Halloween, not surprisingly, is shrouded by superstition, with its origins thought to have originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain in Ireland, where people would light sacred bonfires and don costumes to scare off the marauding ghosts of the dead, who they believed, returned to earth to cause trouble and damage crops ….
We might today scoff at such notions in our enlightened modern world of smartphones and space travel, but in reality, people in the 21st century are just as superstitious; and never more so than when it comes to bricks and mortar.
According to residential property specialist, Move with Us, potential homebuyers are most spooked if the house number is 13, or if completion takes place on Friday 13th. With a reported one in 10 people afflicted by triskaidekaphobia (the fear of the number 13), it seems that there is more than methods of construction or location at play when it comes to moving house, and from what your blogger can discover, this fear seems to have originated from Feng Shui, which involves master numbers and karmic debt numbers.
For example, a house number 357 which can be read as 3 + 5 + 7 = 15, Then 1 + 5 = 6, and the 6 is the singular most important number in the oriental analysis of energies, and would, taken by itself, be a good number for a house occupied by a family with children, because it is a family-oriented, domestic number.
A house numbered 13 would be 1 + 3 = 4 …. Thus apparently difficult to live in, and have some odd features in that it cannot easily be resolved.
Another Feng Shui superstition originates from the belief that stairs facing an entrance door means that the energy – or chi – will run out of your home, with wealth doing the same.
Some people are superstitious about a broken mirror in a property they’ve viewed, as it signifies seven years of bad luck …though originally it meant bad luck for the servant who broke it, as it would take seven years of their wages to replace –if only Plastic Surgeon had been around in those days!
Houses on three-cornered plots are also believed to bring bad luck – though I could not find where this superstition originated from. Other fears reported to have discouraged potential buyers demonstrated just how paranoid about the paranormal we humans can be. For example: my clairvoyant told me it wasn’t the right house; I can see trapped souls in the property – (bad ones, of course); devils are hiding in the garden; a family member visited in my sleep and told me to stay away.
Meanwhile, unfortunately, researching this article means that my home – No 1 – should actually be tidy and uncluttered; think I’ll go out trick or treating instead.