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Here we are on Friday the 13th!  A day of superstition and, if you are not too terribly serious about that superstition, it is also a lot of fun. Besides, it’s a great scapegoat day!  If anything goes wrong, it’s never your fault – it’s only because it is Friday the 13th!

The facts for this day, the “L” day of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, feature some good information to increase your good Luck, or ward off the bad. Take notes.  These facts might come in handy!

Don’t spill the salt!  Definitely a sign of bad luck to come.  Especially if you need salt and are unable to get any more.  Wouldn’t that just ruin a good margarita?  There is a way to turn that bad luck around, though! Throw a pinch of salt, with your right hand, over your left shoulder. Make sure it is just a pinch (save some for the margaritas!), and throw only the salt, and not your entire right hand.  That might hurt, and would most definitely not be good luck.

Don’t break a mirror! A broken mirror brings along with it seven years of bad luck.  Fortunately, some smart people figured out a way to reverse this bad luck too.  Find yourself a south-flowing river.  Without looking into the mirror pieces, take them to that river and wash the pieces – thereby cleansing away the bad luck.  If you are not near a south-flowing river, then, again, without looking into the pieces, remove them from the house, and bury them.

Holy Cats! Or perhaps un-holy cats.  In some parts of the world, including the USA, black cats are considered bad luck.  In Great Britain, it’s quite the opposite.  (That must make me a Brit at heart!  Black cats have always been my special favorites.) Should you be in Japan, look for the luck-bringing felines – tortoiseshell cats.  And they are lovely cats indeed.  But, cross the sea to China and look for the oldest and ugliest cat you can find – because s/he’s sure to bring you good luck!  For those who find black cats crossing your path an ensign of bad luck, that too can be reversed.  Just take twelve steps back.  Easy enough, unless your back is to a precipitous cliff or a roaring fire!

Knock on wood!  The ancient Celts brought us this way to ward off the evil spirits that bring us bad luck.  From what I hear, evil spirits are afraid of the sound of three knocks on wood.  Supposedly those spirits show up at the precise moment we start to brag or boast or exclaim about some coming good fortune. Should you feel compelled to do some similar exclaiming, find yourself a nice piece of wood and start knocking.  Three times will be sufficient.  As a matter of face, some people are fortunate enough to only have to touch wood.

Hear a Hoot? In some places, if you hear an owl hoot, you are in for a bad time of it. There is one sure-fire method to reverse this bad luck, however.  Take off your clothes and turn them inside out!  I have not been told whether you are supposed to put them back on, so find yourself an unpopulated area in which to do this! You can also put irons in your fire or throw salt, (save enough for your margarita!), hot peppers or vinegar into the fire. This is said to give the owl a sore tongue which would stop him from hooting. The Irish believe that if an owl flies into a house it should be killed to prevent the owl taking the luck out of the house.  If you want to avoid my spirit from haunting you, though, I would suggest that you catch that owl and let it go, rather than kill it.  I am not a proponent of murdering birds.

Ring them bells! The sound of bells ringing will ward off evil influences, and has the universal power of exorcism and purification. In Medieval Europe it was thought that the sound of bells would cause a witch to fall from her broomstick!  As long as she doesn’t fall on you, that sounds like a pretty good thing.  I have also heard that every time a bells rings, and angel earns its wings!

Ring them bells!  Sounds like a good thing to do, this Friday, April 13, or any day, really!  Enjoy this Bob Dylan song, sung by Joan Baez and Mary Black.  It’s one of my favorites.  I hope that luck will be with you, but more than that, I wish for all of you the abundance of enough. . .