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Madeleine D’Este is a speculative fiction writer, reviewer and podcaster based in Melbourne. Her steampunk novellas The Antics of Evangeline set in 1880s Melbourne are available now on Amazon.

The final article in the series exploring common superstitions is ‘fingers crossed.’ Crossing your fingers is a common gesture in

Generally, clover represents protection, fertility and abundance, but where does the widespread belief in a four leaf clover’s good luck

The exploration into the origins of common superstitions continues with ‘wishing on a star’.

The exploration into the origins of common superstitions continues with spilling salt as a bad omen.

According to some, leaving shoes on the table is a harbinger of death. This originates from the practice of honouring

Madeline D'Este explores the possible origins behind the common belief that the act of opening an umbrella indoors invites bad

‘Breaking the wishbone’ is a tradition around the world in the days after a Sunday roast, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Bad luck from breaking a mirror has a long history, and the ominous associations are pervasive around the world.

The superstition of 'touch wood', or 'knock on wood' is still common today, but what was its original source? Madeleine

One installment in a series of common superstitions in the English speaking world: ‘Bad luck comes in threes.’

Folklore is filled with tales of man-eating beasties and Australia is no exception, home to the dreaded Bunyip.