According to a recent survey by Betway Casino, Bristol was named as one of the most superstitious cities in the UK, after it was revealed that 49% of respondents from Bristol believe in having a lucky number to guide them through life.

Having a lucky number is something that many of us do and this survey aimed to shine a light on why we choose a lucky number and how we use it in our everyday lives. The survey revealed that many of the northernmost cities have a greater number of believers than those of the south, however Bristol stuck out for being the city with highest number of believers.

Bristol International Balloon fiesta

Image - Bristol International Balloon Fiesta morning launch, credit Gary Newman

Tapping into the city’s ancient history

Bristol’s rich and vibrant history pre-dates the Romans, with Palaeolithic and Iron Age artefacts being uncovered across the city. The echo of these times can be seen in a recent declaration from the pagan federation, which claims that paganism is supposedly the second biggest religion in the South-West of England. This is all hearsay however and cannot be definitely proven, with many pagans choosing not to declare their religion on the government census. There is no doubt though that there is a strong new age and pagan influence that runs through Bristol and the surrounding counties. With landmarks like Stonehenge drawing in a large pagan, wiccan and druid following every year.

So is this keen interest in the new age religions making Bristol a more spiritual and superstitious city? Does its rich and vibrant history still have an effect on the modern day city?

The history of numerology and why we have lucky numbers

The belief in numerology is to believe that a number holds a mystical or divine quality that has the power to affect events. This can be things like winning the lottery, choosing the right home or even anniversaries. Numerology can be found in many cultures and religions around the world. Cultures such as Chinese and Indian are the most well known for having lucky and unlucky numbers.

Over a quarter of the Bristol respondents to the survey said that they believed in numerology and used it to choose their lucky number.  Using numerology to choose your lucky number suggests a strong belief and interest in these mythical and divine beliefs. Many superstitions, particularly those around numbers, stem from ancient beliefs and religions, something that was a key part of Bristol’s colourful history! The city’s continued belief in these mystical ways not only keep the bygone times alive, but adds an extra layer to its already rich culture.

Bristol’s diverse community is what makes the city so much fun to visit. Grab a bit of this amazing history by joining one of the many walking tours of the city, or visit one of Bristol’s many museums, filled with ancient artefacts found that can be found in and around the city.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery