There have always been many superstitions in all cultures and traditions in the world. Some people believe in those superstitions, while some others deny them. In most cases superstitions have supernatural meaning and they may be related to magic.
Since ancient times people have used many superstitions in order to explain some things that they could not understand. When there is no logical explanation for something, there is always a superstition related to it.
One of the most common superstitions all around the world is that bad luck will follow you if you break a mirror. The superstition says that you will have bad fortune in the following 7 or even 40 years, depending on a part of the world where this superstition comes from.
Other popular superstitions are related to Friday the 13th or to a black cat. All those superstitions are very popular and present in the biggest part of the world, but there are also many others. It is important to know that superstitions are just as old as humanity.
In this article we are going to talk about another superstition that is popular all around the world. It is a superstition about walking under a ladder.
As we all know, walking under a ladder can be dangerous, but in many cultures it is also believed that walking under a ladder will bring you bad luck. This superstition is always related to something bad and because of that most people avoid walking under a ladder.
Have you ever heard of this superstition? Have you ever had a negative experience after walking under a ladder? We hope that this article will help you understand the meaning of this superstition.
As we have said, in most cases walking under a ladder is considered to be a bad sign, but fortunately there are some ways how to avoid bad fortune in this case. We are going to tell you that as well, but first of all we are going to tell you where the superstition about walking under a ladder comes from.
There is a lot to say about the origin of this superstition and you are going to see some of the most common theories about it. If you had some experiences with walking under a ladder, then you should not miss this article.
Different Theories about the Origin of this Superstition
Even though you might not believe in superstitions, you may be feeling uncomfortable when you are walking under a ladder.
Also, you may be afraid of walking under a ladder. Because of that you probably avoid walking this way.
But, you must be wondering where the superstition about walking under a ladder comes from. As we have said, there are many theories about the origin of this superstition.
Now we are going to explain you the most important of them, so we hope that you will be able to understand better this superstition after reading this chapter.
One of the most common theories was created already in ancient Egypt. In order to understand the superstition about walking under a ladder, you have to know that in ancient Egypt a triangle was a very important symbol. It was the symbol of gods and trinity. This belief can be associated with a ladder as well. If a ladder leans against the wall, it could be very similar to a triangle.
Because of that Egyptians thought that walking under a ladder could be a symbol of disrespect towards gods. If someone was walking under a ladder, Egyptians believed that this person didn’t respect gods. Because of that people avoided walking under a ladder in the past.
Apart from this Egyptian theory, there is also another one that comes from ancient Egypt. According to this theory, walking under a ladder may help you see a god who is climbing all the time.
Because of that you have to be careful. A god may be angry at you because you don’t respect him. Because of all those facts and beliefs, it was recommended to people in ancient Egypt to avoid walking under a ladder.
Even though those Egyptian theories are very old, they are known even today in many parts of the world.
Another theory related to the superstition about walking under a ladder comes from Christianity. This theory is similar to the previous one. It is also based on a triangle and the holy trinity. If someone is walking under a ladder, it is considered to be a sin among the Christians.
It is believed that people who walk under a ladder have a pact with the Devil and because of that they deserve to be punished. Walking under a ladder was considered to be a big sin that deserves a severe punishment. Even nowadays many Christians believe in such theory and they avoid walking under a ladder. They don’t want to make a sin and to be punished in the future.
Apart from those theories that come from ancient Egypt and Christianity, there is also another explanation for the superstition related to walking under a ladder.
In some cultures it was believed that if a ladder leans against the wall, it could symbolize the gallows that were used for hanging the criminals who were convicted in the past.
Actually, it could mean that walking under a ladder is going to attract death in someone’s life.
In order to understand the origin of this superstition more thoroughly, we have to tell you that it means that if you walk under a ladder, you are going to experience death by hanging.
In some parts of the world it is even believed that there are the spirits hidden in a triangle that is formed by a ladder that leans against a wall. It is believed that those spirits are the spirits of the convicts that were killed and trapped in that triangle that was formed by a ladder. Because of that there is a superstition that if you are walking under a ladder, you will be hanged and you will be dead.
As you can see, this theory related to our superstition is a very bad omen. Being hanged and dead is something that people in many parts of the world associate with walking under a ladder.
Now when you have seen some possible theories related to walking under a ladder, it is time to see what you could do in order to prevent something bad to happen to you. As we have mentioned, there are a couple of things that can help you.
What Could You Do to Prevent this Superstition to Be Realized?
If you have been walking under a ladder, you must be wondering how you can avoid something bad to happen to you. If you are superstitious, those tips can be useful for you.
The first thing you could do in this case is to go back again through a ladder. It is believed that this way the superstition will not have effect.
Another thing is to make a wish while you are walking under the ladder. Not only will it reverse bad luck, but it will also make your wish come true.
There are also some other things that you can do in this situation. It is believed that you should spit three times through the rungs of the ladder. This way you will make bad spirits go away from you and the superstition will not be realized. Some people say that you should also spit on your own shoes but you should not look at them until your shoes are dry again.
In some parts of the world it is believed that if you walk under the ladder, you have to cross your own fingers.
Also, you should keep them crossed all the time until a dog appears in front of you. Sometimes certain words can also help you with this superstition. If you have walked under a ladder, you should walk one more time under it and you can simply say ‘’bread and butter’’. It is believed that this way bad luck will go away from you.
We hope that our advice how to reverse bad luck can be useful to you. You can do something of the options that we have suggested to you and you can be sure that bad luck will not follow you. On the other side, you have always the option to ignore those superstitions.
Anyway, you should avoid walking under a ladder because it can be dangerous for you. You should avoid it because of your own safety. If you are superstitious, then there are so many reasons why you should avoid walking under a ladder.
We have mentioned some of the most important meanings of this superstition and its origin. You have seen a couple of theories related to the superstition about walking under a ladder. You could see that this superstition is always a bad sign and it will indicate that something bad is going to happen to you.
Fortunately, there are a couple of ways how to avoid bad things enter your life and how to prevent this superstition to be realized. If you have been walking under a ladder but you didn’t want it, you must regret it now.
In this case we recommend you to choose something that you will do in order to avoid bad luck. We have suggested you a couple of options and you can choose which one is the easiest for you.
Of course, there is the option to ignore this superstition and all theories related to it. If you are not superstitious, you will not pay attention to walking under a ladder, but we recommend you to avoid it because of your own safety.