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Superstitions and Symbolism of Shoes

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

I’ve been asked about superstitions and symbolism of shoes (say that five times fast).   I just happen to know these little symbolic shoe bits because I’m a recovering shoe addict, and I thought (as I typically do) my shoe fetish had a deeper symbolic meaning, so several years ago I investigated various meanings of shoes. 

I was happy to share a few of the more colorful superstitions in my reply here:

Dear ShoeStrung,

Shoes have a wealth of superstitions attached to them.

In the Western world, tossing old boots in the wake of departing ships was thought to insure a sailor’s safe return home.

This tradition is carried out in modern times by tying shoes to the car bumpers after a wedding.  This action is said to:

  • assure a happy home life,
  • keep a husband from wandering,
  • and all the roads a family takes will always lead back to the home.

Also in matters of love, if shoes are placed on the left side of the bed in the form of a “T” it is said that a vision of your love will come to call in your sleep.  A little rhyme goes with it to insure your dream lover will appear: 

“This night my true love will see,
I’ve placed my shoes in the form of a T,
now in my dreams come to me,
show yourself, my lover to be.”

Do not put your shoes souls up under your bed, as superstitions indicate this will cause nightmares and cramps.

Dreaming of shoes means something too; I’ve written a bit about it here: (4th dream symbol from the bottom of the page).

Even the wear and tear of shoes has a bit of symbolic superstition behind them, as evident in this Irish rhyme:

“Worn at tip of toe, wearer sees woe,
Worn out at the side, wearer meets his bride,
Worn on the ball, best not to buy at all,
Worn at the heal, wearer makes a wise deal.”

Placing shoes caddywampus in your doorway is a good way to outsmart devils from entering your door.  Place one shoe with toes facing out the door, and the other shoe with toes facing in – this is said to confuse dense little demons and keep your home evil-free.

On a more somber note, placing shoes on top of a table is symbolic of death. The origin of this superstition comes from the times of hangings in which convicted prisoners were hanged with their shoes still on.  Upon letting loose of the noose, their shoes would tap on the surface – the association was translated to table tops.

As synchronicity would have it, I just stumbled across this post on superstitions surrounding shoes at weddings.

I hope you enjoyed these superstitions and symbolism of shoes.

Interpreting a Symbolic Fox Sighting

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I received an email from a gentleman who asked for assistance in interpreting a symbolic fox sighting. 

He encountered the fox at noon while he was contemplating his future plans.  I respond with some ideas about his symbolic fox and direct him to more thoughts on my fox animal symbolism page.  Here is my response:

Dear ShadowFinder:

Indeed, fox are small, but they can project a very large presence.

They are the natural shape shifters of the animal kingdom, and their shifting powers are at their peak on prime clock-time points of noon and midnight…inherent times of transformation.

Fox have very clarified and pointed energy – they serve as index fingers pointing in specific directions….they are focused and driven.

They are also quite clever and can reveal resources or advantages to your soul that your mind might never conceive.

What does your experience mean?  Only you can determine that.  Sorry, no free rides in the realm of oracle interpretations. Personal soul-searching is a requirement if you need to know the keys that unlock your doors of mystery.

One thing is certain.  The fox does not idly choose who she reveals herself to.  This encounter is unique to you, it’s your responsibility to follow the energetic trail of the fox for clarification.

Read over what I’ve written here, as well as this page I’ve written about the animal symbolism of the fox:

Fox Symbolism (full article)

or Fox Tattoo Symbolism (if you’re interested in that sort of thing).

Ditch the stuff that does not jive with your soul.  Grab onto the threads that resonate truth. Keep pulling at these threads (researching, contemplating, meditating) until you reach a satisfactory end (a fitting answer to this phenomenon).

Further, call upon the energy of the fox.  Be honorable, and be like still water as you invoke.  The fox will come and will give you answers, just as long as you approach her as the noble she is.

Good vs. Bad Symbol Interpretation

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

I accidentally (honest!) hit the “delete” key on a comment expressing dismay on some of my symbolic interpretations. 

She went on to explain there are good and bad symbol interpretations and my writings tend to be one-sided.  Her comment is valid, and merits an answer, so here is my response:

Dear Demeter1000: 

This is the beauty of symbolism.  Each symbol interpretation is completely based upon the observer’s perspective.

All of the symbols on my main website, this blog, and my Tarot site can be construed one way or another, good or bad, fact or fiction.  It all depends on how the observer interprets the symbol – it’s all very personal.

Most of my pages encourage readers to explore their own thoughts about symbolism and let their own feelings be their guide to symbol meanings. 

Mine is only one perspective – most certainly not the only one.

It’s true, all of the information I publish leans to the positive aspects of a symbol.  I do this intentionally as I figure people have access to plenty of negativity already.  Why should I contribute to an unworthy cause?

Thank you for your very relevant & astute observation.