15 Crazy Superstitions Related to Being Left Handed

Let’s deviate from left handed guitars for a second and chat about being awesome left handed people in general.  We’ve compiled a list of 15 superstitions, myths and tales of folklore which show the stigmas associated with being left handed in times gone by.

For the most part there are very few positive myths associated with the left hand.  The overwhelming majority of left handed superstitions involve some general theme of bad luck and evil, devil worshipping madness.  Hope you aren’t too superstitious!

Negative Left Handed Superstitions, Myths and Tales of Folklore

1.In ancient imagery the left hand would generally symbolise ‘female’, while the right hand would symbolise ‘male’.

2.Many people believed it bad luck to pass a drink to someone with your left hand.  Likewise, pouring a drink with your left hand isn’t going to bring you luck!

3.Staying on the subject of drinking – giving a toast with your left hand is the same as placing a curse on the person(s) you are toasting!

4.In the profession of dressmaking it is considered bad luck to attach the left sleeve before sewing on the right one.

5.Which foot do you place on the floor first when getting out of bed?  Many people believe that getting out of bed left foot first will result in you having a bad day!

6.If you have a twitch in your left eye you will see an adversary, but if the twinge is in your right you will see a friend.

7.If you have an itch on your left palm this means you will need to pay some money out, whereas if it’s on your right you will be the one receiving the cash.

8.The Devil has been associated with the left handed for thousands of years. In 1431 Joan of Arc was found guilty of being a witch and burned at the stake.  Depictions show her as being left handed in order to make her appear more evil!

9.The tradition of wearing your wedding ring on the left handed was started by Romans, who used the ring to ward off evil associated with the left.

10.People believed that evil spirits would skulk behind your left shoulder. In Roman times salt was a very valuable commodity and it was seen as extremely bad luck to spill some.  This is why if you spill salt you should throw it over the left shoulder – to appease the Devil!

11.Do you ever experience a ringing in your ears?  Apparently if it’s in your right ear this means that someone is praising you, whereas if it’s in your left someone is busy cursing you!

12.If you are going travelling and your left foot itches you are going to have a bad journey.  An itch on your right foot will result in a pleasant and efficient voyage.

13.At the beginning of a new year, if you hear a cuckoo singing in your right ear then you will have a lucky year.  If you hear it in your left, well, you get the idea by now…

Positive Left Handed Superstitions and Myths

They can’t all be bad right? 😉  Well I struggled, but I managed to find two…

14.In Spring, if you dig up a lump of coal from underneath your left foot then you will have good luck that year.

15.Indigenous tribes from the Andes believed that left handed people possessed spiritual powers, such as magic and healing.

Well that’s it folks.  Apparently for the most part we’re all evil, devil worshipping witches with the ability to curse someone just by looking at them funny.  Hope you’re not too superstitious! 😉

If you have any interesting left handed superstitions, myths or tales of folkore, leave a comment below!  Also be sure to check out our article 25 Amazing Facts About Left Handed People!

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  1. Theresa
    Theresa says:

    You’re not going to believe this but when I was googling the dark and Middle Ages myth about left handed people being evil and controlled by the devil, and in addition to this article I ran across an entry for a current day Baptist church forum entitled “Stop being left handed!,” in which they made the same claims and gave a list of “evil people” who are left handed including President Obama and his wife (she’s not), Bill Clinton, several celebrities and Jack the Ripper (which seemed odd to me since no one knows who that was so how do they know he was left handed). They conveniently excluded Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush for some reason. Perhaps because they were supporters of the “moral majority” and advocates for evangelicals. Apparently, they think it’s a choice and that you shouldn’t choose to be left handed “just to be special,” because you’ll be the devil’s plaything and end up burning in hell. I had a 1st grade Catholic school teacher who was a nun in 1976 who fervently believed this “left handed=evil and one way ticket to hell” nonsense who tried to force me to write right handed using physical abuse, but she was older and I simply cannot believe that in 2016 there are not only people who STILL believe this insanity – they also think you should beat the left handedness out of a child! Of course that kind of negates their claim that it’s a choice if you have to beat a child to force them to use their right hand. It didn’t work with me, no matter how hard I tried, and I tried really hard because the nun literally put the fear of God in me and I had nightmares of burning in hell, not to mention the abuse. I ended up with nerve damage in my elbows from the nun holding my wrists and slamming them into the desk over and over again on a daily basis until my mom pried what was going on out of me and yanked me out of that school after giving the nun a little hell of her own.

    • Bobbie
      Bobbie says:

      Omg, I felt so many things reading your story. I too was born an Awesome Lefty,& was forced to use my right, coz when I was young Lefty’s were seen as retarted in some way. True my abuse was none near as yours, I really feel for your pain you must suffer due to this Nun!! Anyways my 4th child is now looking at maybe being a Lefty, & I’m really Hoping she is. But was recently confronted again by school teachers (in todays era) that they are forcing her in Prep to use her right hand. When she came home & told me, I was/am so angry. Of course the teacher/school heard from me. I have told my daughter to be/use which ever she is more comfortable. Thank you for your story,

  2. Pam Nerz
    Pam Nerz says:

    I was lucky enough to be born a . have any of my brethren noticed in school that the desks were made for the other hand? Or when we were taught cursive writing the other hand was shown. So many things are made with the other hand in mind. For example the touch pads on phones calculators tvs etc. And not to mention tape measures and of course scissors. But i have managed to overcome. I love being a bonde haired brown eyed left handed tongue rolling lefty lady. I too can mirror write. And for my New Years Learn-a-new-tslent i am learning to do things with my other hand. Juicing oranges has been my biggest challenge. And since us Leftys use the right side of our brains wouldnt you say we’re in our right mind? Love to all hands…. The Mama

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