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5 of Our Favorite Solar Eclipse Superstitions

August 17, 2017

You’ve probably heard that if you step on a crack, you’ll break your mother’s back. You’ve probably heard that bad luck is sure to follow if you break a mirror. And you’ve also (hopefully by now) heard that a total solar eclipse will occur on August 21.

While most are going to watch (with special glasses, of course) in awe as the sun is blacked out by the moon, other, more superstitious folks may pass on the spectacle. That’s because there are quite a few superstitions that come along with the solar eclipse.

Thanks to The New York Post, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and interestingly enough, multiple pregnancy blogs, we were able to compile a list of some of those superstitions. Here are 5 of our favorites!

 

5. Wear red

Specifically, wear a red ribbon or red underwear if you want to keep the eclipses’ negative energy away. (Side note: Eclipses have negative energy? Who knew!)

 

4. Hold something metal

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t own any red clothes, fear not! Holding metal can ward off the same negative energy.

 

3. Start gardening

According to certain cultures, flowers planted during an eclipse will bloom more colorfully than your ordinary, non-eclipsed flowers.

 

2. Ensure a smooth pregnancy

It has been said that babies born during an eclipse may turn into … mice? Yes, mice. Best to hold off on birth until Tuesday. But because we know that’s not really possible, at least avoid the following during the eclipse (if pregnant): eating, carrying sharp objects, and going outside. Some believe this is all bad for pregnancy.

 

1. Take up gold mining

Miners believed that the eclipse brought good luck to their search for gold.

 

So, who’s wearing red for the eclipse?