Friday, May 13, 2011

Supernatural Friday-Friday the 13th

Do you believe in bad or good luck? Do you think there are bad connotations to the number 13? For me, I have used it and won over the years at contest, cake walks, etc....

Friday the 13th has for years been considered a day to watch out for. A 1993 study done by authors in the British Medical Journal have proven more car accidents are higher on the 13th than on normal Fridays.

Both the number 13 and the sixth day of the week have foreboding reputations since ancient times. Those who fear something bad will happen on the 13th, will not go to work, eat, etc...

The number 13 also is connected with a legend that if thirteen people sit down to dinner, one of them will die within the year. Many cities do not have a 13th Street or Avenue. There are buildings without a thirteen floor. Having thirteen letters in your name means you will have the devil's luck. People with 13 letters include Jack the Ripper, Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, Theodore Bundy, Albert De Slavo, to name a few.

Turks have a dislike so much for the number that it is almost stricken from their vocabulary. And of course, everyone knows there are thriteen witches in a coven!

To give the argument from the other side: Chinses consider the number to be a sign of luck. Egyptians used this for spiritual ascension--twelve in thei life and thirteenth beyond, meant to be eternal afterlife.

It is thought that western civilization reviled the number as it is considered feminine--used by prehistoric goddess-worshipping cultures. It corresponded to the lunar (menstral) cycles in a year.

Whatever or however you believe Friday the 13th to be, it's just another day--right?


1 comment:

Annabelle Ambrosio said...

My husband said the number thirteen was lucky and I said I didn't like the number. Not particularly Friday the thirteenth, but any thirteen. He ended up being admitted to the hospital emergency room and ICU on a thirteen and died four days later. Lucky? I don't think so.