When the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday, (as happens at least once every year, but can occur up to three times in the same year), people around the globe feel uneasy about getting out of bed, leaving their homes, or going about their normal daily routines, all because of a superstition.
The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, quite a mouthful!
Triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, it is quite common for even the most ordinarily rational and otherwise exemplary person -- Winston Churchill, for example -- to refuse to sit in row 13 in the theatre or on an aeroplane.
Friday, the day of original sin, in combination with 13, is undoubtedly designated as a day of doom and gloom, avoiding numerous well-known superstitions, involving black cats, ladders and cracks in the pavement.
But, although Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in western superstition, both the day and the number were originally associated with Great Goddesses, and therefore, regarded as the sacred essence of luck and good fortune, yes, really!
The number 13 is considered lucky by Chinese people, in word it means “assured growth” or “definitely vibrant” in Chinese. That’s why this number is considered very lucky in Chinese, unlike its perception in the western world. When Chinese women make offerings of moon cakes, there are sure to be 13 on the platter. Thirteen is the number of blood, fertility, and lunar potency. 13 is the lucky number of the Great Goddess.
And then there is Frigg, the Norse Goddess of marriage, she is associated with foresight and wisdom, her name comes from the verb “fríja” = to love. Fridays are named after her and so Friday is considered the best day to get married on.
Friday the 13th is ultimately the celebration of the lives and loves of Lady Luck. On this, Her doubly-dedicated day, let’s celebrate how lucky we are!
Thank the Goddesses for Friday the 13!