Is Friday the 13th really unlucky? Where did this superstition originate and is there anything to this?
The fear of Friday the 13th has been called friggatriskaidekaphobia, and those who fear it are calledParaskevidekatriaphobics — people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, fear of Friday the 13th affects between 17 and 21 million Americans and many others worldwide.
Some have suggested this fear dates back to 1780 B.C., when the ancient Babylonian legal document known as the Code of Hammurabi was enacted without a 13th law.
Others have pointed out that the number prior to 13– 12, signifies completeness: There are 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 months of the year, 12 hours on the clock and 12 tribes of Israel, among other things.
Friday was alleged to be the day on which Eve offered Adam the forbidden fruit and Jesus was crucified in Christianity. Another popular theory links the superstition to the demise of the Knights Templar, whose members were arrested by France’s King Philip IV on Friday, October 13, 1307.
So how unlucky is Friday the 13th? A 2008 Dutch study concluded that fewer automobile accidents, fires and crimes occur on Friday the 13th, and Friday the 13th may actually be a boon for finance: According to CNBC, the market has been up 80 times out of the past 140 Friday the 13ths.
In astrology Friday is ruled by the planet Venus, which signifies money and love, and there is nothing unlucky here! According to the old saying…. “Friday’s child is loving and giving” and may refer to the Venus nature, that is, a person who is loving and receptive to love. So, in fact this day ruled by Venus can be quite lucky.
So, do I believe Friday the 13th is unlucky? No, not at all! Come on you can come on out from under the bed now…there’s way too much to do this week!
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