Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday the 13th Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my Friday the 13th Blog Posts. If you'd like to read Part 1 Please go HERE!
When Friday is combined with the 13th day of the month we have a double dose of pagan symbolism and female significance. Up until the Middle Ages when pagans continued to celebrate symbolic pagan days, Friday the 13th was thought to be especially lucky because it combined the goddess’s sacred day with her sacred number (drawn from the 13 months of the lunar year). As a result, Friday the 13th was a celebration and festival day for many Pagans.
It is a shame that people had to start thinking of Friday the 13th as something to be feared...What seems to appear, after one reviews the history, is that the modern taboo of Friday and 13 (and especially the two together) is the result of the Christian manipulation of earlier pagan beliefs... but this isn't the first Pagan celebration that was changed by the Christians (Easter, Christmas, etc.). The fears of Friday the 13th came about after Jesus was Crucified.  The Last Supper was certainly not the only time Christ gathered with his disciples and there were always 13 of them. No one suggests these earlier events were unlucky. In fact, based on the historical view of thirteen at the time of Christ, all indications show 13 as a lucky number, and this probably played a role in determining how many disciples there should have been. The same goes for the New Testament rationale for the dislike of Fridays. The crucifixion of Christ is the foundation of Christianity. After all this holy day is called Good Friday and is celebrated as a positive day!

If you believe that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day, chances are you will attract negative experiences. But on the other hand, if you believe that Friday the 13th is a lucky day perhaps you will attract positive experiences. We get back what we send out in thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Interesting Facts: 
Australians have one interesting way of looking at this day. Australian lottery ticket sales go through the roof on Friday the 13th.
The pathological fear of Friday 13 is called paraskevidekatriaphobia.
In the United States alone, $800 to $900 million is lost in business each Friday 13th because people will not travel or go to work.
In 1306, the King of France, King Philip had hundreds of Knights Templar arrested on Friday, October 13. He had them tortured and executed.
The name "Friday" is derived from the Norse goddess known either as Frigg - wife of Odin (the goddess of marriage & fertility, the moon & witches) or Freya (goddess of love, beauty, sensuality, war, good fortune, magic & wisdom).
This year were have several Friday the 13ths. Last Friday the 13th was 13 weeks ago, and the next Friday the 13th is 13 weeks away.

 

2 comments:

  1. Love all the info! :-) Thanks!

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    1. You are very welcome. Thank you for reading!

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