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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Superstitious Saturday Fingers Crossed

Superstitious Saturday Fingers Crossed

There are two main theories on the origin of crossing one’s fingers to bring good luck – a ritual I often see dancers doing before a performance.

First is the idea that it came from a pre-Christianity pagan belief that a cross had powerful symbolism. This was because the crossing of the members marked an intersection where good spirits were concentrated. Or, some beliefs say it is the intersection of good and bad spirits. Hmmm…

The other theory come from the early days of Christianity when believers were persecuted. To recognize fellow Christians a series of coded hand signals were developed and one was the fingers forming the shape of the ichthys or fish. How it went from the thumb and index finger forming this shape to forming a cross is a mystery.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstitious Secret #198:
“There are two main theories on the origin of crossing fingers for luck.”
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“If, while at the piano, you attempt to form little melodies, that is very well; but if they come into your mind of themselves, when you are not practising, you may be still more pleased; for the internal organ of music is then roused in you. The fingers must do what the head desires; not the contrary.”
― Robert Schumann

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