Description: Knock three times on wood after speaking of good fortune, or bad luck will ruin it; the phrase 'touch wood' is used for luck in Britain and Ireland, even when there is no wood nearby.
Origin: Ancient, Everywhere
Many pagan European rituals involving the spirits of sacred tree, especially oak, ash, holly, hawthorn and yew. The pagans believed that trees housed spirits, and touching the trees in a respectful manner encouraged the spirits to grant health and prosperity.
The Christian angle on this superstition suggests the wood symbolises the timber of the True Cross of Christ's crucifixion.
KNOCKING ON WOOD
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
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