Merry Meet Everyone!
From horror movies to hushed fears- I’m sure many of you know the superstition of Friday the 13th.
Many people believe this day to be cursed- and that all will experience fear, bad, luck, and many awful oogie boogies on this day
Some people even have triskaidekaphobia- fear of the number 13.
But have you ever wondered why this day is regarded with such fear?
Buckle up- it’s time to find out!
The Taboo of Fridays and 13s
It seems there are numerous reasons why 13 has been marked as a taboo throughout history.
The article The Sinister Reasons we Fear Friday the 13th lists the following reasons why it earned a bad name:
- Judas was the 13th member of the Last Supper (and is later believed to have died on a Friday)
- 13 is seen as being imbalanced compared to the 12 months of the year
- There were 13 steps to the gallows for execution
- In 1307, King Phillip of France tortured and murdered hundreds of Knights Temple on Friday the 13th
- Some believe Eve bit the apple on Friday the 13th
- Some Christian theorists say that Noah’s arc escaped the great flood on Friday the 13th
As you can see, many of the reasons are based in religion.
The same article mentioned above also lists the fact that a gathering of 13 witches defines a coven, and they usually meet on Fridays as a downside. Well, I don’t know about you- but that sounds like a party to me!
The other side
Like we often see throughout history, sometimes the bad connotations overpower the good. And the truth is- Both Friday and 13 have some upsides as well!
The article 13 Reasons to Love the Number 13 has some positives to offer:
A baker’s dozen is actually 13 rolls- the 13th roll is a free bonus! Who doesn’t like freebies?
In Italy, 13th is a lucky number synonymous with hitting the jackpot
Friday is the only day of the week named after a woman- the goddess Freya/Frigg of fertility and love
There are also plenty of Good Things that Happened on Friday the 13th, including:
The famous Hollywood sign we have today was implemented
Water was discovered on the moon by NASA
The first dinosaur eggs were discovered in Mongolia
Super Mario Bros was released in Japan
And don’t forget- Friday is the last work day before the weekend begins!
It is what you make it to be
Since I was a child, 13 has always been my lucky number. My soccer jersey was #13 and I got my driver’s license on the first try- on Friday the 13th. I admit that maybe it felt a little bit cool to like a number every else was scared of (), but the number 13 drew me in nonetheless.
I’m not the only one- singer Taylor Swift has claimed 13 as her lucky number since birth.
It seems that- with many things in life- Friday the 13th is what you make it to be.
Ohio State University backs this theory up with science in Is 13 Really That Unlucky?- saying that once you set mind your mind to believe something, it often backs it up with confirmation bias. That is to say, your mind has a habit of seeing what it wants to see- evidence that supports what you already believe.
If you go into tomorrow feeling fear and apprehension- that is what the world is likely to give back to you. But if you move forward with your head held high, perhaps the universe will reflect that positivity back to you
While you’re at it, why not cast a special Friday the 13th spell- and cash in on the occasion!
[Picture from Pintrest]
Wishing a very Happy Friday the 13th to all!