Nocturne (nocte) wrote,


Recently, I have been heavily exposed to a rather interesting thing called "superstition". There I am, sitting in the car, reading a book whilst the "girls" are with the dressmaker. I sit for quite a while. Why am I sitting there you may ask? Well, it's because it's "bad luck to see the dress before the wedding day". Similarly, I'm not allowed to see Penny before 3PM on Saturday. Why? Perfectly good reason: "It's bad luck to see the bride before the wedding."

So I analyze. Why is my future mother-in-law telling me this when she is Anglican? That is when my brain goes apeshit and I get carried away. "Hey, wait a minute, isn't luck inherently incompatible with Christianity anyway?", I ask myself. Here is the argument that I had with myself as I sat in the car. No, I had nothing better to do.

Assuming that my knowledge of the Christian faith is not totally flawed, there are two powers in this world capable of changing the future: the will of God (their caps, not mine) and the will of mankind (since God made man free, he is therefore capable of both evil and good). Right. So, what's this luck thing then? A third power? A selective, conscious randomness? Chaos with intelligence that decides to treat a person better because they did something good (threw salt over their shoulder) or bad (peeked at his girlfriend before the wedding)? Hogwash!!!

Wait a minute, I tell myself, so this Luck would be a contender and there would in fact be 3 powers at play in the universe. Haha! But the Christian faith tells us there is only good and evil, God and mankind, that can alter things. I grin.

On the other hand, pagan beliefs hold the notion of luck in extremely regard. Take the Norse faiths for instance. When you are born, you are alloted a certain amount of luck; when it runs out, you die, very much as if you got dropped into a desert with a bottle of water. It's clearly visible throughout the sagas. And it's not just the Norse faith, but numerous others.

This in turn leads me to believe that in fact all this superstition good/bad luck junk that gets thrown at me by a predominantly Christian authority group is essentially reminiscent of pagan times. Yet another point for pagans. I grin once more. Penny walks out of the door and I wonder what her dress looks like. I wonder if I could sneak a peak in when she's not looking. I ponder the state my genitals would be in after my attempt. I decide to stay in the car.

Yet another example of the female ego-inflation conspiracy, a.k.a. weddings!!! ;)
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Nuts to all that.

Lia and I hung out the entire day before our wedding (who else would set everything up besides us?!), I went with her to buy her dress ($50 at a thrift store) and we had none of the "old, new, borrowed, blue" crap. Hell, I don't even know how I know about that. Anyway, your mother-in-law sounds like a very silly person, and very confused about where all of this superstition comes from.

And, from reading a bit(!) of sagas myself, I think that there is a bit of difference between your luck (hamingja) and your fate (ørlög). That is, I don't think that when your luck "runs out," you die. Some families were inherently more lucky than others, but that didn't mean that they led a long life. Sometimes that meant they died a glorious death or did great deeds. I mean, look at Sigurðr Fafnisbani - he got the "curse" of Fáfnir's gold, but it was his family's luck and favor with Óðinn that led him to do deeds which made him one of the most revered personæ in Nordic legends, and led him to an honorable death (legendary, even!). He didn't live a long life, but he was lucky enough to have his images carved and his deeds written about for millenia to follow.

Of course, this is all open to debate ;)

I hope you're having a good time. Congrats on your marriage!
You are absolutely right, of course. I guess I simply got carried away in my subconscious spiel and brushed over the actual facts, as you do when you're being told 7/24 that you're not allowed to see the dress before the wedding (for instance, not that I'm bitter of anything, I just hate surprises and always react to them with immediate dislike... things have to grow on me before I start liking them).

Anyway, I too hope I'll have a good time, but I think I'll be too nervous to even relax. We'll see. :P

I'm very envious about your wife's dress. I wish we could be as layed back about it all. I swear they're trying to kill me with their Nazi-wedding-conspiracy. ;)
That is an interesting idea, that luck is anti-Christian. I wonder if the Bible (caps? I guess...) mentions luck at all.

Well, I did an Internet search on the subject and found a few essays which look to have been constructed by throwing random verses in, to support the point that Christians have no need for luck.

What Christians probably mean when they say it's bad luck to see the dress or the bride before the wedding is that God (their caps, not mine) does not want you seeing anything like that, and if you violate His (again with the caps) will then He (again) will smite you with His righteous indignation at your presumptuousness.

I'm pretty sure it doesn't say anything about that in the Bible (...) though.

Still, best to play it safe. Don't step on cracks, or the Lord will cause your mother a back injury. Avoid the number 13, as it is an abomination in His sight. There are many other well known quirks of His temperament which you should always be conscious of. They're all well supported by tradition, so you shouldn't have much trouble finding out about them. Just ask around.
I have but one thing to say to that: Amen, brother Mizerai.

Good to hear from you my friend. I'll catch up with you when this whole wedding-thing is over and done with and I can breathe safely again without the fear of incurring the wrath of the Wedding Mafia. ;)
Hope you've got a good book...