Some people automatically assume I talk to dead people, I know their birthday without them telling me, I don’t believe in God, or that I am very superstitious. Just so we are clear, I don’t talk to dead people, I don’t know your birthday until you tell me, and I do believe in God….but I am not superstitious at all. This Friday is a day that many people dread because they believe it’s bad luck.
Well, you or me can have “bad luck” on any given day of the week. So where did this idea come from? Friday the 13th has a long history stemming from the number 13 itself being a number of bad luck. The number 13 has been considered bad luck even before Christ, the number 12 is considered the number of completeness. There are 12 months in a year, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 hours on the clock…and yes of course, 12 signs in the ZODIAC. We all know Jesus had 12 disciples and at the Last Supper the 13th guest, Judas, betrayed him. The Chinese and Egyptians consider 13 a lucky number. Friday comes into play because Jesus was crucified on a Friday and public hangings were done on Fridays during the Middle Ages. There is so a lot more to this, so if you suffer from “paraskavedekatriaphobia” (a disorder where you are terrified of Friday the 13th), I suggest you relax. It doesn’t have to be Friday the 13th for things to go wrong. And you won’t have to worry about if for a while after this Friday…the next one isn’t until April 13, 2018.