I am superstitious and proud. I think people come by superstition because they want to have control over things they really don’t. They want to believe they can control their own fate, through faith and ritual.
In Shakespeare’s play, MacBeth takes superstition to extremes by consulting with witches and killing the king. Of the many themes in the play, my favorite is the notion that MacBeth has subverted nature by violating the natural order of things, by mixing with the supernatural. In the end, he is undone by an army who camouflages itself with tree limbs, leaving an image of the woods rising up to defeat him: nature wins.
Of course, some people are superstitious about the play and won’t even speak the name “MacBeth” in a theater. There’s actually legend that real witches cursed the play since Shakespeare used their spells in the text.
I have a Lucky Leprechaun I use for special events. I got it when I was studying for an exam, for a business credential. I was terribly stressed out about the exam, and the weird guy who taught our exam-prep class gave us each a small, Lucky Leprechaun pendant as good luck. I believed the leprechaun would help me pass, and I held it like a talisman on the morning of the test.
They were very strict about people using cheat-sheets at the exam center though, and we weren’t allowed to bring anything more than a couple pencils and a calculator inside. There was a locker for us to put our phones, keys and wallets. We even had to empty our pockets, and go through a screening line.
I took the Lucky Leprechaun in though, opened it in my palm for the guy at the door, and asked if it was okay I brought it in, please? He just gave me a look of pity and disgust, and waved me on. I passed.
I used to read Tarot cards, and enjoyed learning the meaning of each. Some cards like Death you might think is bad, but it’s really not. But take a card like Wheel of Fortune, and if it’s inverted, that’s not good.
I have no interest in fortune tellers or Tarot cards anymore, though. I saw my death already, in a dream some time ago. I realized that death, and now I am starting over.