The Myth behind Friday 13th

The number thirteen & Friday both have a long history of ‘bringing bad luck’. It’s the combination of the two that makes the day the most feared. In fact, there’s even a a special word for the fear of Friday 13th which is: paraskevidekatriaphobia. We’ve got a fear of trying to pronounce that word!!

But where does it come from & what’s really the truth??

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Negative Associations

Many think that the reason for the number 13’s bad luck comes from the Bible. Judas was the thirteenth guest to sit down to the Last Supper. As we know, he infamously betrayed Jesus.

In Norse mythology, a dinner party of the gods was ruined by the 13th guest called Loki, who caused the world to be plunged into darkness.

“Loki taunts Bragi” (1908) by W. G. Collingwood. This sort of behavior does lend credibility to the idea that Loki makes a rough dinner guest, but in my opinion it’s a big leap from there to state “any 13th guest means someone will die in the next year,” and an even bigger leap from there to vilifying an entire number.

HOWEVER, before our more modern culture (with its horror movie etc), both Fridays & 13s were held in very highest esteem. Both the day & the number were associated with the Great Goddesses, & therefore, regarded as the sacred essence of luck & good fortune!

Positive Views

Thirteen is certainly the most essentially female number – the average number of menstrual cycles in a year. The approximate number, too, of annual cycles of the moon. Thirteen is the number of blood, fertility & lunar potency. Thirteen is the lucky number of the Great Goddess

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In Wicca, the pagan goddess tradition of Old Europe, communicants convene in covens of thirteen participants. Thirteen was also auspicious for the Egyptians, who believed that life has 13 stages, the last of which is death – the transition to eternal life.

Friday is sacred to Oshun, the Yoruba orisha of opulent sensuality & overwhelming femininity; & also to Frig, the Norse Goddess of love & sex, of fertility & creativity. Her name became the Anglo-Saxon noun for love, & in the 16th century, frig came to mean “to copulate.” Literally, ‘get lucky’!

Frigg (or Frigga) is known as a Queen Goddess from the Norse Gods pantheon. The wife of Odin & Mother of Baldur she is believed to be the wisdom & sky goddess & her responsibility is the weaving of clouds. Our ancestors believed that she had the power of prophecy & she was in charge of the fates weaving. Marriage & love were also under the power of this goddess. Image credit unknown.

Friday the 13th is ultimately the celebration of the lives & loves of Lady Luck. On this, Her doubly-dedicated day, let us consider what fortuitous coincidences constitute our fate. Ultimately, we can co-create with the universe – your thoughts can create reality- so whichever you choose to believe, will be your reality! Which do you believe?

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