Do you know that paraskevidekatriaphobia is a phrase for the collective concern we’ve of Friday, the 13th? Say that ten instances quick! Traditionally, there isn’t any one motive as to why Friday the thirteenth has been pegged as an unfortunate day, however there’s numerous conjecture that, when taken in context, does appear to level to an uncanny quantity of “unhealthy” issues which have occurred on that day and date.
Why Friday, and why the 13th?
Why Friday the 13th, and never Thursday the 12th or Saturday the 14th? Triskaidekaphobia is a concern of the quantity 13 particularly. Many sources, together with numerologists, consider that 12 is an entire quantity. A dozen equates to 12, there are 12 inches in a foot, the Gregorian calendar has 12 months in a 12 months, and 12 indicators within the zodiac, to call a couple of cases. Including to an already good quantity, by this logic, makes it unfortunate. 91 % of condo buildings in New York Metropolis even skip the 13th flooring fully, naming it 14 or PH if it’s the highest flooring, as a result of it’s believed to be unhealthy luck to reside on the 13th flooring.
And the opposite piece: Friday. Why is Wednesday the 13th a traditional day, however Friday is believed to be additional unfortunate? The nomenclature of Friday might be traced again to Roman goddess of affection, Venus. Friday comes from the basis Frigg, who was the previous English goddess of affection and primarily analogous to Venus. Standing for intercourse, magnificence, and fertility, Venus is arguably one of the vital female symbols of all time. The quantity 13 is linked to female cycles. Coincidence? We expect not. There are 13 lunar cycles in a 12 months, and a girl with a 28-day cycle would have 13 menses. “In numerology, quantity 13 is a ‘karmic debt quantity,’ which implies additional effort is required to beat obstacles. As it’s human nature to keep away from something that’s tough, painful or requires effort, the problem with quantity 13 is to be taught to persevere by something that causes disharmony in your life,” mentioned numerologist Michelle Buchanan. Because it seems, the potent female nature of Friday is inherently linked to the quantity 13, and so they’re fairly highly effective collectively.
Everybody’s a little bit superstitious (in accordance with science).
There is a motive this vacation feels spooky and fear-driven, regardless that there’s clear proof on the contrary. Worry basically, however particularly concern of loss of life appears to drive everybody’s perception within the superstitious larger. Further analysis exhibits superstitious conduct is linked to an exterior locus of management, or a perception that one other drives the implications of your life. So, concern of unhealthy issues occurring and having one thing responsible performs an enormous half in human superstition, and Friday the 13th is likely one of the most superstitious holidays within the U.S.
No matter whether or not the concern is warranted, it has actual penalties. “It has been estimated that $800 or $900 million [U.S.] is misplaced in enterprise on at the present time, as a result of individuals is not going to fly or do enterprise they usually would do,” Donald Dossey, a folklore historian and founding father of the Stress Administration Middle and Phobia Institute, advised Nationwide Geographic. Folks keep away from signing paperwork, doing enterprise, and even getting married on this date attributable to concern of unhealthy luck.
Is Friday the 13th charged with vitality? Positive—however it’s not all unhealthy, and there is little motive to worry. If something, at the present time is one to embrace your female facet and take pleasure in a little bit additional self-care. There’s nothing improper with a little bit magical considering!