Friday the 13th: Myth, Superstition, or Reality?
The Origin of Friday the 13th
Blame it on Loki
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The DaVinci Code?
Is There Such a Thing as Lucky 13?
- The teachings of Jesus are centered on the formula of 12 + 1 (Jesus plus his 12 disciples). According to Pythagoras, one added to 12 creates the unlimited number of 13. It is this formula that allows miracles such as the multiplication of fish and loaves.
- Thirteen is the number of the Great Goddess, represented by 13 lunar cycles to a year.
- Contemporary witches consider thirteen to be a lucky number.
- In the Kabbalistic system, numbers are equated with letters, and the number 13 is equated with love and unity since the Hebrew letters for love and unity both equal 13.
- Thirteen is the cosmic law of destiny: death through failure and regeneration.
- And hey, let's don't forget the Baker's Dozen...Okay, so that's not esoteric, but it is a good thing, right? I mean, who doesn't like an extra donut?
Superstition or Reality?
One of the few reputable research papers on the matter - published in the British Medical Journal in 1993 - found that there was a higher risk of road accidents on Friday the 13th than on other Fridays. It found the risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 per cent on Friday the 13th, compared to Friday the 6th.Another study on the topic, conducted by Professor Simo Nayha from Finland's University of Oulu in 2004, found women in particular were at higher risk of dying in a road accident on Friday the 13th, compared with other Fridays. And he offered this conclusion: "Friday the 13th may be a dangerous day for women, largely because of anxiety from superstition.
Friday the 13th Remedies
Guiley, R.E. (1999). The Encyclopedia of witches and witchcraft. New York: Checkmark Books.
Roach, John. "Friday the 13th Phobia Rooted in Ancient History", National Geographic News, August 12, 2004, p. Page 1. Retrieved on July 13, 2007