Lock your doors and bar your windows! Friday the 13th is upon us!
..But… Where does this superstition come from?
Here are some interesting facts about Friday the 13th:
- 17 to 21 million people in America have a genuine phobia of Friday the 13th called paraskevidekatriaphobia. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that on Friday 13th they even avoid their normal daily routines.
- It’s estimated that $800 to $900 million is lost in business on this day.
- The earliest reference or Friday the 13th being the unluckiest day, was in 1869.
- This day occurs at least once, and up to 3 times per year.
There exists a Norse myth about the Gods hosting a dinner party. Twelve guests were invited, but the thirteenth person to attend, the uninvited guest, killed the God of Joy; Balder the Beautiful. When the God of Joy died, the whole world went into mourning.
In the Christian Bible, there is of coure, the story of Judas, the 13th guest to attend the last supper.
Now, all this is fine and dandy, but it only explains why the number 13 is considered unlucky. But what about Friday the 13th? The most common story comes from 1307; the arrest of the Knights Templar. King of France, Philip IV, owed the Knights a huge sum of money for years of service, but couldn’t pay his debt. So he had them arrested, accusing them of heresy. He then claimed all their assets to pay off other debts he had at the time (don’t I wish I was Queen and could accuse Visa of heresy… *sigh*). The Grand Master of the Knight Templar, whilst being burned at the stake (on Friday March 13th, 1314) , cursed the king, who died that year.
Personally, I’m not one to take stock in superstition. I’ve had black cats all my life, I don’t eat an apple a day (I’m never sick), I’ve stepped on many a crack, and my mother’s back is still in one piece… IMHO, if you go looking for bad luck, it will find you. I’ve lived through at least 22 Friday the 13ths, and somehow, by some great sorcery, I’ve lived through them all.
A life lived in fear is not really a life, and is not truly lived.
Love & Light