Better known as Fear of Friday the Thirteenth
Are you superstitious? Do you avoid walking under a ladder.....Won't open an umbrella in the house.....Shiver if a black cat should cross your path.....If you break a mirror believe you will have seven years bad luck....when your nose itches, believe you will soon kiss or be kissed by a fool....
If so, don't worry you have plenty of company. Fear of Friday the Thirteenth ranks right up there with other superstitions. It is closely related to the fear of the number '13', otherwise known as 'triskaidekaphobia'. Believe it or not the fear of the number 13 is one of the most widespread superstitions in the United States.
There is no consensus as to the origins of these fears.
Some believe it stems from the Christian religion and the Last Supper, where there were thirteen present including Jesus and Judas. Thus the superstition that 13 people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners. And Jesus was crucified on a Friday.
Others believe its origin is in the 'goddess legend' from Norse mythology. Frigga or Freya was the free-spirited goddess of love. In order to stop the worship of the Goddess Freya, she was banished to a mountain top with her beloved black cats, where she was kept a prisoner.
One night the Goddess called to the 12 Wyches (healing wise women/priestesses) by coercing the wind to carry her voice down the mountain. She called the women to gather with her spirit under the light of the full moon & sent her beloved black cats to carry her essence to the circle. The women, thrilled to be reunited with their Goddess, were dancing wildly about, when as the legend goes, the devil was enticed out of the darkness and joined them creating a circle of 13. After that Friday, which had been known as the day of the Goddess, became known as the Witches Sabbath.
Also, from Norse mythology, the story goes, that 12 gods were invited to a banquet at Valhalla. Loki, the god of mischief, was left off the guest list and crashed the party, bringing the number to 13. True to his nature, Loki, the trickster, fooled Hod, the blind god of winter to attack Balder the Good, who was a favorite of the gods. Hod took a spear of mistletoe offered by Loki & hurled it at Balder, killing him, causing all of Valhalla to grieve. Again, the unlucky number of guests at the party was 13.
Going further back in time, to the very beginning, some claim that Eve tempted Adam with that forbidden fruit on a Friday, and as we all know, were then kicked out of paradise.
Another theory is that the origin of the superstition was a secret order given by King Philip to have all the Knights Templar in France arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307. The raid resulted in the death of most of the Templars and those that were captured were turned over to the Church charged with blasphemy, tortured and executed.
Regardless of its origins, the fear of Friday the Thirteenth and the number thirteen remains to to this day.
Make of it what you will, but for today.....here's hoping you made it through the day with no mishaps.