As I write this we are three days from another Friday the 13th. I’m not terribly superstitious myself, and I’d be willing to bet that the number 13 brings on bad luck almost as often as the groundhog seeing its shadow brings on six more weeks of winter.
I can’t prove that.
Anyway, that’s not even taking into account that in some places – France and Italy particularly – the number 13 is traditionally a good luck omen.
And that still isn’t even taking into account that most bad luck is rooted in the state of mind of the person experiencing it in the first place. Of course the same goes for good luck.
I can’t prove that either.
With this blog I mostly address small business owners, potential freelance clients in my area. So for this Friday the 13th, I’d like to submit a few other good luck omens for businesses which do not have the overwhelming stigma of popular opinion going against them like the number 13 does.
Most of these superstitions are particular to certain cultures. But just because a superstition is something, say, the Icelandic believe, doesn’t mean it can’t work for you even though you are not Icelandic.
Good omens recognize no borders. Remember that.
First off, every animal under the sun has been named a good luck omen at one time or another in one place or another. I will not try to enumerate all of them here, but a couple examples are worth mentioning.
Let’s say you’re starting a business. You’ve leased the building or whatever and have just gone in to begin setting up shop. You open a cupboard and a bunch of bats fly out. Bats nesting in the building are a good omen because, having exceedingly keen senses, bats are likely to pick up on certain – not to get too hippy-dippy, but – vibes. If they’ve chosen to hang around, odds are you’ve chosen a good location. Similarly, nesting birds on the property are a sign of opportunities coming your way.
Speaking of birds, it is widely believed that receiving bird droppings upon one’s head is actually a good omen. It isn’t exactly pennies from Heaven, but if you’ve got flocks of birds using your storefront as a toilet, rest easy. It’s fine.
Speaking of toilets, keeping your office toilet clean is considered a harbinger of good luck. I think it goes without saying that you’ll tend to have more return business if you do this simple thing. So I don’t see how it is really an omen, and there surely isn’t any luck involved, other than – in smaller offices – not being the employee who draws the short straw and has to clean it.
Let’s move on.
So again, you’re setting up shop in your new building. There are spiderwebs everywhere. Omen seekers say before you start swatting them down, you should keep your eyes peeled for your initials, or those of the business, spelled out in the webs. Spiders, too, are apparently highly sensitive creatures with innovative ways to welcome you, essentially a visitor to their abode.
Now, when you open or when you begin a new project, promotion etc., there are other signs to watch out for.
The most obvious one is the date. The number 8 is most often mentioned as a good sign. So if the numerals in the date of your Grand Opening is January 2, 2021 (1/2/2021) the digits add up to 8, and are therefore a portent of good fortune.
If you open on the day of a full moon, superstition dictates you’ll be prosperous. But don’t you dare do it on the day of a new moon. Just don’t. Finally, launching an initiative or a business on a day when it is raining while the sun is out will be auspicious because a rainbow is likely to appear, which is really something in and of itself.
Now go forth, and prosper, and whatnot.