Are you waiting for your luck to turn, hoping for something good to happen, or are you taking a chance on something and hoping it pays off. What do you do every time? If you cross your fingers, you are definitely not alone. It may be a silly gesture, but luckily many people do it.
But have you ever wondered why we cross our fingers for luck?
There are actually two theories regarding the origin story of finger crossing. Both go back further than you might expect!
The first theory is that it started in Western Europe. People used to make wishes on crosses because they thought the intersection created a powerful concentration of spirits. Eventually, people started crossing their fingers as a way of showing their support for someone else’s wish. But, when they realized they could wish and cross their fingers, they started using it as a way to support their own wishes!
When you think about it, that’s not much different than what we do today, especially if you’re superstitious.
The second possible origin goes back to primitive Christianity. Christians who were persecuted for their faith developed various hand gestures to communicate with each other. One was a “fish symbol”, created by touching the thumbs and crossing the fingers.
The only problem with this theory is that it doesn’t really relate to the “luck” factor.
No matter what you believe, it is interesting to see how people have crossed their fingers for centuries to symbolize luck, hope, and wishes. It’s one of those unique gestures that has stood the test of time without changing the meaning too much.