acknowledging the judge and starting my routine.
Is this superstition? Visualization? Whatever you want to call it, I know it worked. ;-)
The meaning of the word 'superstition' has evolved, as definitions do, over time. In Medieval Europe, scholars used the word to describe spiritual beliefs and observances that opposed the dominant religion, Christianity, thrusting many pagans - and black cats - into jeopardy. Today, the word is used to describe beliefs or behaviors perceived to have no foundation in science or logic.
Despite how advanced we think our civilization might be, October remains a risky time to be a black cat - so much so that some humane societies and animal rescue organizations refuse to place black cats in new homes until Halloween is over, lest they be abused.
So, no matter how much Weasel wants to go outside and play with the fallen leaves, I keep him, and his brother Slinky, safely indoors, where their only worry is whether tonight they'll be fed Super Supper or Fisherman's Catch for dinner.
Are you superstitious? If so, about what? And why?