We use them every day to navigate the corridors of houses and buildings, but in times gone by, doors had a significance that was much greater. In fact, so important were doors in the past, that there were quite a few superstitions associated with them.
Even if modern man rarely believes there is anything more to a door than allowing a person to go in or out, it is interesting to see the potency that these openings had in the past
1. Sty, sty, get out of my eye
If you frequently struggle with sties on your eyes, it might not hurt to put this one to the test. In the past, people believed that standing behind a closed door and saying “sty, sty, get out of my eye” fifteen times in one breath would help to get rid of it. If you can muster saying the phrase without having to take another breath, that’s an achievement already, if you ask us.
2. Over the threshold
It is still quite common for grooms to carry their brides over the threshold of a new home. This tradition, which has been carried over from Roman cultural practices, is believed to bring good luck to the marriage – although many people view it as out-dated, and reminiscent of the ownership that men had over women.
3. Leave the same way you came in
It used to be believed that it would bring bad luck to the resident and the visitor, if a visitor left through a different door to the one that they used when they entered a house. Leaving through the same door as the one you entered in, on the other hand, would bring good luck to the resident and the visitor.
4. Spinsters and bachelors, take note
It is well known that hanging a horseshoe above a door was believed to bring good luck, but a variation on this theme was thought to assist people who were looking for a spouse. Should an unmarried man or woman hang a wishbone above their door, people used to believe that the first unmarried man or woman who came in through the door would be the future spouse of the person living in the house. Of course, this rule only applied to people who weren’t relatives of the singleton in question.
5. Knock-knock, who’s there?
Hearing a knock at the door, just to find no one there when you go to open it, was considered a bad omen that spelled imminent death. One can only imagine how many people got the fright of their lives when mischievous children would knock on doors and run away!