Commentary: This superstition came to me through my mother and my grandmother. Back in the old days, in the old country, one didn't point at the moon because it would be "disrespectful." I think there's a moon goddess, but I can't remember what her name is--it might be Laima. Anyway, as Leaden has illustrated for us, pointing at the moon is a common Zen symbol for attaining enlightenment. So, the bad luck for me here takes the form of cognitive dissonance. I think my grandmother and the Buddhists would agree about not killing spiders, though.