This article will show you where crossing one’s finger came from.

Have you wondered why people cross their finger for luck?  Well there are many theories, but here is on.  This article will show you everything.

This can be said as well as gestured. Crossing your fingers is a superstious way of receiving good luck, or nullifying a promise.


Back in the 16th century, supernatural creatures like witches and ghosts were generally accepted by many people to be real and sometimes the cause of bad luck or illnesses. Believing that the power of the cross would help protect them from evil, it was often used. The proper way of drawing a cross back then, and still used to this day, is to touch the forehead, heart, left shoulder, then right shoulder with you right hand.

There was not always time to do the proper drawing of it though. Say someone suddenly crossed paths with another who they thought were a witch, they would need protection immediately! So they used a shortcut: making a cross with both their index and second fingers. Doing this would protect them straight away from the evil that was before them, or so they thought.

Most of these beliefs have died out here in the modern day, but the gestures that were used continue on.

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