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Supernatural Advisory #017: Ladders

Avoid walking under ladders or unfortunate circumstances may follow.

CONTEXT

Multiple instances of bad luck after walking under ladders have been reported. Two primary theories explain this phenomenon:

1. In Christian nations, the legs of the ladder form a sacred triangle, representing the holy trinity of father, son, and spirit. To break the trinity is to commit blasphemy and declare oneself in league with the devil.

2. Another theory relies on the resemblance of a ladder to the gallows, a raised platform for public hangings. Walking underneath a ladder is equivalent to acting out one’s execution.

Walking backward underneath the same ladder can potentially reverse the damage and break the curse.

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You caught me walking backward
Counting back from ten
Trying to turn my luck around but failing
And failing again

The trinity was broken
A sacred triangle
Underneath the rungs against a building
I’m building a fall

Walking backward
Under ladders in reverse
Walking backward
Superstition break the curse
Walking backward

This city is a minefield
Duck or hit your head
Working up the energy
For staying in bed

Take me back
To bread and butter days
To simple ways
To words we left unsaid
I’ll never get ahead
Walking backward

Maybe I’m unlucky
Maybe that’s just life
Playing out as karma
As I sharpen the knife

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from Lucky Ago, released October 18, 2019

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