Turns out - there are some pretty wacky nautical superstitions out there. Here are a few gems:
Really, who comes up with this stuff?! And to anyone out there who owns any part of the amniotic sac and carries it around for good luck - please seek help.
- Black traveling bags are bad omens for sailors.
- Avoid flat-footed people when beginning a trip BUT the bad luck can be averted if you speak to the flat-footed person before they speak to you.
- Avoid red-headed people when beginning a trip BUT (like the above) the bad luck can be averted if you speak to the red head before they speak to you.
- The caul of a newborn is protection against drowning and will bring the owner good luck (FYI 'caul' is essentially the amniotic sac....ummmmm who OWNS this sort of thing!?!).
- The feather of a wren slain on New Years Day will protect a sailor from dying in a shipwreck.
Sailors were (and are) a very superstitious bunch, and I'm guessing it has everything to do with the fact that once at sea, they had very little control of the world around them and adhering to these little tokens and rituals helped them to feel that they had a hand in their fate. Superstitions provided a sense of security and confidence. That, and the fact that sailors liked their women in the buff. Who can blame 'em?
There is a tremendous amount of power in belief and maybe - just maybe if Scott and I offer Neptune some libations and goodies along our journey (hope he likes Rum!), he'll take good care of us (wink)! It's worth a shot (literally)!
Brittany & Scott