Every person i know whether rich or not.. tycoons or jobless.. whatever races they are.. they will be avoiding Friday 13th as much as possible.
Imagine getting seat 13 on your next flight or seat number 13 in a sports stadium. How would that make you feel? For many, the number 13 creates an uneasy feeling, especially on Friday the 13th, the “unluckiest” day of the year. But what is the root of that fear? Is Friday the 13th really an unlucky day?
A Mysterious Obsession
Avoiding the number 13 is a regular occurrence in life. For example, many office buildings don’t have a 13th floor. Many hotels omit room 13, and even in the legal field, some lawyers avoid signing contracts on the 13th of the month. Some gamblers may avoid betting on the 13th of the month and even surgeons avoid scheduling surgeries on the 13th of a month. So the fear of 13 is still a strong one, impacting people from all walks of life. But where did that fear originate?
History, Mythology and Culture
There are many cultural legends that perpetuated the fear of the number 13. Some relate the fear of 13 to Norse mythology, where Loki, one of the more evil figures, became the 13th guest at a party and ended up causing the death of the god of light. In Rome, witches would gather in groups of 12 members, and the 13th guest was said to be a bringer of evil. On Friday, October 13, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of the Grand Master and Knights of the Knights Templar. In Christianity, there were 13 attendees at the last supper, and Friday the 13th was believed to be the day of Christ’s crucifixion.
The Day After the 12th
In numerology, the number 12 is associated with fulfillment and completion. For example, there are 12 months in a year, 12 numbers on a clock face, 12 items in a dozen, and 12 signs of the zodiac. The number 13 suffers much wrath simply because of its position following the number 12, leaving a feeling of uncertainty or imbalance.
The Allure of the Number 13
In an attempt to remove much of its negative stigma, people are finally rediscovering the allure of the number 13. For example, modern paganism and Wicca have embraced the number 13, understanding that there are positive aspects of the number 13 that can balance the negative.
In numerology, 13 is reduced to the equation 1+3 = 4. Four is a number representing balance and totality. There are four elements, and also four directions. For Jews, 13 is the age of maturity, and the number of principles of Jewish faith. There is also the belief that God has 13 attributes of mercy.
There’s Nothing to Fear
Hopefully, I’ve shared enough information with you to help you embrace Friday the 13th, or at least view it from a different perspective. There’s really nothing to fear! You don’t need to stay home, under the covers and sleep the day away. Go to work, or school, or take that trip! There is no sense in putting your life on hold or ruining the start of your weekend.