by Caroline Weber
Since Friday the 13th is the king of all superstitious events, it is on this unlucky day that many other superstitions become more intense. Step on a crack? Kiss that wish you made at 11:11 last night goodbye. Accidentally break a mirror? Forget it, there’s no way you’re happening upon an open spot on Trinity at 7:20.
Last year, I only had to endure one of these painful days. But in 2012, not only do I have to deal with the world possibly coming to an end, I have to face three Friday the 13ths. Sadly, this means that my usual rabbit’s foot keychain isn’t going to cut it.
Here are some things I’ve stocked up on and steps I’ve taken to keep me safe during what will surely be a wacky year.
Four-leaf clovers—Over the summer, I took a trip to Ireland in preparation for 2012. I spent many days grazing fields for these special shamrocks, and I’m pleased to say I came home with 665 (I really found 666, but for obvious reasons, I left one behind.)
Rudraksh nuts—I stopped by Indonesia to collect some of these sacred nuts. According to powerfortunes.com, this charm bestows the owner with spiritual powers, good health, fame and material happiness. So to answer your question, yes, the $1500 plane ticket was totally worth it.
Horseshoe—As Tim Tebow (clearly the modern God of Luck, right?) dictates, I placed an upright used horseshoe at the top-right-hand corner of all the door frames in my house. Thankfully, I’ve only gotten one concussion from a horseshoe falling on my head so far, so I’m pretty positive about the future.
Spells—In my research, I came upon this fascinating website (which may or may not be authored by a coven of witches, it’s kind of a gray area) that includes instructions on how to make lucky charms even luckier.
It was weird, though; after I did the spells, I got this strange rash, and my car wouldn’t start for three days. But I’m sure those things were unrelated. I’m scheduled to perform the spells again during the full moon, so we’ll see how it goes.
Hopefully, all the time, energy and resources I’ve devoted to improving my luck will pay off, and I’ll survive.