Ever knock on wood? It’s getting harder and harder to do these days, as most furniture doesn’t have a bit of tree in it. Fortunately for me I’ve got an old house so full of trees I’m able to get crazy and knock on wood with my head, if I feel it’s appropriate.
But why do we do that? What’s the origin of that phrase and action?
Many ancient cultures believed in nature spirits, and most agree that tree spirits are the bomb. Even Germans (and hey, we’re kind of a dark people – ever read the REAL Cinderella?) have a kind tree spirit – the Waldgeist. In moments of fear or trepidation, people would knock on trees to wake up the good spirits for protection or good luck.
So now you know. Next time you’re feeling beset, hit the beech.